Machaba Safaris is delighted to introduce our brand new Verney’s Camp which opened last month (May 2018) in a remote 10,000 hectare private concession in the south eastern section of Zimbabwe’s iconic Hwange National Park.

Verney’s Camp boasts ten luxury safari tents (8 double / twins and 2 family tents), all built on wooden decks at ground level, tucked perfectly under the shady arms of the teak forest and overlooking a busy waterhole frequented by Hwange’s famous elephants. Each tent has been carefully positioned for maximum privacy and enjoyment of the views, connected by natural pathways to the central guest area. Tents are beautifully appointed complete with ensuite bathroom with shower, toilet and double vanity basins.

At Machaba Safaris we pride ourselves in our community development and initiatives ensuring the wildlife, local communities and guests all benefit. Machaba co-sponsors a local school in Hwange National Park which guests can visit as a half day tour. The tour also stops at a small rural village and the Wild Dog Research Centre.

Rates are fully inclusive of accommodation, all meals, laundry, lodge activities, return vehicle airstrip transfers (for drive-ins from Victoria Falls), drinks including most alcohol (excluding imported and premium drinks) levies and taxes.

Access is via a 40 minute flight from Vic Falls Airport to Manga Airstrip and then a 45 minute road transfer. It is a 3.5 hour drive from Victoria Falls via Hwange Main Camp.

Machaba Safaris is a family owned collection of 4 safari experiences including 3 camps in Botswana’s iconic Okavango Delta, namely Machaba Camp, Little Machaba and Gomoti Plains – plus the new Verney’s in Zimbabwe. Our lodges offer excellent value for money and a true wilderness experience including mekoro (canoe) safaris, game drives and walks.

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Issued by: Machaba Safaris
T: +27 82 579 5249



Tomjachu Bush Retreat. April 2017 Press release.

06 April 2017
Tomjachu Bush Retreat bringing natures secrets to WTM Africa 2017

This year’s World Travel Market (WTM) Africa, taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), will see Tomjachu Bush Retreat exhibiting together with an estimated 5000 travel industry professionals.

As a family owned private nature estate, Tomjachu Bush Retreat will be sharing some of the little secrets nature has hidden around the Tomjachu establishment which are designed to capture the hearts of all avid nature enthusiasts. Set in over 550 hectares of exquisite game fenced mountain bushveld, overlooking the southern boundary of the Kruger National Park and regal Bekker mountains, Tomjachu Bush Retreat brings landscapes to life.

Zebra Heights, Symphony Dam, and Gordon’s Pools are but a few of nature’s best secrets tucked away at Tomjachu.

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“Stirling” Stirling Manor Boutique Guest House. Hartebeespoort


Once in a while, in my line of work, one come across an absolute gem of a place, one that just envelops you and becomes the benchmark of all “FABULOUS places to stay in Southern Africa” See my FB page “Tented Camps, Lodges and Fabulous Places to stay in Southern Africa”.  One of these places is STIRLING MANOR.  Situated in the heart of Hartebeespoort, with sweeping views of the Hartebeespoort Dam and the Magalieburg Mountains as their backdrop.  In my previous post I chatted about the history of the Hartebeespoort Dam wall. 

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COMPETITION TIME!!! Ximongwe Safaris. Hoedspruit


When I think “Tented Camps, Lodges & Fabulous Places in Southern Africa”, I think of _________________________
Best answer wins a mid-week getaway, Monday to Thursday, for 4 people sharing at the newly renovated Crocodile Cottage (self catering) at XIMONGWE SAFARIS in Hoedspruit. Write your answer in the comments below or on our FB page


(F) abulous Afrique Boutique Hotel. Ruimsig. West Rand.

73So in between towing Jason’s bike with my car to try and get it started, playing “flinch” with Joshua, begging Luke to please move back home and trying to find suitable wives for my 5 sons  (A full blog post all on its own ), I get to stay and check out the most stunning places. (part of the job my dear)  On Monday night I stayed at the famous “Afrique Boutique Hotel” in Poortview on the West Rand. You would love it.  So sophisticated, so elegant, so classy, and this is the part that will make you platz…original paintings everywhere!  The owner, Nafsika, is a huge fan of Porchie, Georgia, Este Mostert etc, so you can only imagine all this creative genius everywhere! As you drive into the grounds you are overshadowed by 3 storey stained glass windows and bricks and sandstone buildings. Very beautifully built.  Stepping inside, your eyes are immediately drawn to the double volume ceilings and the gorgeous exposed wooden beams.

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