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Machaba Camp

Okavango Delta

Rating: Deluxe    

Machaba Camp overview

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

Photographs courtesy Machaba Safaris


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. 

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  

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Mr Michael de Plater (22/08/2019)

"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."

Margaret Lovett
"Machaba Camp would suit many people but not us. We did not enjoy the atmosphere of the camp at all. It was well appointed and comfortable, the food was good and the staff well trained. But the camp lacks atmosphere, and manages to keep guests apart very effectively. The quintessential camp fire atmosphere of safari where guests can chat and swap stories at the end of a game drive did not exist. We were kept apart on separate tables at breakfast and lunch (no morning tea around the camp fire - no fire!) and on our last night we were horrified to be led away straight from the game drive to a "surprise" (some might say "shock" ) private dinner outside our tent in the pitch dark all on our own. We could hear the staff laughing and joking but could not join them as we were unable to leave our tent in the pitch dark due to safety reasons. We felt lonely and isolated, and our fellow guests told us the next morning that they also felt the same. There were way too many staff, and also some mysterious girls who were working for the camp in some way but would not say in what capacity. They accompanied us on game drives and mokoro rides taking photos of the guests on activities, when asked said it was "for the facebook page". We did not appreciate having a camera pointed at us all the time. Morning game drives start too late, wake up call isn't until 5.30, and we didn't get out until gone 6.30, getting on for 7am before we got out into the bush. This camp clearly suits some people but was much too formal for us and lacked any kind of atmosphere or camaraderie. We would not stay there again.

TRIBES REPLY: We're sorry you didn't enjoy Machaba. Most people we send here love the camp, but we accept that not all places are right for everybody. It does seem that the atmosphere here really wasn't your cup of tea. I'm sorry we got this wrong for you but glad you enjoyed the rest of your trip. 

Mrs. Kathryn Gardiner
"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 50’s styling. Great having inside and outside shower."
Mrs Jaqueline Crawford
"Would have loved to stay there longer, all the staff were so lovely. And, they made Dave’s 60th bday special."
Mrs. Maria Walters (19/06/2019)
"Highlight of the trip. Tented camp on the side of the Khwai river. Magical place. Food good, staff excellent and brilliant guide (Leopard). "

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