South African Lodges

Timbavati Game Reserve Safaris & Packages

The Kruger National Park itself is one of the largest game reserves on the African continent.  The Kruger Park is located in the Limpopo and the Mpumalanga provinces of South Africa.  To the north, it borders Zimbabwe and Mozambique to the east.

The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is situated in the Greater Kruger National Park of South Africa.  This game rich reserve nestles within the internationally declared Kruger 2 Canyons UNESCO Man and Biosphere and forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area.


The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve lies in the Savanna Biome of South Africa.  The vegetation here consists of both a tree and grass layer with complex interactions making for a great habitat for a variety of different wildlife.


The wet season occurs between November to March.  The summers in this region of South Africa are warm to hot with a long term mean maximum temperature of 38 °C in the months of January to April.

Timbavati Game Reserve Lodges & Camps


With no fences between the Kruger National Park and the Timbavati Nature Reserve, Timbavati is home to the "Big Five", namely Elephants, Rhinos, Buffaloes, Leopards and Lions.  With the many different bird species in this bushveld area, it is a bird watchers paradise.  Travellers set off on adventurous game drives through the untamed African bushveld and enjoy close encounters with the varied wildlife.

Lodges in the Timbavati Nature Reserve:

  • Makanyi Private Game Lodge
  • Simbavati River Lodge
  • Tanda Tula Safari Camp
  • Avoca Private Bush Camp
  • Bateleur Safari Camp
  • Kambaku Lodge
  • Kings Camp
  • Masungulo Lodge
  • Rockfig Safari Lodge
  • Shindzela Tented CAmp
  • Umlani Bushcamp
  • Walkers Bush Villa.

Timbavati Game Reserve Reviews

First we were not sure if we should stay in Timbavati as it was our first time to South Africa and we wanted to have the best game viewing experience possible.  We decided to book a lodge in Timbavati and were so happy we decided for this game reserve.  We could not have been any luckier with the game viewing! In our 4 nights, we saw all the Big Five including the Leopard.  This made us very happy!

Mr and Mrs Mcguire ( UK )


We stayed at the Makanyi Game Lodge.  It was wonderful!  Also the game drives in Timbavati were great.  We went on early morning game drives and late afternoon game drives.  We saw a lot of animals, with many close encounters.  Bill and Sue ( New York, USA)


Map of Lodges in Timbavati Game Reserve