Muchenje Safari Lodge was our second stop on a tour arranged by Island-Safari, and it was a definite step down in all but one respect from our first stop at Islands of Siankaba Lodge. The chalet was nice enough, but a strange red substance dripped from the thatched roof, through the mosquito netting on to the bed. The manager was quick to come and inspect the problem but dismissed it as “moths.” The management was, overall, one of the disappointments at the lodge: in a number of small ways the resort seemed to be run for their convenience rather than the guest’s. Two examples: the laundry service, which is included in the tour, doesn’t include “smalls,” underwear and socks. For these they provide a clothes line in the shower and detergent. Really, for the prices we pay, they should do all the laundry. A small thing, yes, but enough to give the place the feel of a budget camp rather than luxury lodge. Then there was the coffee. I stopped by the lodge fifteen minutes before the official time of breakfast and asked for a cup of coffee. While they serve an acceptable presse then, they gave me a cup of instant. And the food was not very good. Edible but not really enjoyable. Enough of the bad. What counts most at a game lodge are the guides, and here they excelled. We took an all day drive that was half on land and half on a boat, each with a different guide, and both guides knew their wildlife and could articulate their knowledge in a way that was both informative and entertaining. Absolutely first class. My wife, who did safaris in East Africa, said these were the best guides she had experienced. All told, five star game viewing, three star accommodations.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Muchenje Safari Hotel Chobe National Park