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  • Walkers Bush Villa

Walkers Bush Villa | Timbavati

An exclusive and luxurious bush villa located in the midst of the renowned Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, provides the ideal hideaway for discerning guests. The Villa is accepting guests from the 1 July 2018 onwards and is open for reservations now.

In the midst of the world-renowned game-rich Timbavati Private Nature Reserve lies a grand and somewhat stately five star, 4 bedroom country villa hugged by wild bushveld and endless vistas of the Kruger. Walkers Bush Villa is an ornate, yet relaxed, bush hideaway furnished with decor that marries Karen Blixen’s “Out of Africa” to the Tate Gallery.

It's a fully-catered experience with a highly qualified chef at your disposal, and comes complete with safari activities tailor-made to suit guests' needs. Expect daily game drives, bush dinners, sundowners, an array of children's activities, boma sessions around the campfire and a completely private and exclusive safari experience.

Original owners of Critchley Hackle Lodge and Walkersons Hotel and Spa in Dullstroom, Ingrid and Howard Walker certainly aren’t strangers to creating exceptional destinations. With their expertise in the industry spanning 25 years, Howard and Ingrid are firmly cemented in the tourism industry.

 

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability

01 Jan 2019 to 31 December 2019
Walkers Bush Villa R57 600


Walkers Bush Villa is an exclusive use villa and sleeps up to 8 guests in 4 suites. The villa is sold on a fully-catered basis, with the services of a chef, housekeeper, game ranger and tracker.

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In the midst of the world-renowned game-rich Timbavati Private Nature Reserve lies a grand and somewhat stately five star, 4 bedroom country villa hugged by wild bushveld and endless vistas of the Kruger. Walkers Bush Villa is an ornate, yet relaxed, bush hideaway furnished with decor that marries Karen Blixen’s “Out of Africa” to the Tate Gallery.

It's a fully-catered experience with a highly qualified chef at your disposal, and comes complete with safari activities tailor-made to suit guests' needs. Expect daily game drives, bush dinners, sundowners, an array of children's activities, boma sessions around the campfire and a completely private and exclusive safari experience.

Original owners of Critchley Hackle Lodge and Walkersons Hotel and Spa in Dullstroom, Ingrid and Howard Walker certainly aren’t strangers to creating exceptional destinations. With their expertise in the industry spanning 25 years, Howard and Ingrid are firmly cemented in the tourism industry.


LOCATION
Walkers Bush Villa is located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve on land belonging to Howard and Ingrid Walker.

The Timbavati is a renowned nature reserve on Kruger Park’s western boundary, nestled between the Manyeleti in the south and the Klaserie in the north. It shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park and the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve.

From Hoedspruit town it is only 25 km to the villa. From Hoedspruit town take the R40 to White River. After 7 km turn left onto the Eastgate Airport/Timbavati Road (if approaching from White River side, then turn right 7km before Hoedspruit town). Pass through small security gate.

Go 18 Km to the large security gate and tell them you are going to "Walker" – the guards will instruct you to turn immediately right after crossing the cattle-grid. There is a stone marked WALKER. Welcome - you have arrived!

* Do not pay as the gate is on the property and guests to the villa enter free of charge.

Our GPS coordinates are : S 24° 21′ 34″   E 031° 09′ 48″


ROOM INFO

The master bedroom contains 1 double bed complete with mosquito net and view of the garden. The main bedroom leads into the en suite bathroom which contains a refreshing indoor shower, indoor bath and seperate toilet area complete with bidet. There is an outdoor bath set apart from the main room, offering a complete sense of privacy.

The 3 bedrooms are twin rooms that can be configured to form King size beds and can accommodate children. The 3 bedrooms surround the courtyard and all have sliding doors that lead out into the garden. The 3 rooms have ensuite bathrooms with shower, and one of these rooms also has a bath.

All amenities are provided, there is air-con throughout and also mosquito nets. Amenities include: soap hand wash, shower gel, insect repellent, and sunscreen. Products used are JE Living Bodycare, and the range is ILala which is a locally manufactured organic range.


LOCATION

Walkers Bush Vila is located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve on a family farm belonging to Howard and Ingrid Walker.

The Timbavati is a renowned nature reserve on Kruger Park’s western boundary, nestled between the Manyeleti in the south and the Klaserie in the north.

The reserve shares unfenced borders with the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and the Kruger National Park, which means wildlife can roam freely throughout.

The camp is located about a 20 - 30 min drive from Hoedspruit, and is easily accessed from the Eastgate/Hoedspruit airport.

It is an easy drive from Johannesburg, which is about 5 hours away and the turn-off to the villa is practically at the entrance of the Timbavati Gate.

GETTING THERE
Coming into Hoedspruit

Turn right onto the R40 towards White River, and continue along this road (this road is also known as the Klaserie Road) until you see the turning off to the left for Eastgate Airport (There should be another sign that says Timbavati/Klaserie). Turn left here (Argyle) and after 300m you will go through a control gate and then head straight down directly to the Timbavati Game Reserve Gate (Enkhulu Gate).

17km later look out for Bush Pub & Inn on your left and Josmacs Bush Pub on your right hand side. In front of you now will be the new Timbavati Gate (Enkhulu Gate). Enter at the Timbavati Gate and tell the guards you are going to Walkers Bush Villa. Do not pay as the gate is on the Walkers property.

Once through the control gate turn immediately right at the sign “Walker” and follow the road.

From Johannesburg

Take the N12 or N4 highway to Witbank / eMalahleni (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Follow the N4 highway past Middleburg (Toll Plaza), Belfast and Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). 

Follow the Schoemanskloof option on the N4 and then take the R36 to Lydenburg/Mashishing. Follow the R36 to Ohrigstad, go through the Strydom Tunnel and take the R527 to Hoedspruit.

Turn right onto the R40 towards White River, and continue along this road (this road is also known as the Klaserie Road) until you see the turning off to the left for Eastgate Airport (There should be another sign that says Timbavati/Klaserie). Turn left here (Argyle) and after 300m you will go through a control gate and then head straight down directly to the Timbavati Game Reserve Gate (Enkhulu Gate).

17 km later look out for Bush Pub & Inn on your left and Josmacs Bush Pub on your right hand side. In front of you now will be the new Timbavati Gate (Enkhulu Gate). Enter at the Timbavati Gate and tell the guards you are
going to Walkers Bush Villa. Do not pay as the gate is on the Walkers property. 

Once through the control gate turn immediately right at the sign “Walker” and follow the road.

From Hazyview

Follow the R40 towards Klaserie & Hoedspruit and about 6 km before you reach Hoedspruit itself, turn right at the signboard towards Eastgate Airport/Thornybush Reserve/Timbavati Reserve (Argyle Road).

After 300m you will go through a control gate and then head directly for the Timbavati Game Reserve Gate. 17 km later look out for Bush Pub & Inn on your left and Josmacs Bush Pub on your right hand side. In front of
you now will be the new Timbavati Gate (Enkhulu Gate). Enter at the Timbavati Gate and tell the guards you are going to Walkers Bush Villa. Do not pay as the gate is on the Walkers property.

Once through the control gate turn immediately right at the sign “Walker” and follow the road.

From Hoedspruit

Head towards White River on the R40 (this road is also known as the Klaserie Road) until you see the turning off to the left for Eastgate Airport (There should be another sign that says Timbavati/Klaserie). Turn left here (Argyle) and after 300m you will go through a control gate and then head straight down directly to the Timbavati Gate (Enkhulu Gate).

17 km later look out for Bush Pub & Inn on your left and Josmacs Bush Pub on your right hand side. In front of you now will be the new Timbavati Gate (Enkhulu Gate). Enter at the Timbavati Gate and tell the guards you are
going to Walkers Bush Villa. Do not pay as the gate is on the Walkers property.

Once through the control gate turn immediately right at the sign “Walker” and follow the road.

Highly qualified rangers and guides will tailor-make your safari experience to suit your group. Daily game drives, sundowners, bush breakfasts and guided walks can be expected.


SAFARI

The safari experience at Walkers provides ample game viewing opportunities and time out to relax in pristine surrounds. 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. You are more than welcome to explore the grounds to find birds that can be heard calling through camp.

  • Morning and afternoon game drives in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
  • Bird watching from the comfort of camp
  • Bush dinners
  • High tea
  • Boma Dinners around the campfire
  • Sundowners in a special location
  • Bush walks upon request
  • Bush breakfasts
  • An array of children’s activities can be arranged
  • Special occasion set-ups can be organised

DAILY SCHEDULE

The pace of life at Walkers is entirely up to the guest. As an exclusive-use villa retreat, the schedule can be managed and tailor-made according to the group.
In most private safari lodges, the day begins with a bush walk or game drive. This is to take advantage of the time of day when predators are active.
Here is an idea of how a typical day on safari is structured :

  • 05h30: Wake up for quick coffee before morning game drive
  • 06h00: Morning game drive departs
  • 09h00: Return to camp and spend the day according to own plans
  • 16h30: Depart for afternoon game drive, including sundowners
  • 19h30: Return to camp with ready-made campfire in the boma, and an exquisite dinner set-up

Game Viewing

PREDATORS
Following in the footsteps of the herbivorous mammals are the carnivorous species of the South African bush. Lion, leopard, hyena, cheetah, African wild dog, and the Nile crocodile are some of the prominent predators residing in the Kruger region. The Timbavati is also home to the rare white lions that roam the wild. Smaller predators include jackal, mongoose, civet, and genet.

MAMMALS
Some of the world’s largest mammals find their home in South Africa, where elephant, giraffe, hippo, buffalo, and rhino reside in the wild Kruger Park. Game drives in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve lead to unforgettable sightings of these large species, in addition to general game, such as zebra, impala, kudu, gnu, waterbuck, bushbuck, duiker, and steenbok.

BIRDLIFE
The Timbavati habitat accommodates a complete smorgasbord of birder’s delights. Water birds such as herons, storks, plovers, spoonbills, and sandpipers are common along dam edges; kingfishers, orioles, robins, chats, larks, cisticolas, and coucals are some of the veld and woodland birds around; while birds of prey are seen and heard throughout the day.

CATERED RATE INCLUDES

  • Accommodation,
  • all meals,
  • local drinks (both soft and alcoholic),
  • housekeeping services,
  • two game viewing activities per day and the services of a professional game ranger and tracker.

RATE EXCLUDES

  • All personal items,
  • any item not described above,
  • Timbavati Conservation Levy

CHILDREN POLICY

  • Children of all ages are welcome.

NOTES

  •  Rates are quoted in South African Rands.
  •  Rates are quoted per camp per night.
  •  Rates are subject to change without prior notice. Rates include government taxes where applicable.
  •  If taxes increase, we reserve the right to increase the rate accordingly.
  •  Please note that only Visa and MasterCard are accepted at the Camp.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation of all bookings must be in writing and is only effective on receipt of the written notification.

  •    If cancellation of any booking, or any part thereof, is received  31 days or prior to arrival, the deposit will be forfeited.
  •    If cancellation of any booking, or any part thereof, is received  30 to 8 days or prior to arrival, a 50% cancellation fee will be  charged.
  •    If cancellation of any booking, or any part thereof, is received 7  to 0 days or prior to arrival, a 80% cancellation fee will be  charged.

Deposits

 The amounts required to confirm a booking are as follows:

  •  Direct Guests are required to pay a 30% deposit within  14 days to confirm a reservation, with the balance due  payable 45 days before the guest’s arrival.

Balance of Payment

  •  Balance of payment is due 45 days prior to arrival.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory, covering for cancellation, personal effects, personal accident, medical and emergency travel expenses.

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What sets us Apart !

  • Effortless road and air access
  • Ideal for family or small groups
  • Rich biodiversity of game
  • Large elephant population
  • Over 530 bird species
  • Big 5 Game Animals

Conservation Levy

  • Fly in & Transfers R300 Per Person and Per Vehicle R160 per entry
  • Self drive R300 Per Person , Per Vehicle/Aircraft R160 per entry
  • Entry and exit to the reserves, via self-drive, will need to happen through the same gate.
  • Timbavati Conservation levy R 368 per person per day,
  • R184 per child under 12 years old per day
  • R 160 per vehicle

2020 Levies

1. Conservation levy - R400 per person per night 
2. Conservation levy - R200 per child per night (under 12)
3. Self Catering Camps - R100 per person per night (Adults and Children)
4. The conservation levy as quoted is VAT Inclusive.