Muchenje Safari Lodge

Reviews of Muchenje Safari Lodge

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Below are independent comments from 141 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.
Mrs Y. from Lisserbroek
Arrived on: 20-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

Overall warm feelings for all staff. esp in the lodge itself. Recommend the long day offered starting with a long drive (one hour) on tar road to Chobe to have the boat trip (not comfortable in an open car but worthwhile once you get there) and after that proceed your way back through Chobe NP.

The evening drives in the surrounding of the lodge were a bit disappointing, turning to the main road and via a turn back to the camp.

A tip, the guide /ranger was very young (forgot his name unfortunately) and impulsive. Fast driving over the dirt roads in Chobe, not using the gear in a proper way. Busy with other things like his mobile instead of looking for animals.

Wildlife seen during our stay and mentioned below were at Chobe so not on the premises of Muchenje

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Expert Africa comments

Muchenje’s owner was very surprised by this feedback, and was at pains to reassure us that this wasn’t the standard that he expected of his guides, and they’re are looking into it in detail.

Simon&Carmelo from Italy
Arrived on: 8-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Friendly Traditional Safari Lodge

This was a traditional lodge in a lovely location on an escarpment looking down to Namibia just outside the Chobe park. It was very relaxing and the staff here were lovely and friendly. I think the the rooms could do with some updating but his did not distract from our stay. We did a great day drive in the park which encompassed a river cruise and lunch. This was quite unforgettable. So many elephants buffalo and hippo and on the drive back a lion, a lion and kill a pride of lioness and five cubs as well as zebra,giraffe,baboon and kudu,lechwe etc and so many photos.

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Family A from Scarborough
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge review

This was one of the great joys of our month long safari.

When you arrive and they put the brakes on and you stop outside the lodge your heart keeps moving forwards over the absolutely stunning view across the Chobe River Valley. Stunning.
The rooms were wonderful with fabulous views over the valley. Our long day, with a boat rip and a 60km game drive was one of the best safari days we have had (15 lions, hundreds of elephants, buffalo, lechwe etc).

Our guide, Ali, was one of the very best we have had and set the standard for the rest of the trip.

Chobe is massive and so intimate encounters with animals are not what it is about but if you want to see dozens of hippos, hundreds and hundreds of elephants and thousands of buffalo in a vista that can take them, this is it.

We generally prefer to go to parks where you can go off road for more close up encounters but that seemed irrelevant here. We would gladly go there again.

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Mr & Mrs LN from London
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Very happy with Muchenje!

Muchenje Safari Lodge is situated in a wonderful location high on the hill with a view down to a small waterhole and the river. Our room was large and stunning in every way. All of the amenities were superb. The shower room and the separate bathroom were fantastic. It is a place you could spend a relaxing time in cooler and wetter weather but was also spectacular for the time we were there. The managers, Kitty and Toff and the owner who was there at the time could not have been more welcoming. Their love for the area shines through everything they organise and do.

The interior central area is beautifully organised and decorated with comfortable over-sized furniture. There are many external seating areas and a small pool with a terrace area all overlooking the distant river. The camp is open so wild animals can and do roam through. The dining area is communal seating with your guides and either Kitty or Toff spread throughout the guests. The food is buffet style, tasty and plentiful. The bar is extensive and everything plentiful. The wine with dinner was very nice too.

The trips are organised with military precision which is a little scary at first but then you quickly grow to appreciate it. Our first trip was into the West side of the park. Although wildlife is a little more sparse than on the Kasane side it is not as crowded and there was still lots to see. The evening safari was fun. Again, not a lot of wildlife but elephants at night and wild cats and jackals were found which gave you a different view of the surrounding area.

Our guide was good. He drove most of our trips and the boat too. He was older and very, very knowledgeable but not as forthcoming with chat, smiles and volunteering information as the other guides we saw/had. Everyone is different!

The following day was a long one. We started out with an early morning safari with a different guide who was quite young and enthusiastic who readily shared information which we enjoyed. A walking safari was also offered. We headed back along the long road to Kasane spotting wildlife along the way before joining our boat for a water safari. This was the only time we had cause to complain a little. The boat had folding chairs opened up and put around the outside and a very large folding table in the middle. We all moved our chairs so that we were facing outwards and at an angle but it was cramped. With the number of people we had on it it felt very over-crowded (but still safe) and thankfully, everyone was very considerate of everyone else so that all could get photos. We went down the Botswana channel which was less busy than the main channel. We saw lots of wildlife and had a very enjoyable lunch by the riverbank. The game drive back through the park was good too. We also chose to go on the evening drive which we enjoyed.

The next morning we had been offered a game drive or a walk but chose to stay in camp in our lovely room before our transfer to the airport.

We always felt welcome and well looked after at Muchenje and would gladly return to this lovely lodge!

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New to Africa from London
Arrived on: 23-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Elephants (and others) at Chobe riverfront

Very friendly and welcoming Lodge, attentive to children and happy to accommodate guests' requests regarding daily activities where possible. Toff and Kiddy are always present to greet guests and make sure everything is running smoothly. All staff are friendly and attentive.

The guides are always around and happy to share stories with guests over dinner. The view from the Lodge is absolutely stunning, and the arrival at the Lodge with the vehicle overlooking the flood plain is breath taking. The only downside is the drive to the National Park which is about 15-20 minutes on a tar road. Sightings are possible but it can be chilly in the early morning (we were well equipped courtesy of the excellent advice from Expert Africa). For this reason, we think it is probably better to go here before locations where no tar road driving is required, as people could be disappointed with the extra driving (even if it is well worth getting to the Park, don't get me wrong!). The Lodge is also a good intermediate step between the more developed Victoria Falls area and the wilderness of the Okavango Delta.

The Chobe riverfront offers a different landscape compared to the Okavango Delta, well worth visiting due to the abundance of wildlife on the flood plain. Drives are limited to roads in the National Park which make some sightings challenging although guides are very good at trying to provide as good a view as possible. Sy and Ali were particularly helpful and excellent at spotting animals.

The day boat trip on the river is a must, and it gives time to really appreciate elephants including groups of bachelor bulls playing and splashing each other on the river.

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Mr J & Ms J from Devon
Arrived on: 20-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A wonderful end to our trip

Our second visit to Muchenje and it was as good as before. The chalets are superb, which wonderful views, very well equipped and comfortable and with all amenities you would expect from a luxury lodge. Water is not drinkable but supplied free in the rooms and at reception. The staff are friendly and helpful and the food and wine excellent. We did a morning walk, and saw a lot of wildlife and at last got some exercise.. The game drives and boat trip, led by KB, were excellent. He was a very good guide and for the first time, we met someone who understood completely the English language and his humour was very dry and cheeky! We hope he is still there when we return. We even saw a leopard on the way back to the lodge one evening, which made us late through the park gate, but he managed to charm the guards and get away without a fine. We also surprisingly saw our first ever wild dogs.
I would highly recommend this lodge, it is in a quiet area just outside the park and on the game drives you meet fewer vehicles.

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Ms M & Ms SP from Canada
Arrived on: 17-Jun-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Muchenje Safari Lodge

Great place to stay and we enjoyed the people we met there very much. They matched us up with another couple for our activities so we got to know them quite well. Wow just 4 people on all the game drives. It was great. Loved how many animals we got to see in the Chobe area. Realized how many we had seen in Namibia but not the same quantities. Guide was good and very happy with our experience. Would recommend a 3-night stay here so you have a chance to relax more. We played hookey on the last day just to relax a bit.

One of the managers wished she had known Jeanne was having a problem with her leg because we ended up getting the furthest cabin when she could have given us the closest one. She took it upon herself to contact the other two camps so they would be aware of the knee problem.

I was puzzled by a reference to the benefit of Muchenje being as far west as it was because of early access to the river for our river excursion. We drove all the way back to Kasana to get on the boat and then drove all the way back again to get back to the lodge. We also had quite a drive to get into the reserve every game drive and it felt a bit repetitive after a while.

I wished I had got your request for number of wild life sightings before we left. I didn't even think to pay attention to how many sightings there were.

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Mrs R from Daventry
Arrived on: 8-Jun-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Muchenje - welcome to Botswana

This was my first holiday as a single traveller. Everyone was so welcoming, it felt like coming home. A very comfortable place in all senses, very relaxing.

There was abundant wildlife in Chobe and the guide had good knowledge of mammals and birds. My ambition was to see wild dogs and we found them on the first game drive. What luck!

The boat safari gave a different viewpoint and the picnic lunch served on board was excellent. Able to see large herd of elephant and pod of hippos ashore. Found a huge herd of buffalo in the afternoon.

The vehicle was never crowded, usually only three or four passengers.

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Mrs F from London
Arrived on: 8-May-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Stunning lodge with breathtaking view

Warm welcome from the host and lovely cabin with two bathrooms, two terraces beautifully furnished. The star of the show was the view towards Namibia over the floodplain with water higher than the Chobe river front has experienced for some years.

Great morning, afternoon, night and all day safaris provided with truly first class wildlife sightings. However we visited out of season and found the Chobe river front nonetheless very busy compared to the weeks we have spent in Namibia and were not at all keen about vehicles surrounding wildlife.

Elephants walk through the camp and guards walk you to and from your cabin at night so visiting is not for the faint-hearted.

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Mr J from Coventry
Arrived on: 22-Jan-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Our latest African adventure !st leg

My wife and I only stayed 2 nights at this lodge, wish we had stayed another night. The staff were so friendly and the food was marvellous, it never ceases to amaze me hoe the chefs manage to produce such wonderful food with limited equipment in the middle of nowhere. Accommodation was better than expected and the game viewing was superb. I particularly wanted to see Puku antelope which we saw on the second day, along with Leopard, Sable and Honey Badgers. Brilliant game viewing.

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