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  • Wildlife and Game Viewing
  • Game Drives
  • Video : Elephant Birth

Wildlife and Game Viewing

Simbavati Safari Lodges offer game activities in the early morning and evening when game viewing are most active. Game drives are conducted by experienced field guides and Shangaan trackers in open 4X4 vehicles, with excellent photographic opportunities.

You traverse over 12,000 hectares of the big-5 game country, with lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo as well as other species such as kudu, zebra, warthog, giraffe, monkey to name a few.

Nocturnal animals, including the big cats, are regularly sighted on night drives. Bird viewing is spectacular, with over 360 recorded species including various eagles, vultures, kingfishers, woodpeckers, buzzards, herons, egrets, owls, weavers.

The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve was initiated in 1956 by a group of land owners which was concerned about the degradation of this once pristine wilderness area.Timbavati is dedicated to conservation by maintaining the biodiversity of species and is also involved in different research projects.

White Lions of the Timbavati

The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is one of the few places in the world where you have the opportunity to see the unique white lion in their natural environment. The resident lion prides of Timbavati carry the recessive gene "chinchillia' that is responsible for this unusual anomaly. Two white lions were born into resident prides, and guests have a great chance of seeing these cubs while visiting either of the Simbavati Safari Lodges.

About Our Game Drives

  • Guests enjoy 2 game activities per day, each approximately 3 hours long
  • Morning game activities include a coffee/tea stop in the bush
  • Afternoon/evening game activities includes a sundowner stop in the bush
  • Game is viewed from an open 4 x 4 Land Rover
  • We have experienced guides and trackers
  • There are excellent photographic opportunities
  • There are over 360 bird species
  • There are over 40 mammal species including the Big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino)
  • Guests have a chance to see the white lion in its natural habitat

Guests can request a vehicle/guide on a private basis - see prices below

Private Vehicle:

Private vehicle/guide
R6 000.00 per day (valid until 31 October 2017)

Private photographic vehicle/guide
R7 250.00 per day (valid until 31 October 2017)

Summer and Winter Game Drive Times:

September to April:
Morning drive: 05h30 - 09h00
Afternoon/evening drive: 16h00 - 19h15

May to August:
Morning drive: 06h15 - 09h30
Afternoon/evening drive: 15h30 - 18h30