Okavango Delta

Machaba Camp


Classic canvas camp

Machaba Camp is a classic camp in the wildlife-rich Khwai Concession, a 35,000 hectare reserve located in the northeastern section of the Okavango Delta and sharing a westerly border with the Moremi Game Reserve.

10 traditional canvas tents, simple but luxurious in true safari style, sit under the shade of riverine trees with en suite bathrooms and outdoor showers.

Follow winding paths to the heart of the camp – an inviting lounge, swimming pool for cooling off between safari activities, and dining (although dining out under the stars is always preferred!).


At a glance

  • 10 tents

  • Swimming pool

  • Dining tent, library and lounge

  • Spa treatments available

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    Game drives

    Game drives are conducted in the mornings and late afternoon, exploring the river systems, woodland and flood plains that surround 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 out for smaller nocturnal animals with the help of spotlights.

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    Guided walking safaris

    Head out into the bush in the morning accompanied by knowledgeable 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.

  • Mokoro Activity at Machaba Camp

    Mokoro canoes

    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.

Community & Culture

Through various education programmes, Machaba is committed to uplifting local communities. They were involved in 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.


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.


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

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Why Niarra

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