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News re: Trophy hunting in the Timbavati game reserve

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News re: Trophy hunting in the Timbavati game reserve

We stayed in a lodge in the reserve last year and loved it and were thinking of booking again until I clicked on a link on Facebook (dailymaverick.co.za) which says the a hunting licence for the Timbavati reserve has been submitted and approved which includes a huge quota of animals: buffalo, elephants, white rhinos, lions, kudu, impala, waterbuck, hippos, hyena, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest but worse still it also includes leopards and even a super tusker elephant (a rare species). May be I am naïve but I was appalled by this and wish I'd known this last year and questioned the lodge owners. Has anyone else heard this and if not is it worth asking before you book as totally disagree with trophy hunting which is why I was happy to pay high price to stay in the reserve and pay the conservation fee.

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1. Re: News re: Trophy hunting in the Timbavati game reserve

There is a long on-going discussion on exactly this subject here -

https://www.tripadvisor.co.za/ShowTopic-g312…

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2. Re: News re: Trophy hunting in the Timbavati game reserve

Thanks Van de Caab - I don't know how I missed it but I suppose the more publicity it gets the better.

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3. Re: News re: Trophy hunting in the Timbavati game reserve

Thanks for bringing up this topic. I'm extremely disappointed to learn about it.

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4. Re: News re: Trophy hunting in the Timbavati game reserve

I was just at Timbavati and looked into the report of trophy hunting. They are false.

Several years ago, Timbavati agreed with Kruger National Park to move completely under Kruger management rules and policies -- which means NO TROPHY HUNTING. After the agreement was reached, all fences between Timbavati and Kruger were removed. There is no longer any such thing as a "Timbavati animal" since all animals wander completely freely between Timbavati and Kruger and there is no such thing as a trophy hunting license for Kruger. The reality is that Timbavati, like Kruger, has 24/7 armed anti-poaching patrols. By all accounts, the patrols on private Timbavati land have a much freer hand in deciding to use deadly force than their counterparts in Kruger.

There are, however, some private game reserves located outside but near Timbavati where hunting is allowed. Those reserves are fully fenced to prevent animals from Kruger from wandering in. Perhaps those fenced, private reserves in the Timbavati region have led to some confusion.

Another possibility is that some people may have been confused by a sign posted at the entrance of Timbavati that lists quite a few different animals along with figures in South African Rand (ZAR). Those are NOT prices for trophy hunting. Instead, the sign, which is posted right below the sign listing fines for speeding, lists the fines for accidently hitting an animal with a vehicle. As the sign explains, Timbavati exists for the wildlife and it is humans' responsibility to drive carefully. If a person hits an animal, it is the person's fault. There is no "it jumped out in front of me" defense" allowed! A person who hits an animal must pay the fine but is NOT allowed to keep the carcas (if the animal was killed).

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