Machaba Camp is an independently owned and run camp designed to recreate 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.
Machaba's tents are set along the banks of the Khwai River and Moremi Game Reserve, with views of the ever-changing wildlife. They 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 30-minute drive from Khwai airstrip.
Rooms: There are eight twin/double tents and two family tents, each with two 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 plus night drives. You can also take guided bush walks (seasonal). Mokoro rides are available when the water levels permit. The camp can arrange visits to the local community, again dependent on water levels.
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. Spa treatments including massages and facials are available. 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 two family tents which can accommodate up to two adults and two children. A private game viewing vehicle needs to be booked for families with children under the age of six years. The minimum age for mokoro rides and walking safaris is 12 years. The camp is unfenced and animals wander near the tents, so children must be kept under supervision at all times. It should be noted that there is no baby sitting service.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is limited Wi-Fi internet access near the office.
Notes: Re disabled access, Machaba Camp is built on ground level and is wheelchair friendly. Two of the tents have railings in the toilet
A traditional game viewing safari with the thrill of Vic Falls, nature walks and, of course, entrancing encounters with meerkats.
"Having elephants, hippos and other wildlife on your doorstep is an incredible experience. Having grown up with a lifetime of BBC documentaries I couldn’t believe how much we saw and how great our guide, Kitso, was at finding what was most interesting to us."