One of the best kept secrets in the Lowveld is the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve’s museum aptly called the Graeme Naylor museum – after the man who has almost singlehandedly populated the displays in this amazing facility.
The museum was constructed in 2009 where it was later refurbished in 2016. Located at the reserve’s headquarters, Chi Mani Mani, it’s packed with so many interesting things to see. There’s a stunning display of all the freshwater fish found in the reserve. A brilliant photographic poster shows all the frogs you’ll encounter. Stand next to a jaw dropping display of the fabled white lions of the Timbavati and you’ll get an idea how huge these animals are.
A fascinating item with a set of elephant skulls to match shows how the molars – 6 sets in a lifetime.
Cabinets filled with the most delicate and beautiful butterflies and moths, all found in the reserve, serve as a reminder of the incredible diversity of nature. A huge collection of birds’ eggs covering virtually every species found in South Africa.
Although the museum focuses mainly on the natural history of the Timbavati, many displays cover the whole country. It is important to note that every single animal (with the exception to the insects) found in the museum has died either of natural causes or anthropogenic causes such as road kills, electrocutions, and snares. Kind donations of species carcasses from zoos, animal orphanages, rehabilitation centres have also aided Dr. Graeme in achieving this most spectacular display.
If you ever have the opportunity of having an exclusive tour with Dr. Graeme himself you can feel his excitement and enthusiasm for the place. Interesting facts and experiences kept coming up.
|Museum Visit (1hour)||Adults & children over 12 (R50.00); Child under 12 (Free)|
|School/ University/ NGO Groups (local within Hoedspruit surrounds & direct rural community areas)||Free|
|School/ University/ NGO Groups (non-local)||Adults & children over 12 (R50.00); Child under 12 (Free)|
|Timbavati Private Nature Reserve Lodgers||Contact office for an annual sub fee|
|Conference centre (daily rate):
• Max seating 30 PAX
• Flip chart & table hire
• Projector & screen hire
• Coffee, tea and water set up
Please fill in the below form and our receptionist will be in contact with you directly. Please note that your booking is only secured once you have received a confirmation email from the Timbavati Office. Please allow for at least two working days to have your booking confirmed.
Note that the museum visits are by appointment only.
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