The Timbavati floodplain is an exceptional safari location. The vegetation is made up of fine bushveld trees and mopane shrub terrain. The assemblage of wildlife is particularly rich and boasts not only the Big Five experience but an extraordinary profusion of bird and diverse animal life. Game viewing is offered either from an open vehicle, or on foot in the company of experienced rangers.
Flanking on the Kruger National Park, Timbavati comprises a number of private concessions, which offer a selection of accommodation services and safari experiences. Since there is no enclosure between the reserve and the National Park, animals move freely in and out.
Johannesburg is the best starting point for charter or scheduled flights into the area. You either fly straight to the lodge or to nearby Hoedspruit Airport, where you will be met and transferred to the lodge by road. There are 12 lodges in the area which provide an unparalleled safari experience to thousands of domestic and foreign tourists each year.
Climate and Weather
The Timbavati Reserve falls within a subtropical region. Rain falls in summer season. The area can become very warm at times, particularly during the build up to the typical thunder storms. The rainy season starts from October and usually lasts until the end of March. The dry bush comes alive after the rains, but game viewing become progressively more difficult because the foliage becomes thicker and the animals have more cover.
The best safari season is usually during the so called dry season. The months from April to September are cooler. Although this is typically winter, the daytime temperatures are pleasantly mild but the nights and early mornings get cold.
Timbavati Plant and Animal Life
The Timbavati boasts 40 species of mammal including the Big Five; Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino. 360 species of bird make the Timbavati a bird lover’s paradise. It is possible to see more species of bird in one day at the Timbavati than you have ever witnessed in your life. On night drives, the smaller nocturnal mammals such as porcupine, serval, genet and civet can be seen among others.