We were three couples who stayed at Machaton in early October 2016.
Firstly, I would like to commend Simbavati staff who upgraded us to this Lodge. We were initially booked into the Simbavati's Hilltop Lodge. However, just before arriving Simbavati informed us that there was going to be construction work nearby during our stay. I pointed out that we were hosting overseas visitors and that the noise and dust would detract from the bushveld experience, Gert Top their MD became directly involved and he immediately offered us Machaton as an option. His responsiveness and willingness to address the issue is commendable.
The Lodge itself consists of three very large bungalows, each with a bedroom, large bathroom and sunroom. There is also a common area consisting of an indoor lounge/dining room, outside lounge and dining room, a swimming pool and an outdoor bbq area. The Lodge is right on the river and although not flowing at the time provided great game viewing on your doorstep.
The staff was amazing, from the personal chef who prepared the most amazing dishes for the six of us, to the game guide, the driver, the lodge manager and the cleaning staff, who spread petals on our beds every night.
They are trying to create a luxurious, but informal, environment and guests are encouraged to mingle with staff, walk into the kitchen, grab a beer and chat to chef. It made the stay very comfortable, but extremely personal.
I would highly recommend this Lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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