We stayed two nights at Machampane Wilderness Camp and had a great time. We went on 3 walks but did not see much game. We found leopard, cheetah and buffalo dung plus elephant footprints so they were around. We also heard hyenas and a leopard at night.
We did, however, see waterbuck, impala, baboons, vervet monkeys, bushbuck, and a huge crocodile from our tent. The birdlife is excellent here – we saw pied, giant and woodland kingfishers, a goliath heron, bee-eaters, drongos, green-backed heron, arrow-marked babblers, vultures and a bateleur eagle.
The views from the tents are superb and made for great landscape photographs. We also captured a great sunset on one of the walks.
Prior to arriving at Machampane we had stayed two nights at a camp on the western Kruger border and we got hardly any sleep as we were eaten alive by mosquitoes each night. What a pleasure coming to Machampane where we did not see one mosquito and had two nights of blissful sleep!
The food was very good and the chef, Melita, was a character! When each course had been served she would announce what the dish was and then say "it looks good, it smells good and it tastes good'!
The other staff members also provided excellent service and nothing was too much trouble for Donald the camp manager.
Many safari lodges rip off their clients with excessive drink costs but at Machampane the mineral water is free and we ordered two bottles of Spier wine for our dinners and both bottles came to just over R200! The food, juices and yoghurts were all quality brands so we could see the focus was on customer satisfaction and not just maximizing profits.
We intend returning to the lodge in winter as the animals will then be more attracted to the river and we should get to see and photograph a few more mammals.