Travel Blogs from Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa

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It's on, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

It's on

A travel blog entry by dc314

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It's our last drive in Thornybush before switching lodges for the last night and moving to Timbavati.  Van tells us that Timbavati is good, we will see lots of elephants and buffalo, but if we want to see the leopard, we should spend a large portion ...

Saturday 7th May - Arrival and evening drive, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

Saturday 7th May - Arrival and evening drive

A travel blog entry by tracey_igoe

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Saturday 7th May - Arrival and evening drive   [PHOTO_ID_BLOCK=first-plane.jpg] A text book journey from LHR to Johannesburg. Air miles = club = a bed and far too much champagne.  ...

Sunday 8th May 2016, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

Sunday 8th May 2016

A travel blog entry by tracey_igoe

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... ID_BLOCK=wildebeet.jpg]  Then we saw some wildebeest, about 20 in total, with one baby. There used to be many in the Timbavati, but when the fences came down they moved on & never really returned. Apparently they are included in the 'Big ugly 5' ...

Monday 9th May 2016, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

Monday 9th May 2016

A travel blog entry by tracey_igoe

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Morning drive  Well, if this had been our first ever game drive, we would be asking ourselves what on earth are we doing on a safari. Fortunately this was our 36th game drive, 20th at Motswari & we know better.  It started OK, the walk from ...

Tuesday 10th May 2016, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

Tuesday 10th May 2016

A travel blog entry by tracey_igoe

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Morning drive Today I committed the cardinal sin of photographers.   A chilly morning. I'd heard hyena in the night and convinced lion roaring too. That could be wishful thinking. Muffin to go and up in the back row. Ed had been very unwell in the ...

Wednesday 11th May 2016, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

Wednesday 11th May 2016

A travel blog entry by tracey_igoe

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... dragged by the moth to the wall. Within 10 minutes he'd eaten it all. I'd killed that moth with kindness. Perhaps I shouldn't interfere with nature, but I didn't want it die a slow death under a rug. It wasn't a very quick death, about ten minutes, but he ...

King's Camp Private Game Reserve, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

King's Camp Private Game Reserve

A travel blog entry by lee.d.rosen

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... hole and all sorts of areas for dining. Game Drives The game drives were awesome!  There were tons of animals throughout the reserve and we knocked off the "Big 5" pretty quickly. The "Big 5" consists of Rhinos, Elephants, Leopards, Cape Buffalo and ...

Thursday 12th May 2016 - Final Drive, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

Thursday 12th May 2016 - Final Drive

A travel blog entry by tracey_igoe

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... to two fabulous Private Game Reserves, both quite different, but it’s the people that make it, as much as the animals.  We love South Africa, such a diverse country.  The next four days will be spent in Cape Town. Let the relaxing ...

It isn't Australia!, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

It isn't Australia!

A travel blog entry by mickoobyrne

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... aircraft to spend five days with them in the Timbavati where their family has held for some forty years a lease on a private game reserve. Their property joins the unfenced Kruger National Park and we were hoping to do some "game drives" and see animals ...

South Africa Safari-Lions, Leopards, and more..., Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

South Africa Safari-Lions, Leopards, and more...

A travel blog entry by mnasega

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A Fabulous trip to South Africa Timbavati Reserve in Kruger Park! We slept in a camp in the park and saw Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffalo, Rhinos, Giraffes, Zebras, Hyenas, Kudos, Impalas, Wild Dogs, Warthogs, Monkeys, Vultures, baby animals and much ...

more lions and leopards, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

more lions and leopards

A travel blog entry by tckontis

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... two young giraffes.  After that, we came back to the lodge, took showers, and had dinner. Tomorrow we are going to the western side of the reserve to see if we can find some rhinos! (We only need to see them to complete seeing the big 5!) ...

Last full day of safaris in Africa, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

Last full day of safaris in Africa

A travel blog entry by tckontis

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... rifle, just in case!)We learned about birds, trees, animals, footprints, and about people who had lived in the area before the private reserve was created.   Then, we relaxed and packed to go home until 3:30 for an afternoon game drive. We ...

The Lion Sleeps Tonight!, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

The Lion Sleeps Tonight!

A travel blog entry by tckontis

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... am to take us to our next camp which was about 120 km away. It took us 2.5 hours to get to Kings Camp at Timbavati Nature Reserve. Along the way, our driver was stopped by the police. Dad thought he was going to have to bribe the policeman, who was ...

animal photos, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

animal photos

A travel blog entry by tckontis

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Here are some photos. Today we were in the middle of a pride of lions huntinb buffalo--more ...

The Big 5 for the Big 5-0, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

The Big 5 for the Big 5-0

A travel blog entry by tckontis

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Alexandra is too tired again tonight, so I'm doing blog duty. The big news today is that we completed the hunt for the big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino). We had seen everything except the rhino, until today... This morning started ...

Timbavati Nature  Reserve, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

Timbavati Nature Reserve

A travel blog entry by bangkokrandy

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... one, but that should be compensated by what seems to be much nicer people. After a brief introduction, we set off across Africa with 8 tour members, one German/English translator, one driver/guide and one cook. We are quite a mixed group, with two ...

Safari Day 7 - Kings Camp arrival..., Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

Safari Day 7 - Kings Camp arrival...

A travel blog entry by heather-rainier

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... Kings Camp today at about 11:30 am. It is about an hour and a half drive there. We will be exploring the Timbavati Game Reserve, renowned for it's big cat sightings and the variety of game seen in this wonderful park that borders Kruger. With all ...

The safari continues, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

The safari continues

A travel blog entry by jim.diane

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On this morning’s game drive we went back to visit the leopard in the tree.  He was still having his dinner/breakfast but was joined by a hyena who was waiting under the tree for leftovers.  We saw giraffe and elephants then went back to ...

Saturday 6th September 2014, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

Saturday 6th September 2014

A travel blog entry by tracey_igoe

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... & Dad. Now to cull over two thousand photos, and do the boring laundry. One other thing; People ask if it's safe in South Africa, we could be murdered, get Ebola, all manner of dreadful things. Yes we could, but as we boarded the plane we saw Fridays ...

First Safari Lodge, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

First Safari Lodge

A travel blog entry by jim.diane

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... to lane closures along the way.  The roads otherwise were paved until we got to the lodge turn off.  The speed limit inside the Timbavati Reserve was 50 km (30 mph).  It was like driving in a school zone for 25 km.  Once we reached the ...

A slow morning but a great afternoon, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

A slow morning but a great afternoon

A travel blog entry by sandshoephil

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Its a 5am start as we need to be transported down form the Hilltop Lodge to the River Lodge where the rest of the group are staying.   Time for a quick coffee and by 5:30 everyone is loaded into our two Land-Rovers are we are off again. Its a ...

Monday 12th October and finally it's Motswari!, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

Monday 12th October and finally it's Motswari!

A travel blog entry by tracey_igoe

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7am start, up & out for the transfer at 8.30. Quick coffee & yogurt breakfast at the departure gate. Flight to Hoedspruit at 10.15. A quick up & down and in an hour we landed on the longest runway in SA. Impala & warthog were waiting for ...

Tuesday 13th October 2015, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

Tuesday 13th October 2015

A travel blog entry by tracey_igoe

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... , three tents, two set up, and a table laden with cooking pots and table places set for three. It was like something 'Out of Africa'!  [PHOTO_ID_BLOCK=tented-camp.jpg] [PHOTO_ID_BLOCK=our-beds.jpg] We had a quick guided tour, chemical toilet in ...

Wednesday 14 October 2015, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

Wednesday 14 October 2015

A travel blog entry by tracey_igoe

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... sun was setting. Not a brilliant sunset, quite a bit of cloud, but it was still very hot. Before long we were at a private runway, at the end was a beautiful thatched house, with electric fence around it. The owners visit from May to September, they own ...

Thursday 15th October, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

Thursday 15th October

A travel blog entry by tracey_igoe

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... ;[PHOTO_ID_BLOCK=1-sunset.jpg] We stopped a few times for some fabulous sunset shots, with dead trees in front for that classic 'Out of Africa shot' and a 'clean' shot of the orange ball. It was the first time we'd seen it all day. Chad is really good at ...

Friday 16th October 2015, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

Friday 16th October 2015

A travel blog entry by tracey_igoe

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... set out to find them. They'd been located close to the tar road that brings you in from the airport & entrance to the Timbavati. If they went one way we couldn't follow, but luckily they had crossed over to land we could traverse on. Suddenly we saw ...

Saturday 17th morning drive. And home, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

Saturday 17th morning drive. And home

A travel blog entry by tracey_igoe

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... ' of a lifetime. Lots of photos, many happy memories, and I may have overcome my fear of frogs. Or maybe not. Hope we make it home safely. Looking forward to seeing everyone, sleeping in my own bed & encouraging more people to visit South ...

Not just another game drive, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

Not just another game drive

A travel blog entry by geosan.479

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Shindzela Tented Bush Camp, Hoedspruit, South Africa 16-20 December 2013 Monday, 16 December – started from Jo'burg at 6:20 AM drove to Hoedspruit arrived around 1:30 PM. Met by Caroline and Johan, our guide for our 4 night stay as well as a ...

The elusive leopard at last, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

The elusive leopard at last

A travel blog entry by stigh

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... quite a lot of elephants and herds of zebra and wildebeest. After a quick lunch. we exited Kruger park and made way to Timbavati safari lodge where we quickly set up camp, and then continued to Moholoholo wildlife rehabiliation center. We first got an ...

Into the wild, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa travel blog

Into the wild

A travel blog entry by nicolenoordhoek

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Today we would be spending our day in the Kruger National Park, so we were woken up at a quarter to six. We were supposed to leave at six o'clock, but we were delayed so in the end we left fifteen minutes later. We set off in our van and, later, after ...

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