Expert Reviews – Timbavati NR
Stephen is a travel writer and avid conservationist whose work appears in prestigious magazines such as Africa Geographic and Travel Africa.
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Poor Cousin of the Sabi Sands
At 55,000ha this private game reserve is slightly smaller in size than the Sabi Sands and for some inexplicable reason it seems to always get rated in second place when compared to its more illustrious neighbour to the south. But I don’t believe there is any sound reason for this. The game viewing here is excellent; I would say virtually on a par with the Sabi Sands (but after-all both these reserves form part of the unfenced Greater Kruger Park so this should come as no real surprise). The Big Five, cheetah, wild dog… the Timbivati has it all and with lower tourist numbers to boot. The reserve doesn’t have quite the international reputation of the Sabi Sands, but it does have the wildlife and sightings to match it. If you’re after great game-viewing and would prefer not to deal with big crowds of safari enthusiasts, then the Timbivati Reserve is a very worthwhile safari option to consider.