Reviews of Muchenje Safari Lodge
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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.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
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.
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.
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............
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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Brilliant introduction to safari
A warm welcome on our arrival. Joy and Rob really make every guest feel that they matter. Wonderful views from the main lodge and our room and every attention paid to guests comfort. The whole experience was really well but discreetly organised from seating compatible people together at dinner to managing different times and types of game drive.
We saw an amazing variety and quantity of animals and birds in only a few days. The guides were knowledgeable and enthusiastic and took great pains to give the guests the best safari experiences Food ranged from good to excellent, there was a generous drinks policy and the atmosphere was (unsurprisingly!) relaxed. We felt as if we were being entertained by friends.
We also appreciated the opportunity to visit the local village and school where some of the lodge staff lived and had families. It gave a different dimension to the trip.
Muchenje - a lodge with an incredible view
We had a lot of fun at Muchenje. Although the rooms felt small compared to our prior accommodations, they were nicely decorated, the views were incredible and the common areas of the lodge were very inviting. We spent more time in the common areas here than at the other lodges and enjoyed it very much.
Our guide (Ocean) took us on a night drive, a morning walking safari and the all-day safari that included the river safari. Our all day safari was the perfect finale for our trip as we saw so much wildlife on our final day and in incredible numbers. We witnessed several herds of elephants crossing over to the island and many, many crocodiles and hippos. On our drive back through Chobe National Park, we saw herds of cape buffalo, wildebeests and elephants; numerous giraffes, zebras, impalas, antelopes and even ostriches. There were a few areas in Chobe that were a bit crowded with other vehicles, but we left those behind rather quickly.
The staff at Muchenje was very friendly and we learned a lot about them and the area in our dinner conversations. Also, the walking safari was much different than I expected as we saw quite a bit of wildlife (zebras, warthogs, waterbucks and antelopes). And it was fun to be doing something active after five days on safari.
However, there was one significant miss for me. Our 35th wedding anniversary was on August 5th, our first night at Muchenje. This very special event was not acknowledged in any way. As wonderful as the safari was, this oversight was quite disappointing. Also, the ambiance of the camp could be enhanced by placing a natural material (such as a thatched screen) over the air/heating units.
Expert Africa comments
We were delighted to read that these guests had a very good time at Muchenje. We were however very disappointed that, despite our written requests on more than one occasion, the lodge didnt manage to organise any special gesture to mark these travellers 35th wedding anniversary.
As with all of the guest feedback we receive, we immediately forwarded this response to the lodge and then went to them with a further request for an official reply and explanation on why our requests werent granted. The camp came back promptly and apologised sincerely to Mrs. Js party and in particular to her and her husband for this oversight they accepted full responsibility for this mistake.
Muchenje explained that prior to and during these travellers stay the usual guest liaison manager was away on sick leave and as a result the information was not conveyed to the camp correctly and no action was taken. The camp accepts that this incident was unacceptable and they have promised to improve on this aspect of the booking process in future. Expert Africa have also asked Muchenje to, in future, ensure that full checks are put in place, prior to guest arrival.
We are confident that Muchenje have taken this issue on board and will ensure this was a one-off. Its worth mentioning that incidents like this are very rare at Muchenje and the lodge is usually very good in making sure special requests are met as well as reasonably possible. For Expert Africas part its also worth stating that we will always confirm and then re-confirm with all lodges if any of our travellers have any special points of interest or requests (e.g. a special birthday, a honeymoon or a wedding anniversary etc).
Were sorry that on this occasion those requests werent realised.