We arrived with another couple who we were traveling with and were immediately greeted by Joy. She outlined the available activities which are morning drives, afternoon drives, full day safari (including boat tour), evening drives, walking safari, etc. For that day she booked us on a afternoon drive since we arrived late morning. Our guide Lips, was fantastic. In fact we had the same guide for the whole time there which was really great as we got to know him on a bit more of a personal level. For all safari experiences us four were always with Lips and no one else which surprised us (we presumed they would pack the vehicle with as many people as possible) - it was refreshing to not have to be jammed on the safaris. The lodge itself is nice, food is ok nothing all that special, and in your fees include bar service. The chalets are nice, en suite bathroom - the only bad thing I can say is that we were there in the extreme heat (October) and you cannot leave the front door open with just the screen due to Baboons and Honeybadgers - so Joy gave us some tips to sleep comfortably but it was somewhat uncomfortable. Robert and Joy are new to the lodge and we really enjoyed their company fantastic people who really helped unify the lodge in our opinion. Also, they DO all laundry - not sure when they started but Robert mentioned they have laundry machines now so they do everything (in Botswana the locals will not hand wash socks and underwear for cultural reasons) - laundry was fast as well they did it same day which was nice.
Overall if I was going to go back to Chobe or know anyone going to Chobe I would definitely tell them to stay here their team is terrific. Very professional when it came to transfers (btw even the guy that took us to the airport stopped on the way since he spotted a male lion in the bush), service, and safari.
If you are looking for a more intimate setting this may not be for you - I would agree with the reviewer below that this place is fantastic for groups - when we got there a group of 10 was leaving the next day, but when we left there were 3 separate groups of 2, just really depends on the luck of the draw I guess.
- 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