The safari experience at Avoca is just as you would expect a getaway in the revered Timbavati Nature Reserve to be: full of game viewing opportunities and time out to relax and reboot surrounded by nature.
Morning and afternoon game drives are about 3 hours long, and include a coffee stop (morning) and sundowner stop (afternoon), which have become traditional aspects of safari.
The hours in between drives can be spent relaxing at the pool, or reading a book in the lounge, on your private deck, or exploring the grounds with a camera looking for all sorts of birds that can be heard calling through camp.
Traditionally, the day kicks off with a morning game drive, and afternoon game drive departs at around 16h30 while the hours in between are spent at leisure.
Game drives take place when the predators are most active, which is early morning and late evening. This is when the air is cooler and nocturnal predators use the cover of darkness to stalk their prey.
A typical day consisting of morning and afternoon game drives at Avoca might look something like this:
This region of South Africa is popular throughout the year; however some activities may be better booked in summer, or winter. Popular safari seasons are during winter (June-August) as the temperatures are cooler and the bush is less dense.
Temperatures in the Lowveld can drop below 10 degrees Celsius in winter, while daytime temperatures are mild in the mid-20s. Game viewing in the Kruger is often best at this time of year, and outdoor activities may be more enjoyable in the mild weather.
Summer months can bring heavy rainfall, while the hot temperatures reaching the mid-40s can appeal to some sun-lovers! Birdlife is abundant and the presence of water makes the surroundings beautifully green. Early mornings and evenings are pleasantly warm for sunrise and sunset activities.
Throughout the year, we recommend packing lightweight, neutral-coloured clothing with short sleeves. Guests should pack sun protection in the form of sunblock, sun hats, and glasses, while scarfs, jackets and gloves are needed for early morning game drive in winter.
Bring along cameras, binoculars and recording gadgets to keep a record of the many wildlife sightings. There are many bird and wildlife books on offer at the lodge, making for interesting reading, but guests should specific books and games for entertainment.
Avoca is a place for families and friends to gather in one of South Africa’s most excellent safari destinations with the exclusivity that comes with a small, intimate camp. Guests should expect comfort and simplicity surrounded by birdsong, lions calling, and the ease of a family holiday.
The Berettas have owned the property for 4 generations, and have now converted their old family hunting camp to a photographic safari option for guests looking for an authentic experience. Jono and Nicky live on the farm with their daughter, Chloe, and their dogs. The guest accommodation is separate and private, allowing for total, personalised relaxation.
The game viewing in the Timbavati is phenomenal, as it is open to the Kruger National Park, and game drives have the potential to offer some of the most unforgettable safari experiences imaginable.