Chobe Forest Reserve

Muchenje Safari Lodge


The jewel of Western Chobe

Muchenje Safari Lodge is situated high on an escarpment on the quieter western side of Botswana’s Chobe National Park, with stunning views of the Chobe River and seasonal flood plains.

The lodge offers 11 private thatched cottages featuring all the comforts of a home-away-from-home. The cottages are stylishly decorated in earthy colours with soft beds and pillows, and the spacious ensuite bathrooms contain luxurious spa-shower and double hand basins. Your private decks ensure you can spend quiet moments gazing out over the spectacular scenery – especially recommended during sunrise and sunset.

Shaded from the sun by trees, the open-sided lodge provides spaces where you can savour delicious buffet meals, relax with sundowners on one of the viewing decks or cool off with a jump in the pool. And relaxation will come effortlessly with magnificent views from almost every standpoint, so take some time to indulge the scenery in front of you.


At a glance

  • 11 cottages

  • Restaurant

  • Bar

  • Swimming pool

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    Game drives

    Head out on an early morning game drive into the Western Chobe National Park, leaving before sunrise to make the most of the ‘golden hour’ of light for photography and giving you the best chance of seeing big cats in action before temperatures rise. Muchenje Safari Lodge also offer night drives in the Western Chobe Forest Reserve, head out after dinner to see what nocturnal animals you can find from genets, civets and porcupines.

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    All day safari

    Head out on a full day adventure, leaving the lodge after breakfast for a game drive ending at the National Parks Jetty at Sedudu for a cruise on the Chobe River – experiencing spectacular animal sightings along the banks and on Sedudu Island. Enjoy lunch on the boat before hopping off and heading out on another game drive along the Chobe River, with sundowner drinks and snacks, then back to the lodge in the early evening.

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    Walking safari

    Morning walks are offered in front of the lodge in the Chobe Forest Reserve, accompanied by an expert guide introducing you to the smaller aspects of African wildlife, such as tracks and signs.

Community & culture

Muchenje Safari Lodge has supported the nearby Mabele Primary School for over 20 years. The school is a Government School which also includes much younger pre-school children. A number of the lodge’s guides and staff attended Mabele School when they were younger and so maintain strong links with the school. Muchenje Safari Lodge also supporta Kachikau Special Unit School which is for children with special needs. The lodge is part of “Pack for Purpose” which arranges contributions, gifts and donations to Mabele Primary School and Kachikau Special Unit School.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

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    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

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    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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