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Muchenje's safari activities are planned carefully to coincide with when you are most likely to see wildlife. This means you will enjoy early morning activities such as game drives or guided bush walks, late afternoon game drives as the temperatures start dropping, and even night game drives after dinner to see who is moving around the reserve once the sun has disappeared. Join now to see the mesmerizing wildlife with your own eyes!
Muchenje offers 10 thatched private cottages, each being beautifully appointed with its own unique view of the Chobe floodplain. Relax on your deck and soak up the African sun whilst the animals come to drink at the river.
An early start means an equally early wake-up call. Just before sunrise, a welcoming cup of coffee is served in the main lounge with a small snack, about half an hour before the game drive is scheduled to leave. This is generally a good time to go on a safari as the temperatures are still cool and the animals are still active, including the big cats who will be returning from a night of hunting or patrolling their territory.
If you are tired of sitting on drives, you are welcome to join a morning bush walk which explores the floodplain and open areas close to the lodge. It is a wonderful experience which stimulates all the senses and brings a tremendous feeling of accomplishment followed by a much-deserved breakfast. Walking is a weather dependent activity, but the lodge will be able to advise each day if the walk is possible. All activities return at about 08:30 in time for a hearty breakfast.
You can enjoy a light lunch and then either relax in your rooms and enjoy the wonderful view from your deck or use the lodge amenities such as the pool to while away the heat of the day. The afternoon drive leaves the lodge at about 15:30 as temperatures cool.
When the animals are awake from their siestas and move towards the water or feeding grounds, you will drive to explore the western side of the park, making the most of the late afternoon light for beautiful photographic shots. Game drives have to be out of the Chobe National Park at sunset, so you will return to the lodge in time for evening drinks before a delicious dinner.
During your stay at Muchenje, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a full day activity which sets out from the lodge after breakfast and heads towards the boat launch site on the eastern side of the park.
Here you embark on a wonderful Chobe River cruise which enables you to witness the herds of elephants coming to the river to drink, play, and socialize. Many of the herds cross the river for grazing. Having a line of elephants swimming in front of you as you enjoy a picnic lunch is something you are unlikely to ever forget.
After exploring the river and finding another wildlife depending on the Chobe River, you then return to land and enjoy a leisurely game drive back through the park along the river road to Muchenje. Although you will return in the early evening, slightly disheveled, you are brimming with the excitement of the encounters you have enjoyed throughout the day.
After returning from the drives, you will congregate in the lodge bar or on the outside decks and enjoy a sundowner before enjoying an evening meal.
After dinner, the guides will invite you to leave the lodge to explore the Chobe Forest Reserve for a night drive. Although it is only an hour or so, it gives a different perspective to the African bush.
It is a wonderful opportunity to find nocturnal animals which have not featured during the other drives, such as genets, civets, porcupines, etc. The evenings are often rounded off with a few drinks around the fire and swapping safari stories.
You will get the opportunity to enjoy a Muchenje Village visit.
The Chobe National Park was declared Botswana’s first national park in 1967 and covers approximately 11,700 square kilometers. The life blood of the park is the Chobe River which is undoubtedly one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers. Chobe River supports a diversity and concentration of wildlife unparalleled anywhere else in the country. The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the park and with its close proximity to Victoria Falls and the Southern African region, the park is the ideal location for anyone interested in a combination of the natural wonder of the Victoria Falls and a magnificent wildlife experience.
Home to four of the "Big Five", Chobe is understandably famous for its elephant herds. In the dry season, you can see hundreds of these magnificent animals on the flood plains at any one time, most of which are family groups, with a few generations represented.
In addition to the elephants, herds of buffalo are also impressive with vast numbers of them milling around on the flood plains and surrounding hills. The migration of the zebra from Savuti Marsh in the south to the Chobe Floodplains is an annual phenomenon and is always a signal for the oncoming rains.
On this safari, daily meals and local drinks will be provided for you.
Please book a flight and arrive at Kasane Airport (BKK). Muchenje will pick you up from the airport and it is included in the price.