Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve came into existence in July 1956 when a group of conservation-minded people on the western boundary of the Kruger National Park came together to form the Timbavati Association.
The reserve covers approximately 60 000 hectares of pristine African bush, which forms part of the world famous greater Kruger National Park. 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, namely Timbavati, Sabi Sand, Klaserie, Umbabat and Manyaleti was removed to create the greater Kruger National Park, covering an area of 2.2 million hectares. The fence was removed as conservationists wanted to re-create ancient migration movements of wildlife from the foothills of the Lebombo Mountains in the east, to the Drakensburg Mountains 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. Our commitment to our guests is to freely share in the experience in a manner that is both enlightening and relaxing. We are further dedicated to a gracious style of hospitality from a bygone era, combined with a flexibility that puts the comfort and requests of our guests first. But above all, we will do this in a manner that will never compromise our environment, instead it will materially benefit our surrounding community culturally, environmentally and economically.
THE TIMBAVATI ECO SYSTEM
An ecosystem is defined where living biotic components that include trees, plants, insects, animals, birds and reptiles and their non-living abiotic components of water, air, substrate environment including the climate regime are inseparably interrelated and interact upon each other. The ecosystem is the basic functional unit in ecology, since it includes both organisms and abiotic environment, each influencing the properties of the other and both necessary for maintenance of life on earth. This influence renders conservation all the more important, since one disrupted link can effect the whole chain.
The entire Greater Kruger National Park has been zoned into 35 basic landscape types. A landscape is defined as an area with a specific geomorphology, climate, soil and vegetation pattern together with the associated fauna.