Safari 2018, A Touring and Hunting Combo Part 6

by david on June 28, 2019

Wednesday, September 12

The breakfast buffet is great as usual, but I am out of sorts for some reason and not hungry.  We spent the morning taking pictures around the hotel while we waited for our transfer back to Botswana.  The transfer goes well, but we have to switch drivers and vehicles at the Zim border so the vehicle and drivers do not have to clear customs and then back again in one day.  It makes sense but it is still an inconvenience, albeit a minor one. We end up back at the Kasane airport on schedule and the Muchenje driver is there to take us to the lodge.

The Muchenje lodge is back on the other side of Chobe National Park, right on the border with Namibia.  The lodge sits just outside the park boundary and is still on the grid. That means air conditioning. A/C has been unnecessary in my past visits, but September means the start of the summer heat and it is hot outside.  The lodge was built high on a cliff and looks out over the Chobe River flood plain. There is wildlife everywhere and the views are astounding.

We get to Muchenje in time for a late lunch and the out of sorts I felt at breakfast has grown exponentially and I can’t eat lunch either.  I headed back to the room for a shower in hopes that will make me feel better. No such luck. I turn the A/C down and am in the bed about 3:00 PM.  Aside from Janice and John checking on me a time or two, I don’t remember much other than tossing and turning until the next morning. I woke up feeling only marginally better, but hungry.  I took that to be a good sign and had some breakfast.

 

Gorgeous sunset as seen from Muchenje Safari Lodge. It is looking out over the Kwando river flood plain on the Botswana Namibia border. Gorgeous sunset as seen from Muchenje Safari Lodge. It is looking out over the Kwando river flood plain on the Botswana Namibia border. The view out of Muchenje’s lounge The view out of Muchenje’s lounge The social hub and sundowner starting spot. The social hub and sundowner starting spot.

 

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