|Eight week old Lion Cubs
The Timbavati is privately owned land and is adjacent and open to Kruger National Park making it part of a ecosystem of more than 2 million hectares. Indeed one of Africa's finest wildlife areas. With its relatively flat typography and wooded bushland it is quite different from the more open and undulating Mashatu yet still as exciting. Our camp of choise was Tanda Tula, a tented camp along the now dry Sharalumi river. Its one of South Africa's flagship tented camps. But don't be fooled. This luxury camp is super comfortable yet with a warm personal touch evident throughout.
I have always maintained that due to the more wooded landscape the Timbavati (or Greater Kruger) is a land of surprizes. Game is not seen from a kilometer away but one never knows what the next bend in the road may yield. This was beautifully illustrated when finding a pair of symmetric White-Faced scops owls roosting in a Combretum tree.
|Stunning Leopard drinking at last light.
|Early morning White Rhino.
The Timbavati is also one of the best places to see and photograph White Rhinos. The second largest land mammal is becoming increasingly under threat due to the poaching pandemic flooding Africa. Comforting to know though is that a heavy presence in the Timbavati is halting this problem.
|View over the Sharalumi River from the Deck.