Timbavati Game Reserve

Extraordinary Game Viewing

Timbavati Game Reserve covers approximately 53,000 hectares of unspoiled South African nature. It is located on the western edge of the Kruger National Park, bordering Hoedspruit in Limpopo and Acornhoek in Mpumalanga.

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Timbavati is known for its White Lions.

There are no fences between the Kruger National Park and the Timbavati Reserve, allowing game to roam freely. The reserve forms a part of the South African Savanna Biome and is home to the legendary Big Five.

Game viewing is guaranteed to be extraordinary as Timbavati is visited by an abundance of elephant, zebra, wildebeest, kudu and more, and are accompanied by their predators – the lion, cheetah and leopard. The endangered African wild dog and rhino can be spotted, too.

Timbavati Game Reserve welcomes the entire family with tailor-made children’s activities at certain accommodations, and a variety of leisurely and adventurous activities. It is a 6-hour drive from Johannesburg, and only an hour from Hoedspruit Airport.

Accommodation in Timbavati

Accommodation in Timbavati Game Reserve is as rich and varied as the wildlife that you can see here. The Timbavati lodges and camps pride themselves on their personalised service...more

Myth of the White Lions in the Timbavati

White lions are truly a sight to behold. They are spectacularly beautiful, with their luminous white fur and haunting bluish eyes, and only occur naturally in the Timbavati area of South Africa. But what causes their colouration?...more

The White Lions of the Timbavati

White lions are not albinos, but rather leucistic. In other words, they get their pale colouration from a recessive gene that shows up from time to time in the lion populations of the greater Kruger National Park....more

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Landowners who were conservation-minded formed the Timbavati Association in 1956, with the aim to restore the natural wilderness to the area after witnessing degradation of the land....more

Timbavati Research

The Endangered Wildlife Trust of South Africa conducts a vulture nest monitoring project inside the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve....more

White Lion Spotting in Timbavati

The best chance of seeing a white lion is in Motswari, a small, private game reserve adjacent to the Kruger in the northern section of the Timbavati. The two most promising white lions recently left their pride and are nomadic...more