Machaba Safaris

Classic Safari Camps

Machaba Safaris Camps In the Okavango Delta

Machaba Safaris is a small owner run safari outfit offering classic luxury tented safaris in Botswana and Zimbabwe. With three very good camps in the Okavango and one boutique lodge in Chobe, Machaba Safaris offers a classic safari experience with a perfect blend of the authenticity and luxury.

The three camps in the Okavango include Machaba Camp and Little Machaba Camp in Khwai and Gomoti Plains Camp, Gomoti Private and Kiri Camp set on a private concession (NG32) in the southern Okavango. All these camps are well located with excellent year-round game viewing opportunities, though the Gomoti Camps and Kiri camp offer a more exclusive experience. The camps are thoughtfully designed, simply but extremely stylish and always strive too keep the connection with the natural environment in which they are set.

The camps have a strong eco-friendly focus and are notable for their owner run attention to detail. Guests are encouraged to take a back-of-house tour of the camp to understand the considerable eco efforts the owners have made to mitigate any environmental impact with a number of sophisticated systems.

The latest edition to the Botswana portfolio is Ngoma Safari Lodge which was acquired in 2020. This is a boutique luxury lodge set on the quieter western side of Chobe Riverfront, offering a more exclusive Chobe safari. It is a smart, well equipped lodge with excellent views of the plains.

Established in 2012 by Alistair Rankin, Chris Hatshe and Murray Collins with the opening of the original Machaba Camp, the collection has grown to include Little Machaba, Gomoti Plains, Kiri Camp, Ngoma Safari Lodge. In Zimbabwe the collection includes Verney’s Camp in Hwange and Ingwe in Mana Pools.

From $756 Per person per night

Gomoti Plains Camp

Gomoti Plains Camp is a classic tented camp with a modern elegant style overlooking the Gomoti river system in a particularly scenic and game rich area of the Okavango Delta. Ten spacious and thoughtfully designed tents offer a fantastic base to explore this exciting area. This area consists of a variety of habitats, from woodland to open grasslands and wetlands attracting an interesting array of wildlife and good concentrations of animals year round. An excellent classic camp.

From $875 Per person per night

Kiri Camp

The latest edition to the Machaba Safaris collection, Kiri Camp in the Okavango Delta is due to open in June 2022. Like Gomoti Plains Camp, it lies in the NG32 private concession and offers the same superb and exclusive game viewing experience. Kiri Camp promises to be a stylish and luxurious camp with views overlooking the Kiri channel offering game drives and mokoro rides. Given the track record of their camps, we have high hopes for Kiri Camp.

From $620 Per person per night

Machaba Camp

Machaba camp sits below the shade of sycamore trees in a quiet corner of the game rich Khwai concession in the eastern Okavango. There is a friendly down to earth feel to this camp, offering an authentic safari with plenty of sophisticated touches to make this a spoiling experience. Stylish and thoughtfully designed rooms, excellent food and great guides come together to deliver a great all round safari.

From $620 Per person per night

Little Machaba Camp

Little Machaba Camp is the charming smaller sister camp to Machaba Camp, set in a scenic spot overlooking the Khwai River in the game lively Khwai concession in the east of the Okavango. This is a classic tented camp in the style of the traditional 1950’s safari, simple but sophisticated and extremely comfortable. A wonderful base from which to enjoy the excellent game viewing in the Khwai area.

From $620 Per person per night

Ngoma Safari Lodge

Ngoma Safari Lodge is set within the peaceful Chobe Forest Reserve, just 3km from Chobe National Park – with its infinite views over Chobe’s seasonal floodplains. A sanctuary away from the Kasane crowds, this small luxury lodge bears witness to the prolific game found along Chobe’s riverfront from its rocky height along the escarpment. Ngoma Safari Lodge offers a range of activities including game drives within Chobe National Park, boat cruises and night drives within the Forest Reserve.

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Gomoti Plains Camp

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Kiri Camp

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Machaba Camp

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Little Machaba Camp

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Ngoma Safari Lodge

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