Machampane Wilderness Camp

Guided wilderness walks are the primary activity offered at our intimate 10 bed en-suite luxury tented camp that overlooks the Machampane River.

Nestled on the side of a secluded river where bird and wildlife abound, you 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 Mozambiquan flavours, the boma and its friendly fire beckon you to experience the tranquillity of the night sky and the sounds of the African bush.


  • 5 en-suite tents accommodating up to 10 people and offering an intimate wilderness experience.
  • Each tent has its own deck, with chairs and table, overlooking the water.

Tents are equipped with:

  • Twin beds, good quality linen and duvets.
  • Bedside tables with12 volt bedside lamps.
  • Wardrobe, writing table and chair.
  • Luggage rack and Kelim rug.


  • Large shower, wash-hand basin and flush toilet.
  • Rooibos soap, sandalwood moisturizing hand-cream and shampoo provided.
  • Hot water provided through gas water heaters

Please note:

  • There are no hairdryers 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 kms 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.

Central dining deck

  • All guests are seated together at one table for meals which are prepared and served from a tented kitchen.


  • Open to the night sky.
  • Pre and post dinner drinks and snacks are served in the firelit lapa.


  • Breakfast served on the day guests depart from camp (Approx 07.00).
  • Brunch served on the days that guests are out on wilderness walks (approx 10.30).
  • Dinner 3 course meal with Mozambique/Shangaan influence (approx 19.30).
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and rusks available throughout the day.


  • Bottled water provided in tents.
  • Limited stock of popular brand spirits and mixers available for sale.
  • Limited stock of red and white wine (SA and Portuguese) available for sale.
  • Refrigeration facilities are limited so ice is not always available.




  • Wilderness walks are the primary activity offered at Machampane Wilderness Camp.
  • Morning and afternoon wilderness walks are accompanied by a guide and armed ranger.
  • Wilderness walks are intended as an environmental awareness experience and not as a ‘route march’.
  • Guide sets the pace to accommodate the individual’s walking pace and interests.
  • Complimentary trail snacks and beverages (water, fruit juice) are provided.
  • Morning walks start 15 minutes after sunrise and take 3,0 to 4,0 hours.
  • Afternoon walks start around 15.00 and take about 2,5 hours.

Child Policy

  • For safety considerations regrettably children under the age of 12 may not participate on wilderness walks.





  • Power supplied by a generator providing 220 volt power.
  • Generator operates for four hours per day whilst guests are on wilderness walks.
  • Computers and cameras can be charged during generator operating hours.
  • Out of generator operating hours only 12 volt lighting is available in tents


  • Machampane Wilderness Camp is located in a Malaria area.
  • Guests should consult their doctor or chemist for suitable prophylactics


  • Machampane Wilderness Camp is unfenced and is located in Big 5 animal territory.
  • Wilderness walks are accompanied by a guide and an armed Parks ranger but nevertheless carry the risk of injury or death should big game be encountered
  • In light of the exposed nature of the Camp and its wilderness walks and the inherent risk associated therewith, all guests have to complete an indemnity form. Minors must be in possession of an indemnity form signed by a parent or legal guardian. These forms must be signed in the presence of the Camp Manager.

What to take

Clothing, footwear and other items

  • For guests planning to participate on any guided walks, clothing should be comfortable and durable.
  • Neutral colours such as khaki are preferable.
  • Footwear should be worn-in if possible, have thick soles and provide good ankle support. It is preferable not to wear white shoes.