Timbavati Private Nature Reserve was founded in 1956 by a group of local landowners in an effort to conserve what was left of the local wildlife. The word 'Timbavati' is from the Tsonga people, meaning ‘the place where something sacred came down to earth’. This refers to the rare white lions, which can still be found in the area today. In traditional Tsonga culture these animals are revered as spirits of the dead kings. For others the white lions became a popular hunting target. As a result their numbers have dramatically decreased in the past century. Today the remaining white lions are protected! Timbavati Private Nature Reserve borders the famous Kruger National Park, to encourage animal migration in the region the fences between the parks where removed in 1993. As a result of this the Big 5 and an array of other wildlife can be found in Timbavati.
Shindzela Tented Camp
Shindzela Tented Camp is situated in the heart of Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Accommodation consists of luxury tents with either twin or double beds. The whole camp has a back to nature ambiance; here you will feel one with the wildlife that surrounds you. That said, Shindzela is still a luxury-tented camp, with comfortable tents, all with en-suite bathrooms and a lovely swimming pool for those hot African summers days. Two guided game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles are included for each night of your stay. All meals are also included in your stay at Shindzela Tented Camp. Children over 10 are welcome at Shindzela Tented Camp, children over 16 are welcome to join walking safaris.
Africa on Foot
The 4-star Africa on Foot camp, situated at the western border of the Kruger National Park, offers five chalets and a treehouse, which is the more adventurous option for guests who want to spend the night in the wilderness. Africa on Foot offers its guests an authentic experience during their stay. Each chalet is equipped with an en-suite bathroom, mosquito nets and comfortable spacious beds. The camp runs on solar energy to keep everything as natural and environmental friendly as possible. Guests can relax in the comfortable lounges of the main building or visit the library. On the outside terrain you will find the camps bonfire, which is ideal for the chilly winter mornings and excellent for evening drinks and sharing memorable stories throughout the year. Children from the age of 5 are welcome at Africa on Foot.