Timbavati is an excellent private game reserve in South Africa that covers an area of 53,392 hectares and is one of several reserves to border Kruger National Park. Since it’s completely unfenced, wildlife is free to roam between Timbavati and all the reserves it borders. As such, it is part of a vast Greater Kruger ecosystem offering a genuine sense of wilderness and a superior wildlife experience to anything else on offer in South Africa. As well as the white lion, the Big Five can regularly be spotted here, along with the cheetah, the hyena, the giraffe, the wildebeest and many more. Around 360 bird species have been spotted within the reserve as well, making it a very good destination for birdwatchers.
Timbavati competes with the neighbouring reserves of Mali Mali and Sabi Sands. Although it has slightly less cachet than those famous names, it more than lives up to them in terms of the wildlife experience and more down to earth camps and lodges.
The area’s wet season runs from October to April and is characterised by quite high humidity and temperatures, along with frequent bouts of rainfall. Showers and thunderstorms mostly happen in the afternoon and rarely last all day. As for the dry season, it lasts from May to September and is much cooler and drier, with humidity considerably lower.