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Why photographers love Machaba

This owner-run safari camp lies in stamp3a private concession bordering Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta. It offers excellent game-viewing, accommodation and guiding.

  • High quality tented accommodation.
  • Riverside location on the Khwai River.
  • Very good game-viewing year round.
  • Great predators including lion, cheetah, hyaena, leopard and wild dog.
  • Night drives with spotlight.
  • Off-road driving permitted.
  • Excellent Land Cruisers and great guides.
  • Owner-run and –managed.
  • Spotlight photography.

How we rate Machaba

Wildlife  starstarstarstar
Wilderness  starstarstar
Lodge  starstarstarstar
Dining  starstarstar
Vehicles  starstarstarstar
Guides  starstarstarstar

Machaba at a glance

  • 10 luxury tents with en-suite bathrooms; paths connect the units.
  • Dining and public areas are spacious and modern.
  • Swimming pool.
  • Massage if you need it.
  • 220v charging in rooms.

The concession

Situated in the 1800-square-kilometre Khwai Concession bordering Moremi Game Reserve. There is a good network of roads that are shared by just three camps. During the high season you may share sightings with other vehicles.

When to go

  • Game-viewing is best from May (arrival of flood waters) to November (start of the rains).
  • December is a good month to see young animals.
  • From February to April, the area is very green, with good cloud build-ups (some rain) and excellent bird sightings.

Getting there

  • A 4-hour drive from Maun by 4×4.
  • A 40-minute flight from Maun, followed by a 20-minute road trip to the camp.

What Machaba costs

  • Rates from US$520 per person per night sharing.
  • There are very good rates for Southern African Development Community (SADC) members.
  • Flights to Maun (40 minutes) and Kasane (45 minutes) at about US$250 a leg.

Photographers need to know

  • This is a family-friendly camp, so children may be visiting.

The good news

A member of Classic Safari Camps of Africa, Machaba is independently run and owned by Chris Kruger and Alistair Rankin, both previously with Wilderness Safaris.