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Muchenje Safari Lodge
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Phnom Penh
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157 reviews
36 hotel reviews
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“Magnificent Experience”
Reviewed April 10, 2014

Staying at Muchenje is one of the really great travel experiences. The lodge itself is excellent in the rooms, the friendliness and expertise of all the staff, and the setting on a scarp high above the river - and elephants and lions are nearby and known to have taken water at the lodge pool. The guides are fabulous - we were there 4 days and saw lions on 3 occasions which is a really good testament to the trackers. Rob and Joy run a terrific team and show, the Chobe Park is a fantastic experience, and we will be back

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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New Haven, Connecticut
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Reviewed March 27, 2014

My room looked out over a cliff unto the flood plan below. One could easily spend an afternoon just enjoying the view from the room or the lodge. But Muchenje has a lot more to offer. I particularly appreciated the fact that they ran all-day outings, beginning with a drive, then going out on a boat for the afternoon (including picnic lunch) and then ending with another long drive. Viewing wildlife on the boat provided a different perspective and also often allowed the guides to get closer to the game (since they had to stay on the trails within Chobe).

Beyond the game viewing, Muchenje had a friendly, family-like staff, excellent food and a relaxing main lodge. My only complaint: I had hoped to get a shirt to advertise it to others (but the gift shop was closed for renovations). I would highly recommend it to anyone considering a trip to Chobe.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed March 16, 2014

We fell in love with the Muchenje Safari Lodge. The facility is amazing, in an amazing location, with an amazing view -- you get the idea. 11 cottages overlook the flood plane and when it is really dry animals flock to Muchenje's own watering hole. A beautiful pool and multiple viewing decks are a great place to sit although we were there in March and the bug population can be overwhelming. Great meals are included and the senior staff dine with you so you have a chance to get to know them - a very colorful group in every way!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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maine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed February 25, 2014

Raves for Muchenje! We had a wonderful time there and saw an amazing amount of wildlife. The manager, Robert, knows what he is doing as every bit of service was gracious, warm, and comfortable. Our guide Synack was lots of fun and had a great way about him. The rooms and meals were fabulous and the location is excellent. We want to go back!

Room Tip: We were in #1 - the furthest away from the lodge. 2 baths and a great view from the tub and deck.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Ohio
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

The Muchenje Safari Lodge was beautiful! Wonderful experience. We were met by a fantastic couple - Robert and Joy. Robert kept us entertained with stories; Joy provided information about every detail of the meals, accommodations, arrangements. Both of them were very very personable and thinking of every possible need. Someone was unable to use the new large family room - so we benefited from being able to stay there. It was incredible - loft area, two bathrooms, wonderful view. We were there to do game drives - and they were fantastic! Early morning in Chobe, then back for a quick breakfast, then all day on the water (wonderful views of hippos, elephants, etc!), then back for a late dinner and then out again for a night drive! Great animal sightings and excellent guides (we had Sinah - very patient and very knowledgeable). The meals were excellent/delicious. We were there for Christmas dinner - and Joy so thoughtfully had "crackers" and a Christmas gift for each of the guests. If you want a place with beautiful accommodations, delicious meals, and incredible game drives, this is it! The lodge is away from the very busy Kasane area - and outside Chobe park (meaning that we had to rush at times to get out of the park before it closed! - but that was no problem!

Room Tip: If you can get the newer large family suite, go for it! Beautiful!!!
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Barcelona, Spain
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

Great place for a few days safari. The lodge is situated in a incredible place close to the river. We had a fantastic safari, all the park is amazing. There are thousand and thousand of elefants, impalas, hipos and even lions !! The lodge is fantastic, room was very wide and nice. Food was quite good as well and the people that runs the place made us felt quite comfortable. I wish I could come back again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

As part of our Southern African experience , my wife and I stayed at Muchenje lodge for 3 nights . The management , Robert and Joy and all the staff looked after us extremely well ; The accomodation was very comfortable and the food varied and delicious .
Of course the main reason for the visit was to see game , and in this respect we were not disappointed .
Under the very capable and professional guidance of Rambo , we were able to see Elephants , Giraffe , Zebra , Hippos , hyenas , Impala , kudu , buffalo ( .tracked by Rambo) , numerous wild birds etc . The boat trip on the Chobe river was an especial highlight . Come the last day we had still not seen lions but we could see how much Rambo wanted to please us . Thankfully , at the eleventh hour his efforts were justified when we saw a pride of 8 females and cubs --- unforgettable .
In conclusion , we have superb memories of our time at Muchenje .

Room Tip: Always best to be closer to the main lodge , considering that game can circulate freely
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Muchenje Safari Lodge

Property: Muchenje Safari Lodge
Address: Private Bag K31, Chobe National Park, Botswana
Location: Botswana > North-West District > Chobe National Park
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 20 Specialty 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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