• Machaton Private Camp
  • Machaton Private Camp
  • Machaton Private Camp

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 Nov 2018 to 31 Oct 2019
Luxury Suite single - FB&GD R14 790
Luxury Suite per person sharing - FB&GD R8 450
Sole Use - FB&GD R42 250
Luxury Suite 3rd/4th person - FB&GD R6 340

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

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Opened in August 2016, Machaton Private Camp is an intimate and exclusive camp offering a secluded and private safari experience. Next to owning a private safari lodge, there is no more private way to enjoy a safari in the Timbavati.

The camp consists of a main building which features a lounge, kitchen and covered verandah, as well as 3 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 with a newly fitted plunge pool, allowing you to retreat and refresh in secluded luxury.

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

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

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


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

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


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.



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.

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,
  • selected drinks (selected spirits, house wines, local beers and soft drinks).

Rates exclude:

  • Other drinks (see above*),
  • private transfers,
  • gratuities,
  • laundry service,
  • other items of a personal nature,
  • Timbavati Conservation Levy 

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):

  •  Up to 61 days prior to arrival: 10% cancellation fee of the full booking value
  •  31 to 60 days prior to arrival: 25% cancellation fee of the full booking value
  •  15 to 30 days prior to arrival: 75% cancellation fee of the full booking value
  •  14 days or less prior to arrival: 90% cancellation fee of the full booking value

Child Policy

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

Complimentary Scheduled Transfers

We offer scheduled transfers at set times to coincide with the scheduled flights into and out from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport. Please note that this is a scheduled transfer and you will be sharing 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 unfortunately we cannot wait for late arrivals.


The transfer time is approximately one hour in and one and a half hour out. Please note the complimentary transfers exclude the vehicle entry fee of R140 (subject to change) payable at the gate. For VAT purposes, the transfer is zero rated and valued for 2019 at R1440, R730 and R440 for single, sharing and 3rd/4th person respectively per room. No discount/refunds are applicable for transfers not used.

  • Scheduled Collection Times from Hoedspruit – 11:20 & 13:20
  • Scheduled Departure Times from Simbavati – 09:30, 10:30 & 11:30
  • All complimentary transfers need to be pre-booked as we only meet flights if we have guests on that flight.

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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  • Game Viewing +

    Game viewing is offered either from an open vehicle, or on foot in the company of experienced rangers.
  • Timbavati Wildlife +

    The wildlife is particularly rich and boasts not only the Big Five experience but an extraordinary profusion of bird and
  • Timbavati Experience +

    Timbavati comprises a number of private concessions, which offer a selection of accommodation services and safari experiences.
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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

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.