Khwai Private Reserve, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
At a Glance
Great game-viewing in the Khwai concession
Two family tents and no age limit make this a good family safari option
Good value for money
Safari activities include game drives and walking safaris
Swimming pool to cool off in during the heat of the day
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Botswana’s winter is May to October when the weather is hot during the day (not stiflingly hot) and cold at night. Botswana's summer months (November to April) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.
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Machaba Camp is a luxury bush camp occupying a beautiful spot in the Khwai Concession, north of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Khwai is renowned for its great game-viewing which you can enjoy on game-drives, walking safaris and mokoro trips.
Overlooking the Moremi and Khwai Rivers, Machaba Camp is a luxury bush camp in the wildlife-rich Khwai concession which borders the Moremi Reserve. A superb way to experience the Okavango Delta, activities include game-drives with knowledgeable safari guides, walking safaris and mokoro (dug-out canoe) trips through the waterways.
Machaba is a wonderfully comfortable and well-designed camp, with stylish interiors, great guiding and delicious home-cooked meals. There is a cosy lounge area and a dining tent where meals are served by candle light each evening, and a swimming pool for cooling off during the heat of the day between safari activities.
There are ten tents here, eight luxury tents and two family tents which have two bedrooms and a shared lounge area. Each has been designed with comfort in mind, with comfy beds, fluffy pillows, chairs to relax in and read a good book during siesta time, and en-suite bathrooms. Each overlooks the Moremi and Khwai rivers, offering picturesque views and the possibility of a spot of game-viewing from the front of your tent if you're lucky!
The Khwai concession of the Okavango Delta has good densities of wildlife, including plenty of predators, so your game-viewing here should be rewarding. It is not as remote or private as some of the Delta's concessions, but this is reflected in the price of the camp which offers great value compared to the ultra-luxury, more remote camps in Botswana.
There are ten luxury tents here, including two family tents which have two bedrooms and a central shared lounge area.
Children of any age are welcome, and there are two family tents to accommodate families. Please note, however, there are no specific child-focussed safari activities, and the camp is not fenced so wildlife does roam through camp and parents will need to be responsible for their children. Families with children under the age of 6 will need to hire a private vehicle for game-viewing, available at a supplement (requires pre-booking).
Morning and afternoon safari activities which are shared with other guests, making the most of the times of day when the wildlife is most active. Take your pick from game-drives, walking safaris (age limits apply for children) and mokoro trips (dug-out canoes) through the waterways.
Boat safari in the Okavango Delta
Travel through the waterways of the Okavango Delta on a boat safari, exploring the papyrus reeds and hippo habitats with your guide. The smooth ride offers a soothing alternative to time spent in a vehicle. Always subject to water levels.
Fishing in the Okavango
Fishing trips offer visitors to Botswana an opportunity to enjoy a different safari experience. In many areas the fishing is fantastic, you'll also enjoy fantastic wildlife and birdlife over your time on the water. NB not available within national parks.
Game Drives in Botswana
Viewing wildlife from a vehicle is the best way to get up close to big game. Allow your professional safari guide to cover ground to guarantee you some unforgettable sightings in Africa's premier safari destination.
Game drives in the Okavango
One of the best ways to see the big game of Botswana's Okavango Delta is on a game drive with a knowledgeable guide. Explore in open-sided vehicles to maximise your viewing opportunities, this is a truly wildlife rich environment.
Mokoro trips in Botswana
Botswana's northern safari areas are full of water channels just waiting to be explored. Larger boats can be used to explore the wider channels but for the aficionado, mokoro trips into the smaller channels are a real treat. Always subject to waterlevels
Walking Safaris and Nature Walks
Walking in the African bush with a professional safari guide is a fantastic experience. Enjoy a completely different perspective on foot than from a vehicle.
Khwai, Okavango Delta & Benguerra Island, Mozambique
from £8900 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights
- You’ll stay in small, luxury camps that are right in the depth of the wild. Fall asleep to the gentle sound of lions roaring in the distance.
- Feel the palpable serenity of the Okavango Delta, as you float through the waterways in a traditional wooden canoe.
- Feel your senses awaken as you embark on a walking safari, listening out for big game and spotting the tracks of elephants.
Location & directions
Khwai Private Reserve, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
Machaba is located in the wildlife-rich Khwai concession which borders the north eastern part of the Okavango Delta's Moremi Reserve.
How to get there
International flight into Maun (typically via Johannesburg), from where you will catch a light aircraft transfer to the Khwai airstrip. Game-drive from here back to the camp.
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