Timbavati is a private and intimate game reserve with open fences to the most popular Kruger National Park of South Africa. This reserve offers the guests an amazing wildlife experience with authentic African Safari where you spot the Big 5 including the rare white lions and elusive leopards.

Accommodation at Timbavati is offered in colonial style game lodges, traditionally thatched bush lodges, and luxury tented safari camps, providing a range of styles to suit your dream South African safari lodge holiday.

The Timbavati floodplain is an exciting safari destination with a rich variety of wildlife including not only the Big Five but a profusion of birds and diverse animal life. Game viewing is offered in safari vehicles, or on foot in the company of professional rangers.

  • Best Time to GoMay to September
    (Dry season)
  • High SeasonOctober to March
    (It rarely gets very crowded)

Why Go:

  • Timbavati is a part of a large ecosystem
  • You enjoy day and night safaris here
  • You enjoy an amazing wildlife including the Big 5 safari
  • You enjoy exciting off-road drives in open vehicles
  • You get multiple accommodation options here at Timbavati
  • Timbavati is relatively less crowded than Sabi Sands


The Timbavati is home to an abundant wildlife which majorly includes the Big Five and other safari animals that consist kudu, wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, elephant, impala, waterbuck and giraffes. The reserve also has the predators including lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena. It is easier to spot the big cats, however, witnessing the rhinos is a tough job at the Timbavati Game Reserve. African dogs visit the property regularly but white lions are rarely seen.

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The Timbavati Reserve consists of grassy plains and diversified woodlands. The rainy season makes the habitat crowded with trees and vegetation but this effects on wildlife viewing because off-road driving gets restricted during this time.

Weather & Climate

The Dry Season in Timbavati falls from May to September. This tenure has chilly mornings and slightly warmer afternoons, hence if you plan a visit to Timbavati during this season, make sure you keep warm clothes in your travel bags so that you enjoy the morning game drives at your most. Summer falls during the October-April span with high humidity.

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Timbavati Game Reserve is during the Dry Season which starts from May and ends till September. During this season the prices are also low and it becomes very convenient for the visitors to fulfil their cravings of wildlife viewing to the fullest.

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