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Mention the word Timbavati and the rare white lion comes to mind. It was here that the recessive gene of the African lion showed itself in the 1970s and to where all of today’s white lions... Show more

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Mention the word Timbavati and the rare white lion comes to mind. It was here that the recessive gene of the African lion showed itself in the 1970s and to where all of today’s white lions are ancestrally linked. A number of books have been written on the subject of the white lion, which is believed to differ from albinism.

Timbavati, roughly meaning ‘fall to the ground’ in Tsonga, is a private nature reserve in the Limpopo Province consisting of a series of farmland pooled together in the 1950s by farm owners to form a 54000ha nature reserve for the continuation of animals such as the endangered rhino, and to allow predators to safely roam the vast reserve. Hunting is not allowed in Timbavati and animal populations, specifically giraffe and elephant, are thriving. In 1993, the fences between the Kruger National Park and Timbavati came down, giving animals a wider dispersion range.

Timbavati covers 6 different landscape types and the summer rains bring greenery, teeming bird life and swollen rivers, while in winter the leaves fall, the rivers dry up and animals are readily seen at water holes.

The many lodges and rest camps in the Timbavati Nature Reserve offer accommodation facilities ranging from ultimate luxury to affordable tents, and each provide exciting and diverse game viewing options.

 

Top 6 reasons to visit Timbavati Nature Reserve

1. Take an exciting open vehicle game drive to see the Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo) and possibly witness predators hunting. Most of the lodges and camps offer both day and night game drives.

2. Accompany a tracker following a specific animal to gather information on the creature’s preferred habitat and food gathering routines. Animal tracking requires patience and stealth, and is an exciting way of viewing game.

3. Take a safari on foot: walk through the reserve guided by an experienced... Show more