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“Magnificent Muchenje”

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Muchenje Safari Lodge
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Reviewed 22 November 2013

We spent 4 days here and what a marvellous position the Lodge occupies, high up overlooking the Chobe River towards Namibia. From the outset it was a full day's activities. Up at 5, out at 5.30, back for breakfast at 8.30, out again at 9.30 for a full day in the Chobe Game reserve. Plenty of game, hippo, lion, jackal, giraffe, buffalo, kudu, sable, zebra, elephant, warthog and of course lots of impala.

The rooms were very comfortable, food and service first class. Arnold our guide was excellent, eagle eyed and very knowledgeable about the animals, birds and plants. He looked after us superbly and never tired of answering our many questions.

Well done to all at Muchenje we had a great time and wholeheartedly recommend it.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

This was supposed to be a one night stop before we headed into the park en route to Savuti. As we spent the previous night in Kasane, we arrived in Muchenje at 09:00 just to let them know we were in the area, and intended to just drift around the park until check in time. When we got there we were invited to have breakfast (which we did not accept as we had had an excellent breakfast before we left the hotel), and join their All Day Safari which included the river cruise and a drive back through the park. It was an outstanding day, great guides, good company and terrific game viewing.
The lodge is very well managed and the staff are really professional and credit to the owners this is a place we will certainly go back to again.
The catering is very good, well prepared and very adequate portions. There is air conditioning but the overnight temperature is very comfortable and we never needed to use it.
Thoroughly enjoyed the short stay, great people and a well run operation, thank you Muchenje Team.

Room Tip: It is an "Open Camp" animals can walk through it and frequently do. There is a lovely phot...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

We were fortunate to spend five nights at Muchenje. We were greeted on arrival by the owner Matt and made to feel right at home. Most of our game drives and river cruises were with Lips, who is very good at finding game and at telling stories. We also had an interesting experience going on a walking safari with Synack. This is a small lodge and the focus is on giving you great personalized service. We were never more than six people on a game drive or on the boat. We also really enjoyed that the guides would eat with us at dinner. Clean modern accommodation, wifi in the lodge, good food, what more can one ask.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Irene L
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Reviewed 30 October 2013 via mobile

Wow! We had an awesome stay. Robert & Joy makes you feel right at home. This place is brillant. The views, the service, the accomodation, the game drives and the staff. Our guide was Lips. He made our safaris most enjoyable and made sure that we had every opportunity to see and experience everything that Chobe National Park had to offer. He really did go out of his way. Thanks Lips! You will never be a 'Nigel' lol. We saw an abundance of animals. This place is MUST if you are going to Chobe National Park.

Thanks guys for an awesome stay!

Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Leeanne S
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

I love wildlife and my wife and I have been fortunate to stay in a variety of accomodation in North and South America, India, East and South Africa whilst indulging in wildlife holidays.Our relatively short stay of 3 nights at Muchenje Lodge has to be up there with the best of them. From our initial welcome from Rob and Joy we were made to feel instantly at home, and what a home! A superb location looking down from an escarpment to the Chobe River below and on to what seemed like the endless grass floodplains of Namibia. Just to sit on the game viewing areas around the lodge and watch a continual variety of African animals from a family of mongoose making the hillside seem as if it was moving, African fish eagles calling from the trees by the river edge and impalas grabbing a quick drink at the waterhole below, superb.

The main lodge is comfortable and stuffed with Africana, bags of character and the food is what I would describe as good, wholesome colonial fare, just what you need after a day watching "beasties" in the bush, and Rob and Joy don't stint on the sundowners. Our accomodation was excellent, spacious, well equipped, plenty of hot water, fully functioning air con if you wanted (although the breeze up the escarpment kept the rooms nicely cool). Our bed, complete with mozzy net, was huge and comfy and everything was sparkling clean. The staff were delightful, I particularly enjoyed a "cabaret" one evening when the staff put on a local song and dance show.My wife was particularly impressed by the included laundry service with everything returned immaculate and folded in the evening.
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I was a bit subdued on our first day, Rob reckoned that it was the side effect of the anti-malarial medication but we still managed to get in a morning, an afternoon and an evening game drive - a first for me. The lodge is just outside the Chobe National Park (although the terrain is identical) which means they can run fascinating night drives. Lots of furry scurrying things you never see during the day, phantom shapes of antelopes and the bright fierce eyes of hyenas out hunting - wow! We also had a full day game drive starting with a drive the length of the park to Kasane spotting lots of game en-route. At Kasane, our small group and guide embarked on a 12 seater boat with outboard and canvas sun awning and we chugged slowly along the river, enourmous crocodiles,hippos, bounding lechwe, grazing buffaloes, you name it they were all there and particularly the elephants. When corresponding with the lodge before the holiday they said August was a good time to visit as there would be "wall to wall elephants". I thought that was a sales pitch but they were absolutely correct.There must have been 500 elephants on the river that day and another 500 making their way to the river. We watched the matriarchs pick their crossing point and then lead the herd into the river. The babies "piggy-backed" on their mums or hung onto their tails, at times it was like a fleet of mini elephant submarines with their trunks out of the water snorkelling across. The guide passed out our lunch and we ate transfixed whilst the show unfolded, I particularly liked the fact that the elephants emerged from the river so black and clean, even their tusks glistened.They were so close but just ignored us. We drove home along the riverside track, bumpy but rewaded by herds of rare Sable and Roan Antelopes and 3 lions sleeping under a bush. It was a glorious day and anyone who loves God's creatures has to visit the Chobe.
On our final day Joy had arranged for us to visit Mabele Primary School which they sponsor in the local village. We had packed lots of school gear including some footballs and a pump which were well received. The Deputy Head welcomed us and took us into the class where she was teaching. Absolute silence and rows of smartly dressed children with bright, eager faces, all sitting at old fashioned wooden desks. My wife, a retired teacher, could not get over the bare walls of the classroom, but then in the Uk she had what must seem like inexhaustible supplies compared to the resources available in Botswana. We were both impressed with what we saw of Botswana - good roads, excellent communications, prosperous loking villages and that rarest of commodities in Africa - democracy. But, above all nice people and lots and lots of animals.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

This really happened. We had the brand new family unit- only open for a week, and we had to walk past 10 elephants after dinner to get to bed! This place is amazing. Peter and Pi, welcomed us, along with the Matt the owner. Lunch was served as soon as we arrived, with a view across the Chobe river, that stretches as far as the eye can see. My daughters and Aunt were really impressed with our luxurious room, which even has a footed bath with a view in the second bathroom. We immediately felt at home. Synack, our guide, was so informative and fun and a great driver. He had personal stories to tell of his sightings of the animals in the park that were really touching. He had a sixth sense for where the animals were, and we arrived back after every game drive, with an exciting story of what we had seen that drive. Dinner was great as the staff join us, and may even sing for you before hand if you are there, every third night, as we were. The boat trip was incredible, we got so close to hippos on land, elephants with their young and the river crossings of herds of elephants is so special. The facts about the animals, birdlife and fauna that Synack told us about in three days, was way more than what the girls could have learnt at school through books. We were really looked after well and would highly recommend Munchenje- just make sure your children are old enough, like mine were, to really appreciate this special place- my girls couldn't get enough of the animals! Make sure you visit this relaxing and welcoming lodge!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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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.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Private Bag K31, Chobe National Park, Botswana
Region: Botswana > North-West District > Chobe National Park
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Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Chobe National Park
Price Range: £612 - £1,070 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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