Greater Kruger National Park » Timbavati Game Reserve » Machaton Private Camp


LOCATIONTimbavati Private Nature ReservePOOLYes
BIG 5 GAME RESERVEYesSPAIn Room Treatments
OFF ROADYes - For Big 5 Sightings onlyAIRCONYes
CELLPHONE SIGNALNoCHILD POLICYNo Children under 12 years - Unless the camp is booked for sole use

  • Situated within the world renowned and beautiful Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger Park – guarantees an exclusive, authentic and unforgettable African Safari experience. 
  • We have everything you need to bring your photography to life, availible for hire 
  • Enjoy magnificent views of the bush, the Nhlaralumi River and the distant foothills of the Drakensberg Mountain Range from the vantage point of the beautiful small koppie on which the lodge is situated.

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01 March - 30 June 2019 Luxury Suite R 4,475 pppn sharing last minute special rate - bookings within 30 days of travel for SA Residents only
Luxury Suite R 8,450 pppn sharing normal rate for advance bookings
01 July - 31 October 2019 Luxury Suite R 8,450 pppn sharing normal rate for advance bookings
• Accommodation
• All standard meals
• Two game drives per day
• Selected local beverages - (not included in the SA Resident rate)
• Single accommodation will be charged as follows:
• R 7,833 per single per night, valid 01 March - 30 June 2019 (last minute special rate - bookings within 30 days of travel for SA Residents only)
• R 14,790 per single per night, valid 01 March - 31 October 2019 (normal rate for advance bookings)
• No children under 12 years of age unless the camp is booked for sole use
• Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking.
• Rates quoted are only applicable to South African Residents. Special Discounted Rates for International Residents are available on request.
• Timbavati Conservation Levy of R 368 per adult per day & R 184 per child (under 12 years) per day applies, which needs to be pre-paid with the accommodation costs on confirmation of the booking. (Subject to change)
• Gate Entrance Fee of R 160 per vehicle applies for self-drive guests. Payable at the gate and subject to change.
• Complimentary Scheduled Transfers
• 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

6 - 7 Hours from Johannesburg

3 Individual Luxury Suites

Situated within the world renowned and breathtakingly beautiful Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger Park – guarantees an exclusive, authentic and unforgettable African Safari experience. Home to the famous white lions, expect exceptional game viewing within Machaton Private Camp’s extensive tract of over 12,000 hectares of unspoilt wilderness.
Enjoy magnificent views of the bush and the Nhlaralumi River. Accommodation captures the age-old essence of an African safari, and comprises of three individual luxury suites. Each suite comprises of a sumptuous bedroom, a dayroom, a well-appointed bathroom with an outdoor shower and an extensive private terrace. Privacy is guaranteed thanks to the careful placement of the suites and privacy walls, ensuring a tranquil and intimate stay.


We offer complimentary 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 R140 (subject to change) that is payable at the gate.
  • Scheduled Collection Times from Hoedspruit – 11:20, 12:10 and 13:15
  • Scheduled Departure Times from Machaton – 09:30, 10:30 and 11:00/30
  • All complimentary transfers need to be pre-booked as we only meet flights if we have guests on that
  • flight.
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.

Timbavati Nature Reserve shares a common unfenced border with the Kruger National Park allowing animals free range and ensuring guests to the area the opportunity to view the greatest diversity of wildlife that Africa has to offer. View the big game from open vehicles, on foot or from the comfort of your room as you experience timeless Africa. Escape from the grind of daily life and succumb to the tranquil wilderness of the Timbavati Nature Reserve in the South African Lowveld. Here you can view the Big Five and other endangered species such as the Wild Dog and Cheetah in their natural environment. 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.
  • Game-viewing terrace overlooking the river
  • Plunge pool, with panoramic views of the Nhlaralumi River
  • Covered pool lounge for shaded outdoor relaxation
  • Curio Shop
  • 360° Bar
  • Lounge, that offers a selection of books and board games
  • Wi-Fi connectivity in the reception, lounge and deck area
  • Spa in-room treatments
  • Low level electric fence
  • 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 during the winter
  • Laundry services. A laundry bag is supplied in the room
  • Safe for storing valuables
  • Hairdryer



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. There is also a Timbavati Conservation fee which is payable at the lodge or can be pre-paid. 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. 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.


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