Muchenje Safari Lodge

Reviews of Muchenje Safari Lodge

Excellent(96%) From 86 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 86 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.
Dr R. from Melbourne
Arrived on: 10-Jul-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great Collection of African Art and Craft

The cabins here are more substantial than some others with actual glass windows. This obviously meant they were warmer than others we stayed in. The beds and rooms were very comfortable. The staff were very friendly and capable. The food was good quality home cooking with good options. We saw a multitude of giraffes and lions here among other creatures. The last day on the drive along the river we also saw plenty of hippos and elephants and buffalo of course.
The managers have decorated this camp with some really beautiful sculptures and craft collected over the years and there are good options for purchase as well.

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Ms K & Mr W - London
Arrived on: 26-Apr-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

We loved our stay here

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Paine family from Philadelphia
Arrived on: 17-Apr-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

We loved Muchenje. The location was beyond words. It was outside of the park and further away from Kasane, which was nice. It was quiet, relaxed and the views were incredible. The people who currently run the lodge, Robert and Joy, were friendly and went out of their way to make sure everyone was having a wonderful time.

Our safari guide, Synack, was fantastic. He was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. I can't say enough good things about him. I would highly recommend the early morning game drive, and the river cruise is an absolute must. The food at the lodge also was very good. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Muchenje, and would without a doubt stay there again.

The only thing I wished I had known more about before we arrived was how much to tip. Different online forums mentioned $10 per person (guest) per day, but we didn't think that was nearly enough considering we basically had our own personal safari guide the entire time we were there.

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Mr & Mrs W - Utah
Arrived on: 4-Mar-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge

Hard to beat our experience at Kwara! Met some nice people. Our hosts were a bit chatty.

Long drives to get into Chobe, but lovely boat ride and great elephant viewing.

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Mr & Mrs B - Kent
Arrived on: 4-Mar-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

A brilliant location overlooking the Namibian border with flood plain below , just outside the designated National Park area ,As the park is unfenced the animals still roam around in abundance. The lodge is well run by an English couple Rob and Joy who could not do enough to made sure you enjoyed your stay.

The boat trip was the highlight seeing hundreds of Elephants playing in the river . The room was fine and food excellent.

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Mrs L. from Winchester
Arrived on: 20-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Muchenje. The lodge has a real fun atmosphere, mainly down to its great managers, Robert and Joy.

We had a brilliant day trip out from 9-30am - 7pm cruising around the River Chobe channels and driving the length of Chobe NP where we saw numorous elephants. The following day we took packed breakfast and were out from 5-30am - 2-30pm, so much to see, hundreds of elephant , lion, leopard (very lucky), sable and finally wild dogs (exceptionally lucky) beside the road on the way back to the lodge.

Our guide Symack was excellent, and quite happy to stay out as long as we wanted to.

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Ms C & Mr M - northern Namibia and Botswana
Arrived on: 18-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

We spent 2 days at Muchenje and although it was more exclusive than other places, I thought it was not good value!

The rooms were nice . and the owners friendly and helpful.. The guides were average and the wild life OK, but by no means exceptional. The vegetarian food was OK at night (stuffed tomato one day and stuffed aubergine on the next). The picnic lunch on the who;e day out was terrible. We received 2 small pieces of pizza 3 x 2 " and one hard boiled egg/ Meat eaters got 2 small chicken drumsticks. I got nothing! This was to last 11 hours. We did mention it to the lodge but heard nothing more.

The guide who did the early morning walking tours was the most knowledgeable. The night drive was done too fast with no spotted and we saw very little. It is not in the park and the area limited

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Expert Africa comments

Muchenje Safari Lodge apologised to these guests for the inadequate picnic. They have taken steps to improve the meal, and to ensure good options are available for vegetarians. The lodge has also taken note of the comments regarding their guides with the aim to ensure the feedback from future guests is much more positive.

Mr and Mrs H - Hampton
Arrived on: 27-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great start to our safari

The Lodge was beautiful, with a fabulous setting. Our guide, Lips, was excellent too - knowledgeable, friendly and good company. the management and staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Joy in particular treated us as though we were real guests ratrher than just customers - it all felt very personal -in a very good way.

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Mr. A - Washington
Arrived on: 19-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

The staff was extremely friendly and interested in sharing their experiences and also hearing about your experiences. They also made sure all of our needs were met and everyone was very knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife. We learned a ton.

There is a trade off by staying at Muchenje -- you are a bit removed from the Chobe central riverfront so nicely more quiet. That means you have to drive farther afield to get the riverfront. That tradeoff is an individual preference of course.

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Mr and Mrs T - Yorkshire
Arrived on: 2-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

Overall we enjoyed our trip.

It was good for you to arrange our interconnecting flights.

We probably would have been happy doing 2\3 days in Chobi not 4 and 2 days in Kanana was fine

We would have appreciated a bit more up front discussion about tipping in our early conversations as we were taken by surprise at how established the arrangements were and there was no sense that it could be at our discretion. We had read that $10 a day was recommended for guides, but at Kanana we were told it was between $35-40a day- when I said that was outrageous the manager backed down and said it was up to us but there was a lot of pressure and we just hadn't budgeted for that level of tipping. Given the high cost of staying at the camps I would have expected that the guides were well paid already (and one said he was!) - as a well qualified teacher if I am paid for my teaching sessions I don't expect to get further tips from my pupils!

Both Muchenje and Kanana gave us good services and accomodation and the guides were excellent and well informed. Muchenje had the better atmosphere more informal and easy - Kanana felt a bit forced and formal. The current manager made me feel a bit uncomfortable (probably not to share it just was a feeling).The food was variable at Kanana

Mac Air gave one very turbulent flight because of forest fires but they were effecient and on time. SA was ok but you always wish you could afford better seats on a night flight!

Left Luggage at Oliver Tambo was everything you said and proved most useful.

Your comments about the wear and tear on my back were correct but oddly the up and downs in the jeep gave my back exercise so I was less stiff than if i had been sitting in a more comfortable seat for a long time!

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