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Timbavati Reserve Accommodation

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Baobab Ridge Greater Kruger

Sleeps 12 in 5 rooms

Baobab Lodge offers large groups intimate and luxurious accommodation in the Greater Kruger Park. ...
Baobab Lodge offers large groups intimate and luxurious accommodation in the Greater Kruger Park. Each of the chalets are a short distance from the main lodge and offer guests complete privacy with the feeling of being alone in their own piece of the Africa bush.

The lodge as a whole can accommodate a maximum of 16 guests and comprises five double bed chalets, one single bed chalet with three single beds, and one family chalet with one double and one single bedroom.

The chalets each have their own small kitchenette equipped with a fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities and a sink. The units consist of an open-plan lounge and kitchenette area with verandah doors that fold back, completely opening the rooms onto the deck looking directly into the bush, spacious bedrooms with luxurious cotton bedding and windows on all sides, and bathrooms with his and hers sinks, stand-alone stone baths and both indoor and outdoor showers. In addition, all chalets have a safe and are serviced twice daily.

Please note that the rates displayed are for maximum eight guests; 9 to 12 guests are charged R850 each a night and 13 to 16 guests R750 each per night.
from R6400

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

3 Reviews
Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

Shindzela (named after the Honey badger in the African Shangaan language) is an authentic tented...
Shindzela (named after the Honey badger in the African Shangaan language) is an authentic tented bush camp made from wood and canvas, set within the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, part of the greater Kruger National Park, South Africa. It is from here that Shindzela brings you an affordable wildlife safari, where you can explore the African wilderness on game drives in open safari vehicles and on foot during bush walks. Safari activities are conducted by professional and knowledgeable safari guides. The camp has an informal, relaxed atmosphere, and is alive with warm African hospitality.

Shindzela offers guests a greater Kruger wildlife safari, in an unfenced wilderness environment. We have no power, instead we use solar power, gas and candles. We are undisturbed by modern conveniences such as television and cell phones, preferring to immerse ourselves in the African wilderness. The camp accommodates just 12 guests, and offers walking safaris, and game drives in open vehicles.

Shindzela offers both game drives and bush walks. Each nature encounter places an emphasis on understanding the wild environment, and tracking and viewing animals in their natural surroundings. As we are a small camp, we are able to accommodate a guest’s preference of activity, be it a walking safari or game drive safari.

The Timbavati Reserve, South Africa, is home to a myriad of mammal species, including Africa’s Big Five animals - lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant. Other species of game that visitors may encounter whilst on safari include hyena, jackal, giraffe, hippo, wild dog, zebra, kudu and impala, to mention just a few. There are over 350 bird species recorded in the area. The Reserve is open to the Kruger National Park, providing animals with a vast expanse of wilderness in which to roam, free of fences.

Game viewing is conducted in the early mornings and late afternoons. Safari activities begin at dawn, and guests return to camp mid-morning. Spend the rest of the day relaxing in camp. In the afternoon, depending on the animal movements in the area, guides may suggest a game drive and short walk, followed by sundowners and a night safari game drive. The best time to view game on your African safari, are the early hours of the morning and during the late afternoon. This is when most game is active – during the heat of the day, many animals tend to seek shade and are less active. Night game drives with a spotlight bring you in to contact with nocturnal animals such as Bush babies, Civets, Genets, African wild cats, Porcupines and so forth.

Guests choosing a walking safari should be prepared to walk anywhere from 2 to 3 hours on a trail. All walking trails are led by an experienced armed trails guide. A maximum of 8 guests make up a trail. Guides will give guests a thorough safety briefing before starting, so that they are comfortable with the rules and safety instructions pertaining to their walking trail. Please note that during summer bush walks may be shorter in duration, due to the thick bush.


At Shindzela, we offer an authentic African safari experience in an unfenced, private and natural wilderness environment. Safari accommodation is in twin or double safari canvas tents, set on wooden platforms. Tents have a wooden entrance door, adjustable canvas flaps for windows, and mesh to keep insects out. Each tent has a thatch roof and porch, designed to cool the tents in summer. Tents have solar lighting, and are equipped with all bedding and towels. Private bathrooms are made from reeds wood and canvas and feature a shower, hand basin and flush toilet.

The general bush camp area encompasses a covered dining area, swimming pool, kitchen and central African fireplace - a perfect spot to relive safari experiences around the fire. Your African safari is hosted by a guide and tracker, and the camp is owner managed. We operate an honesty bar, where guests can help themselves to drinks, and record their drinks on a bar tab sheet. We have deliberately decided to keep the camp undeveloped, so as to better blend in to the environment, and offer guests an undisturbed wilderness experience.

There are numerous advantages to enjoying a safari in a well-known Private Game Reserve, which is part of the greater Kruger National Park:

Shindzela is situated in a private concession area within the Timbavati Reserve, this means we are able to be to offer our guests a number of distinct advantages for their wildlife safari: We are the only safari operator in this concession area, which means we are undisturbed by other commercial vehicles, so have unrestricted opportunity for animals sightings. We are able to offer true walking safaris in a Big Five Reserve. The camp is unfenced, making it very much part of the wilderness. We can stay out later on activities, including night drives. We are permitted to drive off road into the bush in search of predators or unusual sightings.

Whilst we make every effort to seek out the Big Five animals lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino, we focus on the whole safari environment, showing appreciation for all aspects of the wilderness, animal behaviour and habitat, trees, insect and plant life, as well as viewing all the other species of game found in the bush. Animals are free to roam in vast areas, this is not an area of managed sightings, but rather a true wilderness experience, with natural movement of game.
from R3780

Kambaku River Sands

Sleeps 20 in 10 rooms

Kambaku River Sands is well situated in the heart of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which makes up the western border of the Kruger...
Kambaku River Sands is well situated in the heart of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which makes up the western border of the Kruger National Park.

Without fences inhibiting the free movement of game between the reserves, Timbavati becomes part of a vast unspoilt natural wilderness that lies within the Greater Kruger National Park.

Kambaku, takes its name from one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ tuskers who roamed the Kruger Park for the greater part of the last century. These elephant were renowned for their impressive tusks; having at least one tusk with the estimated weight of over 60kg.

Guests at Kambaku River Sands are often afforded a safari experience with a difference, from either their own private decks or the main lodge area, up close and personal experiences with elephant, buffalo and bushbuck are almost daily.

The main lodge has a spacious lounge with two enormous open fireplaces for the cool winter nights. The bar allows for guests to watch elephants drinking out of the swimming pool while enjoying a cold beer or chilled glass of wine.

Our wine cellar stocked with a selection of South Africa’s best, is ideally positioned to view the waterhole and all the four-legged regulars.

Co-owner Bryce has added his experience and special flair for wilderness cooking to the scrumptious bush cuisine offered. Delicious meals in the relaxed and elegant setting of the lodge become memorable occasions, where good food is enhanced by good company.

Sitting majestically on the banks of a dry river bed, Kambaku River Sands entices the guest to sit back and relax.
from R4500

Umlani Bush Camp Timbavati Game Reserve

8 Reviews
Sleeps 23 in 8 rooms

Umlani Bush Camp is an exclusive rustic lodge accommodating only 16 guests in en suite reed and...
Umlani Bush Camp is an exclusive rustic lodge accommodating only 16 guests in en suite reed and thatch rondavels. Early morning and evening game drives are in open four wheel drive vehicles accompanied by experienced rangers and trackers. With a traversing area of more than 10000 hectares, over 40 mammal and 350 bird species, this is a wonderful wildlife experience. Umlani makes the whole event personalised and specialises in guided walks into this unspoilt wilderness. Take your walk on the wild-side tracking the Big 5 on foot and experience the thrill of following big game off-road in open Land rovers guided by our knowledgeable rangers. Lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo are all there along with cheetah, giraffe, zebra and many species of antelope. Walks, day and night drives give you the complete wildlife experience. You’ll become involved with game big and small, the prolific birdlife and be fascinated by the diverse tress, flora and fauna.

Enjoy a spectacular sunrise deep in the bush before returning to the camp for a hearty breakfast. Spend the heat of the day with a cool box of refreshments at one of our hides watching birds swoop down to the water and mammals materialising out of the bush. Or maybe laze in hammocks around our splash pool sipping iced drinks. During your evening drive, watch the white light of the moon take over from the flame-coloured sun while enjoying sundowners surrounded by the unique sounds of the African wilderness. At the end of your spotlighted night drive return to the welcoming comfort of Umlani, a bush camp in the tradition of old Africa, with the romantic glow of paraffin lamps to light your way. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the convivial bar overlooking the Nshlaralumi river course or around a roaring fire in the boma and watch our chef put the finishing touches to the dinner he has prepared on an open fire. The aromas will make your mouth water and you’ll be more than ready for a candlelit dinner accompanied by fine South African wines, while swopping stories and sightings with your fellow adventurers. Your comfortable en suite reed and thatch rondavel is calling but before falling into bed, take a steaming hot shower under a blanket of wondrous stars in your own open-air reeded bathroom. The magic is complete when the haunting sounds of nearby hyena and lion lull you to sleep.
from R598

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

Sleeps 16 in 8 rooms

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge is situated within the world renowned and beautiful Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which forms part of the...
Simbavati Hilltop Lodge is situated within the world renowned and beautiful Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger Park, and guarantees an exclusive, authentic and unforgettable African safari experience.

Enjoy magnificent views of the bush, the Nhlaralumi River and the distant foothills of the Drakensberg Mountain Range from the vantage point of the beautiful small koppie on which the lodge is situated.

Accommodation is pure African safari, and comprises of individual pavilion-style luxury tents, arranged to create a unique village feel. Each suite comprises two individual tents; one for the main bedroom, and a separate bathroom, which is linked by a passage that can be opened up on one side, allowing for an indoor or private outdoor shower experience. Privacy is guaranteed thanks to the careful placement of the tented-suites, ensuring a tranquil and intimate stay.

Some of the private suites are situated to avail of the breath taking views, and are therefore accessible via steep stairs. For the mobility impaired, please ensure that you stipulate your needs when booking.

The lodge offers Big 5 game activities in the early morning and late afternoon or evening, taking advantage of the time of day that the animals are naturally most active. Nocturnal creatures, including the big cats, are regular sightings at night. Currently over 40 mammal species are listed as resident in the Timbavati, including the Big 5, as well as endangered species including wild dogs and cheetah. There is an abundance of bird life, with a total of 360 species of bird listed.
from R11000
Kambaku Safari Lodge is situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which is open to the...
Kambaku Safari Lodge is situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which is open to the world renowned Kruger National Park.
The camp is well situated in this unspoilt natural wilderness area, home to an astonishing array of animals including the Big Five .
Kambaku Safari Lodge provides the ultimate escape from busy schedules, with only seven well appointed thatched chalets overlooking our own private water hole. 
Attracting guests from around the world, Kambaku Safari Lodge offers superior standards in all of our facilities yet always maintaining a high level of environmental consciousness. Our dedicated staff will cater to the individual needs of our guests making for a truly memorable stay.
With scrumptious bush cuisine in a relaxed , rustic setting our guests can truly unwind and immerse themselves in the restorative powers of nature.
from R7200

Kings Camp

Sleeps 30 in 12 rooms

Kings Camp is situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve adjacent and open to the Kruger National Park. It is positioned on the edge...
Kings Camp is situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve adjacent and open to the Kruger National Park. It is positioned on the edge of a savannah plain scattered with acacia trees, offering gracious hospitality in a unique romantic ambience. It invites guests to relax in fine colonial style.

The camp offers a choice of nine spacious Luxury Suites, two exquisite Honeymoon Suites and the Waterbuck Private Camp for ultimate privacy. All the suites are furnished with comfortable double beds and have en-suite bathrooms and outdoor showers. Each suite is air-conditioned, heated and equipped with a fully stocked minibar, tea and coffee facilities, robes, a hairdryer, torch, an umbrella, mosquito repellent, a safe and telephone. Each Honeymoon Suites also enjoys the privacy of its own swimming pool overlooking the African bush. Three meals are served daily and we offer two game drives per day with refreshments and optional walking safaris which are included in the rates.

The Waterbuck Private Camp offers the ultimate private safari experience and is ideal for a group of eight. This four-bedroom villa is fully equipped for self-catering and comes with its own Land Rover and game ranger, as well as a personal butler and chef to take care of your every need. This camp is situated on the banks of the dry Nhlaralumi River and offers great views of the bush with excellent game viewing opportunities.

Guest can enjoy their meals in the dining room which offers stunning views of the bushveld. The camp also has a well-equipped gym and those who want to be pampered can choose between a range of pampering treatments. Relax in the comfortable lounge, enjoy a drink in the bar or cool off in the swimming pool and relax around the traditional boma at night to watch the millions of stars while listening to the sounds of the game reserve. Souvenirs can also be bought at the curio shop.

The reserve is a wildlife haven which boasts a diversity of animal life including the Big 5 and the famous white lions. Guests can go on morning or afternoon game drives, a walking safari with a knowledgeable ranger, a helicopter trip over the Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window, or a hot air balloon flight at sunrise. We also offer Elephant Back Safaris or visits to the Kapama Cheetah Breeding Project to view over 60 cheetahs, including the rare king cheetah. A waterhole located right in front of the camp attracts a wide variety of wildlife, day and night, for your viewing pleasure.
from R12800

Motswari – Geiger’s Camp

Sleeps 12 in 6 rooms

Motswari Game Reserve lies in the heart of the untamed South African landscape - a place untouched that is still teeming with wildlife,...
Motswari Game Reserve lies in the heart of the untamed South African landscape - a place untouched that is still teeming with wildlife, where predator and prey remain locked in a constant battle for survival. Here, there is an incomparable beauty; an Africa you have to experience.

Deep in the Timbavati Nature Reserve, this vintage game lodge exemplifies the simple balance of nature, as understated luxury and conservation come together as one. This inspiring family-owned game reserve has been in the care of the Geiger family for more than 40 years. Motswari means "to conserve and protect" in Tswana, a native language indigenous to the area.

The 150 square kilometres game reserve has long been a wildlife sanctuary, a haven for large varieties of plant and animal species. Sadly, few places remain on the African continent that still offers such diversity. Here, you’ll witness the unyielding nature of the bushveld, as you get to see the secret habits of animals as they live, day after day, in the Timbavati Nature Reserve.
from R2312

Motswari Private Game Reserve

3 Reviews
Sleeps 34 in 17 rooms

Arrive at Motswari, 'to keep and conserve', Private Game Reserve and leave as a friend. This...
Arrive at Motswari, 'to keep and conserve', Private Game Reserve and leave as a friend. This sentiment is the hallmark of our traditional safari camp that conjures up elements of African nostalgia, romance and charm and combines these with warm, personal touches to provide you with a sophisticated, yet unobtrusive commune with nature.

Set deep in the Timbavati, in the heart of the Kruger National Park, you are assured of rich game viewing and sightings of the Big 5 in their natural environment, as our boundary with Kruger is open. In operation for 30 years, we have chosen to disregard the trend for glamour and flamboyance, which means bush as far as the eye can see and unobtrusive luxuries that don't intrude on your experience. Here your encounter with the bush is a still walk in nature.

The bush is a humbling experience where one should have the chance to unwind from modern stresses and rejuvenate the soul. Motswari is family owned and prides itself on its conservation values, exquisite cuisine, award-winning wines, luxurious accommodation and hospitality in the tradition of one of the original lodges in South Africa.

Each of our 15 thatched, en-suite bungalows is decorated in understated natural materials. The bungalows have air-conditioning, mosquito nets and spectacular bush and river views. Our professional rangers and skilled Shangaan trackers guide your early morning and late afternoon drives and excursions into the bush. With close on 150 square-kilometres of wide horizons and untamed wilderness, Motswari is an unforgettable experience.
from R2312

Kruger Private Bush Camp

Sleeps 16 in 5 rooms

“The wilderness is something special. To me, the only way to experience the real spirit of Africa is on foot. Away from the noise and...
“The wilderness is something special. To me, the only way to experience the real spirit of Africa is on foot. Away from the noise and turmoil of modern society, it truly helps you to get your terrestrial problems into perspective.” – Norman Carr, Kakuli Kruger’s Private Bush Camps are located in the exclusive Timbavati and Klaserie private game reserves, which are part of the Big Five Greater Kruger National Park. Situated on riverbeds, surrounded by Leadwood, Mopane and Acacia trees or shaded by huge Jackalberry trees, these authentic, unfenced 8-bedded tented camps have a real African charm typically enhancing that true wilderness feeling. With a focus on experience rather than luxury the maximum of 8 guests sleep “safari style” under canvas in twin-bedded Meru-style tents, linen and towels provided. Hot showers and flush toilets are separate but closely situated between the tents, so easily accessible to all the guests. Bush walks and game drives accompanied by an experienced and knowledgeable guide, are offered early in the morning, late in the afternoon and at night. The camps have no electricity, but there is solar lighting in the tents, bathrooms, kitchen and dining areas and there are candles, paraffin lanterns and a camp fire to guide you around at night. Due to the remoteness of the camps and exclusivity of the areas, and to enhance quality game sightings, the min stay that is required is 3 nights. Packages are available from Fri-Mon (3 nights) or Mon-Fri (4 nights). A shuttle service between Johannesburg and the meeting point is available every Monday and Friday – the list of collection/drop-off points will be made available on confirmation. Self-drives: The meeting point is at a local Bush Pub on the Timbavati Road, from where you will be taken in a 4x4 Landrover into the Greater Kruger NP. Arrival and departure time at the Bush Pub is 11.00 am. Directions to the meeting point will be made available upon confirmation. Fly-ins at Eastgate Airport Hoedspruit: Pick-ups and drop-offs at Eastgate Airport Hoedspruit on Mondays and Fridays are at 11.30 am and free of charge. Arrival and departure later than 11.30 am are subject to additional charges.

from R3300

The Gemini Experience

1 Review
Sleeps 8 in 4 rooms

Four en-suite units in Timbavati Private Reserve along the banks of the Klaserie River. This safari camp can be booked by a group of...
Four en-suite units in Timbavati Private Reserve along the banks of the Klaserie River. This safari camp can be booked by a group of guests, who then have exclusive use of the camp, meals and game drives.

The Timbavati is home to the sought after Big 5, as well as the famous white lions. The lodge has an open-plan central lounge and dining area, set in well groomed gardens with a swimming pool and boma area. The suites have four-poster beds with mosquito nets and en-suite bathrooms. The suites open up onto private patios. The pool is surrounded by lawn with sun lounges, creating a relaxed safari camp experience for the extent of your stay.
from R13750
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    Timbavati Reserve South Africa

    Timbavati Reserve  Accommodation

    Home to the famous ‘White Lions’, Timbavati Reserve has long basked in the spotlight. Although no white lions have been seen at Timbavati for years, several white lions are regularly seen in other parts of Kruger National Park and they could easily reappear in the Timbavati prides.

    Forming part of the greater Kruger National Park, the reserve features 12 luxury tourist lodges and is a convenient five-hour drive from Johannesburg. Kruger National Park lies on the east, Klaserie Nature Reserve and Umbabat Private Nature Reserve are to the north and Thornybush Game Reserve is just west.

    With no hindrance of fenced borders, wildlife are able to roam freely between Timbavati and the massive Kruger National Park. Thrilling sightings of lion, elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, giraffe and even shy leopard and cheetah are regular occurrences. This is definitely one of Africa’s best!

    "Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is one of the most special places I have ever visited. The game and accommodation diversity sets it apart for most other reserves that I have been fortunate enough to visit. With a variety of lodges and self-catering camps, each offering something a little different, there really is something for everyone. Most of the lodges work together during game drives which means that you are able to see fantastic sightings and get close to the wide variety of game who call the Timbavati their home. Although you are able to get up close, the rangers and trackers are ever conscious of the animal's best interests and never get too close that the game are unsettled. If you are looking for an authentic African safari experience, I'd highly recommend visiting the reserve."
    Rob Baird, 22 October 2012

    Home to the famous ‘White Lions’, Timbavati Reserve has long basked in the spotlight. Although no white lions have been seen at Timbavati for years, several white lions are regularly seen in other parts of Kruger National Park and they could easily...

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