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 M from London
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

Comfortable, nicely decorated if slightly cramped, rooms. Friendly. No mosquitos!

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Mr & Mrs S from Kent
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

The grading below [Ed: to the right on this page!] I find difficult to honestly answer. Here are my comments: We liked this Lodge a lot. The location is stunning, the view amazing.

The only problem was the size of the main chalet room. There was almost no room to unpack (which I usually like to do at each Lodge). Part of the problem was that two large arm chairs took up a good deal of the floor space, and also cushions from the bed were stored on the floor too, so there was only just room for our cases. The cupboard space was very restricted.

In the bathroom, which was nice, and roomy, the taps did not quite reach over the basin, so there was generally spillage onto the surface. As a result of the cramped space my huband probably left behind rather a vital part of his luggage (a bag containing half his holiday pills!) but later on Grant hleped us buy replacements, and on a Sunday, too.

The only other point was that we had several different guides. Altho we have nothing against this is principle, later in the holiday we realised it is really nice to establish a relationship with just one or two guides, and then they know what you have already been told.

The wildlife experience was superb - leopard, lioness with cubs, wild dog kill, elephants swimming, etc.

PS I would not want these comments to put off other travellers, but they might be useful to the admin.

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The T family from Peterborough
Arrived on: 24-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A fantastic setting with a wealth of wildlife

The accomodation and location were excellent - the views over the floodplain were stunning, with more animals than you could count.

Whereas our experiences in the Delta were more about tracking and the reward of finding the animals, here at Muchenje the animals were just there, in front of you, wherever you went! Muchenje was an excellent choice as the final camp on our trip.

The all-day safari including the boat trip was a fantastic experience, and JJ's explanations during a game drive made the place come alive. The only thing that would have made the trip better would have been having a single guide for all our activities, enabling us to build up the same kind of rapport as we had with our guides in the Delta camps.

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Mr & Mrs T - Ireland
Arrived on: 18-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Stunning views at Muchenje Safari Lodge

The activities were great, the guides were very good.

The managers were a little too regimented wanting us to eat lunch and then go on a game drive before seeing our rooms. We were allowed to go to our rooms, first when several of us who arrived at the same time, insisted.

The lodge and the views were very good.

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The B family from Bristol
Arrived on: 11-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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words cannot discribe this lodge

Just when we thought we had stayed at the most friendly camp on our trip (Ndhovu) along comes another contender in Muchenji, we could hardly believe we had stayed in such a wonderful place with such beautiful views, fantastic rooms and very friendly hosts, such a joy.

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Mr & Mrs S from Norfolk
Arrived on: 2-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

Another fantastic lodge. Very friendly and helpful managers and owner Matt.

Highly recommended and we would love to go back.

Matt was great in helping to sort out a major return issue with the Budget hire car!

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Mr & Mrs L from Sheffield
Arrived on: 20-Apr-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

Again what more can one ask for.

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Dr P & F from London
Arrived on: 14-Nov-2009 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

Excellent the way that they taylored the people we went out with. Noe was great guide and spent lots of time getting us to reognise birds

A swimming pool big enough to swim real laps would be nice as there is no exercise on the safari

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Mr G and Ms N from London
Arrived on: 26-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ideal lodge for chobe riverfront

Muchenje has a spectacular location over the chobe floodpains to namibia - probably the best lodge setting in or around chobe NP. For those that worry about its remote location to the west this is the lodges greatest asset. The west of the NP is more remote, has a wilder feel and in our opinion is more scenic than in the east. The game densities seemed at least as high as further east yet the vehicular densities were very low - and indeed the only other vehicles we saw were from muchenje until well east of Ihaha.

Muchenje take their game viewing activities both seriously and enthusiastically and pack a lot into a day if you want it - not only in quantity but quality. The guiding is to a very high standard. (we had Lips and presley who were excellent ) We were particularly impressed with the way the full day was planned - an early morning drive 5.30 - 9.00 so as not to miss any early morning action at the riverfront then breakfast back at the lodge and out 10.30 for the journey to the boat trip. The rendevous with the boat at 12 is perfectly timed to have 3-4 hours of the best bit of the river for action to yourself with families of elephant coming to drink and cross to namibia. The 3-4 hour game drive west out of the park back to the lodge completes a true perspective of this part of the chobe riverfront.This dry season a pack of 12 wild dogs has been active along the whole riverfront which has been a bonus for those visiting.

The night drive after dinner - like all night drives is hit and miss - but the lodge has a good little stretch of riverfront and gets good activity there ( a huge herd of bufalo crossing the river and plenty of elephant the night we went and a lion kill occured only a few nights before )

We requested a game drive transfer from the lodge to kasane airfield on our last morning taking breakfast with us which gave us a further opportunity to drive the riverfront almost in its entirety from ngoma to sedudu - this was much appreciated and was terrific - and as ever was provided with support and enthusiasm by the management team.

The lodge is extremely well run and the staff are local and obviously very happy .When we were their one of the lodge owners (sean )was staying - and having spent a couple of days in sean s company it is easy to see where the comfortable atmosphere and positive culture of this lodge emenates from.

The lodge facilities , food and chalet rooms are all to a very high standard - but if you are keen on your game you will not see much of the lodge or your room here.

If I had one suggestion for Sean it would be to provide 2 smaller and faster boats ( the 8 person aluminium ones ) for the boat trip and split the trip group in 2 - this would provide a more intimate river experience which would then match the intimacy of every other aspect and activity that muchenje offers.



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Sisters from London
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

The most amazing location with the view over the Namibian Plains across the Chobe River. Great food-relaxed atmosphere. Great game drives and guides.

The full day drive/boat is a great experience and nice to have the options of walks and early morning activities as well.

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