Reviews of Machaba Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
33 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Machaba Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Machaba Camp review"
The communal area was comfortable and elegant, a dining room and living room in open air.
The bedroom looked like a movie set. I was delighted! It had all the amenities (e.g. personal outdoor shower, robes, good bed linens) but in a style in line with the environment.
Wifi available in the wifi zone area which was really appreciated!" See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana
"Machaba Camp review"
The camp was stunning and staff were wonderful. Our room was fantastic and the evening meals a real occasion, particularly given the setting.
There was a lot of excitement being in the middle of the wildlife with animal noises throughout the night and visible on the terrace/across the river during the daytime. Breaking the day back at camp made it all a lot more manageable for children and brunch and high tea were highlights too.
The game drives we did were the best we had anywhere and we were spoilt with lions and leopards each day and cheetah the final evening. We saw cubs and lions feeding and were able to get very close to the wildlife.
The guide was wonderful and the camp staff bent over backwards to keep us and the children happy throughout. We didn't want to leave!" See all these reviews: 9n in Namibia; 5n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Machaba Camp review"
Once again, the service from the camp staff was excellent.
They went out of their way to give us a surprise bush dinner and evening and a bush lunch the day before we left. An excellent touch." See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana; 3n in Zimbabwe
"Machaba Camp review"
Mike our guide spotted a python on a branch .It made a good photo.
Usual wild animals also included ,crocodile, african wild cat ,dwarf mongoose and giant eagle owl.
Plenty sighting of lions some with their cubs. Leopard with water buck dinner.
Enjoyed the mokoro journey on the river and sighting the painted reed frogs. It was a lovely contrast to the boat trip we had at lagoon camp which we also thoroughly enjoyed as well as informative the wild game walk ." See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana; 3n in Zimbabwe
"laid back fun"
our guide, moreri, was terrific and ensured we had an unforgettable experience. a wild ride to spot a leopard before it disappeared into the bush was successful and we tracked him as he strolled, unconcerned, into a brush area where he settled down for a nap. thrilling. we saw a wide variety of wildlife and learned about the area and the small village nearby.
an unforgettable experience." See all these reviews: 11n in Botswana
"Dogs & Hyena galore "
The rains came the morning we arrived which meant the game was now going to be a little sparse. We didn't see too many elephants, except a few bulls but there was still game about which meant there was still going to be predators about too. We were not disappointed with a wild dog hunt and kill on our first full day right on the river in front of the camp (we were woken from our siesta by impala running past the tent in hot pursuit by a wild dog). The dogs remained in the area for a couple of days and we enjoyed a few encounters. Lions weren't really playing ball and we had to drive into Moremi to find a couple of big males that had been spotted one afternoon. We had a couple of good leopard sightings, plus plenty of visits to the communal hyena den to see the cubs. There was good bird life on the river brought in by the insects and reptiles the rains bring out and the Hippos were really entertaining to watch from the comfort of our tent.
The shared vehicle was a bit busy with 7 guest in it during a few drives, this did mean agreeing to do what other people wanted to do which got a little tedious at times with safari newcomers who didn't understand what the rains do to plains game wanting to find Zebra and Giraffe when there were wild dogs in the area but we had to go with the flow. I would consider booking a private vehicle if I ever return." See all these reviews: 10n in Botswana
"Great camp, disappointing crowding of animals"
The guide was good but limited as he was the only one in the vehicle (other sites had guide and tracker). This meant following the crowd at times.
Outside the camp was not a private franchise. This meant large numbers of vehicles at animal sightings: 9 vehicles around a leopard, 13 vehicles watching wild dogs. This meant that, despite a large number of animal sightings, we felt that the crowding was detrimental to the animals, and this detracted from our enjoyment of seeing the animals." See all these reviews: 10n in Botswana
"Loved Machaba Camp"
Big thank you as well to the excellent guide Moreme who looked after us with such care and was truly dedicated to his task and extremely well informed.
The best camp of our trip and warmth of our welcome second to none." See all these reviews: 7n in Botswana; 3n in Zimbabwe
"Machaba Camp review"
All the staff at the camp were friendly and efficient and one day brunch was set up for us all out in the bush which was great, and one night we had a bush bbq , everyone had gone to such a lot of trouble to make both occasions very memorable.
The game drives were very good too, our guide BD provided us with plenty of sightings of all manner of wildlife including following wild dogs at speed when they were on the move, it was amazing how he sensed which direction they were going.
The only slightly negative point regarding this camp was the number of vehicles which would be around at some of the less common sightings, this was something that we did not encounter at Lagoon or Gomoti, but inspite of this we still had a great stay." See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Very welcoming "
We really enjoyed every minute we were at the camp and we were paired with guests with similar Safari experience.
This is so important and will make or break a trip." See all these reviews: 6n in Botswana; 3n in Zimbabwe
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