Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

In 1956, a group of conservation-minded landowners formed the Timbavati Association with the aim to reclaim the land for the benefit of all. They had come together after witnessing the degradation of a once pristine wilderness area.

Insensitive land use (primarily crop and cattle farming) had caused soil erosion and destruction of indigenous plant species. In addition, natural water sources had been rerouted by dams further impacting on the natural status quo. As a result, much of the wildlife common to the area was lost.

Since the formation of the Timbavati Association, every landowner in the area has been encouraged to join in the conservation effort. Today, there are over 50 members who have succeeded in restoring the land to its former glory, with diverse and rare wildlife species making the Timbavati their home.

Greater Kruger National Park

In 1993, in recognition of the importance of the area, the fences between the Kruger National Park and the Timbavati Reserve were removed to encourage natural species migration.

Man’s incursions into this part of the Lowveld have always been temporary and brief, from early stone age down to the early 20th century. In point of fact, large tracts of land in the northern portion of the Lowveld were never permanently settled by man.

The lands now comprising the Timbavati were barely touched, and are still only lightly inhabited. This part of South Africa’s bushveld region may therefore be regarded as truly unspoiled and deserves recognition as genuine wild land, as opposed to the “restored” and “restocked” lands commonly found elsewhere.

Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed …

We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in.

Timbavati Association

The Timbavati Association is a non-profit organisation comprising 50 privately owned farms, encompassing 53,392 hectares of land. Each member is bound by the Constitution of the Association to uphold the principles and values of conservation, sustainable land use and local community development.

The Timbavati Association forms part of the larger Associated Private Nature Reserves (APNR), comprising Timbavati, Klaserie and Umbabat Private Nature Reserves and Balule Nature Reserve. Collectively these reserves represent 180,000 hectares of land dedicated to conservation.

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