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Machaton Private Camp

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.

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.


*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).



  • 3 luxurious suites with a king-size bed and a double sized daybed.
  • The en-suite bathroom is accessed through the main bedroom and offers a double basin, bath and outdoor shower.

Machaton Private Camp Luxury Suite Facilities Include:

  • 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 for the winter period
  • Laundry services
  • Safe for storing valuables
  • Hair dryer

Value Added Extras:

Honeymoon Bonus: (within three months of wedding date)

  • Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine
  • Romantic turndown
  • Private dinner

Other Special Occasions:

  • Please inform management of your special occasion when making your reservation


  • 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

Fact File

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.
  Optional interpretative bush walk (1 -1 1/2 hours, subject to availability).
  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.


Accommodation Dates Luxury Suite
per person sharing
Single Supplement Rate
single rate

Sole Use
max 6 guests incl. children

01 Jan – 31 Oct 18 R 7 950.00 R 13 915.00 R 39 500.00

Return flight JHB - Airstrip Rate Type Rate
01 Jan – 31 Oct 18 PPS (min 2 pax) R 9 000.00

Rates Includes: Accommodation, all standard meals, two game drives per day, selected drinks (selected spirits, house wines, local beers and soft drinks). Interpretive bush walks with an armed field guide are offered subject to availability. Emergency Medical Response and Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance. 

Rates Excludes: Other drinks (see above*), private transfers, gratuities, laundry service, other items of a personal nature, Timbavati Conservation Levy (which may be prepaid) of R200 per person payable at the lodge (subject to change), and the vehicle entry fee of R140 only payable at the Timbavati Control Gate (price subject to change). 

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. 

Compulsory Conservation Fee: 
The lodge will collect R215 per person (subject to change without prior notice) for conservation fees on behalf of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. The conservation fee can be prepaid.

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: 100% cancellation fee of the full booking value


Is there Cell phone reception?

There is very limited cell phone reception.

What is the policy on children?

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

Is there a dress code for dining?

Smart-casual dress code for dinner

Are pets allowed?

No pets allowed.