Machaton Private Camp
Machaton Camp - Luxury Suite Machaton Camp - Luxury Suite Bathroom
Machaton Camp - Luxury Suite
Machaton Camp - Luxury Suite Bathroom

Machaton Private Camp

Machaton Private Camp is an intimate and exclusive camp offering a secluded and private safari experience and is situated within the world renowned and breathtakingly beautiful Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger Park.

Next, to owning a private safari lodge, there is no more private way to enjoy a safari in the Timbavati.

 

Country

South Africa

Highlights

Machaton Private Camp is ideally situated in the famous Timbavati Private Nature Reserve forming part of the Greater Kruger Park and which currently features over 40 mammal species including the Big 5, endangered species such as the wild dog and cheetah and 360 species of bird life.

Need to Know

Getting to Machaton Private Camp The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is a wildlife-rich concession of land adjoining the western border of the Kruger National Park. The amalgamation of public and private land in the area forms “The Greater Kruger Park” area. There are no fences between the Timbavati and the Kruger National Park, which allows for the free movement of the animals between the Reserves.  *It is important to note that guests wishing to visit Simbavati from the Kruger National Park are unable to enter the property via the bush/park, but will have to exit the park and approach via the tar road (see directions). 

We offer complimentary scheduled transfers at set times to coincide with the scheduled flights into and out from Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport. Please note that this is a scheduled transfer, you will be sharing transport with other guests coming to the lodge. If you are planning to drop a rental car at Hoedspruit Airport, please ensure that you arrive well before the flight arrival time, as we are unable to wait for late arrivals.  The transfer time is approximately one hour. Please note the complimentary transfers exclude the vehicle entry fee of R140 (subject to change) that is payable at the gate.

• Scheduled Collection Times from Hoedspruit – 11:20, 12:10 and 13:15 • Scheduled Departure Times from Machaton – 09:30, 10:30 and 11:00/30  

• All complimentary transfers need to be pre-booked as we only meet flights if we have guests on that flight.

We are able to arrange private transfers from Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport, Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Phalaborwa Airport or the Timbavati Gate. Please ask for our Transfer Rate Sheet. 
 
By Air SA Express operates daily flights from OR Tambo (Johannesburg) International airport to Hoedspruit/Eastgate airport. Transfer from Hoedspruit to Simbavati takes approximately 90 minutes. Other airports in the area are Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, also known as KMIA/Nelspruit (approximately 3-3½ hours from Simbavati) or Phalaborwa airport (2 hours from Machaton Private Camp).
 
Guests can fly into a neighbouring airstrip within the Timbavati Reserve by prior arrangement. Charter company details need to be given directly to the lodge, so that transfers can be arranged from the airstrip. There is a prepaid landing fee of R500 payable for the use of the private airstrip. 
 
Directions by Road from Johannesburg/Pretoria    

Machaton Private Camp is a six to seven hour drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria. From Johannesburg take the N12 to Witbank/Emalahleni, and continue on the N4. From Pretoria, take the N4 to Witbank. Follow the N4 and turn left to Belfast (off-ramp R33/R540). Once in Belfast, turn right into Voortrekker Street and continue straight with the R540 to Dullstroom. Drive straight through Dullstroom, and continue to Lydenburg/Mashishing on the R540. At the T-junction, turn left into Lydenburg/Mashishing into Viljoen Street (R36).  Turn left again into Voortrekker Street. Turn right into De Clercq Street and follow the R36 through Ohrigstad. After the Abel Erasmus pass, the R36 turns left to Tzaneen. Do not turn left here, but continue straight on the R527 to Hoedspruit.
 
In Hoedspruit, continue straight. After the bridge crossing the railway line, turn right at the four-way stop and continue on the R40 for another 6,4 km.  Turn left onto the Timbavati/Eastgate Airport road and go through the Control Gate after approximately 200m. Continue straight for about another 18km until you reach the control gate of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Here you will be required to pay a vehicle entrance fee of R140 per vehicle (subject to change). There is also a Timbavati Conservation fee of R215 per person (subject to change), which is payable at the lodge or can be pre-paid. Keep your permit, as the Lodge will issue you with an exit permit when you leave the reserve.
 
Continue straight for approximately 26 km (speed limit of 50km/hour) and pass the Ndlopfu sign on your left. Shortly after this, you will see a dam on the right hand side. After this, turn right onto a gravel road at the Machaton Private Camp’s sign. The GPS co-ordinates for the turn-off as follows: S 24°12, 20.2’ E 31°19,24.2.  Carefully follow the Machaton Private Camp signs on the trees for approximately 5 km to the lodge.  (Please do not go to Leadwood Camp). On the way you will be crossing a low water bridge.
 
On departure from the lodge, please follow the tracks marked exit and turn onto the tar road to the Enkhulu Gate
 
 Note: From Hoedspruit, it takes another hour to the lodge because of the speed limits in the reserve. Entry at Enkhulu Gate after 17:30 requires prior arrangement.
 
Direction by Road from KMIA Airport Driving from Nelspruit or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) to Simbavati will take approximately 3-3½ hours. 
 
From Nelspruit, take the R40 to White River. From KMIA turn right onto the R40 to White River. Drive through White River; follow the R40 signs carefully to Hazyview. Continue north on the R40 through Hazyview. Note that this is a busy stretch of road with vehicles, people and sometimes animals on the road. Please drive carefully and slowly, and keep to the speed limits. Follow the R40 towards Klaserie and Hoedspruit. Just before Klaserie, turn right onto the R40 toward Hoedspruit. Travel for approximately 18km and turn right at the Timbavati/Eastgate Airport sign. Follow directions above from this point….
 
General Information

• No pets allowed • Laundry service available • Bush walks by prior arrangement and subject to availability • Limited cell phone reception • Smart-casual dress code for dinner


SafarisSafaris


The lodge offers Big 5 game drives in the early morning and late afternoon/evening, taking advantage of the time of day that the animals are naturally most active. Nocturnal creatures - including the big cats - are regular sightings after dark. Currently over 40 mammal species are listed as resident in the Timbavati, including the Big 5 - Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant, as well as endangered species including Wild Dogs and Cheetah.  There is an abundance of birdlife, with a total of 360 species of bird listed. 
 


Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Safaris are conducted in Machaton Private Camp’s private 4x4 vehicle. 

The lodge offers Big 5 Game Drives in the early morning and late afternoon/evening, taking advantage of the time of day that the animals are naturally most active. Nocturnal creatures - including the big cats - are regular sightings after dark. Currently, over 40 mammal species are listed as resident in the Timbavati, including the Big 5 - Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant, as well as endangered species including Wild Dogs and Cheetah. There is an abundance of birdlife, with a total of 360 species of bird listed. 

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Your day includes:

  • Early morning tea/coffee, a selection of homemade biscuits and rusks served at guests’ option in the suite or on the main patio.
  • Game drive (approximately 3+ hours), including a coffee/tea stop in the bush
  • Mid-morning breakfast – Continental and full hot breakfast served at guests’ option on the private patio of the suite or on the main patio.
  • Leisure time – enjoy the plunge pool overlooking the dry river bed. Alternatively, relax in the lounge/bar area, avail of the free Wi-Fi on offer, or simply allow your mind to wander while sipping a refreshing cocktail, and watching the wildlife at the Nhlaralumi River.
  • Spa treatments (at an additional charge) can be enjoyed on the privacy of your patio or, for couple treatments, at the nearby Simbavati River Lodge’s Spa
  • Lunch – a la carte or chef’s table d'hôte served at guests’ option on the private patio of the suite or on the main patio.
  • Afternoon/evening game drive (approximately 3+ hours), which includes a bushveld Sundowner break.
  • Dinner of African-inspired cuisine is hosted in the dining area, or – weather permitting – around the fire in the open-air boma or can be enjoyed privately on the patio of the suite.

Special dietary requirements: We require prior notification in order to accommodate any special dietary requirements you may have. Please ensure that you notify our reservations office upon booking.

FacilitiesFacilities

Lodge Facilities:

  • Game-viewing terrace overlooking the river
  • Plunge pool, with panoramic views of the Nhlaralumi River
  • Covered lounge and dining area
  • Lounge, offering a selection of books and board games
  • Limited Wi-Fi connectivity
  • In-room spa treatments
  • Low-level electric fence

Suite Facilities:

• A large private game viewing patio with  sun loungers, lounge seating and umbrella
• Air-conditioning
• Mini bar with drinks and snacks
• Coffee and tea-making facilities
• Complimentary eco-friendly, biodegradable products
• Eco-friendly insect spray
• Electric blankets during the winter
• Laundry services. A laundry bag is supplied in the room
• Safe for storing valuables
• Hairdryer

AccommodationAccommodation

Enjoy magnificent views of the bush and the Nhlaralumi River. The camp consists of the main building which features a lounge, kitchen and covered verandah, as well as three individual luxury suites. Each suite offers a large en-suite bedroom, a well-appointed bathroom with an outdoor shower, a dayroom with a sumptuous daybed and a large terrace, allowing guests to either enjoy the main areas together or retreat in private to the suite.

Privacy is guaranteed thanks to the careful placement of the suites and privacy walls, ensuring a tranquil and intimate stay.

Machaton Private Camp may be booked either on a per suite basis or a sole-use basis and includes a field guide & tracker, butler, chef, housekeeper and groundsman.

 

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

Luxury Suite:

R 7 950.00 per person sharing, per night

R 13 915.00 per single

 

 

Children PolicyChild Policy

Child Policy

• No children under 12 years of age unless the camp is booked for sole use

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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