Muchenje Safari Lodge

Reviews of Muchenje Safari Lodge

Excellent(95%) From 71 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 71 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 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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Mrs S & Ms C - Hampshire
Arrived on: 20-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

Kathy pulls out all the stops to make sure you know everthing! and is ther at every turn to make sure you have everything and has put a lot of thought into all the facilities.

Transfers game drives everything went like clockwork.Staff all very knowledgeable and helpful.

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Mr & Mrs B from Buckinghamshire
Arrived on: 17-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

We opted for this lodge on the basis of a very good recommendation. If anything that was possibly understated. The situation of the lodge on the top of an escarpment is superb overlooking the Chobe river and into Namibia. It has real wow factor.

The welcome from Rod and Kathy and JJ was as warm as toast and they together with the guides could not do enough to make our stay enjoyable. The park is full of wildlife and the river is a never ennding source of facination. We particularly liked the all day river trip, so much so that we did it agian the nest day. We were also lucky enough to meet the parents of the owner who were on a visit. You can see the passion that they have for Africa and it was really interesting to hear from them some of the obstacles they had to overcome to get the Lodge operational.

The evening drive bceame a bit of a chase as it is necessary to be out of the park by 6.30 but of course this is down to the tourist as the driver would continually be asked to stop. This was recognised whilst we were there and some changes to timing may ensue. Finally I unfortunatly left my moblie phone behind in the safe when we left. A message was give to the driver who took us to the airport and by the time we got to Duba Plains several days later I had a reply that it had been found and would be with the Wilderness representative when we got to Maun airport. It was . How is that for service? In summary this is a splendid place to get the maximum from the Chobe area. I cannot see how you could be anything less than delighted.

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Mr Serval from Ottawa, Canada
Arrived on: 6-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Friendly, helpful staff - scenic location.

The cabin was great, lodge location very scenic overlooking the Chobe river plain from an elevated river bank, and the staff was very helpful and friendly. Just a short drive to the national park.

The night safari could be safer, the driver was also the spot light operator - other camps have a second person to operate the spot light.

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Mr S - York
Arrived on: 11-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Introduction to Botswana at Muchenje

Very friendly but professionally run camp.

Good basic plain food.

Very knowledgeable guides

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Mr & Mrs K - Maidstone
Arrived on: 15-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

We have visited previously and were happy to return. Despite being full on this occasion (it seems to be becoming increasingly popular) the lodge still maintains its ability to be informal with guests mixing freely in the public areas and exchanging experiences. The big plus point is the management's efforts to provide flexibility in the daily events and they will arrange events to suit the specific needs of their customers.

If there is a negative it is that the location means that for the trips into the Chobe park area it is necessary to make a road journey (variable length 10 -30 mins), however the Lodge's location at the western end of the sector is far better than to be in the Kasane sector where the masses of vehicles from the large hotels in that area reduce the sense of "being in the wild".

The Lodge has a fine view being on the top of an escarpment. The rooms are a bit cramped compared with some other locations but still contain all that is required and to a good standard.

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The P family from Norfolk
Arrived on: 11-Aug-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Muchenje

Very different to Moremi and Savute safari. Much less remote (mains power and water, Tarmac road most of the way.

No longer owner managed (may have changed its feel) but wonderfully comfortable, good staff and great views. Food good.

Takes about 30min to reach game drives (although some animals within grounds such as zebra. Night drive limited but bushbaby seen. Some went on a walking safari but we didn't have time.

River trip and return safari amazing. Would strongly recommend to those only taking a 1 centre trip as scenes and wildlife amazing - big 4 plus everything else you could wish to see except cheetah. (No rhinos here).

Muchenje appears much more relaxed than Chobe safari lodge (although new lodge in Namibia looks wonderful.

Worth going for the vista from the rooms and sunsets alone.

In wet season guides (again first class) say that game is difficult to see. Also place where elephants are killed by lions - not for those who are squeamish - we saw 2 very young elephants killed.

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