2 Nights In The Timbavati Game Reserve – Weekend Safari Getaway
Tour Consultant's Overview
This is a repeat client – his fourth safari booked through me! This American client has a mother who lives in South Africa and when he comes out to visit her, he always books a little safari getaway. This time he brought his sons and his new partner with him, to show them Africa. When his partner could not travel at the absolute last minute, I was able to amend his bookings with the safari lodge and the airline so that a family friend in Johannesburg could take her place. On this safari, David particularly wanted to see African Wild Dogs, so I chose a safari lodge that is situated near to an active Wild Dog den where I knew there were currently pups
- Big Five Safari
- Night drives
- African Wild Dogs
- Open vehicle game drives
- Bird watching
- White lions of Timbavati
This morning you are transferred from your Sandton accommodation to Johannesburg Airport for your flight to Hoedspruit,. Upon arrival in Hoedspruit, you are met and are transferred to the Timbavati Game Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. You have time to settle in at your lodge before you set off on an afternoon game drive in the Timbavati. You return after dark for a safari cuisine dinner.
The Kruger National Park was established in 1898 and is the oldest National Park in Africa. The 2-million hectare Park provides sanctuary to 147 mammal species, including the Big Five, as well as over 500 bird species. The Kruger National Park has more than its fair share of the Big Five, with an estimated 1,500 lion, 12,000 elephant, 2,500 buffalo, 1,000 leopards and 5,000 rhino. Cheetah, wild dog, spotted hyena, hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra, warthog and many antelope species are also regularly seen on game drives. Boundary fences have been dropped between Kruger and its neighbouring private game reserves, such as Sabi Sand, Timbavati, Klaserie and Manyaleti, meaning that the animals are free-roaming over an area the size of Switzerland, resulting in an immense gene pool. Kruger is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.
The Timbavati forms part of the 2 million hectare Greater Kruger National Park. It was the first private game reserve to be incorporated into the Kruger National Park and is part of one of Africa’s most innovative conservation partnership agreements. The Timbavati is 14 700 hectares. Track the Big Five, as well as a rich variety of other game such as wild dog, antelope, zebra, warthog, giraffe and hippo. Bird viewing is spectacular, with over 360 recorded species including various eagles, vultures, kingfishers, woodpeckers, buzzards, herons, egrets, owls, weavers. The Timbavati is also home to the world-famous “White Lions of Timbavati”.
You will head out on dawn and late afternoon game drives in the company of dedicated and highly knowledgeable rangers and trackers. The fact that the Timbavati is a private Kruger reserve means that guests can enjoy activities not normally permitted in the Kruger Park itself. Your ranger will go off road for close-up views of special sightings and once darkness falls, you’ll be treated to thrilling spot-lit night drives in search of rare nocturnal creatures and big cats on the move.
This morning you enjoy your last game drive before bidding farewell to this African wonderland. You are transferred to Hoedspruit Airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you will be transferred back to your accommodation in Sandton.
Timbavati: Simbavati River Lodge
Situated in the heart of the world-renowned Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park, this intimate, family-friendly camp is built on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River – a beautiful watercourse in the summer months when rain is plentiful, and a dry riverbed in the drier winter months. Simbavati takes its name from the local Shangaan language, translated as “the place where the lions come down from the stars”. The focus of the lodge is on the excellent big-5 game viewing, breath-taking views, friendly and knowledgeable staff in an environment where guests are made to feel comfortable and relaxed from the moment they arrive.
Shaded by age old Jackalberry and Leadwood trees, Simbavati River Lodge is warm and welcoming, with a generous contemporary design and accommodation for guests in luxury tented rooms or thatched family chalets. Accommodation consists of eight luxury tents and three chalets; all are privately situated, comfortably furnished and with en-suite facilities. The design of this 4-star lodge is contemporary, warm and welcoming. Guest common areas offer a generously proportioned lounge, bar, boma and extensive decks with breath-taking views overlooking the Nhlaralumi river where regular wildlife sightings take place and guests can unwind.
INCLUDED IN PRICE :Daily safari activities at Simbavati
The Timbavati Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger and lies nestled between the Kruger National Park on the east, the Klaserie and Umbabat Private Nature Reserves in the north and the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve in the west. As there are no fences between Kruger National Park and the Timbavati, the reserve enjoys a wide variety of game, including the big five. Game viewing is exceptional, with an abundance of elephant, buffalo, kudu, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala, waterbuck and warthog, together with their attendant predators: lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena.
Simbavati River Lodge offers game drives in the early morning and evening when animals are most active. Game drives are conducted by experienced field guides and Shangaan trackers in open 4X4 vehicles, with excellent photographic opportunities. You traverse over 12,000 hectares of the big-5 game country, with lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo as well as other species such as kudu, zebra, warthog, giraffe and monkey. Nocturnal animals, including the big cats, are regularly sighted on night drives. Bird viewing is spectacular, with over 360 recorded species including various eagles, vultures, kingfishers, woodpeckers, buzzards, herons, egrets, owls, weavers. The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is one of the few places in the world where you have the opportunity to see the unique white lion in their natural environment. The resident lion prides of Timbavati carry the recessive gene “chinchillia’ that is responsible for this unusual anomaly. Two white lions were born into resident prides near Simbavati, and guests have a great chance of seeing these cubs while visiting Simbavati. There are also very active packs of wild dogs in the area.
David B ,United States,19th May 2022
The tour you organized was spectacular. Amazing wild dogs especially the pups. Simbavati looked after us well. Enjoyed by all – Erin, Ariel, Ethan , and especially Lucky Thank you for your advice and help