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Timbavati and Thornybush

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Description

"Nestled within the fenceless confines of the Greater Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s legendary reserves, the Timbavati Game Reserve. The protected areas of Kruger National Park is home to the largest concentration of free roaming mammals in Africa and because of the fenceless boundaries, many animals, including the Big Five, visit the Timbavati Game Reserve with ease. Wildlife is prolific, boasting more than 40 species of land mammals, 360 species of birds, 79 species of reptiles, 85 plant species and 49 species of fish; the Timbavati Game Reserve is a conservation sanctuary.

Although the landscape is abundant in African wildlife, the Timbavati Game Reserve has another major drawing card within the confines of the protected land. The world renowned White Lion of Timbavati wanders throughout the game reserve and visitors flock from across the world to get a glimpse of this majestic animal in its natural habitat. It is this land that roots the ancestral tree from which the world’s population of White Lion grew.

With the prolific wildlife of Kruger National Park roaming throughout the entire unfenced landscape, we at GreenLife Africa are quite certain that you will be able to marvel over at least four of Africa’s Big Five, depending on the duration of your stay of course.

Access Details

The game reserves within the Greater Kruger National Park are easily accessed by road or air. Three airports are conveniently located at Nelspruit, Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa. Lodges have air strips, so flights may be chartered too.

Nelspruit is the main gateway, with daily flights from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, as well as connections to Vilanculos in Mozambique. Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa have daily flights from Johannesburg. By vehicle, the region is about 5 to 6 hours away from Johannesburg on the national roads.

Suggested Stay Details

"The area has a subtropical climate with hot and humid summers and mildly humid and warm winters. Rain falls mainly during summer months with spectacular afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Rainfall gathers up to 500 mm (30 in�_) a year.

The average summer temperatures reach a maximum of 33°C (86°F) from December to March and an average maximum of 14°C (75°F) during the winter months.

Type of Experience

As a Big Five game reserve, the experience of getting as close as you possibly can to one of Africa’s most feared mammals is death defying and exhilarating in itself. Coupled with the bushveld grandeur that exudes from Sabi Sands and Manyeleti game reserves, we are sure that any expectation that you have ever imagined about an African safari will be to bypass.

End your day with an exquisite meal, surrounded by African bushveld while the fire’s blaze casts silhouettes of tribal dancers across sepia landscape as an African sun sets beneath the horizon.

Infrastructure

Accommodation ranges from middle to upper budget levels, boasting exceptionally high standards placed on service delivery. Luxury tented camps, colonial styled thatched roof cottages and exquisite bush lodges provide comfort while experiencing Africa’s natural beauty.

Geography

The area is typically surrounded by the honey shades of savanna bushveld. It consists of different landscape types, dominated mainly by acacia and mopane woodlands.

History

"Sabi Game Reserve was proclaimed in 1898 by the president of what was then, the Transvaal Republic, making it the oldest national park within the South African borders. In 1926, initially established to control hunting and offer protection to hunted animals, the reserve was dramatically expanded and named the Kruger National Park. In 1902, James Hamilton became the first warden of the proclaimed land for 44 years which was then only one third of the current size. Since its proclamation, the park attracted an increasing amount of tourists in search of an African experience. In 1959, fences were erected to border the national park, which aimed to prevent foot and mouth disease from spreading and to reduce poaching. Unfortunately the fences did more harm than good, reducing the population of many wildlife species. As a result, the park has no fences within its borders.

Confiscating land from the Makuleke people and forcing their relocation in 1969, the previously inhabited areas were integrated as part of northern Kruger National Park. A land claim was submitted in 1996 by the Makuleke tribe people to reclaim their land which was successful. The Makuleke tribe was granted more than 19000 hectares of northern park land but instead of resettling on the land, it was incorporated and used for tourism development.

Expanding yet again in 2002, the Kruger National Park crosses borders into Zimbabwe, Limpopo and Mozambique, making it one of Africa’s largest national parks.

Activities & Highlights

"WILDLIFE: The reserve offers both day and night game drives and with the knowledge and expertise of professional game rangers; expect the spotlight to illuminate many of Africa’s wildlife. Timbavati Game Reserve boasts more than 40 species of land mammals, 360 species of birds, 79 species of reptiles, 85 plant species and 49 species of fish.

BIRD SANCTUARY: Kruger National Park and its private game reserves are truly a haven to all birds and bird lovers. The Timbavati region attracts more than 510 species of birds.

BUSHVELD GRANDEUR: Comfort is not far from the confines of the African bushveld. Timbavati Game Reserve is known for quality of wildlife and their excellent service too. Get lost in the timeless rhythm of Africa’s pulsating beauty. Unwind after a full day of exploration while you are enjoying the exquisite experience of dining in the African bush."



Season Travel Details

"The area has a subtropical climate with hot and humid summers and mildly humid and warm winters. Rain falls mainly during summer months with spectacular afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Rainfall gathers up to 500 mm (30 in�_) a year.

The average summer temperatures reach a maximum of 33°C (86°F) from December to March and an average maximum of 14°C (75°F) during the winter months.

Camp Jabulani

Camp Jabulani

The exclusive 5 star Camp Jabulani (a proud member of the Relais & Châteaux Association) offers luxury accommodation and an unforgettable wildlife experience that Greenlife Safaris guests will not easily forget.

Jackalberry Lodge

Jackalberry Lodge

The majestic Drakensberg Mountains provide a spectacular backdrop for Jackalberry Lodge, offering Greenlife Safaris guests magnificent views and warm hospitality.

Kambaku River Sands

Kambaku River Sands

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

Kambaku Safari Lodge

Kambaku Safari Lodge

Nestled in the heart of the renowned Timbavati Private Nature Reserve lies Kambaku Safari Lodge. Kambaku provides the ultimate Greenlife Safaris escape from busy schedules and enchanting serenity.

Kapama Buffalo Camp

Kapama Buffalo Camp

Built on the theme of an East African tented safari camp of bygone days, Kapama's Buffalo Camp offers Greenlife Safaris visitors to the African bush a unique and intimate experience.

Kapama River Lodge

Kapama River Lodge

The northern Drakensberg mountain range provides a majestic backdrop to the 5 star Kapama River Lodge, the largest private game lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park region.

Kings Camp

Kings Camp

With it's unique romantic ambience, Kings Camp invites Greenlife Safaris guests to relax and experience the bushveld in fine colonial style. With only 10 luxury suites we pride ourselves on exclusivity.

Motswari Private Game Reserve

Motswari Private Game Reserve

Motswari situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve adjoining the Kruger National Park accommodates up to 30 Greenlife Safaris guests in 15 luxury en suite bungalows.

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Best of South Africa

Explore the world within one country; South Africa boasts some of the most magnificent landscapes, unrivaled biodiversity with great wilderness areas and wildlife. Experience the true hospitality of this land of many cultures ranging from modest rural communities to flamboyant cosmopolitan city scapes.

These journeys are designed to give first time travelers a great blend of experiences combining a wildlife safari to encounter the big five, some historical and cultural opportunities to give you an insight into the diverse society and a chance to immerse yourself into the wonderful South African lifestyle. Enjoy fine cuisine and excellent wine, soak up the sun on the pristine Cape beaches or shop to your heart content.

South Africa has so much to offer. It is a destination for many visits and it is our recommendation to rather experience quality than quantity and avoid lengthy time consuming travel between multiple areas but to rather focus on a few special places and get the most from your stay.


Multiple Countries

For the hardened traveler you can explore great destinations in multiple countries. An example for this is at Kazungula where Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia meet. To the east of South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe are in close proximity of each other.

Each country has a unique character and they are all very different from each other in landscape and culture.

Regional travel is relatively okay if you remain on the main routes, however distances are vast and the conditions can at times be challenging due to some badly maintained roads and poor local driving etiquette. The best way to travel regionally is by air charter which is not only convenient scheduled but it gets you directly to your destinations without extra stops and wasted time.

Let us plan your itinerary to most efficiently use the best travel options available to make your journey more comfortable and cost efficient.


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