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Machaba Camp

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8/10

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Highlights

- Excellent dry-season game viewing
- Tranquil riverside location
- Game drives and walking safaris
- Mokoro canoe excursions

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Overview

Machaba is an independently run, traditional safari camp nestled on the verdant banks of the Khwai River on the eastern tip of the stunning Okavango Delta, northern Botswana. The area boasts superb game viewing during the June to October dry season, with prodigious numbers of elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, hippo, hyena, and wild dog. A stay at this friendly property, with its lovely pool and good range of activities, combines the thrill of safari with gentle rest and tranquility. Accessible by road and light aircraft, the camp is ideally located for both the privately owned Khwai Concession, and the adjacent Moremi Game Reserve.

The spacious, tented main area is decorated in a colonial style and affords picturesque views across the river to the Moremi Reserve. Guest spaces comprise lounge, library, swimming pool, and campfire. There are indoor and outdoor dining areas, where guests enjoy traditional ‘bushfare’ cuisine at individual and communal tables, and dietary requirements can be accommodated.

Activities at Machaba Camp include morning and evening game drives, night drives, walking safaris, mokoro canoe excursions (water levels permitting), indulgent spa treatments, and engaging community visits.

The camp accommodates a maximum of 24 guests. Eight spacious, well appointed, safari-style tents sleep two, and two family units each sleep four. All tents have private verandas with outdoor seating and lovely river views. Each tent has a double or twin bed formation, a comfortable seating area, and an ensuite bathroom with twin basins, outdoor shower and flush toilet. All units have fans, electrical points and a safe. Built on ground level, the camp is accessible for wheelchair users.

Children are warmly welcomed, and families are well catered for by the attentive staff and camp managers who have children of their own on site. There are two generous family units, each accommodating up to five guests in two adjoining tented bedrooms. The maximum number of children per unit is three, and while there are standard beds for up to two children, the third child will sleep on a more simple stretcher bed. Each unit has a spacious communal lounge area that can be closed off by canvas blinds, along with additional seating on the decking outside. The shared bathroom is situated behind the lounge, and includes double basins, indoor and outdoor showers, and a W.C. Although children of all ages are more than welcome, families should note that those with children under 6 years of age are obliged to book and pay for a private vehicle, and that children under 8 are unable to participate in mokoro (canoe) excursions. The camp is unfenced and one of the real privileges of a stay at Machaba is close proximity to the wild animals, such as elephants, who wander through. Although the likelihood of wildlife approaching tents or humans is low, parents are advised that adult supervision is essential at all times.

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Average Rating

based on 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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