In the 'hood, Timbavati as a destination

Timbavati Game Reserve shares a common unfenced border with the Kruger National Park. This allows the animals free range and ensures guests to the area the opportunity to view the greatest diversity of wildlife that South Africa has to offer. Timbavati is a "Big Five" Game Reserve: Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo roam freely plus many more species of predator and antelopes. The area ... cont.

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve (near Hoedspruit), Greater Kruger Park, Limpopo, South Africa

Directions to Umlani Bushcamp

From Johannesburg
• Get onto the N12 highway towards Witbank.
This eventually joins the N4 highway at Witbank

From Pretoria
• Get onto the N4 towards Witbank - N4 highway is also the highway/ main road to Nelspruit & Maputu
• Toll Road
• Take left off ramp to Belfast
• Pass through the small town of Belfast and follow road signs turning right onto the R540 to Dullstroom
• Follow the signs on R540 to Lydenburg
• At the T-junction, outside Lydenburg, turn left
• Pass through the town of Lydenburg and follow the road signs, turning left, onto the R36 towards Ohrigstad
• Pass through the town of Ohrigstad, still on the R36
• Continue on the R36 towards the Strydom Tunnel
• Pass through the mountainous region and the Strydom Tunnel - this road will lead you into Hoedspruit
• Pass through the small town of Hoedspruit and at the 2nd four way stop turn right onto the R40 towards Klaserie and Acornhoek
• Leave the town of Hoedspruit and after 6km turn left onto the Timbavati Road (lots of Game Lodge Signs).
• Travel for 17,8km along the Timbavati Road until you reach the Timbavati Gate - you will pass the Eastgate/ Hoedspruit Airport on your left hand side
• On arrival at the Timbavati Gate please pay R120 for issue of permit per / vehicle plus R120 p/guest conservation levy
• Once through the Timbavati gate continue along the tar road for 13,7 kms
• On the left hand side of the road you will see a round cement road maker with lodge names on it – turn right directly opposite onto a dirt road
• Follow the small wooden signs “UMLANI” to the camp – there are 3 wooden signs in total

Panorama Route
Alternatively you can drive via the Panorama Route, which takes in Dullstroom, God's Window, Blyde River Canyon, Mac Mac Falls and other wonderful places. This is well worth while, taking in spectacular scenery and quaint towns and villages. Contact us for more details.

Amenities in the area

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  • Airport (35 km)
  • Car Hire (35 km)


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  • Game viewing
  • Game viewing (big 5)
  • Golf course(s)
  • Horse riding
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Microlight flights
  • Rhino / Elephant tracking
  • Swimming

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