Okavango Delta

Little Machaba

Overview

Classic Okavango

Set in the wildlife-rich Khwai Community Concession in north-eastern Okavango, next to Moremi Game Reserve, Little Machaba is an intimate safari camp with a timeless style.

Find four classic canvas tented suites built on wooden decks with pathways weaving beneath large riverine trees where elephants can often be seen wandering through. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom, comfortable living area and a romantic outdoor shower.

The main dining area and bar are also set on wooden decks and offer fantastic views over the flood plain. It’s the ideal place to spend an afternoon with a book and perhaps the company of a wandering bull elephant looking for a place to cool off.

Game viewing is outstanding thanks to a diverse landscape woodland, water and savannah. The guides here are knowledgeable and will take you to excellent spots away from other vehicles. Depending on the water levels in the Delta, you might be able to head out on a mokoro boat. Walking safaris and night drives are also excellent ways to discover the rich wildlife.

Facts

At a glance

  • Four tented suites

  • Plunge pool

  • Dining and lounge tent

  • Fire pit

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Experiences

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    Morning and evening game drives

    Start or end the day with a fascinating game drive along the river systems and flood plains surrounding the camp. Wildlife here is prolific, so you have excellent chances of seeing large predators, elephants, buffalos and a variety of plains animals. In the early evenings, look oyt for smaller nocturnal animals in the vehicle spotlights.

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    Guided walking safaris

    Head out into the bush in the morning accompanied knowledgeable and armed guides. You’ll find these walks relaxing and you’ll have plenty of time to look for smaller creatures that you might otherwise miss. These walks are dependent on the weather and the condition of the terrain.

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    Mokoros

    Take to the shallows of the Okavango in a mokoro, a dugout canoe poled by an experienced poler. It’s a great way to experience the waterways and makes for a tranquil outing. You can either spend a morning on the water, or head out for a longer day trip. It’s a fun way to explore the islands around the camp and still feel rested and relaxed afterwards.

Community & Culture

Through various education programmes, Little Machaba is committed to uplifting local communities. They were involved building Gonneye Sethlare Pre-School which, as the only educational centre in the village of Ditshipi, caters for 36 children. There are plans to build more schools. Machaba has also helped communities by providing water, establishing vegetable gardens and erecting animal-proof fencing.

Conservation

Little Machaba works with other local groups and communities to help protect and conserve the fragile ecosystem. One way they do this is by fostering a culture of human-wildlife coexistence by running educational programmes. They also support anti-poaching patrols in the area.

Footprint

At Little Machaba they have chosen to forgo conveniences like hairdryers and aircon, instead relying on alternative energy to have less of an impact on the planet. Camp electricity is a hybrid of solar and a back-up generator and low-energy appliances and lightbulbs are used. Because there are no permanent fixtures, campsites can be rehabilitated within one and half years.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

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