Covering over 60 000 hectares of diverse and breath-taking landscape, the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is the ultimate African safari destination.
Given the subtropical climate and ecological abundance, a trip to this exquisite corner of the world promises a plethora of natural beauty all year round. The mild Timbavati enjoys only two seasons; summer and winter. A trip during the summer months will ensure lush views and excellent bird watching, while the winter months offer great game viewing opportunities and milder daytime temperatures. Take a look at our Timbavati weather guide for an idea of what to expect when planning your next trip.
April – September
Winter | Low Season
The period between April and September make up the dry, winter months in the Timbavati. Offering clear skies and cool temperatures, this time of year is the best for game viewing in the area. The Greater Kruger Area experiences summer rains, so the lack of water during this time results in wildlife congregating around watering-holes, increasing your chances of spotting a wide variety of incredible animals. Game becomes more concentrated the scarcer the water becomes, and for this reason, September is the best month for game viewing in the Timbavati.
Temperatures can drop below 10 °C in the early mornings and evenings from June to August, so it’s important to pack warm clothes accordingly. The spectacular morning and evening light make for incredible photography opportunities, as well as atmospheric game drives.
October – March
Summer | High Season
The Timbavati sees between 450 and 550 mm of rain per year, with the majority of it falling during the summer months, between October and March. After a long dry season, when the fresh summer rain starts to fall in October and November, it immediately brings new life to the parched landscape. Flourishing foliage makes for stunning views, and the rain becomes a welcome respite from the sweltering afternoon sun.
The temperatures rise significantly between December and February, so make sure you’re prepared with the appropriate sun protection. Temperatures can reach 38 °C from January to March
While summer brings new life with a number of animals giving birth at this time, game viewing does become more difficult as a result of the dense and thriving vegetation.
Looking for the ultimate Timbavati safari lodge? Kings Camp Private Nature Reserve offers elegant, comfortable and luxurious accommodation near the Kruger National Park. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.
Image Credit: Almero Klingenberg, Dean Robinson