Muchenje Safari Lodge
Chobe is the most well known National Park and wildlife area in Botswana. It is famed for its enormous elephant populations and the exceptional viewing possible by boat on the Chobe River, one of the best water based wildlife viewing opportunities in the world.
The prime time to visit is as the dry season progresses from July through October as thousands of elephants come to the Chobe riverfront early and late in the day. Buffalo herds up to 1,500 individuals also use the river’s edge for grazing. A boat trip is the ultimate way to see the variety of animals along the river. Game drives can be very productive too but because you are in a National Park vehicles must stay on the roads, and particularly in the riverfront area this can lead to some crowding at special sightings. You also must be out of the park before dark as there are no night drives inside Chobe. Muchenje Lodge is the ideal location to explore the Chobe riverfront because it is off by itself, located 50 km to the west of Kasane helping you avoid crowds and because it sits in a private enclave just outside the park you can night drive.
Muchenje sits high on an escarpment and commands arguably the best views of the Chobe River and its floodplains. Muchenje is unique in that it is owner run and managed, attention to detail is paramount with nothing being too much trouble at Muchenje.
Muchenje consists of eleven thatched chalets, all with en-suite facilities, private balconies with spectacular views. Each chalet is exquisitely furnished and great care has been taken to create a true African ‘ambience’.
Overlooking the Chobe River and floodplains, the main lodge features a dining area, bar, reception, curio shop, game viewing platform and library. The swimming pool is built amongst natural rock formations, taking advantage of the African vista and providing a tranquil setting for guests to relax during the heat of the day. Meals are served table d’bush, wholesome and plentiful, yet well presented. Guests dine together on a long railway sleeper dining table; dress is always informal.
Muchenje offers the most diverse safari activities to be found in the Chobe area. Game drives are conducted in open Land Rovers with qualified professional guides. Because Muchenje falls just outside of the Chobe National Park, night drives are possible and offer guests an opportunity to see some of the lesser known nocturnal creatures of Africa. River Cruises offer guests the chance to experience game viewing on the Chobe River. Drift noiselessly past a bathing herd of elephants and enter the world of hippos and crocodiles and amazing birdlife. On guests’ request, fishing and game drives to the interior and most remote parts of central Chobe will gladly be granted. Another option is a walking safari. Explore the intricacies of the bush studying animal behavior, plants, insects and Big game approaches. For guests seeking some traditional Botswana culture, visit an elder’s home to get a glimpse into the tribal life of Botswana.
- Night drives
- River cruises
- Cross-cultural village tour