Reviews of Little Machaba
Wildlife sightings and reviews
7 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Little Machaba and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Little Machaba review"
The staff were wonderful and a real treat was brunch in the bush, all beautifully laid out, on our last day.
There is, however, one drawback to staying at Little Machaba: it is in a concession shared with other safari camps and private travellers. This meant we saw a lot of vehicles on every game drive and there was no protocol in place as to how many vehicles should be at a sighting at any one time. It was not uncommon to see 7 or 8 vehicles all surrounding the animals, which is not what we are used to. Obviously this is beyond the control of Little Machaba, but it really did spoil the experience. Even trying to find a quiet place for sundowners proved almost impossible." See all these reviews: 10n in Botswana
"Small, intimate and wonderful!"
We loved Little Machaba, the food and staff were fabulous, the setting glorious, and the game drives were amazing.
Highly recommend and we'd love to go back." See all these reviews: 13n in Botswana
"Little Machaba "
The camp was very comfortable and in a wonderful location on the river - you could sit by the pool and watch the elephants giraffes land warthogs.The food here was again wasexcellent quality although there wasn’t a choice in the evening - only one option of starter and main but it wasn’t a problem just an observation- the breakfast,brunch and afternoon tea were superb and the bar always open - all the staff were extremely friendly and professional and made you feel most welcome and relaxed - once again excellent laundry service - you really don’t need to take much with you" See all these reviews: 6n in Botswana; 3n in Zambia
"Elegant and peaceful camp"
Our guide was experienced and did his job professionally. Although Little Machaba has just 4 tents their two guides "hunted as a pack" with the guides from big Machaba, just next door. We were very aware of other vehicles and the noise of the radio. During our stay the wildlife viewings were few and far between although we enjoyed briefly seeing wild dogs chasing prey. We weren't able to follow them but saw the pack the next day. The dogs had decided to sleep in the Kwai public campsite so we joined an enormous number of vehicles crowding and jostling round the dogs. Not a good way to see anything! The second day a call came over the radio of a sighting of a leopard...again we found ourselves with a crowd of vehicles, I counted 12. For us being in a community concession, with many other camps and mobile safaris driving in the same area, was quite a big negative point.
We had a short mokoro trip as part of a morning activity. It was very peaceful and the boatmen made decorations from the water lilies. They also talked about their traditional way of life and the effect nature conservation and tourism has had on village life. Really interesting and a little disturbing.
Our final morning we were lucky to see some great birds, including Verreaux's eagle owl and a harrier hawk. We were lucky to have the company of a travel agent from Maun with us who was a knowledgeable and enthusiastic birder, pointing out many of the smaller birds too which the guide didn't realise would be of interest to guests.
Another small point. The vehicle was a Land Cruiser, as used in the other 3 camps we stayed at. In the other camps the seats were covered in blankets which made them less slippery and meant there were no gaps between the three seats on each row. Unfortunately I didn't notice this and placed my camera next to me; it instantly slipped to the floor of the vehicle and broke. My fault for not carrying out a full "risk assessment" but this may not have happened in the other vehicles." See all these reviews: 12n in Botswana
"Little Machaba review"
The rooms and facilities are great, but the guides and food are average." See all these reviews: 5n in Botswana
"A Little Gem"
Our room was excellent, being very clean and spacious. It had both an inside and an outside shower facility.
Every member of staff we found to be friendly and welcoming. The food was excellent.
Our guide was knowledgeable and sensitive towards the environment and wildlife we encountered. We saw and abundance of wildlife each day, expertly tracked by our guide. A particular highlight was witnessing a pack of African Wild Dogs on a hunting expedition.
We enjoyed twice daily game drives, including a sundowner each evening before returning to camp for our evening meal.
An excellent stay." See all these reviews: 6n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Little Machaba review"
The 'moobile safaris' from Maun use the same grounds and this can make it a less private experience.
The camp manager is a great guy - talk to him about his up and coming horse champion daughter. Currently moving up in the show jumping category in SA." See all these reviews: 12n in Botswana
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Xigera Safari Lodge
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Khwai Tented Camp offers a traditional African safari experience, with very comfortable tented accommodation, in a fantastic game area north of the Moremi Game Reserve.
Smart, independent and well-run, Sable Alley overlooks a beautiful, hippo-filled lagoon within the diverse Khwai Private Reserve.
Okuti Camp has an innovative design and offers game drives and boat trips in a beautiful, game-rich part of Moremi Game Reserve.
Mombo is one of Botswana's most exclusive safari camps, set in a beautiful, remote location within the Moremi Game Reserve and with exceptional game densities.
Chief's Camp is situated on Chief's Island, within the Okavango Delta's Moremi Game Reserve. Experience one of Botswana's top game-viewing areas by 4WD and mokoro.
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Tuludi is a brand new luxury camp, within the Khwai Private Reserve, built on a site under giant leadwood trees and overlooking the Okavango Delta floodplains.
The Jackal & Hide
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Sango Safari Camp
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New for July 2023, Meraka has 9 luxurious tents, raised on platforms above the surrounding bush and offers an experience of the Kalahari Wilderness.
Khwai River Lodge
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