Wildlife & Animals – Timbavati NR

Timbavati is part of the Greater Kruger ecosystem, where animals roam throughout the different parks without fences. This means all main safari animals can be seen in the park. Timbavati is the closest competition to the better-known Sabi Sand Game Reserve, but it is a bit quieter and wilder. All of the Big Five can be spotted and sightings tend to be of the highest quality. Cheetah and leopard are seen less often than in Sabi Sands.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantCommon
GiraffeCommon
HippoCommon
BuffaloCommon
ZebraCommon
Black RhinoVery Rare
LionCommon
LeopardCommon
CheetahCommon
HyenaCommon

Wildlife Highlights

Timbavati is known for its large herds of buffalo, while lions and elephants are found in good numbers as well. The park's claim to fame is its white lions, but they haven't been seen for a long time. You might be able to see some very pale individuals that carry the gene.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The dry months of June to September is peak wildlife viewing time in Timbavati. August to September is a desirable time to visit, as the temperature warms up and sightings are made even easier because animals gather around predictable water sources.

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