Reviews of Muchenje Safari Lodge
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Muchenji Safari Lodge
The rooms at Muchenje were very comfortable and clean. A mosquito netting was placed around our bed by the staff before we went to bed. The managers - Gee and Cathie, were always available to answer any questions and our guides , Nick and Rambo were quite knowledgeable when out on our treks. The meals were delicious and eating with the guides was a great way to learn more about the area. There are rest areas and seating on large wooden platforms from which the enormous flood plain can be viewed. There is a small pool where we have seen pictures of an elephant who sometimes comes for a drink. Very exciting.
The game drives were into the Chobe National Park where we went on early morning drives (6:30!) which was the best time to see the animals out and about and around the water areas. After returning from our morning treks, we would have a lovely lunch and then a rest period and then out again for a late afternoon drive, returning to the lodge by 7:00 pm. On way back in the late afternoon we would stop by one of the water areas for a sundowner - snacks and drinks. Our three days there was very enjoyable and we would certainly recommend this lodge.
Three nights at Muchenje Safari Lodge
We were especially impressed with the all day safari which included a boat trip on the river. We wish we could have stayed much longer.
Muchenje safari lodge
Overall this was probably our favourite place to stay fort he whole trip.
Although the accommodation was as not as grand as elsewhere, the cabins were very comfortable, with a small sitting area, good shower and outside area, with wonderful views. The main area where we ate was excellent with lots of comfortable places to sit with wi fi and outside viewing areas of the river and water hole. The staff were really fantastic. Everyone made you feel so welcome.
The food and wine were excellent. You eat at a communal table which worked fine, and the guided activities were taken with the same guide and other guests so by the end of 3 days you really felt as if you knew everyone very well. The managers would greet each trip as we returned with genuine interest in what we had seen and experienced. The wildlife experience was fantastic with lions each day, great river trip with elephants and lions, lots of zebra and giraffe, Kudu, impala etc.
We even met 3 elephants on the path to our cabin one night - decided they had right of way and beat a hasty retreat back to the main reception. As usual the night drives were disappointing, but one day we will see something interesting at night - it does not matter where we are int he world have never had any luck with night drives.
When we go again which I am sure we will, will plan for 4 nights so we can have a day of relaxation at the lodge as has one oft he top 10 for me views in the world over the chobe river.
Muchenje Safari Lodge review
Into Botswana for the second time. We had been in Namibia for 2 weeks and seen only about 20 Elephants (not that they are the only way of assessing a holiday!). As we crossed Ngoma Bridge into Botswana we saw around 100 in the river, and as we left the Botswana border post a procession of Ellies walked cross the road in front of us.
Muchenje occupies a stunning position looking across the river flood plain - I don't think we have ever seen anything so spectacular.
The managers made us feel very welcome and indeed all of the staff were very helpful and friendly. The room was very nice and the food was excellent.
We missed the elephants that had walked past our bungalow in the night (a shame) but we were walked to and fro in darkness by the lodge's security staff. We went on an afternoon game drives then the next day on an all-day boat trip and game drive which was very rewarding - but perhaps too long and a bit uncomfortable. We didn't count them , but we must have seen over 2,000 ellies in a day and a herd of 1,000+ buffaloes. The sheer quantity was staggering when compared to time spent in Namibia. The highlight was probably lunch on the river trip with ellies palying in the water just a few feet away.
Simply Wonderful - wished we had stayed there longer.
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.
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.Read more about the whole safari
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.
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.
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.
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.