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.
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
• No children under 12 years of age unless the camp is booked for sole
Rates include: Accommodation, all standard meals, two game drives per day, selected drinks (selected spirits, house wines, local beers and soft drinks).
Other drinks (see above*),
other items of a personal nature,
Compulsory Conservation Fee:
The lodge will collect R 328 per person per day (subject to change without prior notice) for conservation fees on behalf of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. The conservation fee can be prepaid.
Timbavati Conservation Levy: 01 January - 31 December 2018
R 328 per person, per day (12 years and older), R 164 per child, per day (under 12 years)
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.
• 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
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 approximatelyone 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.
return flights can be arranged from Johannesburg to Simbavati Airstrip at R9,000 per person, minimum 2 guests.
Landing FeesLanding Fee at a neighbouring airstrip: R500 per arrival or departure, payable in advance (subject to change)
Activities at Machaton Private Camp
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.
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