Matamba offers a unique camping
experience, Sue and Alan Jarman have built the campsite they always
dreamt of finding during a lifetime of traveling in Africa.
" We hope you enjoy the quiet relaxed atmosphere of the campsite
which is unfenced, allowing the game to wander through. Wake up and
find a herd of Gemsbok or Eland grazing between your tent and the
ablution block, or watch Impala while doing the washing up."
Situated within the Waterberg Biosphere and part of the Waterberg
conservancy. Malaria free, with easy access from Johannesburg and
Pretoria (only 2,5 hours drive) and just off the R33 between
Vaalwater and Lephalale, Matamba is an ideal weekend getaway or stop
over on the way to Botswana.
The campsite has three well spread out, ‘private’, sites; Hornbill,
Francolin and Drongo, each one with a fireplace (firewood is
supplied) and a tap. All three sites share the ablutions and
kitchenette and there is power at both facilities with provision for
campers to plug an extension into if required. Drongo is situated
closest to the ablution block.
The family ablution block is built from natural materials
incorporating surrounding rocks as the shower floor, netting windows
offer lovely views on to the surrounding bush.
The kitchenette has two washing sinks, an info area and a table and
chairs for those wishing to swop traveling experiences. Both of
these buildings have power and provision for extensions to be
The campsite is situated on a private 400ha game farm with very
relaxed plains game and a network of about 30km of roads ideal for
walking or mountain biking, There is no driving on the farm.
Walking and mountain biking : The farm
is on a gentle south slope with magnificent views of the Welgevonden
mountains, The terrain is generally sandy with a few interesting
rocky out crops, as the game use the roads a lot “reading the spoor
“ is fascinating especially as there are many creature of the night,
Jackal, bat eared fox, porcupine, Brown hyena and aardvark to name a
few, their footprints are frequently seen.
Birding at Matamba is superb,
especially during the summer months. The garden around the main
house is a birders paradise this can be opened to serious birders on
request. From a pair of lizard buzzards resident at the hide, to
Gymnogene, and the diminutive Coqui francolin, Matamba offers
Bushveld birding at its best. There is a small hide overlooking a
natural waterhole, which is about a 40 min walk from the campsite.
The game at Matamba is very relaxed and
accustomed to people walking, cycling or going for a run, this makes
game viewing extremely enjoyable, a totally different experience to
being in a vehicle. The photographic opportunities are endless from
the beautiful trees to walking with animals.