#TravelTuesday : “Machaba Magic”- 9 Night Botswana Safari

Machaba camps are simple, sophisticated and elegant. There’s a certain excellence one associates with the Machaba brand, which means we’re quite excited to deliver our latest #TravelTuesday offering ! This itinerary is an ALL inclusive 9 night Botswana safari, journeying through the most remote and wildlife-rich regions of Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta and Gomoti River. Game Drives, Mokoro and walking trails are part of the experience. This is proper, classic safari luxury ! 

Ngoma Safari Lodge is your destination in Chobe and offers vistas over the Chobe River and floodplains; and each luxurious room has its own plunge pool. Game viewing is unsurpassed in this area. Spend 3 nights at Ngomi before flying to the private Khwai Concession, where you will stay at the original Machaba Camp. This classic tented safari camp offers safaris in open 4×4’s, walking and by mokoro. Gomoti Plains Camp is situated on the banks of the Gomoto River and is home to a number of water based activities like boating and mokoro excursions. 

Price from: US$6700 in low season to US$10800 in peak season per person sharing. Click on this link to view the 9 night Botswana safari itinerary

Day 1 – 4: Ngoma Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park

When you arrive at Kasane International Airport, the team from Ngoma will meet you and transfer you – by road – to the charming Ngoma Safari Lodge. Ngoma is located in the Chobe Forest Reserve on the edge of plateau, and overlooks the seasonal Chobe floodplain. Views from the lodge extend across the savannah, floodplains and Chobe River to the horizon beyond. Sunsets from the lodge are remarkable!

Chobe is fondly referred to as the “Land of Giants” because of its high concentrations of elephants that congregate on the banks of the Chobe River. There is plenty of opportunity to view game from the comfort of your deck, and each chalet enjoys an elevated view of the river.

Chalets have indoor and outdoor living areas, indoor and outdoor showers AND their own exclusive plunge pool.

Your activities include breakfast and lunch cruises on the Chobe River, full day game drives in Chobe National Park and night drives in the mysterious Chobe Forest Reserve.

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Ngoma Boating Tours

Day 4-7: Machaba Camp, Khwai Private Concession

After breakfast and your morning activity, you will be transferred by road back to Kasane Airport for a light aircraft flight into the Okavango Delta area. The flight will land on a remote, private bushveld airstrip in the Khwai Concession. Charter flights offer an amazing opportunity for aerial views of Botswana’s waterways. It’s not uncommon to spot big game from the air ! 

The Machaba team will meet you at the airstrip and transfer you back to camp. Game viewing starts the minute you clamber into the game viewer !

Set beneath a canopy of trees on the Khwai River, Machaba certainly sets the standard in terms of riverfront accommodation. Classic safari tents line the banks of the Khwai, and come complete with private sitting areas and outdoor showers. This is the flagship Machaba camp and certainly sets the standard in terms of old world luxury. A pool with a view, outdoor boma area and plush lounge add that exclusive safari feel to the camp. 

Activities at Machaba Camp include morning and evening game drives in open safari 4×4 vehicles, mokoro trips, night drives and professionally guided bush walks. The Khwai area is known for prolific wildlife. Fall asleep to the sound of the hippos honking and wake-up to the delightful birdsong that fills the air ! 

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Day 7-10: Gomoti Plains Camp, Okavango Delta

After your morning safari activity, tuck into a gourmet brunch and then head to the airstrip for your light aircraft transfer to the Gomoto Plains Camp in the Okavango Delta. Gomoti offers a true Delta experience, where the focus is on water-based activities (water level dependent). 

Luxurious tents have a private deck with a sitting area and large modern ensuite bathrooms. Each tent also has an outdoor shower area. Decor is reflective of its surrounds, with modern touches scattered throughout. 

Activities at Gomoti Plains Camp are varied. Enjoy motorised boating safaris along the shimmering open waters of the Okavango Delta, guided traditional mokoro trips through the narrow channels, traditional morning and evening game drives as well as walking and night drives.

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Day 10: Depart to Maun Airport

On the last day you will enjoy your normal morning activity, which will be followed by brunch. You will then – once again – hop on board a charter flight to Maun airport for your onward travel.