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The Timbavati Association is a non-profit organisation comprising 50 privately owned farms, encompassing 53 392 hectares of land. Each member is bound by the Constitution of the Association to uphold the principles and values of conservation, sustainable land use and local community development. The Timbavati Association forms part of the larger Associated Private Nature Reserves (APNR), comprising Timbavati, Klaserie and Umbabat Private Nature Reserves and Balule Nature Reserve. Collectively these reserves represent 180 000 hectares of land dedicated to conservation.
Twelve lodges are located in the area, each providing an unparalleled safari experience to thousands of domestic and foreign tourists. Tourism profits are reinvested in the management of the reserve to ensure that local communities benefit, and that future generations will be able to experience and enjoy the area. The Associated Reserves contribute to and sponsor a number of research projects in and around the Timbavati, often in conjunction with the Kruger National Park. A few of these projects focus on rare or endangered species - for example, determining numbers and establishing strategies to increase populations - while others focus primarily on aspects that influence the ecological management of the Reserve. Valuable work is also being done in the area to prevent the growth of alien vegetation, inhibit soil erosion and combat the outbreak of malaria. For more information on these projects, please visit the conservation section of this website.