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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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  • Hello Lisa. We came back from our trip two weeks ago now so I am sending this email much later than I wanted to. Nevertheless, what I wanted to say was thank you very much for helping us organise an amazing trip. Our days in Mafia Island to celebrate my 50th birthday were exactly what I wanted them to be: a fantastic time with the family doing activities that we all love and enjoy in a relaxing, unusual, beautiful place full of sun, surrounded by water, wildlife and friendly people. We swam with whale sharks, did a lot of snorkeling, had two picnics on a beautiful sand bank, watched the sunset over the sea, did a bird watching excursion and tried scuba diving.
    All merit to you because Pole Pole in Mafia Island was your recommendation. I never heard of Mafia Island before and didn't consider Tanzania to start with. It was an amazing place to stay: friendly, relaxed, beautiful, comfortable, with great food and fantastic service. Thanks not only for finding the place but also for your patience as we prepared the trip and I explored options and decided what I wanted. All went incredibly well (places, transfers, flights) and we had a very memorable time together that we will all remember forever - as we still do the safari trip to South Africa you organised for us 5 years ago.
    I cannot wait to plan another trip! I am already thinking about where and when. Hopefully no pandemic will get in the way this time. And I will come to you as my favourite travel agent.
    I copy in this message the Tourdust office because I want them to know how good you are and how much I appreciated the different trips you organised for us (including the trip to India for my parents that was cancelled due to Covid). I cannot thank you enough :o)
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    MissingCarolina O reviewing Relaxed Bush & Beach Family Holiday in Tanzania on 25 November 2022

  • Hi Lisa
    It was a fantastic experience, thanks very much. All the arrangements were seamless and our guiding/support team were excellent, if there is a way for you to formally commend the team to your ground operators then I would be grateful if you could do that, they really were brilliant.
    Many thanks for your help in arranging the trip, and for your patience during the multiple re-arrangements over the past couple of years.
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