• 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, 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.

Safaris are conducted in Machaton Private Camp’s private 4x4 vehicle. Interpretive bush walks can be organised by prior arrangement and subject to availability. 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

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.

Complimentary Scheduled Transfers

We offer complimentary scheduled transfers at set times to coincide with the scheduled flights into and out of Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport. Please note that this is a scheduled transfer, which you will be sharing with other guests travelling 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 do not 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 2016 at R1,310, R660 and R400 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, 12:10 & 13:20
  • Scheduled Departure Times from Simbavati – 09:30, 10:30 & 11:00
  • All complimentary transfers need to be pre-booked as we only meet flights if we have clients on that flight

If you are arriving at a different time to those specified above, we could arrange private transfers from Hoedspruit, Kruger Intl Airport, Phalaborwa Airport or from the Timbavati Gate. Please ask for our Transfers Rate Sheet.

Charter Flight:

  • return flights can be arranged from Johannesburg to Simbavati Airstrip at R9,000 per person, minimum 2 guests.

Landing Fees

  • Landing Fee at a neighbouring airstrip: R500 per arrival or departure, payable in advance (subject to change)

Private Transfer

1 January - October 2018 1 January - October 2018
Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport -
Simbavati Lodges
Phalaborwa Airport -
Simbavati Lodges
Time - 1½ hours per person from/to Time - 2½ hours per person from/to
1 Pax R1 115 1 Pax R2 045
2 Pax R 605 2 Pax R1 115
3 Pax R 420 3 Pax R 870
4 Pax R 340 4 Pax R 680
5* Pax R 280 5* Pax R 575
KMIA Airport / Hazyview -
Simbavati Lodges
Skukuza -
Simbavati Lodges
Time - 3 hours per person from/to Time - 4 hours per person from/to
1 Pax R3 625 1 Pax R3 140
2 Pax R1 475 2 Pax R1 810
3 Pax R1 080 3 Pax R1 325
4 Pax R 845 4 Pax R1 025
5* Pax R 740 5* Pax R 875

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

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve Gate Entrance Fee:
R140 per vehicle, payable at the gate (subject to change)

Airstrip Transfers
Clients can fly to a neighbouring airstrip within the Timbavati Reserve by prior arrangement.

Landing Fee:
Neighbouring airstrip -    R500 per arrival or departure, payable in advance (subject to change).

Please inform reservations of your charter company name, contact details and your approximate arrival time so that we can arrange a transfer to collect you and bring you to the lodge.

Please note:
All scheduled transfers exclude the vehicle entry fee - see rates below

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve Gate Entrance Fee:
R140 per vehicle, payable at the gate (subject to change)

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 (which may be prepaid) of R328 per person per day & R164 per child under 12 per day (subject to change without prior notice), and the vehicle entry fee of R140 only payable at the Timbavati Control Gate (increasing to R160 from 01 January 2019).

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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