Tented Safaris

  • Big 5
  • Greater Kruger
  • Timbavati
  • Photographic Safaris
Game Drives


​Thabamati offers two safari game drives per day – one in the morning and one late afternoon/early evening – in one spacious game viewer seating 8 guests comfortably (4 rows of 2 individual seats).  Immerse yourself in nature while seeking out animals and birds of the Southern African bush and enjoy morning coffee and sunset stops along the way.

Each safari activity is led by a qualified field guide who will share with guests his passion and knowledge of the animals, birdlife and vegetation.  A full safety briefing will be conducted prior to embarking on your first African safari.

A typical day on Safari

Upon your arrival at Thabamati Luxury Tented Camp, you will be met by one of the guides or front- of-house staff members and proceed with your check-in procedures.  After check-in, you will be shown to your tented accommodation.  Enjoy an early lunch, followed by high tea, before embarking on your safari game drive.

Summer/Winter Programme (times may vary, depending on the season and animal activity):

05:00/06:00 – Wake-up call (early but worth it!) 05:15/06:15 – Morning coffee and rusks in the dining room before departure. 05:30/06:30 – Morning safari departs. 07:30/08:00 – Stop for morning coffee-break somewhere in the bush. 09:00/10:00 – Back at Camp for breakfast/brunch. 11:00 – Check-out. 11:00-14:30 – If you are not checking out, enjoy time around the pool or just relaxing in the lounge with a book.
11:00-14:30 - If you are not checking out, enjoy time around the pool or just relaxing in the lounge with a book. 14:30 - Lunch. 15:30/16:00 - Afternoon safari departs.
17:30/18:30 - Stop for a sundowner break. 18:30/19:30 - Return to camp, time to freshen up or just relax around the fire before dinner starts. 19:00/20:00 - Dinner.

What to bring on Safari

We have a curio shop in camp where you can purchase souvenirs, shirts and caps. For the ladies we offer lovely African silver jewellery and for kids cute stuffed animal toys.

Walking shoes, sandals, neutral-coloured clothing: long pants, shorts, fleece/jumper, light raincoat, long-sleeved tops


A wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, sunblock, personal amenities, insect repellent, reading material


During the winter months (May to September), add a tracksuit, beanie, scarf, gloves and a warm fleece.


A flashlight, camera and spare batteries.

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Greater Kruger National Park
South Africa

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