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Machaba Camp

& Little Machaba, an ideal destination for family groups

on the north eastern edge of the Delta on the banks of the Khwai River

Machaba Camp is all about showcasing the amazing game within this stunning reserve. A highlight for me was also a first for me – an elephant in camp – munching on a tree next to the main deck whilst we were having afternoon tea. You have no idea how exciting this was for me!

This description was written by Amanda England, co-owner of Ethos Marketing who represents this camp, who recently visited Machaba.

From Gomoti Plains Camp, Alison and I jumped back on a MackAir bush plane for a short 20 mins hop to the original Machaba Safaris camp and its namesake, Machaba Camp. Machaba Camp is located on the north eastern edge of the Delta on the banks of the Khwai River, with the famed Moremi Game Reserve just the other side of the riverbank.

As soon as you arrive at Machaba Camp you feel that wonderful laid-back vibe which welcomes you, making you immediately feel like one of the family or a returning friend. Machaba has 10 spacious tents including 2 family tents comprising of a lounge area, 2 bedrooms and a bathroom with the customary outdoor shower. Machaba Camp electricity is run on a hybrid system which incorporates both solar energy and a generator. They have a swimming pool and Spa Therapist, keeping all the family happy. This is a Camp ideal for family groups.

Our guide for the duration of our stay would be Leopard – what a great name for a guide! Machaba Camp is all about showcasing the amazing game within this stunning reserve and we would not be disappointed. Throughout our stay we saw giraffe, warthog, zebra, numerous antelope, a slightly skittish jackal, a honey badger (I know how cool!) and the most majestic of male lions with a kudu kill. Now I hasten to add that this male lion stole the kudu from a beautiful lioness and her three tiny cubs. One of the two highlights of my stay was sitting quietly watching the three cubs tumbling around over each other whilst their mother snoozed in the shade. A real sight to behold.

The second highlight for me was also a first for me – an elephant in camp – munching on a tree next to the main deck whilst we were having afternoon tea. You have no idea how exciting this was for me! Frankly I was already excited at the afternoon tea spread which included hazelnut chocolate pastry ‘cigars’ with a white chocolate sauce. This just topped it off!

Alison and I also experienced a wonderful bush walk with the enigmatic Leopard. This offered us the chance to learn more about the flora, fauna and plentiful birdlife. Seeing the reserve on foot makes you truly appreciate this beautiful wilderness area.

Machaba Camp has recently had a new addition a 2 mins drive from main camp, Little Machaba. Here you still enjoy the spirit of Machaba main camp but in a smaller more boutique environment as there are only the 4 suites, of which, 2 are 2 bed family suites. Here you also have the option to take the Camp on an exclusive use basis. What a wonderful option for a larger travelling party.

Little Machaba was awarded winner of Africa’s Best New Hotel at the Boutique Hotel Awards 2018.

Machaba Camp and Little Machaba really do have an idyllic location right on the Khwai River.

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