Machaba Camp is owned and run by Machaba Safaris. Currently, this company runs three camps within the Okavango Delta and one in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, all highly rated by YZ! The accommodation is booked on full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, all activities, transfers between the camp and Khwai Airstrip, and a laundry service. The camp is open throughout the year. Children of all ages are welcome.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp is accessed via 20 minutes’ game drive transfer from Khwai Airstrip. It’s situated amidst trees overlooking the River Khwai, the perfect spot for watching wildlife coming to drink!
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT MACHABA CAMP:
Guest accommodation consists of ten tents, including two for family use. Set back slightly from the river, all are Meru in style. This means that an exterior layer of canvas extends over the inner structure, to create a private veranda at the front. The veranda is set with a couple of safari chairs, a small table, and a massage couch. Here, you can relax and enjoy looking out for local wildlife! Every tent’s interiors are spacious, airy, and light. The standard-size units offer a double bed or twin beds, bedside tables and lighting, a writing desk and chair, a standing fan, and a safe. The en-suite washroom is accessed through a canvas flap at the back of the tent, and it contains separate flush toilet and twin washbasins. There’s also an outdoor shower, and free toiletries are supplied. Two tents combine to create a family unit, with shared washing facilities. All tents are suitable for wheelchair users and travellers who cannot use steps – please contact a member of the YZ team for further details.
The communal areas at Machaba Camp are approached from the guest tents along well-marked pathways. They’re housed in a large tent with two wings, which has a distinctive 1950s feel. The tent’s high ceilings make for an airy environment, and its open sides guarantee amazing river views while guests lounge and dine together. In the living area, there’s plenty of comfortable seating around coffee tables, as well as some reading material, wall maps, and the camp’s well-stocked bar. Please note that while there is limited internet access within the camp, it cannot be relied upon. The other wing is home to the dining area, where chic wooden tables and safari chairs are set up for delicious meals. There’s a tea-and-coffee station here too. Machaba also has a curio shop, stocked with a range of local craft items. Anyone in need of a little pampering can request a massage on their own tent’s veranda. And another pathway from the main tent leads to the camp’s very inviting swimming pool, with deck alongside! A few sunloungers and parasols are positioned on the deck, inviting relaxation.
ACTIVITIES AT MACHABA CAMP:
Machaba offers an exciting assortment of activities. Please note, a private vehicle must be booked for any party that includes a child or children aged under 6 years. Additionally, there’s a minimum age requirement of 12 years for walks and mokoro rides.
Expertly guided game drives- Machaba is located in the Khwai Community Concession, which is a combination of savanna, woodland, and waterways that support an astonishing wealth of wildlife. It’s also located close to the Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park. Vehicle safaris from camp take place during the morning and late afternoon into evening. You can look out for four of the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo! The reserve’s smaller predators include cheetah, hyena, jackals, and wild dog, while other herbivore highlights consist of giraffe, zebra, and a lot of antelopes. There are loads of birds to see also.
Walking safaris- This activity is available whenever an expert walking guide is in camp. It’s fantastic for safarists interested in learning about Khwai’s plants, insects, and birds in exquisite detail.
Mokoro excursions- A mokoro is a dug-out canoe. Unlike a motorised boat, it floats silently through the water, offering opportunities for all aboard to focus on the sounds as well as the sights of wildlife such as elephant, hippo, and some vibrant waterbirds.
Community visits- Guests of Machaba are invited to visit the local community. This is an excellent opportunity to find out about the local people’s ways of life, and a first-class cultural add-on to your traditional safari.
*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.