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“Exceptional place” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Machampane Wilderness Camp

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Machampane Wilderness Camp
Poznan
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82 reviews
35 hotel reviews
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“Exceptional place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

A wonderful tented camp in the middle of nothing, ruling by Emilio who is a very competent ranger. Absolutely unforgettable place where all guests are together while eating and in evening campfire. There are no Internet or cellular phone connection, that's why you have a lot of time to watch the nature and socialize with other guests. In the night you hear a lot of bush sounds, including lions and elephants.If you look for exceptional place in Africa - it's the right place, don't miss it.

Stayed July 2016, travelled with family
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

We stopped over for a night here after visiting Kruger. Traveled into the park via the Giriyondo border post between Kruger and Limpopo. Limpopo park is still a work-in-progress and there is very little game even though the fences with Kruger are coming down. Probably because of the high incidence of poaching and the fact that the bush is not as animal friendly as Kruger with it's lush rivers and diverse environment.
Machampane is a lovely camp perfectly located on a broad lake-like river section with the safari tents on stilts among the fever trees overlooking the river. The management and staff were very welcoming and friendly. Emile, the manager is a very chilled, laid back chap and makes you feel at home. He is also very knowledgeable on flora and fauna and keen to share his knowledge and stories with us over the camp fire at night in the boma.
The safari tents are well appointed but it seems that some maintenance is long overdue because most of our group had no lights or hot water in their tents, and it would have been good if the management had forewarned us about this on arrival rather than letting us discover these limitations for ourselves. This is not acceptable given the rates charged. Emile also mentioned that the upper management hadn't visited for quite a while (perhaps they should). However, despite these glaring maintenance issues the whole experience was most enjoyable and the food very good considering the logistics involved to keep the camp stocked (the management have to travel back through Kruger to Phalaborwa to source provisions!)

Room Tip: All tents are beautifully situated along the river
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  • Stayed June 2016, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016

Very special location and remarkably cheerful people with big smiles.
Emile is a fantastic host and guide, doing his job passionately.
Teresa and Arlene present dinner and lunch joyfully and proudly. The food is delicious and you get offered a tasteful 3 course dinner in the bush.
The tents are wonderful placed at the river with a nice breeze at night and they have all fantastic views.
I loved the bush walk. It is always a big pleasure to enjoy nature by food.
We should have stayed longer!
Next time!

Stayed April 2016
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Brussels
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016

We (my wife & I) spent 3 nights at the Machampane Wilderness Camp and our experience was really great. Of course if what you're looking for is a "guaranteed big 5 trail with 8 people all day long in a 4x4" it's probably not the best option, but if what you want is a true wilderness experience in an unfenced bush camp (quite luxurious btw, with comfortable tents, hot showers, etc etc...) part of a "new" national park (meaning less "industrialized" than Kruger can be as it seems) then it's the place to be ! :-)
Emille, our guide (who's also running the camp) was really dedicated and shared his passion for the bush during the bush walks (2 times/day). He also drove us through the park in direction of the South African border to allow us to get the max of our stay. We were lucky I think as we even had the chance to spot a lion :-) But as previously said, the Machampane Wilderness Camp is not about spotting Big 5 by any means, it's more a complete bush experience, in a still wild/preserved environment... No big road and mass tourism here (even no wifi nor network, yes it's till possible :-) ).
Also needed to mention that the ladies who're running the logistics, meals... are doing a great job : smells good, looks good, taste good !!!
My conclusion : go for it and take a part in this new adventure... Let me also thank Emille and his team once again for their dedication and their real will to share their passion. I truly hope that the Limpopo Park will be a great success !

  • Stayed April 2016, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Stuttgart
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2015

When we arrived at Machampane from Olifants Camp in Kruger the temperatures were very hot.
Therefore the evening bush walk for us was cancelled. We had the feeling that the ranger did not want to go with only two guests.
Next morning we walked arround a little bit but did not see any animal. We did a three day wilderness walk in Kruger before and so it was a little bit boring for us. Also there haven´t been so many explanations.
Two nights have been too long for us at it was very dry and there was nothing to do except the guided walks.
But it was a good place to rest on our way to the Mosambican coast. The tents are luxury and the cook is phenomenal.
You could pay also in Rand and the currency rate was good.

Border crossing was not issue, we got the insurance when leaving the park but got cheated about the price (30 Rand too much).
In the first village after the park, there was a little bank with ATM.

  • Stayed October 2015, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Machampane Wilderness Camp
Address: Parc Nacional do Limpopo, Xai-Xai 1200, Mozambique
Region: Mozambique > Gaza Province > Xai-Xai
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Ranked #3 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Xai-Xai
Number of rooms: 24

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