Reviews of Muchenje Safari Lodge
Wildlife sightings and reviews
151 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Muchenje Safari Lodge and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Muchenje Safari Lodge review"
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" See all these reviews: 14n in Botswana; 4n in Namibia; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Friendly Traditional Safari Lodge"
"Muchenje Safari Lodge review"
I thought I had been told it had it's own jetty but this was not the case so we had to travel for an hour in order to have a boat trip on the Chobe River. However, this boat trip was excellent with a tasty lunch and we also had a great game drive on the way back.
But the rooms of the lodge were not up to the standard we expected as we did have a rat in the room which laid its droppings, particularly off putting was one next to my head when I awoke in the morning. We have been on other safaris and this was the first time we had animals in the rooms. When we told the staff they acted surprise but I heard other people complaining about the same issue and actually had it sitting on the cupboard when she returned to the room." See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana; 3n in Zimbabwe; 2n in Namibia
With regards to the boating, the low water the new boat station at Ihaha is seasonal and will be operational when the rains pick water levels up. This normally occurs in February, so until then the river trip (which is indeed ‘excellent’) will be part of the original tried and tested full day game drive
"Muchenje Safari Lodge review"
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." See all these reviews: 10n in Namibia; 9n in Botswana; 3n in Zimbabwe; 1n in South Africa
"Very happy with Muchenje!"
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!" See all these reviews: 16n in Botswana; 2n in Namibia
"Elephants (and others) at Chobe riverfront"
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." See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
"A wonderful end to our trip"
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." See all these reviews: 14n in Namibia; 5n in Botswana
"Muchenje Safari Lodge"
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." See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana; 4n in South Africa; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Muchenje - welcome to Botswana"
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." See all these reviews: 10n in Botswana
"Stunning lodge with breathtaking view"
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." See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia; 5n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
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