Machaba Camp

Set under giant trees along the Khwai River and overlooking the Moremi Game Reserve, Machaba Camp can boast prime position in an area world-famous for its wildlife. This is where the waters of the Okavango Delta finally ebb away leaving behind lush grazing and permanent water, attracting great numbers of animals and birds in a wild diversity of species. Not for nothing is Machaba named after the sycamore tree – in Setswana it means the tree of life.

A newly-built camp, Machaba nevertheless has the easy grace and calm elegance of a long standing establishment. With only 10 tented suites available, the camp promises an intimate and exclusive experience but is as comfortable accommodating honeymooners and couples as it is families. Machaba has two family four-sleeper units available and a swimming pool, and runs on a very green basis, relying mostly on solar power and removing all its non-organic waste.

Focussing on 4X4 game drives, Machaba Camp makes an excellent combination with water-based camps in the Okavango Delta. The area has a reputation for elephants, large herds of antelope such as impala and lechwe plus plenty of predators. Lions are common in the area but leopard, wild dog and cheetah are seen regularly and the bird watching is sensational, especially during the summer months.

Machaba Camp Rating

4.5 / 5 (from 60 votes)

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Highlights

  • Excellent year-round game viewing
  • Day & night game drives, walks & village visits
  • Classic colonial & romantic safari ambience
  • Family accommodation available

Fast Facts

  • Type of Accommodation:  Luxury Tented Camp
  • Comfort Level:  Midrange
  • Number of Rooms:  10 Luxury Tents
  • Location: Moremi Reserve
  • See our Travel Guide: Botswana Safari

Machaba Luxury Tents

  • Beautiful Canvas Suites
  • En Suite Bathroom With Shower
  • Elegant, Colonial-Style Decor
  • Outdoor Viewing Deck

Machaba’s ten tented suites are divided into eight luxury twins and two family units which comprise two tents joined together and a shared bathroom. Each suite is set along the Khwai River front but nestles under grand trees for shade and privacy. Both game viewing and soothing massages can be enjoyed from the comfort of the suite’s outdoor deck and guests will enjoy the calm serenity of each suite, beautifully decorated and complete with a bathroom featuring a flush toilet, double basins and a shower.

Details in each clean-lined, insect-proofed suite include a writing desk, comfortable chairs and a free-standing fan for comfort during the warmer summer months.

The Camp Facilities

  • Dining Area, Lounge & Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Reference Library
  • Photographic Hide
  • Sundeck
  • Massages & Beauty Treatments
Machaba’s main lodge is split into an extensive dining area and a comfortable lounge, complete with bar and reference library. A swimming pool with sundeck and loungers is located at the edge of camp, and there is also the opportunity to make use of Machaba’s photographic hide, overlooking the river. A guide will drop you off and collect you again – make sure you remember your binoculars and camera!

Meals at Machaba begin with a light breakfast, followed several hours later by a hearty brunch, served after your morning drive. A traditional safari high tea precedes the afternoon drive, after which you’ll enjoy sunset drinks and snacks. Dinner is a delicious three-course meal accompanied by candlelight, a fine wine list and the sound of hippos grazing on the Khwai’s floodplains.

Activities at Machaba Camp

  • Morning & Afternoon Game Drives
  • Village Visits
  • Night Drives & Guided Walks
  • Bird Watching

An enviable private reserve setting next to the Moremi Game Reserve gives Machaba Camp the best of both worlds when it comes to safari activities. Moremi is the scene for early morning and late afternoon game drives but Machaba also offers drives in the private concession where guides are allowed to go off road and conduct spot-lit night drives for a deeper experience. Machaba Camp also offers its guests the unique opportunity to experience local culture. Guides will lead you to a nearby village where you can see firsthand how human life here is intertwined with the environment.

The bird watching is excellent at Machaba, especially during the summer months when migrant species arrive. Game viewing is equally good and all year round too. The Khwai River area has a reputation for predators and guests can expect amazingly intimate sightings of elephants. For unbeatable photography, make the most of Machaba’s hide, set overlooking the river and ideal for those who want extra time out in the bush.

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Machaba Camp Rates 2016

  • Green Season 2014
  • USD510 pp sharing
  • Shoulder Season 2014
  • USD690 pp sharing
  • High Season 2014
  • USD940 pp sharing

Green:  January – Marc, November & December    |   Shoulder:  April – June and 15 December – 16 January    |   Peak:  July – October

Includes & Excludes

Includes:Machaba Camp accommodation, all meals, laundry, lodge activities, return vehicle airstrip transfers from Khwai, alcholic & non-alcholic beverages (excluding imported and premium drinks), levies & taxes.

Excludes: Premium imported drinks, international flights , internal transfers , travel insurance, visas and discretionary tips.

SINGLE SURCHARGE
A Single Surcharge of 60% is applicable to bookings during all seasons.

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Machaba Camp on 28/07/2014 rated 5.0 of 5