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Part of the greater Kruger National Park, the Timbavati Private Game Reserve offers exceptional opportunities for wildlife viewing, with species able to move unhindered between neighbouring reserves.

The lack of fences between Timbavati and its neighbouring reserves (not just the Kruger National Park, but the Klaserie and Umbabat Private Nature Reserves in the north and the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve in the west) offers the potential of a greater abundance of wildlife, and exceptional photographic opportunities. Herds of African elephant, buffalo, kudu, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala, waterbuck and warthog, along with their attendant predators - lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena – can be found here. The critically endangered African wild dog may also be seen.

The reserve is also a birdwatchers’ paradise with more than 360 bird species recorded at Timbavati.

Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: lion, African elephant, black rhino, greater kudu, Cape buffalo
  • Where: Limpopo Province, South Africa
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

Shindzela is a genuine tented bush camp, set on the banks of a dry riverbed, facing a small waterhole, in Timbavati Private Game Reserve. Accommodating 16 guests in thatch roofed tents, it offers an authentic African safari experience in an unfenced, private wilderness environment.