Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger Conservation Area, located in Limpopo Province in South Africa. The reserve lies west of the Kruger National Park Boundary and north-east of Johannesburg. There are no fences between the Timbavati and Kruger, meaning game moves freely between the two reserves. Timbavati Private Nature Reserve came into existence in 1956.
Aside from being Big 5 country, the Timbavati is home to over 40 species of mammal and 282 bird species. The reserve covers approximately 60 000 hectares of pristine African bushveld. The Kruger National Park itself is a further two million hectares in size, which is about the same size as Israel or Wales.
In the early 1990’s the boundary fence between the Kruger National Park and adjacent private game reserves including the Timbavati, Sabi Sand, Klaserie, Umbabat and Manyeleti was removed to create the Greater Kruger National Park. The fence was removed to allow ancient migration movements of wildlife from the Lebombo Mountains in the east to the Drakensberg in the west.
Kings Camp is situated in the northern corner of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and has been in operation as a game lodge since 1995. Kings Camp is committed to sharing an experience of the Timbavati that is both enlightening and relaxing. But above all, Kings Camp pays careful attention to our surrounding environment, and strives for the camp to benefit our nearby community culturally, environmentally and economically.
THE TIMBAVATI ECO SYSTEM
The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is situated within the Savanna Biome of South Africa. The biome covers roughly a third of South Africa. Savanna is classified as a vegetation consisting of both a tree and grass layer. The region receives annual rainfall between about 550mm-600mm per annum. The wet season occurs between November and April and can be particularly hot and humid.
The terrain in the Timbavati is undulating, with altitudes ranging between 300 to 500 metres above sea level. Granite and Gneiss are the dominant geological formations in the Timbavati and thus sandy soils characterise the landscape for most of the region around Kings Camp.
Game viewing in the Timbavati is exceptional. Elephant, buffalo, giraffe, kudu, zebra, impala, lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena are all regularly seen, as are larger antelope such as roan, eland and tsessebe.
The entire Greater Kruger National Park has been zoned into 35 basic landscape types. There are 3 different landscape types that are recognized at Kings Camp namely: