The Timbavati Private Game Reserve forms part of a group of nature reserves on the western boundary of the Kruger National Park. These wildlife-rich lands are now an integral part of the Kruger Park system, managed in cooperation with the Kruger National Park itself.
Since its formation in the 1950's, the Timbavati Association has increased its conservation minded landowners to 50 members. Over the years, this group has worked toward a common goal, to overcome degradation within this previously pristine area, redirect insensitive land use and reclaim it for the benefit of all.
In the 1990's, in recognition of the importance of the area, the fences between Timbavati Reserve and the Kruger National Park were removed to encourage natural species migration. A vast stretch of wild land
was opened up for the free movement of wildlife through what is now effectively, a single conservation area also known as the Greater Kruger Park.
This arrangement is beneficial for both wildlife and tourists
. Wildlife have access to more resources in order to meet their permanent, seasonal, and episodic needs, and tourists are offered a wider range of eco-tourism facilities. Plans are in place to have the Timbavati Reserve declared as part of the Kruger National Park, which will secure its future as a valuable piece of South African heritage.
ClimateThe Timbavati's climate is subtropical with 2 main seasons
Summer (October - March) Winter (April - September)Summer is the rainy season
with temperatures that are moderately high to very high, some humidity and occasional cloudy conditions. The rains start in October and usually last until the end of March. The dry bush comes alive after the rains, but game viewing becomes more and more difficult as the foliage grows thicker and the animals have more cover.
Winter, the dry season, is cool to warm, with clear and sunny skies. This is the best safari season because animals can be viewed more clearly
in the bush and around any water resources. The daytime temperatures in the Timbavati are pleasantly mild but the nights and early mornings are cold.
Since malaria does occur in the Timbavati region (particularly common in the summer months) visitors are advised to take prophylactics. However, there are a few simple precautions
which can be used for protection against mosquito bites.
- Apply mosquito repellent Round about dusk when thoughts turn to comfy sundowners on the deck - this is the best time to stop for a moment and apply mosquito repellent, in particular on the feet and ankles.
- Cover up Arms and ankles should be covered. Socks and shoes and a light cotton long sleeve shirt are best in the evening.
- Prepare the sleeping area Mosquitoes are mostly active at night, so the use of a slow burning coil or electricity based mosquito repellent to keep mosquitoes away is essential.
- Use a fan Mosquitoes find it difficult to settle in a breeze, so leaving the ceiling fan on at night keeps them away.