"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.
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.
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"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.
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.
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.
"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.