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Machaton Private Camp

Machaton Private Camp is situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which 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).

 Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability
 
Description 1 May 2020 to 31 Jan 2021
Luxury Suite single - Full Inclusive R4 350
Luxury Suite per person sharing - Full Inclusive R2 900
Sole Use (max. 10 guests) Upto 6 guest- Full Inclusive on Request
3rd/4th person   on Request
Children 4 - 11 yrs Full Inclusive on Request

Please note: Machaton Private Camp can accommodate up to 10 guests in 3 Luxury Suites.

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Specials
Special Conditions Period Offer
Stay 4 nights, pay 3 nights   01 May 2020 - 31 Jan 2021  
Secret Safari: Simbavati reserves the right to allocate the booking to any
one of our four 4* safari lodges.
  01 May 2020 - 31 Jan 2021  
Honeymoon Special Simbavati Machaton Camp
ONLY: Min 3 nights,
  Bride
pays 50%
Enquire about our Exclusive Use rates
  • 3 luxury suites for a maximum of 9 guests at Simbava Machaton Camp on self catering or full board basis.
  • 4 luxury tents for a maximum of 8 guests at Simbavati Trails Camp on self catering or full board basis.
  • 8 luxury suites for a maximum of 16 guests at Simbavati
  • Camp George on self catering or full board basis.
     


Includes:

  • Accommodation, all meals, two safari game activies per day, water, tea, coffee and a daily sundowner drink.

Excludes:

  • All other drinks, babysitting, private transfers, gratuities, laundry service, other items of a personal nature.
  • Conservation levies, bed levies and gate entrance fees.
  • Timbavati Conservation Levy (will be added to invoices for prepayment, or collected at the lodge directly) of R100 per adult per night and R200 per child under 12 years per night (subject to increase from 01 Jan 2021).
  • The vehicle ​entrance ​fee ​of ​R190is only payable at ​the ​Timbavati ​Control ​Gate ​Gate (subject to increase from 01 Jan 2021).
  • Return transfers from Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport (HDS). Please note special conditions for Simbavati Trails Camp.

Conservation Levies and Additional Reserve Fees (subject to change).

  • Timbava Conservati on Levy of R100 per adult per night and R200 per child under 12 years per night (will be added to invoices for prepayment, or collected at the lodge directly).
  • A vehicle entrance fee of R190 is only payable at the Timbavati Control Gate.
  • Klaserie Bed Levy of R150 per person per night.
  • Klaserie Conservation Levy of R200 per person per night.

Child Policy (Children of all ages are welcome):

  • Between 0 – 3 years; no charge and includes all meals
  • Between 4 – 11 years: 50% of per person sharing rate when sharing with parents in family chalets
  • 12 years & older sharing with parents in family chalets; 3rd​/4th​ person rate applicable
  • Child sharing with a parent in a Luxury Safari Tent: per person sharing rate applicable
  • Children 6 years & over are allowed on Game Drives. Families with younger children may arrange a private vehicle prior to arrival. Please ask us for our Children’s activities, if you require further information.

SADC Rates
  1 May 2020
to 31 Jan 2021

Luxury Suite / Family Chalets -

2 Adults in a Luxury Suite / 2 Adults + 2 children in a
Family Chalet - per person sharing per night

R2 900

Luxury Suite / Family Chalets -

2 Adults in a Luxury Suite / 2 Adults + 2 children in a
Family Chalet -Single per night

R4 350


Valid for SADC residents only (a copy of SA ID / SADC passport / work permit will be required when making the reservation).

Inclusions

  • Accommodation, all standard meals, two game drives per day, beverages (excluding premium brands and cellar wines) and
  • Return transfers from Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport (HDS). Please note special conditons for Simbavati Trails Camp.


Exclusions

  • All other drinks, babysitting, private transfers, gratuies, laundry service, other items of a personal nature, Timbavati Conservation Levy (will be added to invoices for prepayment, or collected at the lodge directly) of R400 per adult per night and R200 per child under 12 years per night (increasing to R424 per person and R212 per child from 01 Jan 2021).
  • A vehicle entrance fee of R190 is only payable at the Timbavati Control Gate (subject to change from 01 Jan 2021).

Simbavati Trail Camp Transfers

Scheduled Transfers are compulsory (no private cars can drive to the camp).

Collection Time from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (HDS) – 13:45.

Departure Time from Simbavati Trails Camp – 11:00.

Kindly note that there is only one daily return transfer from HDS.

Self-drive guests will also have to use this transfer. If you are planning to drop a rental car at Hoedspruit Airport, please ensure that you arrive well before the scheduled departure time, as unfortunately we cannot wait for late arrivals. The transfer time is approximately 11⁄2 hour.

Notes and other Rates

Pilot / Driver’s Room: R1 140 (excl. drinks, game drives subject to availability)

Tour Leader / Guide: R1 320 (only with a minimum of 10 paying guests)

At a glance:

  •  A unique game viewing experience.
  •  Daily morning and afternoon game drives with experienced guides and trackers.
  •  3 Luxury Suites that have a beautiful game viewing deck with the option of a river view or bush view.
  •  Stargazing, swimming, and boma dinners.

Accommodation:

  • 3 Luxury Suites, one with a King size bed and a Queen size daybed and two with a Twin or King size bed and a Queen size daybed. 
  • The en-suite bathroom is accessed through the main bedroom and offers a double basin, bath and outdoor shower. 
  • Each dayroom opens onto a private terrace through wide opening doors.


In Roon Amenities

  • A private game viewing deck
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Mini bar with drinks and snacks
  • Coffee and tea-making facilities
  • Complimentary eco-friendly, biodegradable products
  • Eco-friendly insect spray
  • Electric blankets for the winter season
  • Laundry services. A laundry bag is supplied in the room
  • Safe for storing valuables
  • Hairdryer

Lodge Facilities

  • Game-viewing terrace overlooking the river, sitting room with books and board games.
  • Plunge pool, with panoramic views of the Nhlaralumi River.
  • Complimentary internet access.
  • Bar Lounge.
  • Spa in-room treatments.
  • Low level electric fence.


Big 5 game drives take place in the early morning and late afternoon/evening, ensuring game sightings at times when the animals are naturally most active. Nocturnal animals, including the big cats, are regular sightings at night. Currently over 40 mammal species are to be found in the Timbavati, including the Big 5 of Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant. The area is also a bird-watcher’s
paradise, as many as 360 species of bird life have been documented here.



Your day includes:

  • Early morning tea/coffee
  • Game Drive (approx 3+ hours)
  • Mid-morning breakfast on the dining deck
  • Time to relax, enjoy a spa treatment before and after lunch or visit Mutimu, Simbavati’s community project.
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Afternoon/evening game drive (approx 3+ hours)
  • Dinner on the deck, or around the fire in the open- air boma

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.

Location of Machaton Private Camp

Machaton Private Camp is situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which 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).

Scheduled Transfers

We offer 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 R160 (subject to change) that is payable at the gate.

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

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.

If you are arriving at a different time, then we can arrange private transfers from Hoedspruit, Kruger Mpumalanga Intl Airport, Phaloborwa Airport or from the Timbavati Gate. Please click here for our Transfer Rates.

Please note:

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

Scheduled transfers exclude the vehicle entry fee - see rates below

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve Gate Entrance Fee:

R160.00 per vehicle, payable at the gate (subject to change)

Getting to Machaton Private Camp 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.

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve Gate Entrance Fee: R160.00 per vehicle, payable at the gate (subject to change)

Getting to Machaton Private Camp by Road
Machaton Private Camp is approximately a 7 hour drive from Johannesburg.

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 R160 per vehicle (subject to change). There is also a Timbavati Conservation fee of R368 per person (subject to change), which is payable at the lodge or can be prepaid.

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….

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve Gate Entrance Fee:
R160.00 per vehicle, payable at the gate (subject to change)

Very important:
Please do not arrive at the lodge late, as you will then miss the afternoon/evening game drive and lunch, which we do not serve later than 16h00
It is also safer not to drive in the reserve and arrive at the lodge when it is dark.
If you are going to be late due to unforeseen circumstances, please let us know on (015) 793-9051/3.

  Private Transfer Rates
1 January - December 2019
Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport - Simbavati Lodges Phalaborwa Airport - Simbavati Lodges
Time - 1½ hours - 58km    per person from/to Time - 2½ hours - 133km    per person from/to
1 Pax R1 185 1 Pax R2 175
2 Pax R 645 2 Pax R1 185
3 Pax R 450 3 Pax R 925
4 Pax R 360 4 Pax R 720
5* Pax R 295 5* Pax R 610
KMIA Airport / Hazyview - Simbavati Lodges Skukuza- Simbavati Lodges
Time - 3 hours - 194km    per person from/to Time - 2½ hours - 133km    per person from/to
1 Pax R2 790 1 Pax R3 325
2 Pax R1 565 2 Pax R1 830
3 Pax R1 150 3 Pax R1 330
4 Pax R 895 4 Pax R1 045
5* Pax R 785 5* Pax R 895

Please note: Private transfers include the vehicle entry fee - see rates below

Rates include:

  • Accommodation,
  • all standard meals,
  • two game drives per day,
  • beverages (excluding premium brands and cellar wines) and
  • Return transfers from Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport (HDS).

Rates exclude:

  • All other drinks, babysitting, private transfers, gratuities, laundry service, other items of a personal nature,
  • Timbavati Conservation Levy (will be added to invoices for prepayment, or collected at the lodge directly) of R400 per adult per night and R200 per child under 12 years per night (increasing to R424 per person and R212 per child from 01 Jan 2021).
  • A vehicle entrance fee of R190 is only payable at the Timbavati Control Gate (subject to change from 01 Jan 2021).

Minimum stay: 2 nights

Payment:

  • a 10% deposit is due within 7 days (for FIT) or 25% within
  • 14 days (for Groups) from date of reservation to guarantee the booking.
  • Easter and Christmas periods’ bookings require a 25% non-refundable deposit.
  • The balance is to be settled 30 days prior to the arrival of the guests.

Cancellation fees (up to 3 rooms, for 4 or more rooms see T & C’s):

  •  All cancellations and changes have to be in writing
  •  Up to 61 days prior to arrival: 10% cancellation fee (total booking value)
  •  31 to 60 days prior to arrival: 25% cancellation fee (total booking value)

Child Policy

  • Children of all ages are welcome at Simbavati River Lodge and Simbavati Machaton Camp (if Machaton is booked on a Sole Use basis)

  • Between 0 – 3 years; no charge and includes all meals
  • Between 4 – 11 years: 50% of per person sharing rate when sharing with parents in family chalets 
  • 12 years & older sharing with parents in family chalets; 3rd/4th person rate applicable

Private transfers from Hoedspruit, Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Phalaborwa Airport or the Timbavati Gate, can be arranged should your arrival not coincide with those above. Please ask for our Transfers Rate Sheet. Private transfers are not available to Trails Camp guests.

 

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Coservation Fees

Guest Conservation Fees
   SA Citizen & residents
  - ZAR  105 per Adults per day
  - ZAR  52 per Child  per day    
  SADC with passport
  - ZAR  210 per Adults per day
  - ZAR  105 per Child per day
  Internationals
  - ZAR  424 per Adults per day
  - ZAR  212 per Child per day

R210 per vehicle entry fee

Why Book With Us?

  • Personal inter-action
  • Lodges with high standards
  • Stay in control of your booking
  • Most special deals by far
  • Secure payment process (SSL)
  • South African based
  • Superior knowledge
  • Expert advice
  • No booking fees

Conservation Levy

  • Fly in & Transfers R300 Per Person
  • Self drive R300 Per Person 
  • Entry and exit to the reserves, via self-drive, will need to happen through the same gate.

 

2021 Levies

1. Conservation levy - R424 per person per night  
2. Conservation levy - R210 per child per night (under 12)

R 210 per vehicle entry fee only payable directly