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Discover how to make the most of your visit, immerse yourself in the beauty of the African bush, and create unforgettable memories with us. Let Leadwood Private Camp be your home in the wild.


Discover how to make the most of your visit, immerse yourself in the beauty of the African bush, and create unforgettable memories with us. Let Leadwood Private Camp be your home in the wild.

Leadwood Private Camp has embraced sustainability! We’ve installed solar panels to power our facilities, ensuring a greener and more eco-friendly experience for our guests. Enjoy your stay knowing that we’re committed to protecting our beautiful environment.


At Leadwood Private Camp, enjoy two game drives—early morning and afternoon—to witness the magnificent wildlife of Timbavati. Our game vehicles are equipped with rain ponchos and blankets to ensure your comfort during the drives.

After your adventures, relax around our open fire pit, perfect for evening braais, and unwind on comfortable couches on the patio overlooking the Nhlaralumi riverbed. With free Wi-Fi available, you can share your safari moments with loved ones back home. 

Leadwood Camp is a fully equipped self-catering lodge, where guests are required to bring their own food and beverages. Guests may choose to hire chefs or arrange food deliveries at their own discretion.

East Gate International Airport is a mere eyeblink away from Leadwood Self-Catering Camp and has become a main form of transport for guests. Shuttles to and from the camp can be arranged once the booking has been confirmed.

Below, you will find a list of useful links with contact details to assist you for a hassle-free stay at Leadwood. 

Contacts for services:

1: Shuttles services:

2: Flights:

East Gate International Airport – Click here

3: Chefs:

Simon 064 888 1894

Chef on Safari: 081 057 9290

 4: Grocery deliveries:

       5 – Bring own drinkable water if the borehole camp water is not to your taste.

      8 – Medical Emergency Hoedspruit:

Listings Name

Listings Contact

Hoedspruit Medical Rescue

Tel: 072 170 0864

Africa Safety Emergency Medical Services

Tel: 010 593 0693

Limpopo Provincial Ambulance services

Tel: 015 793 1581

Tzaneen Mediclinic Private Hospital

Tel: 086 120 1140

Below is a list of useful items to consider bringing along for your adventure 


  • Comfortable Walking Shoes: Ideal for game drives and bush walks.
  • Sandals: Perfect for relaxing around the camp.
  • Neutral-Colored Clothing: Helps blend in with the environment. Pack long pants, shorts, fleece/jumper, light raincoat, and long-sleeved tops.

Personal Items

  • Wide-Brimmed Hat: Essential for sun protection.
  • Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from the bright African sun.
  • Sunscreen: High SPF to guard against sunburn.
  • Personal Toiletries: Bring all necessary personal care items.
  • Insect Repellent: Vital for keeping bugs at bay.
  • Reading Material: Enjoy a good book during downtime.

Winter Gear (May to September)

  • Tracksuit: Comfortable and warm for cool mornings and evenings.
  • Beanie, Scarf, and Gloves: Essential for extra warmth.
  • Warm Fleece: A must for chilly nights and early morning game drives.


  • Flashlight: Handy for navigating the camp at night.
  • Camera: Capture the incredible wildlife and landscapes. Don’t forget spare batteries!
  • Binoculars: Enhance your game viewing experience.
  • Daypack: Useful for carrying essentials during game drives and walks.

Additional Items

  • Water Bottle: Stay hydrated throughout the day.
  • Notebook and Pen: Record your safari experiences and wildlife sightings.
  • Medical Kit: Basic first-aid supplies for minor injuries or illnesses.

Conservation Efforts

Our commitment to conservation is reflected in our sustainable tourism practices. The conservation levy supports vital operations within Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, with 10% of proceeds directed to community development projects through the Timbavati Foundation.

Anti-Poaching Initiatives

Timbavati’s Wildlife Protection Programme focuses on detecting and deterring poaching activities to safeguard our rhino population. Your support through the conservation levy helps fund these crucial efforts.

Entry Fees

  • Vehicle Entry Fee: R300 per vehicle, payable at the Timbavati Gate.
  • Conservation Levy: R220 per person per night, payable to Leadwood Camp Prior To Visit.

Note: Fees are subject to change by the Timbavati Board.

About The Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s largest and most iconic game reserves, spans nearly 2 million hectares across South Africa’s Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces. Established in 1898 by President Paul Kruger to protect the diminishing wildlife of the region, the park has become a symbol of conservation success. It is renowned for its rich biodiversity, hosting an impressive array of wildlife including the Big Five: lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffaloes. The park’s diverse ecosystems, ranging from savannahs to forests, support over 500 bird species, numerous reptiles, and countless plant species, offering an unparalleled safari experience for visitors from around the globe.


The Establishment of Timbavati

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which adjoins Kruger National Park, was established in 1956 by a group of conservation-minded landowners. Concerned about the rapid development and poaching pressures threatening the region’s wildlife, they set aside their land for conservation purposes. Timbavati spans approximately 53,000 hectares and, in 1993, the fences between Timbavati and Kruger were removed, allowing wildlife to roam freely between the two reserves. This integration has enhanced the ecological integrity of the area, providing a larger habitat for animals and contributing to the overall success of conservation efforts. Today, Timbavati continues to play a crucial role in preserving the natural heritage of the Greater Kruger National Park ecosystem.

Malaria Control in Timbavati

Malaria control is a critical aspect of ensuring the safety and well-being of visitors and residents in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Situated in a malaria-endemic region, Timbavati has implemented comprehensive measures to minimize the risk of malaria transmission. These efforts include regular mosquito surveillance and control programs, which involve treating standing water sources to prevent mosquito breeding and conducting periodic insecticide spraying in and around the camp areas.

Visitors are strongly advised to take preventative measures, such as using insect repellent, wearing long-sleeved clothing during peak mosquito activity times (dusk and dawn), and sleeping under mosquito nets. Additionally, consulting with healthcare providers about prophylactic antimalarial medications before traveling to the area is recommended.

Educational initiatives are also in place to raise awareness about malaria prevention among both guests and staff. These programs highlight the importance of early diagnosis and prompt treatment, ensuring that any cases of malaria are swiftly and effectively managed.

Through these combined efforts, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve strives to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all who visit, while maintaining its commitment to wildlife conservation and ecological sustainability.