THE BIG FIVE OF KRUGER
4 - 6 Guests
6 nights / 7 days
START DATE & END DATE:
30 April - 6 May, 2023
START & END LOCATION
Eastgate Airport, Hoedspruit
Timbavati Private Game Reserve
Timbavati shares an open border with the Kruger National Park, allowing all animals to roam freely into the reserve
Hosts a large array of animals including the iconic Big Five plus African wild dog, spotted hyena and much more
Home to the rare species of white lion. Whilst sightings are rare, and as such are not guaranteed, they are very much sought after
Eco conscious camp, meaning you don’t have to worry about having a negative effect on the environment whilst enjoying the luxuries of a safari.
Attentive guidance throughout from your private professional photographer, providing tuition in-the-field and back at the lodge
Buffalos, lions, giraffes, wildebeest, impalas, baboons, cheetahs, leopards, and the rare white lion – the list of wildlife in the Timbavati Game Reserve is mind-blowing and goes on and on.
This private game reserve, adjacent to Kruger, has over 40 mammals roaming freely. Covering 75.000 hectares of bush, you will experience a more intimate and personal affair with wildlife than anywhere else. Being in a private game reserve, jeeps are allowed to go off-road – in contrast to Kruger Park where vehicles are restricted to paved roads – and get much closer to animals.
The bright white icing on the cake in Timbavati Game Reserve is the presence of the rare white lion. A crème-coloured coat, ice blue eyes; their beauty is captivating. Although born with a snow-white coat, white lions are not albinos; it is the result of a rare colour mutation. White lions are indigenous to the Timbavati Game Reserve and the earliest records of sighting them in this region date from 1938.
Luckily, thier colouration doesn’t appear to be of disadvantage when it comes to survival. The Global White Lion Protection Trust (GWLPT) reintroduced white lions into their natural habitat in 2009, and they have been hunting and breeding successfully ever since. To prevent the spread of diseased animals, a fence erected along the Kruger Park’s boundary in the 1960s, blocked migration routes as well.
Due to an agreement of all parties in 1999, the fence was taken down. Now, no fences separate Timbavati’s 75.000 hectares from the Kruger Park, so herds are free to track along the ancient paths they roamed for ages. In the Timbavati Game Reserve, wildlife can be viewed up close, since vehicles are allowed to approach animals within six meters.
Beside the Big Five and dozens of other mammals, here is one exclusively for the birdwatchers among us.Get your cameras ready for the ‘Big Six’: Lappet faced Vulture, Martial Eagle; Saddle billed Stork, Kori Bustard, Ground Hornbill and Pel’s Fishing Owl. Africa’s most intriguing feather friends!
Meet at OR Tambo airport (Johannesburg) and drive to lodge (approx 4hrs) with a break in between for coffee and leg stretch.
Upon arrival, take a moment to settle in, have a drink and get used to your new surroundings before heading out on your first drive. After your first outing, you'll return back for celebratory drinks and a hearty dinner before bed.
Day Two - Six
Early morning game viewing activities are followed by breakfast back at the lodge. Time in between activities is your free tinme to relax; take a nap, read a book or keep an eye out for birds and other animals that wander by. This is also a perfect time to reflect upon your images, and Sam will be at hand and ready to conduct editing sessions and private critiques. Once again, the afternoon will come by and you'll be off on the search for game before returning back for dinner.
Early morning game drive and breakfast will be followed with checkout and departure.
You'll be transported back to OR Tambo and we aim to arrive early afternoon, so people can catch connecting flights back to Johannesburg or carry on with their travels.
HOSTING THIS TRIP
Sam has been a professional photographer for over a decade, starting off locally in England with wedding photography. His lifelong love for Africa eventually had him move out and taking on the role of teaching and managing photography projects in the Greater Kruger region of South Africa. He's seen his images and writing published in National Geographic, Africa Geographic, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Travel Africa and more.
Sam's core belief is that great photography is not hard to come by, but meaningful photography is, and his aim is to teach photographers the potential importance and impact their images can have in aiding and assisting the health and growth of our natural biosphere.
6 nights accommodation
All meals, tea and coffee
All game viewing activities
Return airport transfers
(Hoedspruit - Eastgate airport)
All conservation and gate fees
Travel / Health insurance
Soft drinks and alcohol
Any travel or expenses
outside of itinerary
Tips for lodge staff and guides
BOOKING AND PAYMENT
All bookings are considered provisional until a non-refundable deposit of 40% is paid. Payment is required within two weeks of booking, and must be done via bank transfer. Final payment is need no later than 8 weeks before tour start date. Please make sure to read our Terms and Conditions here for more information.
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