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Timbavati Reserve
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Timbavati Reserve


... is located in the Kruger Private Reserves area of the Kruger National Park in the Northeast of South Africa.

Situated to the east of the town of Hoedspruit, this reserve extends for an impressive 500 square kilometres of gently undulating Lowveld acacia scrub, dissected by seasonal rivers. There are no fences between here and the main reserve, ensuring that Timbavati is part of the greater Kruger ecosystem.

Timbavati is perhaps the best known of all the private reserves, previously finding fame through the presence of white lions, which are no longer present. It is a relatively pristine stretch of wilderness, without a great deal of pollution from road, telegraph poles and other such features which blight so many of the lesser reserves in this area.It contains a full range of animals, with wildlife viewing approaching the levels that are expected of a reserve of this standing.

Timbavati contains over a dozen lodges, most of which are very competitively priced compared with those in the Sabi Sand areas to the south ...

Motswari Game Lodge ... has long been one of our favourites, a remarkably well priced option for the level of quality on offer, a polished traditional style camp with guest accommodation in a total of twelve chalets.

Tanda Tula Lodge ... is a mid-priced option, another pleasant and comfortable traditional camp, unusually with guest accommodation in a dozen traditional safari tents under canvas.

Tanda Tula Field Camp ... may be relatively pricey, but it is a very rare and authentic mobile camp, of the type which is much more commonly associated with East Africa these days. Great for outdoorsy top-end guests.

Kings Camp ... is an unusually heavily built lodge by local standards, really rather luxurious and with guest accommodation in eleven rather nice suites.

Ngala Safari Lodge ... is another relatively large facility, having twenty guest bungalows, but offering elevated levels of service and guiding.

Ngala Tented Camp ... is located in the far southeast corner of the reserve and offers very high levels of comfort, style and service, with guest accommodation in just six lovely tented suites.

Shindzela Safari Camp ... is a much more basic lodge, but still with a good degree of intimacy, having only six guest tents. One of the best lower cost options in the area.
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