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Rebecca B
Bristol, United Kingdom

Highlight of our safari trip!

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 Jun 2016via mobile
We stayed here for two nights (having done 4 nights between two other camps prior to coming here) at the end of our safari trip and it was definitely the highlight!

The tent we stayed in was perfect, big comfy bed, outdoor and indoor shower, and you felt very private/away from other tents which was nice. It was a bit chilly first thing in the morning, but hot water bottles were provided before bed time!

The activities were perfect for us, we were on honeymoon and needed some downtime/relaxation during the day. Wake up calls were at 6am, breakfast 6:30am and game drives/activities started at 7am. Back for brunch around 10-10:30am. Then we could please ourselves until afternoon tea at 3:30pm (followed by the afternoons activity). The only negative was the pool was really too chilly for us to use at this time of year, which was a shame as we could have easily spent an afternoon there overlooking the river.

I found the game drives here excellent. We liked the open top vehicle (it felt more exciting and you could see more than in a car with a roof) and our guide Moffat was great. He found out what your favourite animals were so you could spend more time with them and was always checking we were happy! I'd recommend doing a night drive if you can, ours was great we saw a serval, wildcat, owls and hippos amongst other things. I think we were quite lucky - another group saw vey little on their drive, but I'd still do it for the experience if you can - very surreal driving around in the dark looking for creatures by lamp light! Also it's unusual I'm lead to believe as not all camps can do this (this had a private reserve, so meant we could drive off road and stay out after sunset). Top tip - wear lots of layers and try and get a hot water bottle to stick under your poncho if you can (makes the experience much toastier!!).

We were also treated to a camp dinner by candlelight under the stars one night, which was so magical. A memory that will stay with me a long time.

All in all, amazing food, great game drives, luxurious accommodation and helpful staff - perfect honeymoon experience :-)
Date of stay: June 2016
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 June 2016

We spent 4 nights at this camp and it's difficult to say which was better. The serene surroundings with the hippo and elephants in the river, the game drives with our guide Moreri, tracking the leopard and her cub, the sumptuous picnic lunch in the bush, a walk with the zebras, hyena cubs nibbling at the tyres, buffaloes with flaming eyes in the night and the dinners under starlit African sky with Richard the camp manager vie with each other as prime experiences. A unique safari experience in comfort probably sums it up. Lisa at Safari specialists deserves a special thanks for recommending this.

Date of stay: May 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 June 2016

My husband and I stayed at Machaba for two nights as part of our honeymoon. It is a lovely camp. The accommodation is tented but is very luxurious, with very comfortable beds, proper loo, nice wooden furniture and choice of indoor or outdoor shower (which we loved). All the tents have a very beautiful view over the river towards Moremi Game Reserve. You frequently see elephants and hippos from the chairs outside your tent. The staff are very pleasant and the guiding is superb. We were amazed by how far the staff went to make our stay special.

The Khwai concession itself is a very attractive place and the big game viewing is excellent. It’s in a comparatively dry area of the Okavango so the camp’s activities are game-drive focused, but mokoro is also possible and is wonderful. (I was a little apprehensive about mokoro – what if you meet a great big hippo?! But the polers know exactly what they’re doing – safety’s obviously their top priority and they stay miles away from the hippos). I’d recommend combining a stay at Machaba with a “wetter” camp deeper in the Okavango if you can, for the contrast, but a major advantage of Khwai being quite dry is that there wasn’t a mozzy in sight during our stay – whereas at camps deeper in the Delta we had to fight them off.

One thing to note about Machaba is their activities schedule is comparatively short (at least compared to the other camps we stayed during our holiday), starting at 7 and continuing until roughly 10.15 for the morning activity, and 4 until roughly 7.30 for the afternoon. You have a small breakfast at 6.30am, then a brunch/lunch at 11am, then high tea at 3.30, then dinner around 8). It will suit people (like honeymooners) who are looking to balance relaxation and safari on their holiday, but people who are desperate to get out there and explore might find the six hour gap quite long.

Another thing is that the concession itself was incredibly busy (at least it was when we visited!) The concession is quite small and there are a number of other lodges and campsites there, so be prepared to share good sightings on games drives with lots of other cars in the same way you would in a national park like Chobe. For example, at a hyena den and a lion sighting we counted 6 other vehicles at each, at a wild dog sighting we counted 8 other vehicles, and at a leopard sighting 11 other vehicles. This is of course not Machaba’s fault, and the guides handle the crowding well - but we weren’t expecting it in the Okavango, so it surprised us.

Anyway - great camp, great stay. Go now!

Date of stay: June 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 June 2016

My husband and I stayed at Machaba for two nights as part of our honeymoon. It is a lovely camp. The accommodation is tented but is very luxurious, with very comfortable beds, proper loo, nice wooden furniture and choice of indoor or outdoor shower (which we loved). The camp has a lovely view over the river towards Moremi Game Reserve. You frequently see elephants and hippos from outside your tent. The staff are very pleasant and the guiding is superb. We were amazed by how far the staff went to make our stay special.

The Khwai concession itself is a very attractive place and the big game viewing is excellent. It’s in a comparatively dry area of the Okavango so the camp’s activities are game-drive focused, but mokoro is also possible and is wonderful. It was good to combine a stay at Machaba with a “wetter” camp in the Okavango for the contrast, but a major advantage of Khwai being quite dry is that there wasn’t a mozzy in sight during our stay – whereas at camps deeper in the Delta we had to fight them off.

Machaba's activity schedule is comparatively short (compared to the other camps we stayed), starting at 7 and continuing until roughly 10.15 for the morning activity, and 4 until roughly 7.30 for the afternoon. It will suit people (like honeymooners) who are looking to balance relaxation and safari, but people who are desperate to get out there and explore might find the six hour gap quite long.

The concession itself is very busy (at least it was when we visited.) It is quite small and there are a number of other lodges and campsites there, so be prepared to share good sightings on games drives with lots of other cars in the same way you would at e.g. Chobe. At a hyena den and a lion sighting we counted 6 other vehicles at each, at a wild dog sighting we counted 8 other vehicles, and at a leopard sighting 11 other vehicles. This is not Machaba’s fault, and the guides handle the crowding well - but we weren’t expecting it in the Okavango, so it surprised us.

Anyway - great camp, great stay. Go now!

Date of stay: June 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 June 2016

We stayed 3 nights but from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave you are looked after. Elke runs a professional camp and all the staff are warm and attentive. Leopard was an excellent guide. The luxury tents are very comfortable, huge bed, inside & outside showers, very private - could have stayed a lot longer! The food is of a high standard and never stops. Dinners under the night sky after the afternoon/evening drive were very enjoyable and the changing company was good. We liked that fact that everything was included in the upfront cost - no signing for drinks and paying at the end of your stay. Mustn't forget the animals - never a guarantee but we saw lots and recommend the Mokoro ride.

Date of stay: April 2016
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Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

I will openly admit that I am not a camper but could definitely do this again. Awesome set up. Better than a lot of hotels I have stayed in! Great food and service. Beautiful terrain. Excellent guide. Great company (mostly). The safaris were not as exciting as others I had been but that is through no fault of the camp. Just the luck of the draw. Would return

Date of stay: May 2016
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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