In the land of the white lions

The scent of the wild bushveld and unrestrained beauty of the land is tangible as visitors make their way around Timbavati Game Reserve, located on the unfenced western fringes of the Kruger National Park. Game drives will have guests hoping with baited breath that they will be lucky enough to spot the Big 5 and any of Timbavati’s rare white lions.

The Timbavati floodplain is made up of mopane bushveld and populated with exceptional numbers of elephant, giraffe and other plains game – interminably stalked by fearsome predators such as big cats, hyena, and wild dog. An ornithologist’s delight, the area boasts over 360 bird species. With six known white lions in the wild - 5 of which are in Timbavati – you’d be wise to keep a keen eye open for these seemingly otherworldly and mesmerising residents.

Guests are sure to find accommodation to suit their needs between the luxurious lodges, camps, and self-catering options available in the reserve. Timbavati can be reached via any of the three regional airports that well-served daily flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport is the closest (a quick 30min road transfer away). If you’re self-driving, you can reach Timbavati after a five-hour drive from Johannesburg. 


  • Although Timbavati is a year-round safari destination, the wildlife is easier to see in the dry winter months when vegetation becomes more sparse and the animals congregate near water sources 
  • Timbavati is renowned as the home of 5 rare white lions as well as the Big 5
  • Guests can choose to stay in lavish lodges and authentic tented or self-catering camps
  • A quick 30-minute drive from Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit or five hours’ drive from Johannesburg 
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