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Machaba Camp holiday reviews

Margaret Lovett

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Number of people: 2

"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. "

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Time: GMT +2hrs

Flight time: Overnight flights to Johannesburg then connections to Maun, total flying time about 13 hours.

Language: The official language is English. Tswana is spoken widely.

Visas: Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the north.



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