Information for Travelling to Chobe & Muchenje Safari Lodge

Accessibility

  • Closest Airport: Kasane (BBK) – 50km / 45 minute road transfers (complimentary)
  • Flights into Kasane: SA Airlink & Air Botswana daily
  • Transfers available from Victoria Falls and Livingstone – (2 hours)
  • Transfers available from all borders (Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia)
  • Transfers available from Katima Mulilo to Ngoma Border post

GPS Co-Ordinates: -17.943366, 24.703318

Muchenje Safari Lodge

Muchenje Safari Lodge

When is a Good Time to Visit?

Mid Season – April, May, June

The temperatures are pleasant, with warm days and comfortable nights. It is dry but the last short rains could be experienced. The bush is lush and the grass has turned golden brown. It is a great time to visit the Muchenje and game viewing is good.

As we head into June the winter temperatures start dropping, particularly in the early morning and evenings. The Chobe floods around June when the Angolan rains arrive along the Zambezi and push back up the Chobe River.

Zebra herd by Chobe River during mid season
Sable drinking from Chobe River in high season

High Season – July, August, September & October

July and August are the coolest months and often very cold at night, with warm and pleasant days. The bush is very dry and the vegetation has died back, affording great game viewing. The waterholes have dried up and so the game congregates along the river frontage.

Spring arrives in September and temperatures soar. Before the rains, start the Chobe is tense with the crackle of dry bushveld. The thousands of elephants and other game congregating on the flood plains make this area a safari goers dream.

Low Season – November, December January to March

When the first rains arrive the bushveld sighs with relief – the flush of new growth welcomes the new lives of the plains game. The migrant species of birds arrive back for many of their breeding seasons and the Chobe comes alive with new life.

The summer rains are predominantly enjoyed as afternoon thundershowers that are quite localised. Once the rains have established the game populations do disperse out of the Chobe – the zebra return to the Savuti Marsh, the elephants travel to their seasonal grazing areas in the South, or into other areas such as Zambia or Zimbabwe. But many of them remain affording a fantastic safari any time of year.

Buffalo grazing in Chobe - low season

General Info

Lodge Services
  • Free wifi in main area
  • Laundry services available
  • Credit card facilities available – Mastercard and Visa
  • Curio shop – a wide selection of locally made crafts and curios
Malaria

Malaria is found throughout much of Southern Africa. It is at its highest during the warmer and wetter months of November to April.

The species of mosquito which carries malaria is only active in the early evening and throughout the night, at the times when you are usually sleeping or sitting around the campfire.

The best prevention is to avoid being bitten – therefore a mosquito repellent is recommended. We also suggest that you wear long-sleeved shirts/ blouses and slacks/ trousers in the evening.

In terms of medication to prevent malaria – please consult your doctor or local travel clinic for the most up to date information.  Prophylactics are recommended. Repellents and mosquito nets are supplied.

Water

It is very important that you drink plenty of water, especially during the warmer months (October – April).

It is generally recommended that guests drink at least 2 to 3 litres (4 to 6 pints) of water per day to limit the effects of dehydration. Many malaria prophylactics contribute to dehydration and does excessive consumption of alcoholic drinks, so please make an effort to keep drinking water.

The water throughout Southern Africa is generally safe to drink directly from the tap. However, bottled water is readily available.

Tips on What to Pack

The emphasis is on light, comfortable clothing. For game viewing, neutral colours are best.

  • Sun hat, high protection factor sun screen and sunglasses
  • Swimming costume
  • Good walking shoes (running/tennis shoes are fine) and sandals
  • Warm jersey or fleece
  • Warm jacket and scarf / gloves and beanie for the cold winter months (May to September)
  • Light rain gear for summer months
  • Camera equipment and plenty of memory cards and a recharger.
  • Binoculars

If you wear contact lenses, we recommend that you bring along a pair of glasses in case you get irritation from the dust.

Visa
Tourist visas are available at the point of entry for most passport holders. For more information see the Guidelines for Completing a Visa Application.