In March 2014 this year a group of my friends and I stayed at Muchenje. It is now June and I have to say that this is the best experience I have ever had and within a heartbeat I would return again. Creative tours took on board activities we hoped for and Muchenje staff (who really felt like family within a couple of days) gave us all those experiences and more. Nothing was too much effort. Their attention to their clients, care for their staff, community, villagers and environment was exemplary.
Our safety was paramount. We had staff patrolling the units from 6pm each evening and escorting us to our units at night. There was mother of all electrical storms and power from Zambia was out for a couple of days. During this period we still had our delicious meals, cooked by gas cookers under kerosene lamps. Daily activities continued and water had to be carted in. Full marks to management. Judy was the relief manager and what a gem she was. Where else do the staff deliver a rollicking serve of African song and dance before returning to their cooking, waitressing and other rolls just before our evening meals. Even better was the inclusive manner in which staff had their meals with us. This added yet another dimension to our African experience.
Johnson the barman and KP our guide spent time teaching me lai lai (sp), an old African board game which I had seen on the web. The guys still play it and dropped eveything one evening to deliver a crash course! Originally I thought it was just an ornament originally.
We were even taken for a visit to Kasane to visit another accommodation that I had been considering prior to booking. Great to see the businesses working together!
Plenty of good advice, conversation and information was passed our way. You won't be disappointed if you close this venue to visit Chobe, villages and the locals. At no time did we feel unsafe or vulnerable despite being in a very different environment.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Muchenje Safari Hotel Chobe National Park