A little Gem in the Transfrontier park
Anita Adendorff, South Africa
12 January 2017
My husband and I were doing a combination trip of Bush and Beach..... spending time in Kruger and travelling down to the Moz coast via Giriyondo border and the Transfrontier park. A friend suggested we overnight at Machampane rather than going to the camp at Massingir. Great choice as it turned out! The road from the border , and indeed all the way through the park ( especially the second half) is pretty dire.... but once at Machampane you forget all the dust , bumps and rattles! Peaceful, beautiful and set on the banks of a small river...it is great for bird watching and generally just unwinding. The small band of staff was welcoming and friendly...and the young "Relief" Manager and Guide, Nathan, was excellent... very knowledgeable and went out of his way to accommodate us. Too hot to walk on our first afternoon, but went early the following morning before leaving. Few animals around... but still most interesting..looking at various spoor, plants and trees. Being regular bush people ourselves, we found Nathan very natural, interactive & a mine of information.
Enjoyed the tented camp very much...nice ambience. Just felt it lacked a bit of TLC and some small touches.. like a mirror in the bathroom....and more importantly, some ICE on those hot, hot Dec days. We were also slightly taken aback by being offered a "Welcome" drink and then being expected to pay for it..on top of the normal honesty bar. Just a glass of fruit juice on arrival would have been great!!!
Other than that... a lovely stop over. Would plan to spend at least 2 nights there next time to fully appreciate what this little gem has to offer.
Regina Abel, Austria
20 March 2015
Expected an upmarket camp because of description and rate. Really nice located tents directly on the river side. But poor maintained! Lights in tent not working because battery for keeping electricity produced by a generator broken. Thousands of ants as we arrived inside the tent, millions after first night.
No cool drinks available because of broken fridge.
Friendly staff trying to make nice food. In sum, not worth the money.
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Felix Petersen, Germany
19 April 2013
Machampane was the best camp/lodge on our three-week trip through northern RSA/Botswana/Mosambique. Small and really remote camp in idyllic location (you get what you read in the info), private atmosphere in well-equipped safari tents, peronal and very friendly service, excellent food and wine and interesting stories by the ranger around fireplace. We came with a 4 x 4 without using low gear, 2 x 4 with higher clearance should be possible also. If the last meters through the "river" cause a problem, use the pick-up service by hooting. Do not expect the Big 5 in one row - enjoy the atmosphere!
Lovely camp with genuine bush feel
Drew Rydell, South Africa
18 April 2012
Myself and some friends recently stayed overnight at Machampane on our way from Johannesburg to Inhambane. Wow, what a lovely spot!
The camp is well appointed with friendly helpful staff, the food was superb and the walk was fascinating with lots to learn about birds, insects, animal spoor and the like. Denice and Kieran (hope I got the spelling correct) looked after us very well and their passion for the bush is infectious. The camp is comfortable and luxurious without sacrificing that "in the bush" feeling.
I would have loved to stay for 2 or 3 nights to give myself more time to do more walks and time to relax on the deck alongside the river.
Great hospitality in a remote place
Achim Wolter, Germany
27 October 2011
It was a bit cumbersome to get there but well worth it - leaving Kruger National Park SAF for two stays for our little trip to Machampane/Mozambique. Machampane is a place full of adventures. We enjoyed the thrilling bush walks but also encountered great hospitality. Find out for yourselves.
If you can't find the elephant, it will find you!
philippe cloesen, Switzerland
28 July 2011
Definitely recommended. A splendid setting, out-of-Africa atmosphere, comfortable tents overlooking the waterhole. Walking safaris with a very knowledgeable guide were thrilling and we learned a lot about wildlife. We saw lots of small animals at the waterhole but not many large animals, except a pair of elephants who visited us in the tent.
Machampane Wilderness Camp
Guided wilderness walks are a feature at our intimate en-suite luxury tented camp that overlooks the Machampane River. Nestled in a secluded forest where bird and wildlife abound, set out on foot on early morning and late afternoon game walks embracing the waterholes in this pristine wilderness area. Replete from a three-course ‘bush cuisine’ dinner with its Mozambican flavours, the boma and its friendly fire beckon you to experience the tranquillity of the night sky and the sounds of the African bush.
Machampane Wilderness Camp is located in Parque Nacional do Limpopo, the 1,1 million hectare Moçambique sector of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. It is an unfenced luxury bush camp nestled under trees on bank of Machampane River stuated in a Big 5 pristine wilderness area stocked with game from the Kruger National Park. The fence between the two National Parks has not yet been removed in this area, but is scheduled for removal by 2010. As a consequence no repair work is being done and animals move freely through the holes in the fence line.
Accommodation comprises of five en-suite tents, sleeping up to 10 people and offering an intimate wilderness experience. Each tent has its own deck, with chairs and table, overlooking the water. All tents are equipped with twin beds, good quality linen and duvets, bedside tables with12 volt bedside lamps, a wardrobe, writing table and chair, luggage rack, and Kelim rug.
Please kindly note that there are no hair dryers in the tents, nor air-conditioning as power is only 12 volt. Water is drawn from the river in front of the camp and is a scarce resource. For this reason laundry is done in Phalaborwa 125 km from the camp and linen and towel changes are limited to the duration of a guest’s stay unless circumstances require otherwise. Guests are encouraged to use water sparingly.
Bathrooms comprise of a large shower, wash-hand basin, and flush toilet, and rooibos soap, sandalwood moisturizing hand-cream, and shampoo are provided. Hot water is provided through gas water heaters.
All guests are seated together at one table on the central dining deck for meals which are prepared and served from a tented kitchen. The fire-lit Boma is open to the night sky, and pre and post dinner drinks and snacks are served here. Breakfast is served on the day guests depart from camp at approximately 07.00, brunch is served on the days that guests are out on wilderness walks at approximately 10.30, and a three-course dinner with Moçambique/Shangaan influence is served at approximately 19.30. Complimentary tea, coffee, and rusks is available throughout the day.
Activities at Machampane include morning and afternoon wilderness walks, accompanied by a guide and armed ranger. Wilderness walks are intended as an environmental awareness experience and not as a ‘route march’, and guides set the pace to accommodate the individual’s walking pace and interests. Complimentary trail snacks and beverages are provided. Morning walks start 15 minutes after sunrise and take 3 to 4 hours, while afternoon walks start at around 15:00 and take about 2.5 hours.