This incredible bush location is now home to Jan and Annele'. In 1988 they had found a young and beautiful Leadwood tree that seemed to beckon and welcome them and that immediate connection resulted in what is known today as Leadwood Private Bush Camp.
Leadwood Private Bush Camp is in the heart of the Timbevati Nature Reserve found in the Limpopo Province. The Timbevati is a large and expansive game reserve bordering on the fenceless boundaries of the Kruger National Park, where animals roam freely on over the 2 million hectares of prime bushveld.
Home of the big five, namely lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino, the savannah grasslands, acacia woodlands and riverine glades are also home to 40 other species of animals and 350 types of birds.
A self-catering oasis like none other, built around the magnificent Leadwood tree, welcomed them back from their 1988 founding experience. The camp faces Vyeboom Dam, a dam that Jan's father, Victor built 20years ago. The 5 luxury bedrooms each designed in their own unique themes are pleasantly comforted with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and power points. All offer stunning views of the game farm and remote bush detail.
In the summer of 1988 Jan and Annele were out enjoying the sunshine when they came across a beautiful Leadwood Tree, on a section of he's dads farm Argyle. An immediate close connection and sense of unique belonging took on a new meaning and the possibilities suddenly seemed endless, vibrant and defined. A dream was truly born.
Leadwood Private Bush Camp was originally built to accommodate Jan's immediate family, but was eventually turned into a commercial operation from 2009.
The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve came into existence on July 1956 when a group of conservation-minded people who owned game farms on the western boundary of the Kruger National Park came together to form the Timbavati Association.
The idea of forming such a reserve was first founded as early as 1948, and for several years ways and means were discussed to create a nature reserve of a meaningful size in the area. These leading spirits of conservation and sustainable land use eventually succeeded in forming the Timbavati Association, governed by a constitution for the benefit of all.
The size of the reserve covers about 60 000 hectares of pristine African bush, part of the world famous greater Kruger National Park. The Kruger National Park itself is a further 2 million hectares in size, which is about the same size as Israel or Wales. In the early 1990's the boundary fence between the Kruger National Park and adjacent private game reserves, namely Timbavati, Sabi Sands, Klaserie, Umbabat and Manyaleti was removed to create the greater Kruger National Park, covering an area of 2.2 million hectares. The reason being conservationists wanted to re-create ancient migration movements of wildlife from the foothills of the Lebombo Mountains in the east, to the Drakensburg Mountains in the west.