Sharing a common border with Greater Kruger National Park, the Timbavati is classic safari territory.

Expect authentic wildlife encounters in pristine bushveld and superlative game lodges epitomising colonial hospitality and rustic elegance.

Accommodations blend harmoniously with nature, from luxury safari tents and elegant tree lodges to open-air sleep-out platforms, fitted with every comfort imaginable, yet scarcely discernible in the bush.

As one of the country's premier safari destinations, this is not a good option for travellers on a tight budget. But if you can, splurge out on a few days here – you won't be disappointed.

Here, untouched nature begs closer inspection on a walking safari, or a game-capture adventure where guests get hands-on conservation action.

Take time out from spotting the Big Five, leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo and rhino, for some world-class birding, and support the animal conservation centres in the area.

At the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre see uncommon king cheetahs, African wild cats, wild dogs and rare blue cranes, and learn the heart-warming story of Camp Jabulani’s elephants before they take you on a thrilling elephant ride.

Help sustain Moholoholo’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, a non-profit sanctuary that rehabilitates injured and abandoned animals, and breeds threatened servals and Cape vultures. Then in between, or after the game viewing, bogey on the greens of the Hans Merensky Golf Estate.