Muchenje Safari Lodge

Reviews of Muchenje Safari Lodge

Excellent(95%) From 67 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 67 of our travellers who have visited Muchenje Safari Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr D - Ontario
Arrived on: 7-Dec-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Short but sweet

I stayed at Muchenje Safari Lodge for 2 days in early December. This place is gorgeous and even more luxurious than I thought it would be. Air con in the rooms? Vehicles that pull right into the lodge so you don't get wet? Wow.

The guides were excellent and the food was amazing and the service great. The only thing that was not totally perfect was that the husband and wife management team was a little too involved for my liking, spending every moment with us - I would have preferred a little more solitude. But I didn't tell them that, so I can hardly fault them for being super friendly.

Maybe it's because there were only 3 of us at the lodge - almost a private safari! And of course the game viewing in December is a little challenging as the bush is very thick, in this areas in particular. Nonetheless, we still saw a pride of lions and a sable antelope, as well as loads of elephants, hippos, giraffes, etc. And given that we had limited time, they arranged a full day safari, including a river safari for us one day, which was excellent, including lunch in our boat beside a huge herd of elephants.

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Mr & Mrs A - New York
Arrived on: 4-Nov-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

Our day started with a boat tour near Kasane. It was terrific. Then the drive to the lodge and an great game drive. Another the next morning. We say an awful lot in a short visit.

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Mr B Dorset
Arrived on: 1-Nov-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great

Enjoyed our stay but, as with all parks sometimes frustrating having to stay on roads.

Exciting being chased by two very aggressive lions but we are still here to tell the tale. They did get to within 4 metres as we were speeding away in the Toyota.

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Mrs. B - Hertfordshire
Arrived on: 11-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great views and safari

We loved the view from the camp, the safari was outstanding.
Accommodation was very good, food was good but not great.
Our only reservation about Muchenje was the long drive to the Game reserve and back.

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Mr & Mrs. E - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 11-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge Review

This was the perfect place to start our Safari holiday. Location and accommodation were excellent. Food was good and it was very enjoyable sharing meals with staff, guides and owners. This gave the lodge a very personal feeling.

Our guides, Rambo and Synack were delightful, knowledgeable and skilful at conveying information. Highlights for us were seeing large herds of grazing animals, elephants crossing the water, hippos and beautiful birds on the boat trip, the walking safari and 2 good sightings of leopard. We especially enjoyed visiting the nearby village and school at Mabele.

Anyone intending to visit the school and wishing to take materials will find www.packforapurpose.org useful.

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Mr. E - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

The overall impression is that the management and staff at the Lodge are poor communicators, e.g.
1 They failed to contact us at Victoria Falls to advise pick up time and transfer arrangements.
2 It depended on which member of staff you asked as to the arrangements for activities, in particular starting times
3 We were not told that an early morning walk would take place and we only found out after speaking to other guests. We then had to 'persuade' the management at the lodge that we could join the small group.

The location of the Lodge is over 50km from Kasane where the most interesting activity on the river took place. This is where I seemed to have taken more photographs than anywhere else on the trip. The variety of wildlife was amazing and on the river didn't see other boats with visitors.

The driving related activities all involved long drives, e.g. over 1 1/2 hours each way, from the lodge to Kasane in open vehicles. Warm clothes were certainly needed in the morning and evening. It didn't help that the vehicle brokedown on the way back (gearbox problems), which curtailed our game drive through the park, albeit just after seeing a leopard.

If the river activities at Kasane are included in the itinerary then I would not recommend staying so far from the town. This is also reinforced by the need to return to Kasane on the day of departure for flights. We spent disproportionate periods of time travelling between locations rather than enjoying the environment and wildlife.

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Mr F and Ms C from Toronto, Canada
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

Sadly we only had one night here which limited the game drive opportunities.

The lodge itself located high on a hill was very different than the other locations we had stayed at and was a really nice change. Lots of bird life all around the lodge as well.

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John and Lisa - Santa Monica
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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One of our favorites

Simply spectacular. Every need was attended to, even air conditioning in the bungalow.

Muchenje strikes just the right balance between simplicity and luxury. The location, at the far end of Chobe, means you aren't competing with a dozen other jeeps for views of the animals. You have the western end practically to yourself.

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Mr & Mrs R from Daventry
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Super Muchenje!

Would gladly have gone home after two nights at Mazambala Island but Muchenje soon changed all that.
From the moment of arrival this was a wonderful experience and if we go back to Botswana we shall certainly return here
and stay three nights not two!
Excursions were good and guides made every effort to follow guests' interests. Will never forget the carmine bee-eaters on the sandbank!
Liked mealtimes where all sat together including managers and guides. All used Christian names which added to relaxed atmosphere.
Super location, facilities, staff, management, accommodation, atmosphere, activities............

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Mr. M - Reading
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

Whatever I say will not be enough!

Hosts brilliant. Views magnificent. Staff very friendly and helpful. Rooms fantastic. safaris top class. Guide Rambo - Top class. The only animals that we didn't t see we're rhinos and that was because there were not any in the park!

Baboon troop in the grounds, signs of elephants in the gardens overnight. What a stay. Our boys didn't want to leave

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