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About Timbavati

Timbavati is situated in South Africa, bordering the Kruger National Park. Timbavati is the ideal backpacking tour destination for game adventures.

Timbavati Budget Travel

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Timbavati Local Village Tour

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Nearest Timbavati airports include:
•KMIA Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport
•Private camp airstrips


Timbavati birdlife is fairly diverse and prolific, with some 500 or more species to be found. There are a number of different types of bird to be found, including forest and woodland birds, wetlands species, raptors, water birds, grassland species, riverine forest species and night birds. There are also some great look out and picnic spots ideal for bird watching.


As one of Africa's largest game reserves, Timbavati conservation plays a key role in preserving the park's ecosystems and wildlife. Elephant population control and white lion breeding are just some of the key conservation projects within the park, as well as breeding projects. Poaching is very rare, and as the park is effectively managed and run, game populations are flourishing.


Timbavati malaria medication includes:
•Mefloquine (Lariam)
•Atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone)


Timbavati money and banking information includes:
•There is an ATM and bank at First National Bank in Skukuza within the park
•Banking hours are Monday to Friday from 08h30-15h30 as per national banking hours
•Some camps may offer exchange facilities, and the airport also has good facilities
•Credit cards are accepted at the major camps but not all camps
•Tipping is not required for waiters or guides, but it is appreciated - the standard tip is 10%, 15%


Timbavati plants are divided across six eco-systems. These include Baobab sandveld, Mopane scrub, Lebombo knobthorn-marula bushveld, mixed acacia thicket, Combretum-silver clusterleaf woodland on granite and riverine forest. The park is home to about 1,982 species of plants, including a large number of trees ranging from baobab to thorn tree.

Safety Tips

•Do not leave any camp or designated rest area alone on foot without a guide
•Do not wear bright clothing or even black or white clothing, as this will make you more visible to game
•Don't ever attempt to touch or feed any wildlife you come across
•Follow your guide's instructions at all times and do not leave safari vehicles during game drives
•Keep valuables in hotel safes or packed safely away, you will not need expensive jewellery on safari

Travel Books

Timbavati recommended travel books include:
•The white lions of Timbavati by Chris McBride
•Southern African Wildlife: A Visitor's Guide by Unwin Mike
•The Wildlife of Southern Africa: A Field Guide to the Animal and Plants of the Region by Vincent Carruthers
•Kruger National Park Travel Pack by Dr. L.E.O Braack


Famous for its excellent game viewing opportunities and in particular its white lions, it goes without saying that Timbavati wildlife is abundant and diverse. A large range of game can be found within the park, including Africa's Big 5 (elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo) as well as large herds of antelope, zebra and many other species.


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