Machaba's tents are set along the banks of the Khwai River and Moremi Game Reserve, with views of the ever-changing wildlife. The camp has been designed in the style of a 1950's camp, with spacious canvas tents, attractive wooden furniture, decor in soothing, muted tones and beds and sofas strewn with cushions. This, combined with the warm welcome of the staff, will make you feel instantly at home at Machaba.
This is a prime game viewing area and you'll be offered morning and evening safaris to make the most of your time here. Night drives are also possible and are a fascinating introduction to the nocturnal wildlife. Other activities include nature walks and mokoro rides, though these depend on local conditions.
The large lounge tent is the social heart of the camp. This is where you'll rest between drives, chatting over a chilled drink or catching up with some reading. You'll be able to watch wildlife at the river. Outdoors there's a lovely swimming pool and a sundeck. Meals are generally eaten communally in the open air and at night you'll dine by candle and lamp light.
The tent guest tents are very spacious, with comfy beds, a sitting room, en-suite bathroom and an open air shower. To the front of each tent there's a veranda, ideal for secluded relaxation and wildlife watching.
Open: Machaba Camp is open all year.
Location: Machaba Camp is in on the banks of the Khwai River in the eastern part of the Okavango Delta, across the river from Moremi Game Reserve. It is a 20-minute drive from Khwai airstrip.
Rooms: There are 8 twin/double tents and 2 family tents, each with 2 bedrooms. Accommodation is very roomy, with a bedroom, sitting area and an en-suite bathroom as well as an outdoor shower. The water is heated by solar power. You are supplied with a selection of toiletries. Each tent has a private veranda facing the river, with chairs and a table. Tents are set beneath large trees which provide shade.
Activities: Machaba Camp offers twice daily game drives, in the morning and evening. You can also be able to take guided bush walks. Mokoro rides are available when the water levels permit. The camp can arrange visits to the local community.
Facilities: There is a lounge tent, with large mesh windows for wildlife viewing and a second wing containing the dining tent. You are welcome to look through the collection of books. There is a swimming pool and a deck with loungers for sunbathing. In the evening the fire is lit at the front of the lounge tents and chairs are set up so you enjoy drinks and conversation around the fire. At night the camp is lit by lanterns. There are facilities for charging batteries. There is a curio shop. The camp offers a laundry service.
Dining: Meals are taken communally with other guests, usually al fresco. Dinner is served by atmospheric candlelight.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. There are 2 family tents which can accommodate up to 2 adults and 2 children. The other tents can accommodate 2 adults and 1 child. A private game viewing vehicle needs to be booked for families with children under the age of 6 years. The camp is unfenced and animals wander near the tents, so children must be kept under supervision at all times.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is no internet access.
A traditional game viewing safari with the thrill of Vic Falls, nature walks and, of course, entrancing encounters with meerkats.
"This was our favorite by camp by far. Loved the character of the camp, had a great vibe. All staff including managers really good. Great mix of guests Amazing surprise with the outdoor dinner after Safari. Dining under the stars away from the camp. Very special. Tents by the river were fab and very private. Home from home with everything you needed. Plenty of space between lodges., loved the 50â€™s styling. Great having inside and outside shower."