Expert Reviews – Timbavati NR
Kim is a travel writer who authored and updated over 15 guidebooks, including Lonely Planet's South Africa and Bradt's Tanzania guides.
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The home of the white lion
Sharing a fenceless border with Kruger National Park, Timbavati abounds with wildlife. The game sightings here are legendary with the park not only boasting the Big Five, but also what they call the ‘Magnificent Seven’ – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard as well as cheetah and wild dog. Spying all of these in one day on my first visit was a real treat. One that I didn't think could get any better, until on the way back to the lodge we stumbled across one of the park’s much-publicised white lionesses. What a joy! These beautiful creatures were discovered in the area in the 1970s and are quite rare, so I felt very privileged to see one of their numbers in the wild. Birders don’t miss out too, with Timbavati home to more than 300 species of birds. The park’s scrubby bushveld though makes game viewing a little more challenging, so I’d recommend you plan your visit during the winter months when the game viewing is the best.