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Machaba Camp - Machaba Safaris

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jakehyr wrote a review Mar 2024
Singapore139 contributions51 helpful votes
As a repeat visitor to the concession and a frequent traveller to the safari camps of Botswana, Machaba Camp truly delivers a wonderful luxury bush experience. The hospitality team is attentive. Our glasses were never empty at meal times and the food was of good quality. Having read some of the previous reviews this got me the most worried but the culinary standards were above average throughout our stay. The rooms are large tents and well furnished. Typical of the time of the year the heat in the day was unbearable but thankfully the nights and mornings are cool and refreshing. My group found that the best way to beat the heat was to use the swimming pool, which had a convenient cooler box stocked with whatever we wanted to drink. Elcke and Shaun are personable and certainly attended to our every request or concern. We truly felt well taken care of and being a small camp certainly helped with that. I was swept away by the Khwai concession a decade ago on safari. I'm pleased that most of the surroudings appear quite similar to how it was a decade ago. Of course animal movements change - once the stronghold of the African Painted Dogs, new interactions between predator and prey have made denning in the area less favourable - that said we still came across three separate packs of dogs in one single day, which is absolutely a highlight of the trip. Leopard sightings were intimate. Despite other camps and self drive visitors sharing the roads we never felt swarmed at any particular sighting. The quality of the guiding was great - Moss was our guide and despite not having a tracker he was able to track many of our sightings. The excitement of going on safari in arguable in the pursuit of these animals, and being able to take time to study the signs and off-road certainly added to the experience. A huge benefit for some is the fact that children are welcome on safaris. There were no young children visiting when we were there, but I'd think the rooms are spaced far apart enough that one would still get maximum privacy (and quiet). Will certainly be back again in the future!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Dear jakehyr Thank you for taking the time to send us your glowing review of Machaba Camp! Your words truly capture the essence of what we aim to deliver - a luxurious yet authentic bush experience amidst the wildlife-rich landscapes of Botswana's Khwai concession. Your appreciation of our attentive hospitality team, the culinary delights, and the comfort of our well-furnished tents warms our hearts. We understand the importance of attention to detail and are delighted that your expectations were not only met but exceeded during your stay. It's fantastic to hear that you found solace from the heat in our refreshing swimming pool and enjoyed the personalized care provided by Elcke and Shaun. We pride ourselves on creating an intimate atmosphere where every guest feels valued and well looked after. Your observations about the changing dynamics of the surrounding wildlife are insightful, and we're thrilled that you still had memorable encounters with African Painted Dogs and leopards. Moss and our guiding team are dedicated to providing exceptional safari experiences, and your praise for their efforts is truly appreciated. We're pleased to know that our family-friendly environment didn't compromise your experience of privacy and tranquillity. Your intention to return in the future is the highest compliment we could receive, and we eagerly await the opportunity to welcome you back to Machaba Camp. Thank you once again for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to share your experience. We look forward to creating more unforgettable memories with you on your next visit. Sincerely The Machaba Safaris team.
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Explore799036 wrote a review Mar 2024
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What a fantastic stay at the Machaba camp in the Okavango delta! From the melodious welcome greeting by the staff to the good byes, everything was more than what we could have wished for. All members of camp staff were extremely helpful and curteous.My sister in law and I are vegan and they catered to our needs at every meal. Food was amazing in quality and taste and we especially enjoyed the candlelit dinners. We got extremely lucky with Shaun as our guide. His passion for wildlife, nature and photography made every game drive a unique and a wonderful learning experience. It was the highlight of our trip. We took the Mocorros (traditional water canoes) one morning. Highly recommend it. Riding through the waters covered in lilies was an unforgettable experience. Tents are beautiful and very comfortable. My daughter looked forward to the African tales left on the bed during turn down every night. Lovely touch! It takes many people to run a beautiful game lodge like the Machaba lodge but a special thanks to Elcka who works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure everything is seamless and all guests are happy. We will definitely return. Would love an option of a photographic safari with Shaun. He is a wealth of information. Thank you for a wonderful stay!
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Dear Explore799036 Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience at Machaba Camp in the Okavango Delta. We were delighted to read your wonderful review and to learn that every aspect of your stay exceeded your expectations. It was our pleasure to accommodate your dietary preferences, and we're thrilled that you enjoyed our delicious vegan meals, especially the candlelit dinners. We're incredibly fortunate to have dedicated staff members like Shaun, whose passion for wildlife and photography enhances our guests' safari experiences. It's wonderful to hear that your game drives with him were both unique and educational. The traditional Mokoro ride sounds like it was truly magical, and we're thrilled that it left such a lasting impression on you. We agree that exploring the Delta's waterways amidst the lilies is an unforgettable experience. Your kind words about our tents and the thoughtful touch of African tales during turn-down service bring us great joy. It's our aim to ensure every detail of your stay is memorable and comfortable. We'll be sure to pass on your appreciation to Elcka and the rest of our team who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure everything runs seamlessly. We're thrilled to hear that you plan to return, and a photographic safari with Shaun sounds like an excellent idea! We can't wait to welcome you back to Machaba Camp for another unforgettable experience. Sincerely The Machaba Safaris Team.
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aymb wrote a review Nov 2023
Mumbai, India9 contributions2 helpful votes
Good location; very helpful and courteous staff. Albert, the guide/tracker, was knowledgeable and diligent. The food, however, left everything to be desired. The service timing is most unsatisfactory. Morning Tea/coffee at 6 is accompanied by bread/cake hardly edible at that hour. No breakfast but lunch at 11:30. Not a convivial hour nor is the food palatable. 3 course dinner @ 8 but the soup is a mushy paste and the main course is more of a dessert. The daily diet has only survival value
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 6 Dec 2023
Dear Global61956482378, Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We value your input and hope that you've also communicated your experience to your agent. This will enable us to collaboratively explore the specifics of your review.
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Andrew D wrote a review Sept 2023
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We have just stayed at Little Machaba and whilst every single detail was outstanding, we have to say a special thank-you to three members of staff. Santiago’s attention to detail and attentiveness made every evening experience world class Chief is the kindest gentleman we have every met - doing anything and everything for us at any time And BT, our guide …. Just outstanding. If you could package him and put him in a bottle for sale, you would be a millionaire! He made our experience with our family just sublime. Thank you for creating memories that will last a lifetime for us and our children.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 23 Oct 2023
Dear Andrew D We are utterly delighted to read your glowing review of your recent stay at Little Machaba. It's guests like you who make our efforts truly rewarding, and we can't thank you enough for taking the time to share your experience. It's wonderful to hear that you found every single detail to be outstanding. We're particularly grateful for your special mention of our exceptional staff members, Santiago, Chief, and BT. Creating lasting memories for you and your family is our ultimate goal, and we're overjoyed to know that we've achieved that. Your appreciation and kind words are the greatest reward for our hard work. Thank you once again for choosing Little Machaba, and we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you and your family back to paradise in the future. Sincerely Tha Machaba Safaris team.
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needtogetaway2 wrote a review Sept 2023
Evanston, Illinois101 contributions53 helpful votes
This is a great experience! Tents are luxurious to say the least and staff keeps them super clean! Really fun to see elephants walk right by, never felt unsafe as they accompany you after dark. Fall asleep listening to wildlife, what could be better.Super accommodating, brought us an extra chaise for the front so we could rest outside before the afternoon game drive! Dinners are family style with other guests, food is amazing & the bar is beautiful in the evenings. They have a nice pool which we didn't use as it was cool when we were there. August is winter so bring warm clothes for early mornings. Families are welcome here, there were a fair amount of kids when we stayed as school had not started yet. Could be good or bad depending on your perspective. We were paired with some talkative kids which had its cons on the safari drives- which are amazing. The camp is in a private reserve which makes seeing game amazing. It can get bumpy! A great place.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded 20 Sept 2023
Dear Needtogetaway2 Thank you so much for your amazing and detailed review! We're delighted to hear that you had a fantastic time at Machaba Camp in the Okavango Delta and that you enjoyed the luxurious tents, the close encounters with elephants, and the serene sounds of wildlife. It's wonderful to know that you felt safe and well taken care of during your stay. Being a family-friendly camp is important to us, but so are our individual travelers. We acknowledge that kids on safari can provide a distinctive atmosphere, and we're pleased that you had the chance to fully appreciate our remarkable safari excursions. We highly value your feedback in this regard. Thank you for choosing to stay at Machaba Camp. We hope to welcome you back to our camp in the future for more unforgettable moments in the wild. Sincerely Machaba Safaris.
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Climber201787 wrote a review Aug 2023
Miami, Florida1 contribution
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My family including 3 small grandchildren spent 3 nights at Machaba ,everything was fantastic,everydetails was looked after we were constantly taken care of both at the camp and on the safari drives with our guide Alan,attentive and full of Bush and animal knowledge for the children ,we were very lucky to see leopards and wild dogs amongst lots of other big and small animals Thank you to the Machaba family
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Room Tip: Everything was great,smiling staff,food,clean,hot water great drives
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Responded 7 Sept 2023
Dear Climber201787 We are delighted to receive your wonderful review! It was an absolute pleasure to host you and your family, including the three small grandchildren, during your 3-night stay at our Machaba Camp. Our staff take immense pride in providing exceptional service and ensuring that every detail of our guest's stay is well taken care of, we will let them know how much they positively impacted your stay. We are thrilled that Alan's passion for the Bush and his wealth of knowledge about animals added an extra layer of enjoyment to your adventure, especially for the children. We are so pleased that you had the chance to witness incredible wildlife moments, including leopards and wild dogs, during your safari drives. Thank you for including Machaba Camp in your Botswana adventure and for entrusting us with your family’s safari experience. We look forward to the opportunity to host you again. Sincerely The Machaba Safaris Team.
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Zazzeron wrote a review Aug 2023
Milano128 contributions146 helpful votes
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Muchaba Camp is a wonderful camp at the border of Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. It is at the very center of a private concession land where, dofferently from Moremi which in public, guides con bring you also out of the path in order to find animals. The experience is incredible, from landscape to luxury tents, to dinner around the fire and super nice people. We stayed with our guide, Albert, who has been able to let us see every kind of animal! A super exeperience in a real paradise!
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 31 Aug 2023
Dear Zazzeron Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, reading about your experiences brought smiles to our faces. It brings us immense joy to know that you found Machaba Camp to be a wonderful camp and that your expectations were exceeded. We're delighted that the experience resonated with you on so many levels, from the awe-inspiring landscapes to the comfort of our luxury tents. The evening dinners around the fire are truly special moments, and we're so pleased you enjoyed the ambiance and the company of our amazing staff. Albert is indeed a remarkable guide, and we're glad to hear that his expertise enriched your stay, giving you the chance to witness a diverse array of animals. We'll be sure to share your kind words with him and the rest of the team. Thank you for choosing Machaba Camp and for sharing your delightful review. We look forward to welcoming you back to our slice of paradise whenever your travels bring you to Botswana again. Sincerely, The Machaba Safaris Team.
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Luigi N wrote a review Aug 2023
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Beautiful lodge older style with well furnished tents in a concession on the river across Moremi reserve. Spectacular sight on the river and amazing wildlife drives with excellent closeup encounters with big cats. Saw many lions and leopards on activity and could follow them across the reserve. Excellent staff and food.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 25 Aug 2023
Dear Lungi, Thank you for your amazing review! Your appreciation for the lodge's classic “older” yet beautifully appointed style truly warms our hearts. Your first statement captures our ethos expertly. We are overjoyed that our dedication to providing an affordable, luxurious, and genuine safari experience, all while maintaining the integrity of the environment and the local communities in which we operate, has truly come to the forefront. We are delighted that your whole experience was spectacular, the wildlife and the food. We hope to welcome you back to one of our Machaba Safaris camps soon. Sincerely the Machaba Safaris Team.
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Sandijoayers wrote a review May 2023
Victoria, Canada14 contributions1 helpful vote
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Fabulous friendly staff. Knowledgeable guides- hats off to Albert - Glenn and Moss far making our delta safari so memorable. The good was great - incredible glamping tents! Hippos and elephants all around - the cries of the wild life at night was spectacular. We will be back!
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 4 Jun 2023
Dear Sandijoayers Thank you for your amazing review! We are delighted to hear that Albert, Glenn and Moss made your stay so memorable. It sounds like you have an all-round fabulous experience. Thank you for including Machaba Camp into your Botswana adventure, we look forward to welcoming you back in the future!
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Virginia R wrote a review Nov 2022
Hampshire, United Kingdom8 contributions3 helpful votes
This was our first stop in Botswana and just no words could describe how fabulous it was. The friendliest of welcomes - every time you returned to the camp, the smiling, happy faces of a fantastic group of people who work here. Truly devoted to making your stay the most memorable. The food was out of this world, such attention to detail. Vegetarian options were always catered to - to exactly the same impeccable standards. Spotlessly clean throughout and so cosy and homely. The accommodation was just delightful, spacious and comfortable. Every detail to make you feel at ease, fire in the mornings at breakfast with hot porridge cooking, charcoal heaters under the chairs in the evening to keep you warm, hot water bottles at bedtime (definitely a big plus!). Afternoon tea and all meals beautifully served and presented - even though we were just 2 the first night. Up close and personal with elephants, hippos, warthogs and many others that we could watch from our deck. The guide was absolutely incredible, a great driver, gentle and kind with a passion for his job. So knowledgeable and just wanted to give us the best experience. First evening had dinner with the guide and manager which was such a lovely way to start the trip, everything lit with candles and fairy lights. Barkeeper explained the different wines to us and why they had been chosen for the specific dishes we were having. The Chef came and explained what had gone into our food. The selection of drinks was amazing considering we were out in the middle of nowhere! The housekeeping staff did a fantastic job - I could praise each and every one of them. Would highly recommend and would definitely return - thank you Team Machaba - simply the best!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Responded 5 Dec 2022
Dear 208Virginiar This is a fantastic review, thank you for taking the time to let us know about your stay at Machaba Camp! We are thrilled that Machaba camp set you up with a fabulous start to your safari in Botswana. We are very biased about our amazing staff, thank you for mentioning how they all positively impacted your stay. Reading your review was a pleasure and we love the fact that everything from the staff to the food, to the rooms and the game experience all came together to create your fabulous stay. We recently made a concerted effort to update our wine offering and drinks selection at our camps and value your feedback in this area. We appreciate your recommendation and hope you will be back to experience one of our Machaba Safaris camps again!
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
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Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
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Yes, Machaba Camp - Machaba Safaris offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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