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Muchenje Safari Lodge
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

Just returned from Botswana where our first stay was Muchenje. Joy and Robert made as more than welcome & all the staff made us feel at home straight away. GB is an excellent guide, but I know that the others are also excellent. The full day in Chobe with a boat trip is a must. The numbers of elephants that you will see is amazing. In fact all the wildife is amazing. In just one day we saw 3 lioness on a Giraffe kill and large male lion with an elephant kill. The lodge itself has everything that you want and more and the food is always excellent. I can't say that I experienced the pool as we were always too busy but I think that is a good sign. I would recommend Muchenje to anyone wanting to experience this unique part of Botswana.

Room Tip: All rooms are good and have views of the Caprivi Strip.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

Every comment must start with brilliant,
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Guides, ours was Rambo, great name and guide.
Stories from Robert (what hasn't he done?)
Roberts long suffering wife Joy!
Wild animals around the cabins at night, elephants (saw the evidence!) and baboons.
We only stayed three nights, we wished that it was longer. Our boys want to come back and they are teenagers!

Thanks to all at Munchenje for giving us such a fantastic stay

Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
Thank Keith M
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

After reading all the great reviews on this lodge it's hard to believe it could exceed expectations but it did. We had a fabulous stay. Our guide Lips was fantastic, the food and bar were great. The mangers and staff were welcoming. The view from the lodge was exceptional. Rather than repeat all the good things others have mentioned about this lodge, I will just say you have to go and experience it to believe it.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

Please note: stayed here Sept 2006 not Oct 2012. Realise this is a while ago but I'm just getting into writing reviews and this place is so fantastic I really wanted to talk about it.


My wife and I spent 4 nights here and loved every second. It was our first safari and we saw more elephants than we ever dreamed of (and plenty of other animals of course). The staff at the lodge were some of the most fabulous people we've ever met. The food was amazing and having all the guests dine together with the guides and other staff is a wonderful idea. The guides were just brilliant. Hugely charismatic and immensely knowledgeable.

In hindsight 2-3 nights would be plenty and we saw more of the same (which is still fantastic) during the additional day/night. Knowing a bit more about safaris now, we probably should have moved around some more. That said, we'd return in a heartbeat. Cannot recommend it highly enough.

Benjamin802's review is right on the money - another big fan (Aug 13).

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

Muchenje was our first safari stop on a 2 week trip through South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Its funny to think back on scrambling to grab the camera as we made our way through Chobe from Kasane airport to Muchenje when we saw a group of elephants, fearing we might not see elephants so close again. Wrong. Our four days at Muchenje gave us seemingly limitless exposure to every type of game we could have hoped for -- elephants, lions, leopards, hippos, buffalo, all sorts of buck-type animals, dozens of birds. The drives were structured well; morning and evening drives in the land cruisers, and a daytime river safari that put you right in the middle of a plain that allowed for viewing of all kinds of animals all together.

The guides were fantastic (Lips deserves credit for our experience, but I interacted with most all of the guides at one point or another and they all seemed great). Joy and Roger to a great job balancing making sure the place is running well, and spending time with guests and getting to know them and talk to them as friends. Dinners were always fun, both because the food was good, the drinks flowed, and the company -- staff and fellow guests -- was great. Unlimited free bottled water was a very nice touch, as were the insulated ponchos for chilly morning drives.

No serious complaints about the accommodations. Great views, plenty of privacy, but still a compact enough plot that you never have to walk far or rely on escorts/transports. The lodges were nice and well maintained -- maybe a bit smaller than some other places we stayed, but to be honest, I'd rather not pay for space ... if you're spending a lot of time lounging around your room, you're probably doing something wrong. The power had a habit of going out at night, which was really only a nuisance as far as trying to charge camera/phone batteries ... light was always provided by lanterns when needed.

Its always nice to try new things, but given how much we loved our first stay at Muchenje, I have to think that if we're back in Chobe, we'll be back at Muchenje. Just an outstanding experience.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

Having honeymooned in Kenya in Tsavo and loved staying at a lodge that looked over the plains, I was keen to find something similar in Botswana. When you spend so much time driving around parks, it is special to sit of evening and watch herds of different animals roam around as the sun sets - the view from Muchenje lives up to all the pictures. Its worth getting up for the early drives and rather than head back for breakfast we chose to stay out all day and the big advantage of this approach is that if the guides spot something special then you have the time to get there and enjoy the moment rather than rush back. This approach meant that when a leopard cub was spotted on the top of a tree we were able to sit and wait for the mother to return (about 40 minutes) while others had to head off back to breakfast. Special mention must go to our guide, Ocean, who was simply great fun. Ocean has a smile and a joke for everyone he sees, but he made a special effort with my 14 year old son, and they were like two long lost brothers by the end of our 4 day stay. All the staff were super friendly and they really made a big effort to make our stay both enjoyable and comfortable. Overall an excellent experience.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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muchenje1, Owner at Muchenje Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2013

As Owners of Muchenje we never tire of reading such lovely comments about our guests experiences, and passion we all share for the bush. You clearly deserved your time with the leopard cub and just thinking about it brings a smile to our faces.
I hope your love of Africa brings you back soon.
Tsamaya sentle! (Go well, see you soon)

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Reviewed 28 August 2013

We stayed at Muchenje on the western boundary of Chobe National Park for three nights in June 2013. The Lodge sits on a promontory overlooking the Chobe River and a flood plain with animals. In addition to the typical early morning and late afternoon game drives, Mucheje offers a full day safari from 9 to 5 which we took one day. This includes land game drives and about 2 hours on a small boat on the Chobe River. The river ride on Chobe Rivers was one of my favorite times as the water is smooth (no bumpy roads) and relaxing. We saw many animals and birds along the river including hippo, elephants, crocodiles, buffalo, giraffe, heron and ducks. We anchored for lunch (roast chicken, quiche, fruit, wine) in some reeds just yards away from elephants who were munching on the reeds. At Muchenje we also saw lions, a leopard, black sable antelope, baboons, zebra and a tree full of vultures. This lodge was the most homey of the lodges we stayed at in Southern Africa with excellent hosts and staff. Each room is a separate building and includes outdoor sitting area with view of the river, modern bathroom, and air conditioning.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Address: Private Bag K31, Chobe National Park, Botswana
Region: Botswana > North-West District > Chobe National Park
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 22 Speciality Lodging in Chobe National Park
Hotel Class:4 star — Muchenje Safari Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small, Owner run property situated on the edge of the Chobe National park. Our remote location means game drives do not reach the masses that inhibit other Chobe Lodges.Recently upgraded, Muchenje offers Rustic luxury accommodation. ... more   less 
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