Location of Machaton Camp

Machaton 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).

Getting to Machaton 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 Camp). Guests can fly into a neighbouring airstrip within the Timbavati Reserve by prior arrangement.

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve Gate Entrance Fee: R160.00 per vehicle, payable at the gate (subject to change)

Getting to Machaton Camp by Road

Machaton Camp is approximately a 7 hour drive from Johannesburg.

Directions by Road from Johannesburg/Pretoria

Machaton 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 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 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.


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 11:00

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)

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