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Named after the river, which gets its name from the Gomoti tree (water fig) that grow in abundance in the Okavango Delta, Gomoti Plains Camp is the most recent addition to Machaba Safaris‘ classic wilderness experiences, which include Machaba, Little Machaba, and Verney’s Camp.
Ideally positioned in a concession of the hitherto under-utilized, and hence unspoiled, Northern end of the delta confluence, Gomoti’s main lodge and luxury tents have been built with consideration and care on raised-deck platforms for minimal impact on the environment.
Besides the 3-hour game drives conducted in the mornings and late afternoons along the river systems and floodplains around the camp, Gomoti also does guided walking safaris and Mekoro (dugout canoe) excursions in the mornings.
With ample sightings of elephant and buffalo herds, in particular, a major highlight of the game drives is the sundowner stop where guest enjoy drinks and snacks while being serenaded by the grunts and jostling of a hippo pod as they impatiently await the night, and the departure of the vehicle, to begin foraging.
Back at the camp, the dining experience served under the stars is a much-anticipated event. While guests relax around the bonfire, the chef describes the evenings’ cuisine in mouthwatering detail while the sommelier interjects with her selection of wine to pair each serving.
Machaba Safaris has an enviable reputation for giving back to the community. At the nearby Ditshiping village, a children’s creche building has recently been completed. Known as ‘Gonnye Setlhare’ (meaning ’Little Tree’), the creches motto is ’Tshameka, Rutega, Gola’ (Play Educate, Grow), Financed entirely by Machaba Safaris, the first intake of children will be in January 2019.
Another initiative is located at the Thalamabele Veterinary Gate to Mosu Road. Here, a buffalo fence has been erected to keep foot-and-mouth disease contained within the reserve and avoid the speed of disease to local livestock. Known as the NG32 Gate Project, with manned gates located at Morutsha, Boro, Daonara, and at Xarakao, Machaba Safaris employ eight staff to help with the manning and monitoring of the gates and to assist with anti-poaching.
In addition, Machaba Safaris has built two houses to date for destitute families, one in Maun and one in Paragarungu, in conjunction with the local councils.