Following in the footsteps of the herbivorous mammals are the carnivorous species of the South African bush. Lion, leopard, hyena, cheetah, African wild dog, and the Nile crocodile are some of the prominent predators residing in the Kruger region. The Timbavati is also home to the rare white lions that roam the wild. Smaller predators include jackal, mongoose, civet, and genet.
Some of the world’s largest mammals find their home in South Africa, where elephant, giraffe, hippo, buffalo, and rhino reside in the wild Kruger Park. Game drives in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve lead to unforgettable sightings of these large species, in addition to general game, such as zebra, impala, kudu, gnu, waterbuck, bushbuck, duiker, and steenbok.
The Timbavati habitat accommodates a complete smorgasbord of birder’s delights. Water birds such as herons, storks, plovers, spoonbills, and sandpipers are common along dam edges; kingfishers, orioles, robins, chats, larks, cisticolas, and coucals are some of the veld and woodland birds around; while birds of prey are seen and heard throughout the day.
We often get to observe huge breeding herds of buffalo drinking at one of our waterholes. Buffalo are bulk grazers and need to drink daily.
The Timbavati is home to a wealth of lions. On this ocassion we managed to get up close with the Mbiri male lions!
A wake of vultures descended upon a buffalo carcass that was taken down by the Mbiri male lions. Predators and scavengers in abundance!