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What to bring on Safari

We have a curio shop in camp where you can purchase souvenirs, shirts and caps. For the ladies we offer lovely African silver jewellery and for kids cute stuffed animal toys.
Clothes:  Walking shoes, sandals, neutral-coloured clothing: long pants, shorts, fleece/jumper, light raincoat, long-sleeved tops.
Personal:  A wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, sunblock, personal amenities, insect repellent, reading material.
Winter:  During the winter months (May to September), add a tracksuit, beanie, scarf, gloves and a warm fleece.
Equipment:  A flashlight, camera and spare batteries.

Conservation Levies

The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is embarking on an initiative to increase conservation revenue through sustainable tourism.  This strategy was developed through a joint effort of the commercial operations within the Timbavati, as a means to provide the reserve with a more significant income from commercial tourism.  This comes at a time when our wilderness areas are under greater threat than ever before, with exponential increases in security costs to combat wildlife crime.

What is the conservation levy used for?

The Conservation Levy is used entirely in the funding of the operational activities of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. 10% of all Conservation Levy income is used for community development projects through the Timbavati Foundation.

Timbavati Reserve Entry Fees

Timbavati Reserve Vehicle Fee:

R230 per vehicle (subject to change without notice: Valid 1 Jan 2022 to 31 Dec 2022).

This vehicle fee is collected in cash or via credit card by Timbavati Private Nature Reserve personnel upon arrival at the Timbavati Gate.


Timbavati Reserve Conservation Levy:

R460 per person per night — (subject to change: Valid 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2022).


The conservation levy is collected in cash/card upon arrival at Thabamati Luxury Tented Camp.

The conservation levy may also be pre-paid and added to your invoice.


Please Note:

Reserve fees are always subject to change by the Timbavati Board.


About the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

The TPNR is within the Greater Kruger open system.  The Reserve falls within the internationally declared Kruger 2 Canyons UNESCO Man and Biosphere, and within the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area (GLTCA).

The TPNR also forms part of the Associated Private Nature Reserves (APNR), which is a conglomerate of privately owned nature reserves. In 1993, fences between Associated Private Nature Reserves and the Kruger National Park were removed to encourage wildlife migration, and the Greater Kruger National Park was born. (


TWPP/Rhino Anti-Poaching Unit

The Timbavati Wildlife Protection Programme’s anti-rhino poaching initiative is focused on effectively detecting and deterring incursions.   Click here to watch a video for more information.

About The Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It is situated across the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces of South Africa, and its borders stretch up to Zimbabwe in the north and Mozambique in the east. Back in 1898 it was known as the Government Wildlife Park. It later became the Sabi Game Reserve, and then the Kruger National Park in 1926. The Kruger National Park is the core of the Kruger 2 Canyons and Vhembe UNESCO Man and Biospheres, and the core of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area (GLTP Treaty, 2002).

The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is located in the Limpopo province of South Africa, between latitudes 24° 34’ S and 24° 03’ S, and longitudes 31° 03’ E and 31° 31’ E. 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. The southern border of the Kruger National Park lies close to the Kingdom of Swaziland, while in the north it borders Zimbabwe and, in the east, Mozambique. The terrain is undulating with altitudes ranging between 300 to 500 metres above sea level.

Malaria Control

Timbavati has very few to no cases of malaria on an annual basis. The aim of the control programme is to control the mosquito numbers in and around camps in the reserve.  Mosquito numbers are highest during the wet summer months of the year and during these months all camps are sprayed at regular intervals. This action ensures that the probability of any visitor’s contracting malaria is reduced.

Coupled with this action, the Department of Health, performs regular checks in summer, whereby all staff are tested to ascertain if there are any “carriers” amongst them. Such people will put their colleagues at risk of infection and by timeously treating these individuals, further cases are avoided.


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Our Community - The Timbavati Foundation

The Timbavati Foundation, which was registered in 2010, is an independent Capital Trust Fund and has its vision firmly rooted in the spirit of Ubuntu. Ubuntu, one of the founding principles of the new South Africa and a concept that exemplifies both Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, encapsulates the true essence of being human.


Our Community – Hlokomela

Hlokomela is an award-winning HIV and AIDS educational and treatment programme targeting workers, including foreign migrants, in the agriculture, nature conservation and tourism sectors in The Greater Kruger to Canyons area located in Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The programme aims to reduce HIV vulnerability through peer education.

Our Community – Nourish

Nourish Eco-Village is a South African non-profit organization dedicated to uplifting local communities, promoting social responsibility and encouraging environmental education. We at Nourish believe that the environmental integrity of a community is inextricably linked to the strength of its people, body and soul.

Our Community - Pack for a Purpose
Make your travels meaningful.  Now more than ever Pack for a Purpose will be a way to make a Big Impact where you travel.  Have a Big Impact in the communities you visit. Simply use a small amount of space in your luggage to pack supplies needed by community projects around the world.


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