The 130,000 acre Timbavati Game Reserve is situated just north of the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve on the western boundary of the Kruger National Park. It is considered part of the Greater Kruger National Park as no fences separate the reserves, allowing an array of wildlife to roam freely between Timbavati and the vast 7,700 square mile Kruger. Its varied woodlands landscape plays host to a plethora of wildlife including elephant, buffalo, kudu, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, and impala as well as majestic predator species like lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, and the endangered wild dog.
One of Timbavati’s claims to fame comes in the form of “white” lions first seen here in the 1970’s before reappearing once again in 2006. Originally thought to result from Albinism, researchers later discovered a similar condition called Leucism caused by a recessive gene. Today, although extremely rare, white lions are seen from time to time within different areas of the Greater Kruger Park.
Timbavati is conveniently situated roughly 6 hours’ drive from Johannesburg and scheduled flights run from both Johannesburg and Cape Town.