- Excellent dry-season game viewing
- Tranquil riverside location
- Game drives and walking safaris
- Mokoro canoe excursions
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.
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!
Woan 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
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019