Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Lying to the north of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, and sharing unfenced borders with the adjoining Kruger National Park , Timbavati Private Nature Reserve extends for 53 392 hectares, has 12 luxury lodges on offer and is home to over 140 mammal species as well as 360 different bird species. The area offers 6 different landscapes creating an ever changing world filled with elephant, kudu, zebra, lion, giraffe and even the endangered wild dog.
The Timbavati Association began in 1956 when a group of conservationists decided to attempt to heal the badly damaged and eroded soils of the area and return the landscape to its original state. The area became famous in 1975 when the white lions of Timbavati were first sighted by Lanice van Den Heever, the daughter of Cyril McBride, one of the founding members. The white lions are not currently found in Timbavati - they are occasionally seen in the adjoining Kruger Park and may occur again at Timbavati at any given time. The colouring of white lions is not caused, as commonly thought, by 'albinism' but rather by 'leucism' where the pelt is white but the eyes and skin of the lion are pigmented.