TIMBAVATI GAME RESERVE
The Timbavati Game Reserve consists of a group of private game farms and reserves situated north of Sabi Sand on the western edge of the Kruger National Park. It is considered to be one of South Africa’s premier game viewing areas.
This 530-square-kilometre private reserve was created in the 1950s when a group of conservation-minded landowners decided to regenerate an area of degraded farmland bordering the central Kruger Park The reserve is named after the Timbavati River, which flows along its southern boundary before crossing into the Kruger at Orpen Gate. Supporting all the Big Five in healthy numbers, it became an ecological extension of Greater Kruger in 1993, when fences were dropped to allow free movement of wildlife between the reserves.
This hot lowveld area of wood and grassland is home to Africa's Big 5, as well as cheetah and wild dog, wildebeest, impala, kudu, waterbuck and Burchell's zebra. This abundance of wildlife ensures that visitors to the area have an unforgettable safari experience.
White lions exist in the wild in the Timbavati, with a couple of adult females in the Giraffe, and the white gene carried in both the local pride of lions and the neighboring lions, called the Ross Pride.