The Timbavati History

We operate Shindzela Tented Safari Camp within the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park.  We offer safari activities which can either be a game drive (day and night) or walking safari. Contact us today for a safari, and let us plan a Kruger holiday for you.


Timbavati Reserve Safari:

There are numerous advantages to booking a safari within the Timbavati Private Reserve:
- we are able to walk on foot to track animals
- enjoy day & night drives in open safari vehicles
- walking safari trails of about 2-2.5 hours
- we are permitted to drive off-road for special sightings
- Our concession area within this beautiful Timbavati reserve allows us to offer an authentic safari experience, in a true wilderness area.


Timbavati Reserve, Greater Kruger Park

The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve (TPNR) comprises of 53,392 hectares of private game reserve land adjoining the Timbavati Reserve & Kruger National Park (KNP). Since 1962, the Timbavati Reserve has been dedicated to conservation by maintaining the biodiversity of species. Currently, there are over 40 mammal species in the Timbavati private game reserve, including the Big Five which are, Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant as well as 360 species of bird life. The Timbavati Reserve is located in the Limpopo province of South Africa.


The Timbavati Private Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger Park and lies nestled between the Kruger National Park on the east, the Klaserie and Umbabat Private Nature Reserves in the north and Thorny Bush Private Nature Reserve in the west. There are no fences between the Timbavati Reserve and the Kruger National Park which allows free movement of wildlife between the Reserves. The world-famous Kruger National Park is a conservation area of more than 2,000,000 ha (over 5 million acres).


The southern border of this great private game reserve complex lies close to the Kingdom of Swaziland and abuts the boundaries of Zimbabwe in the north and Mozambique in the east. In 1993, in recognition of the importance of the area, the fences between the Kruger National Park and the Timbavati Reserve were removed to encourage natural species migration


Large tracts of land in the northern portion of the Lowveld were never permanently settled by man, and the lands now comprising the Timbavati Reserve were barely touched, and are still only lightly inhabited. This part of South Africa’s bushveld private game reserve, may therefore be regarded as truly unspoiled and deserves recognition as truly wild land, as opposed to the “restored” and “restocked” lands commonly found elsewhere. Learn more interesting facts about the