Machampane Wilderness Camp is located in Parque Nacional do Limpopo, the 1,1 million hectare Mozambique sector of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, adjacent to Kruger National Park. The camp is unfenced and nestled under trees on banks of Machampane River, a Big 5 area stocked with game from Kruger National Park. The fences between the two National Parks are due to be removed and as such, no repair work is being done, allowing animals to move freely between the two areas.
GPS co-ordinates: S 23°46.254’ E 31°46.848’
Starting in South Africa, from Kruger National Park’s Phalaborwa Gate to Giriyondo border post
You will need 3 hours to drive from Phalaborwa Gate to the Giriyondo Border Post.
Enter at Kruger National Park’s Phalaborwa Gate no later than 1pm in Summer and 12 noon in Winter (April – September).
From Kruger’s Phalaborwa Gate follow the main road to Letaba Rest Camp. At the speed limit, the minimum time required to get to Letaba is 60 minutes. (Note: Letaba is the last place to get fuel and for cell phone reception.)
Depart Letaba Rest Camp, and follow the main road towards Mopani Rest Camp. After 19 kms turn right onto gravel (S 23°42.534’ E 31°32.519’) to the Giriyondo border post. Follow the gravel road for 23 km to the Giriyondo border post (S 23°35.018’ E 31°39.614). At the speed limit, the minimum time required to get to the border post, from Letaba, is 60 minutes.
Border closing times
Summer: 1 October to 31 March, 16h00 (4 pm) Winter: 1 April to 30 September, 15h00 (3 pm).
You need to arrive at least 30 minutes before the closing time.
From Giryondo Border post to Machampane Wilderness Camp
From the Giriyondo border post, enter Parque Nacional do Limpopo, follow the main road for 28km (approximately 50 minutes) and keep right to “Machampane Camp”.
After 800m turn right to Machampane Camp (S 23°45.607’ E 31°49.385’). Follow this two track road for approx 5km to Machampane Wilderness Camp (S 23°46.254’ E 31°46.848’).
En-route to Machampane Camp you will pass the fenced “Game release boma” on your right.
Travel time from Giriyondo border post to Machampane Wilderness Camp is approximately 65 minutes.
Starting in Mozambique, from Maputo
Travel on EN1 north to Macia.
In Macia (S 25°01.498’ E 33°06.132’), opposite the Engen garage, turn left and travel 60km to Chokwe (S 24°31.870’ E 32°59.945’).
Continue straight through Chokwe for another 25km and turn left to Massingir (S 24°25.510’ E 32°50.701’). (If you get to the bridge over the Limpopo river you have missed the turn off).
Travel for 105 km to Massingir. Travel time from Maputo to Massingir is approximately 4 hours. Fuel is not always available in Massingir so vehicles should be filled up in Chokwe if necessary. Distance from Massingir to Machampane Wilderness Camp is approx 55 km (Allow 90 minutes).
Exit Massingir and travel over the dam wall to the Massingir Gate of Parque Nacional do Limpopo (PNL). Please note that the Gate closes at 5.30pm in the winter months and 6pm in the summer months.
From the Park gate, stay on the main road (S 23°48.185’ E 32°01.638’) and follow the signs marked “Giriondo border” for 50 kms. Just before the 50km mark there might be a boom across the road – an anti-poaching initiative. If going to Machampane you will be asked to show your ‘proof of booking’. If you don’t have the necessary paperwork, a ranger will escort you to the camp, and hand you over the camp manager. Should the boom be closed when you arrive, and no-one in attendance, please just hoot. The rangers camp near-by and will come to the boom when they hear you.
Then take the “Machampane Camp” turnoff to the left, and approx 800m further turn right towards Machampane Camp (S 23°45.607’ E 31°49.385’)”.
Follow this two track road for approx 5km to Machampane Wilderness Camp (S 23°46.254’ E 31°46.848’). En-route to Machampane Camp you will pass the fenced “Game release boma” on your right.
Machampane Wilderness Camp is located in a Malaria area, guests should consult their doctor or chemist for suitable prophylactics.