Muchenje Safari Lodge

Reviews of Muchenje Safari Lodge

Excellent(96%) From 77 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 77 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 & Mrs Quiseb Ravine
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Beautiful lodge over looking the flood plains

This was a lovely place to spend our first 2 nights in Africa. A beautiful lodge with very friendly and accommodating staff and the manager Rob and his wife Cathy always present to make sure everything was organized and all the guests were happy. Meals were communal which was fine with a self-service main meal of meat and vegetables. Breakfast was also very good with plenty of fresh fruit and eggs done to your liking!!

The rooms are very comfortable with big beds good mosquito nets and shower facilities. The view was wonderful, with all the rooms looking out over the flood plains. If we had had more time, just a day to sit outside our room and watch the animals from there roaming around would have been lovely too.

The game drives were well organized and we saw so many animals. The guides knew the tracks so well, but there was always a mad rush at the end of each day to get out of the park before the gates closed at 6.30pm!! I'm sure this was done just to add to the excitement!! We had a lovely walk one morning with a guide called JJ who showed us various animal tracks and plants and we were lucky to be crossed by a herd of 200-300 Zebras.

The boat trip was also very special, which involved a long drive (70Km) on tarmac road towards Kasane and then another few kilometres across the bush onto the boat which took us down the Chobe River. We were able to spend ages just watching the elephants crossing the river from Botswana into Namibia, and picnic lunch with the Hippo's nearby. The lunch is not that brilliant but when you are hungry it's edible; (not a complaint just a comment).

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Ms DM & MR VO - Belgium
Arrived on: 3-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

Great place and a nice range of activities. We appreciated they cleaned our hired car and gave us an extra attention in our room for our honeymoon.

I couldn't help the feeling that we "connected" less to the managers and many other guests, perhaps their concern was more on spoiling and luxurious feel than on experiencing nature. The guide for the morning walk was the best! Also the night drive was very nice.

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Mr & Mrs V - Surrey
Arrived on: 22-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

Absolutely Delightful! Excellent views and lovely chalet. the lodge so lovely that we opted out of activities one day so that we could enjoy it. Could have stayed much longer. On arrival we were welcomed, given drinks and a buffet lunch of chicken pie and we wondered how this could be improved on. It was!

Loads and loads of wildlife in the park itself and around the lodge, but the night drives a bit naff! Vast herds of elephant, hippos and giraffe. Hoards of birds on the river got twitchers over-excited.

Welcoming, helpful, convivial managersand staff and excellent guides (BG, but also JJ who made himself available for a morning walk) who made the most of the opportunities around Chobe.

A fabulous place - even saw a honey badger on BGs' "short cut" - which should be compulsory!

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Expert Africa Admin
Arrived on: 12-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

I have rated the location as Good rather than Excellent because the location was both the best and worst aspect of Muchenje. it was the best because the views from the cabins and the lodge wer excellent and the general location was equally good. There were no other vehicles in the vicinity of the lodge.

It was also the worst aspect in that it was a long drive to the boat trip near Kasane which meant that more time was spent in a vehicle not seeing birds/mammals than would have been if we had been based based at 'the other end'.

On balance if asked where I would stay on a future visit to Chobe I would still opt for Muchenje - location, staff, lodge, owner(!) were all brilliant - rather than somewhere closer to the river action.

It is hard to see how the staff at Muchenje could have done more for us.

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Mrs P & party from Liverpool
Arrived on: 12-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Fantastic setting

This was a brilliant place to start our holiday. It gave a great overview of what there was to see and was in a stunning setting. The all day river trip is a must - in fact we did it twice.
The staff were wonderful, and Sean made it feel like a private house party. Nothing was too much trouble for them. We loved it!

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Mrs P and Family from Arizona
Arrived on: 19-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

Muchenje is in a beautiful location, and the the all-day river trip was the highlight. It is a bigger and less personal camp than the others we stayed at which is why we gave it a couple goods--however, this is really just personal preference for smaller camps. If you want to visit Chobe, I would guess this is the best place to stay . The guiding was not up to the Kwando standards, but perfectly adequate, and the guides were all personable.

Aside from the river trip, the activity we enjoyed most at Muchenje was the visit to a local village compound and the school. This was our only chance on the trip to interact with the locals other than the staff at the camps, and we very much appreciated it. I encourage visitors to take advantage of this if they are at all interested in some interaction with the Botswana people. We also enjoyed the walk we took with JJ.

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Mr & Mrs K - Surrey
Arrived on: 28-May-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Muchenje - a beautiful lodge and location

Muchenje was the first accomodation on our 9 night safari trip and as such we were impressed. The wonderfully peaceful location looking out over the plains to the river, the spacious and comfortable style as well as the elephant shaped soap and thick luxurious towels!

However, the food was average ( by English standards) and we would have preferred drinks ( beer and soft drinks) to be freely available to help ourselves to, as well as being served at the bar.

We were glad we had chosen to visit Chobe National Park from this location rather than the MUCH busier lodges nearer Kasane but the dpwn side was the drive to and from the entry point for each safari, especially cold in the open jeep at this time of year.

Chobe was great for the amount of animals we saw but we were disappointed not to see any of the big cats. We did however see a pack of 4 wild dogs but being the national park we could not follow them as they raced off to hunt.

The lodge packed in 3 safari drives a day as well as a short visit to a local tiny village and school. Worth doing for an insight into a completely different way of life with absolutely minimal possessions.

We had hoped to do a walking safari but the only guide qualified to do this was not available. The night drives were limited to the area near the lodge and were not very inspiring.

But the boat trip along the Chobe river was wonderful. Very relaxing and peaceful whenever the guides cut the engine which they did frequently. We saw many family groups of elephants , hippos and crocodiles on the banks as well as in the river, warthogs and mongoose, fish eagles, kingfishers and bee eater birds. Our guide was quite knowledgeable but not much fun, rather serious and we needed to ask lots of questions to find out more.

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Expert Africa comments

Muchenje Safari Lodge is delighted that these guests enjoyed their stay and the ‘benefits’ of staying on the western side of the Chobe riverfront area. The lodge has noted the guest’s comments regarding the standard of the food. They have informed us that they have a new chef starting soon and they will use this to inspire the kitchen.

At Expert Africa we excited to hear that wild dogs were spotted in this area of Chobe National Park as this is a rare sighting in these parts!

Dr. & Mrs. B from Snettisham, Norfolk
Arrived on: 19-May-2009 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

very welcoming and caring hosts. Comfortable and good food and atmosphere

excellent guides (BG and JJ)

lots of game easy to see - a very good start to the trip to get us into the spirit

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V family - Avon
Arrived on: 10-Apr-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wonderfuil small chobe lodge

Great service - fantastic views and friendly staff

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Mrs F - Nottinghamshire
Arrived on: 20-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

Muchenje fantastis,very well ron ,allfood drinks activities excellent-want to return there definately. Only comment is we wish we had gone a few weeks ealier as rains had started so fewer game but wonderful birds

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