Timbavati is approximately 5 or 6 hours by car from Johannesburg. The roads are modern, hard-surfaced, and well maintained to within a few kilometers of the reserve, after which point one must travel on gravel roads that can be rough and corrugated. Normal passenger vehicles can reach all lodges within the reserve, but since some roads are occasionally rendered difficult or impassable in the rainy season, 4-wheel drive vehicles are recommended.
Regularly scheduled, daily flights are available from Johannesburg and Cape Town to three regional airports. Approximate driving times from centres served by these airports are as follows: 30 minutes from Hoedspruit; 90 minutes from Phalaborwa; and 3 hours from Nelspruit. The lodge at which one is staying normally arranges transportation from regional airports, but car rentals and shuttle buses are also available. Certain lodges have private airstrips.
By Private Charter
Private air charters are also available; these fly directly to private airstrips situated near the lodges.