Timbavati Nature Reserve

The Timbavati is the famous home of the incredibly rare, wild, white lions. This large conservation area is one of the handful of privately owned nature reserves that have become part of the Kruger National Park. Lying on the western border of the Kruger, near the town of Hoedspruit, the Timbavati dropped its fences with the Kruger in 1993, becoming part of the Greater Kruger.

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The reserve enjoys the free-roaming wildlife of the Kruger Park, but the reserve is not open to the public, so guests accommodated at safari lodges in the Timbavati can look forward much more exclusive game viewing experiences. This prestigious reserve is bordered by Klaserie in the north and Manyeleti and Sabi Sand in the south, and it is home to a variety of luxurious lodges, self-catering adventure-style camps, and rustic bush accommodation to suit every safari desire.

Accommodation in Timbavati

Tanda Tula Field Camp

Tanda Tula Field Camp

Tanda Tula Field Camp is an entirely unique luxury mobile camp in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. It is open from March to September each year and is built up and deconstructed for each individual trip, keeping it at a low environmental impact, but with no compromise on style and exclusivity. There are only four, canvas explorer tents, each with an ensuite bush bathroom with private bucket shower.

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Bush Villa

Bush Villa

Bush Villa is a five star, fully-catered four-bedroomed country villa in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve that has been built from scratch, making the architecture and layout unique. Three of the bedrooms have a similar layout and hug the courtyard area. Each of the rooms is separately located from the main house. The master bedroom, the pies de resistance, adjoins the main house and boasts a bidet, an indoor and outdoor bath, and an indoor shower. There’s even a private sleep-out room which is also accessible from the patio.

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Avoca Bush Camp

Avoca Bush Camp

Avoca Private Bush Camp is a safari retreat for friends and family (children over 12) in the revered Timbavati Nature Reserve. Open to the Kruger National Park, yet occupying private land, Avoca is wild and tranquil, offering an exclusive safari experience in simple, bush camp accommodation that can sleep up to 6 guests on an individual booking basis or 8 guests as a private self-catered booking.

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Rockfig Safari Lodge

Rockfig Safari Lodge

The architect and interior designer of RockFig Safari Lodge were inspired by the Timbavati to create a relaxed ambience with indoor and outdoor guest spaces that segue into each other, and enable both communal and private moments suffused with an authentic bush feel. RockFig Safari Lodge is the perfect bush destination for groups or families with children of all ages. It is wholeheartedly yours and strives to enhance both one’s experience and appreciation of this piece of heaven.

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Tanda Tula Safari Camp

Tanda Tula Safari Camp

Tanda Tula Safari Camp is one of those places you never forget. It is a leading lodge in the Timbavati Nature Reserve and its reputation for comfort, style, warmth, and expertise precede it. We have been booking our guests in to Tanda Tula for many years, and the result is always the same: very happy guests with exceptional memories of their safari that will last a lifetime.

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Bateleur Safari Camp

Bateleur Safari Camp

The exclusivity and flexibility of Bateleur Safari Camp in the Timbavati opens the door to extensive guided bush walks for those who prefer to be on foot. If it is an exclusive group staying at Bateleur, guests will have the full attention of both the head guide and the head tracker and the safari itinerary can be as flexible as is required. The camp has access to an incredible 10 000 hectares of the sublime Timbavati Reserve and is the ideal place for a self-catering or privately catered safari holiday.

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River Camp: Self-catering Safari in the Timbavati

River Camp: Self-catering Safari in the Timbavati

River Camp is at the top of our list for Kruger Park self-catering safari options. There is only a handful of fantastic lodges and camps in the private reserves of the Greater Kruger that offer the combination of luxury rooms, exclusive use, self-catering facilities, cleaning and maintenance staff, and superb private guides and chefs; and Walkers is one of the best.

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Geiger’s Camp, Motswari

Geiger’s Camp, Motswari

Geiger’s Camp embodies African beauty, style and comfort. This camp is a true place of reflection and tranquility, quietly nestled a few kilometres from Motswari’s main game lodge in the Motswari Private Game Reserve. The lodge comprises two stone houses boasting a total of four spacious en suite bedrooms (five bedrooms if booked exclusively), a communal lounge area and a swimming pool. Views of the Nhlaralumi River are breathtaking, and the wrap-around patio is the perfect place for a cold gin and tonic.

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Motswari Private Game Reserve

Motswari Private Game Reserve

Set deep in the Timbavati within the Greater Kruger National Park Conservancy, Motswari Private Game Reserve offers the quintessential African wildlife and bush experience, fusing panoramic bush views with luxurious accommodation. With 15 luxury-appointed en-suite bungalows, each with air-conditioning, and all offering unrivalled bush views, guests enjoy a high level of comfort which complements the lodge’s level of service excellence.

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Ngala Safari Lodge

Ngala Safari Lodge

Tucked under a canopy of mopane and tamboti trees, andBeyond Ngala Safari Lodge boasts 21 classic thatched cottages, including a spacious family suite. Each ensuite cottage, with private veranda, exudes a romantic colonial ambiance with nostalgic safari memorabilia throughout. The Lodge’s sparkling swimming pool and sundeck overlook a natural riverine woodland, ideal for avid birdwatchers.

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Ngala Tented Camp

Ngala Tented Camp

Chic and contemporary, Ngala Tented Camp is renowned for sophisticated tented accommodation in tranquil bush surrounds. It comprises nine luxurious tented suites set on raised platforms with outdoor showers, baths mounted on rough-hewn wooden bases, swirling overhead fans, air conditioning, electric blankets for winter, and private wooden decks. The overall essence is African, with warm, earthy tones used throughout.

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Kambaku River Sands

Kambaku River Sands

True to its name, Kambaku River Sands is set along a picturesque riverbed, nestled amongst towering leadwoods and jackalberry trees. With ten luxury chalets snaking their way along the Zebenneen River, this unfenced camp gives guests the opportunity to enjoy the beauty and wonders of the Kruger region from private viewing decks. Under experienced guidance, game drives and bush walks entice visitors to explore the surroundings and understand the habitat in which the wildlife exists.

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Kings Camp

Kings Camp

Kings Camp faces an open plain with a waterhole, frequented by a wide variety of wildlife. Seven generously spacious Colonial Suites and two exquisite Honeymoon Suites are luxuriously equipped with air-conditioning, Victorian ball-and-claw bath, indoor and outdoor double shower, fully stocked mini-bar and private verandah. And for the ultimate in safari privacy, Waterbuck Private Camp, with its own game viewing vehicle and game ranger, as well as a villa attendant and chef, boasts a four-bedroomed Private Villa.

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Makanyi Private Game Lodge

Makanyi Private Game Lodge

Just seven luxury suites and a new private 2-bedroom villa make Makanyi Private Game Lodge an excellent choice for guests seeking exclusivity in one of Africa’s most prolific game viewing destinations. Overlooking a permanent waterhole with traversing rights to over 8000 hectares of private concessions, the lodge prides itself on not only giving guests a very private safari experience, but also on its homely atmosphere with welcoming staff, superb cuisine and the utmost attention to detail.

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Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

Shindzela is an authentic and intimate tented bush camp within the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Only 8 ensuite safari tents accommodate a maximum of 16 guests at Shindzela, providing a close-knit, family orientated lodge environment. Shindzela offers 2 safari activities per day – either a walking trail of about 2.5-3 hours, or a game drive in an open 4×4 vehicle. The tented camp is simple and classic with comforts, and there is a swimming pool, bar, and Wi-Fi to make use of between exciting game viewing activities.

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Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

Situated within the world renowned and beautiful Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger Park, Simbavati Hilltop Lodge guarantees an exclusive, authentic and unforgettable African Safari experience. Accommodation is pure African safari, and comprises of individual pavilion-style luxury tents, arranged to create a unique village feel for a tranquil and intimate stay.

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Simbavati River Lodge

Simbavati River Lodge

An intimate and child friendly camp, Simbavati River Lodge places emphasis on relaxation. Chalets are comfortably furnished complete with air conditioning, further enhancing your tranquil African Bush experience. The lodge also offers a lounge, bar, restaurant and breathtaking views of the nearby Nhlaralumi river. Mid-morning brunch and afternoon high-tea are served outside on a wooden deck, combining African and Western cuisine.

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