The Timbavati is a large tract of natural bush which stretches 40 km from north to south and 24 km from east to west at the widest point. Ensuring the protection of animal and plant species in such a vast area from the ever-increasing demand for natural products in eastern countries, is a full-time job, which demands high levels of training, dedication and commitment.
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve (TPNR) employs only strong, well-trained and dedicated men and women who have passed a stringent selection process. Our rangers put their lives on the line by patrolling and protecting our wildlife & natural heritage.
Field rangers have been successfully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment thanks to donors which has supported their very successful fight against rhino poaching and wildlife crime.
In addition to boots on the ground, the TPNR has a central control room which operators 24 hours, 7 days a week and 365 days of the year, ensuring that the reserve is monitored and at every moment. This central control room not only is a communication point for the entire reserve but also monitors visible and hidden cameras which are scattered throughout the TPNR.
The TPNR encourages your support for our anti-poaching efforts, read further to see how you can make a difference to our wildlife and their guardians.
SAVE THE DATE: 8 JULY 2023
"With the Wildlife, For the Wildlife"
With such huge successes of the 2022 event, we are thrilled to not only be hosting another ultra-marathon run and half-marathon walk but also a new 21km half-marathon run within the beautiful Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. 53 000ha of pristine wilderness which boasts great sightings of wildlife as well as home to the big five.
This year runners & walkers alike will not only be running to help protect Timbavati’s wildlife and their guardians but also to raise funds to support The Timbavati Foundation which does incredible work for the Timbavati’s neighbouring rural communities.
Only 60 running spots and 20 walking spots are available so secure your spot before it is too late.
Loads to look forward to once again!
We hope to see you in 2023 for this exciting event!
Check out the website to book your spot - TIMBAVATI TRAVERSE
Watch & read our highlights from the 2022 event:
The Timbavati Wildlife Protection Programme’s anti-rhino poaching initiative is focused on effectively detecting and deterring incursions. We thank our continued supporters who make it possible for us to save our wildlife. The TPNR now has a fully functional 24/7 operations control room that monitors and scans the reserve day and night. Technology includes CCTV cameras along the perimeter boundaries as well as full surveillance of all our gates.
Ever wondered what it is like to be a field ranger? Why not watch this video clip: “Heart of a Ranger”.
Our Head of Ranger Services, Anton Mzimba, has a deep concern about what happens when the older generation moves on if there is no next generation to take over and keep wildlife safe. The younger generation needs to understand the importance of conserving and protecting their environment. In support of this, the Timbavati Foundation has a vision of connecting the surrounding communities with their environment and educating them to ensuring that there is a sustainable future for many generations to come. Read more here.
The Global Conservation Corps has drawn the connection to the importance of people in conservation, with an upcoming film ‘Rhino Man’, which will show the journey of a field ranger. For the past four years, the TPNR has been an active part in the development of this film, of which we are extremely proud.
The Timbavati stretches 40kms from North to South and 24kms from East to West. Ensuring that the fauna and flora of this vast area enjoy protection from the ever-increasing demand for certain species, mainly from eastern countries is an expensive and dangerous job.
It’s a job that demands high levels of training, dedication, equipping and commitment.
To this end, the reserve employs a force of highly trained men and women, who have passed a stringent selection process.
Each day, this force literally put their lives on the line by protecting and patrolling the reserve. Poachers are heavily armed with weapons and use them without any discretion.
Dodging bullets, deterring poachers and avoiding black mambas: it’s all in a day’s work for these canines of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.
Currently the Timbavati has five highly skilled & trained dogs; some are German Shepherds, and some Malinois, a Belgian breed. All the TPNR Canines are trained to track humans, and their responsibility is to help detect and track down rhino poachers who may enter the reserve. Each of the dogs has undertaken rigorous, sophisticated training lasting altogether one and a half years. Their handlers act in unison with their dogs as a team to take a stand against rhino poaching; They have trained extensively together to learn to search for suspects in open areas and in buildings, attack suspects on-leash at close quarters as well as tracking and apprehension of a suspect over long distances. The most important training of all ensures that dog and handler can work as an effective team. Instilling a bond & creating that lifetime friendship and working relationship which is vitally important for their work and in the end, they become virtually inseparable.
Playful, unless you are a poacher.
Protective, aggressive and energy charged.
Workaholic, dedicated and excellent ground scent tracker.
Like his brother Mike, but has a more aggressive nature.
Giving Akhal and his canine partners the upkeep, nutrition and training they need to protect our wildlife, comes at a price. His food alone costs about R20 000.00 a year; fortunately, with the kind support of ProVet Wildlife Services, all dog food is donated to keep these working dogs in peak condition.
If you’d like to sponsor Akhal or any one of his workmates, or just make a general donation towards their upkeep, please follow the link - Timbavati Canine Ranger Campaign
A big thank you to our faithful donors and sponsors who make our work possible:
Hoedspruit Rotary Club
Global Conservation Corps
Leads to Business
Intrepid Safaris Africa
Rescue One Equipment
Mr Charles de Villiers
Mr Barry Napier
EPCM Bonisana (Pty) Ltd
John Nicholson / CDP Gifts (Pty) Ltd
If you would like to join them, make a donation directly to our bank account:
Account: FNB (First National Bank)
Account Number: 62613138032
Branch Code: 270652
Branch Name: HOEDSPRUIT
Alternatively, here are active campaigns being run off GivenGain where you could get involved: