Reviews of Muchenje Safari Lodge
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Personally we found the overfamiliar manner of the manager to be off putting. Not everyone appreciates this approach.
However, the accommodation, organisation, food and facilities were exceptional; our every need was catered for, right down to the provision of hot water bottles on our early morning game drive.
It was extremely exciting when towards the end of one game drive, we were fortunate to see a pack of wild dogs hunting giraffe.
Beautiful lodge in stunning setting.
Muchenji impressed us from the start with the welcome, the setting, the attention to detail, the food, the entertainment and the friendly and very competent staff.
Robert and Joy were conscientious and very capable in their role as hosts, providing us with detailed information over a welcoming snack and drinks as soon as we arrived. They were excellently supported by their assistant managers Natasha and Paul. The attention to detail was further evidenced by the provision of hot water bottles and ponchos to wear during cold morning and evening game drives.
The game and boat drives were excellent with knowledgeable guides and Chobe providing great variety in game viewing.
Great base to explore Chobe
The facilities, layout and decor of the central camp area were of a very high standard with incredible views across the Chobe riverfront. Good food and friendly staff. We were celebrating a birthday during our stay and were surprised by a number of special touches that were highly appreciated.
Wildlife is very concentrated in this area and the lodge offers various different activities, so you won't be disappointed with what you see. We were lucky enough to see an African Wild dog pack make a kill on our first drive here.
Thatched chalets were clean and well appointed with a deck that has great views.
Nice, Intimate Chobe Safari Lodge
The lodge managers, Robert and Joy, were a hoot. Experienced, humorous and helpful answering any issues we had. Muchenje does not have electrified fences, but as it is a mile or so from the Chobe Park, you never know what will be visiting you in camp! Elephant were outside our door and Lions tracks were seen on the property the week prior to our arrival.
Mixed opinions on the guides. Neither Great but not bad. They did keep us out of harms way and showed us lots of elephants, giraffes, cape buffaloes hippos and African Crocs. Lion tracks were abundant but not the cats themselves.
We were not terribly impressed with the buffet offered by the lodge. It was standard fare and nothing to write home about. The location for Chobe was mixed. Its private from other lodges but a bit of a drive daily to the Chobe park for game viewing.
Muchenje Safari Lodge- A Wonderful Stay
We thoroughly enjoyed our two night stay at Muchenje.
Robert and Joy run this lodge with passion, enthusiasm and attention to detail. They interact with all guests and everyone is made to feel welcome. The organisation of activities runs like clockwork and Joy's ability to notice when a particular grouping of guests may not be successful and to make arrangements accordingly, was very much appreciated.
The full day activity of river cruise and game drive is a winner. The only downside being that we wished it had been longer! We also loved the early morning bush walk , the local night drive and the sun-downer drive into Chobe. The quantity and quality of wildlife in this area is outstanding.
Our room was spacious, tastefully decorated,had a veranda with a great view and an excellent shower in the bathroom. The communal areas are well equipped with comfortable seating and lots of interesting books.The pool is set in pretty gardens and there are a number of seating areas as well as a fire pit. Staff join guests for communal meals which makes for great conversation. The food is plentiful and delicious.
We found the staff at Muchenje to be particularly engaged, friendly and highly competent. This was probably the best run lodge of our trip. We would highly recommend it for a stay.
Much game at Muchenje
Muchenje is a most luxurious camp in a stunning location on an escarpment overlooking the Chobe River. The managers, Robert and Joy, run a tight ship and everything runs like clockwork. The staff were all friendly, confident and competent and did everything they could to ensure that we had a great experience there. This even included warm ponchos and hot water bottles for our early morning drives! Although we were only there for two nights, Robert ensured that we packed as much as possible into our stay.
On our one full day, we enjoyed an early morning drive followed by breakfast, and then a full day trip which included a cruise down the Chobe River in the lodge's boat, lunch beside elephants enjoying the water, and a drive back through the park, the highlight of which was observing a pride of some 13 lions, lionesses and cubs as they communicated with one other and interacted with a herd of buffalo! Bee, our guide, was excellent, e.g. using the actions of other animals to spot lions and a leopard.
Chobe National Park offers a huge variety of game and we were richly rewarded with great sightings each time we went out. As we were the only two guests on our second night, Robert and Joy joined us for a dinner beside the pool, where we were later joined by some elephants coming in to drink.
Overall, Muchenje offers the lot - superb location, excellent facilities, delicious food, knowledgeable and confident staff and a rich variety of game.
Good but hard going!
Lodge was fine, good air conditioned chalet, comfortable, and the food up to expectations.
The area was dry and the tracks for most part very hard and bumpy which does not make for very comfortable safari drives; in fact at times not a pleasant experience.
This is probably just due to the time of year and unfortunate timing on our part
Homely welcome at Muchenje Safari Lodge
The staff greet you at every arrival and activity at Muchenje with sincerity and warmth. It's a great experience after a long drive to be welcomed as if in someone's home.
The activities were well-organised and explained with plenty of options including a full day trip to the Eastern side of Chobe Park, a boat trip on the Chobe river in the lodges own small boat, a picnic lunch and a game drive back through the park to the Western entrance at Ngoma. This was great day out with lots of varied activity including great viewing of elephants, hippopotamus, buffalo and crocodiles along the Chobe river. It's a tiring day but well worth it.
Morning game drives leave early (at 5.30) after a wake up at 5 am and tea (or coffee) and toast at 5.15 to make the most of the early morning light at the park before returning to the lodge for a full breakfast at 9.30.
On return from the afternoon game drives or trips Shadow, the barman made welcome drinks and a great range of tasty, home-made snacks were available on the bar.
Dining is communal style at a big table and some of the staff, guides and management join guests for breakfast, lunch and dinner and to chat about the days events. When we stayed there were only a few other guests at the lodge but even if it was full there would be plenty of room in the communal area and around the pool, viewing platform and fire-pit to relax. We tended to go to bed early because of the early starts.
The lodge has a very attractive design with three open sides. The chalet bedrooms have thatched roofs and are good-looking with views through the trees over the Chobe River flood plain below. The rooms are attractively decorated - we had a huge king size bed and were surprised to find quiet and effective air-conditioning. Elephants were wandering around the grounds at night but there are always security staff present to assist you to your chalet and scare away the wildlife if required.
We would recommend this very friendly place located outside the main park.
We love Muchenje!
This may be the perfect safari lodge. Luxurious without being swanky, it had everything we could have wanted and more.
Well-designed and perfectly located rooms (we had no. 3), with small verandah for morning tea and enjoying the view. Public areas were many and varied, all overlooking the flood plain. Lovely pool, small waterhole, great views.
Activities were included and apparently unlimited. The full day excursion was probably a bit long, but really enjoyable and well-guided. Delicious meals served buffet style at communal tables, hosted by managers and guides.
We were very sorry to leave.
Muchenje Safari Lodge review
Made welcome and then looked after extremely well.
Would recommend this lodge.