Safari Adventures in Chobe National Park

We have five very experienced permanent guides, all of whom have had extensive guide training in both animals and birds. They are all from the Chobe region and are passionate about their park and communities. The guides also double as boat captains. We also have a registered bird expert at the lodge.

Muchenje has a full fleet of 4X4 safari vehicles, both Toyota Land Cruisers and Land Rovers.The  vehicles are fully kitted out and are extremely rugged. The vehicles are open, but with a sun cover, making photography easy. We do not “pack” our vehicles, and ensure that normally there are a maximum of only 6 people for each game viewing experience.

Muchenje has two boats, one based at Sedudu and one based at our private jetty at Ihaha.

Our safari activities are planned carefully to coincide with when you are most likely to see wildlife. This means 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.

Game Drives

The early morning game drive leaves the lodge before sunrise and heads into Western Chobe National Park.

This gives guests the “golden hour” of light for photography and the chance of seeing big cats on the move before the temperature rises.

The game drive returns to the lodge by 8.30am for a hearty breakfast.

For those on ‘early mornings’ there’s a wake-up call and tea, coffee and snacks are served before departure. ‘On cold mornings, we provide ponchos and hot water bottles.

All day safari

This safari encompasses a river cruise and a game drive through the park alongside the Chobe river.

The game drive leaves at around 10am after breakfast and arrives at the National Parks jetty at Sedudu, close to Kasane at around 11am. The guide will escort guests onto an exclusive Muchenje boat moored at the jetty and then captains guests on the river cruise.

This cruise on the Chobe River is spectacular for animal sightings along the river and on Sedudu Island. Elephants and Cape buffalo are normally at Sedudu in large numbers and commonly swim to the island from the “mainland” during the cruise. Unforgettable!

Lunch is served on the boat cruise.

After the boat cruise there is a game drive along the Chobe River, with sundown drinks and snacks, then back to the lodge in the early evening.

Walking Safaris

Morning walks are offered in front of the lodge in the Chobe Forest Reserve. Our senior walking guide will introduce you to the smaller aspects of African wildlife, such as tracks and signs. The walking safaris are weather dependent.

The walk explores the floodplain and open areas close to the lodge – a wonderful experience which stimulates all the senses and brings a tremendous feeling of accomplishment.

You arrive back at the lodge in time for a hearty breakfast.

For those on “early mornings” there is a wake-up call and tea, coffee and snacks available at the main lodge.

Night time safari

Muchenje is in the Western Chobe Forest Reserve and we are licensed to provide night time game drives within the reserve.

After dinner the guides invite you to leave the lodge to explore the Chobe Forest Reserve for a night drive. Although it is only an hour or so long, 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 and hyenas.

The evenings are often rounded off with a few drinks around the fire and swapping safari stories and star gazing.

Afternoon safari

Many guests arrive at the lodge at around lunchtime or shortly thereafter. Once you have settled in, a light buffet lunch is served.

The afternoon game drive leaves the lodge at 3 to 3-30pm (depending upon winter/summer season) and heads into Western Chobe National Park.

After sundown drinks in the Park, the game drive returns to the lodge in the early evening, allowing guests time for drinks and to freshen up for dinner.

Community visits and school trips

For those on 4 or 5 day visits to the lodge we offer a trip to the nearby village of Mabele for a cultural experience with village members and elders; brewing of local sorghum beer, involvement in pounding maize into flour for the making of pap (local polenta), discussion on cattle, goats and sheep; storage of crops for the winter season. You will arrive back at the Lodge in time for Lunch. Muchenje also supports local schools. On the community visits, it is possible to arrange a trip to visit one of these schools. Enquire in advance if you would like to bring items for the school, as they have ever changing needs.

Breakfast/lunch at Ihaha Jetty

Go on safari with breakfast/lunch at Ihaha on the balcony overlooking our private Ihaha Jetty and Chobe River, starting from the lodge at 6.30am for breakfast and 10am for lunch. Cultural discussion during the meal with the guides where you can discuss topics such as traditional marriage in Botswana, The “kgotla”, the role of the Kgosis (Chiefs) in the area and the other customs of the local baSubia Tribe.  During the months from April to September there will be a short boat cruise on the Chobe River.  On the lunchtime trip there will be time to return to the flood plain in front of Muchenje for sundown drinks and snacks.

Mokoro trips

On the 4th or 5th day of a stay we can offer mokoro rides along the Chobe River in front of Muchenje Safari Lodge.

Although this will be interesting for most people, it will be particularly interesting to birders.

This trip can be done at any time during the day but is particularly good in the morning, it lasts around 2 hours. The trip will depend upon the river level, but should be available year round.

Relaxation at Muchenje

There can be plenty of time for relaxation at Muchenje. There is always something to see, whether at the main lodge on one of the many decking areas or on the private veranda at your luxury cottage.

Or simply lie by the pool; There is waiter service all day in the main lodge areas.