​User Reviews – Timbavati NR

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guybaxendale   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: April 2011 Reviewed: Aug 14, 2012

Email guybaxendale  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Honeymoon in Timbavati
Overall rating

My wife and I stayed at Tanda Tula Safari camp in Timbavati nature reserve for our honeymoon last April.

To give you some background as to what I benchmark Timbavati against i worked in a Safari lodge in Kenya in the past and have been on Safari in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

The abundance of wildlife in Timbavati is exceptional and we saw the 'Big Five' twice over during our four day stay and plenty of plains game and birdlife. The food at Tanda Tula was excellent, particularly the bush breakfast. Our guide spoke perfect English and was extremely knowledgeable about the area and its wildlife.

For safari first timers that want to see the 'big five' this is without a doubt the best area I have ever been to. However, for people who have seen a bit of Africa you may feel that you are slightly part of a 'machine' and that the guides feel an obligation who need to 'tick off' the big five for each and every guest. The guides radio to each other constantly when they find game which means that you absolutely will get to see the animals. They have a 'queuing system' to see them as they maintain a policy of only two jeeps viewing at any one time to minimise stress on the animals (an excellent policy). This is not true true African wilderness and so i suppose the bush vibe cannot be expected to be 100% authentic but it was the only slight negative for me. My wife had been on safari once before and i think felt it slightly less than me.

galago1962   –  
Switzerland CH
Visited: December 2008 Reviewed: May 2, 2012

Email galago1962  |  35-50 years of age

Overall rating

Large variety of birds and animals, pretty scenery, high level of hospitality.

Marleen   –  
Netherlands NL
Visited: August 2007 Reviewed: Apr 11, 2012

Email Marleen  |  50-65 years of age

Overall rating

We were on a nightdrive, but saw only a few animals. The guide stopped at a fence where we could see the famous white lions.

Yamada Clan   –  
Netherlands NL
Visited: October 2011 Reviewed: Dec 6, 2011

35-50 years of age

Overall rating

I would recommend everyone to start your visit with a trip of a few days to a private gamepark. It is more expensive then Kruger, but the bush feeling is much higher as there are very few other tourists, no asfalt roads and lots of game to spot.

Average User Rating

  • 4.8/5
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  • Scenery
  • Bush Vibe
  • Birding

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