Machaba Camp

Okavango Delta Botswana

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.

Name: Mr Michael de Plater

Date of trip: 22/08/2019

Number of people: 2

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Highlight of the trip. Tented camp on the side of the Khwai river. Magical place. Food good, staff excellent and brilliant guide (Leopard).

Name: Mrs. Maria Walters

Date of trip: 19/06/2019

Number of people: 2

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Would have loved to stay there longer, all the staff were so lovely. And, they made Dave’s 60th bday special.

Name: Mrs Jaqueline Crawford

Date of trip: 01/05/2018

Number of people: 2

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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. 

Name: Margaret Lovett

Date of trip: 10/02/2017

Number of people: 2

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Client Rating for Botswana 5/5 from 120 reviews

Would have loved to stay there longer, all the staff were so lovely. And, they made Dave’s 60th bday special.

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