Savute Elephant Camp

Savute, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Situated on the banks of Botswana’s fabled ‘Stolen River’ the Savute Channel which stretches from the waterways of the Linyanti all the way to the Savute Marsh, the winding waterways of the Savute Channel have pumped life into the western section of the Chobe National Park for many thousands of generations.

Overlooking the mysterious Savute Channel, deep in the Chobe National Park, Savute Elephant Camp has a reputation for spectacular elephant sightings. The Savute has a fascinating history centred on the channel which has a history of flowing and then mysteriously drying up, independently of good rainy seasons and flood levels elsewhere.

All 12 luxury tents overlook the channel from raised platforms, affording magnificent views over the channel. Furnished with both easy chairs and a hammock the large wooden decks are perfect for game viewing or indeed enjoying a private dinner. These fabulously appointed tents are air-conditioned and shaded under thatch, providing respite from the afternoon sun. In addition to the en suite bathroom, tents have outdoor showers. Four poster beds with mosquito nets complete these luxurious tents.

Like the tents, the main areas at Savute Elephant Camp overlook the channel and include a large central indoor lounge, dining area and small reference library. A 20 metre swimming pool provides relief in the hot summer months and an outdoor boma provides the perfect space to share your day’s adventures.

Activities in the Savute region are land based and guests can expect to be able to take both early morning and afternoon game drives with vehicles seating up to 6 guests. The marsh area is particularly productive with herds of zebra, buffalo, giraffe and wildebeest as well as roan and sable antelope. These are hunted by African wild dog, leopard and an innovative pride of lions. The lion pride has recently become known for its expertise in hunting elephants in the dry months. Herds of bull elephants congregate around the waterholes of this often dry area. The unusual rocky outcrops provide leopards and klipspringers with excellent views of the surrounding plains. Game drives at Savute Elephant Camp explore different parts of the area daily.

In Outline

Location

Access

Savute Elephant Camp is accessed via light aircraft from Maun International Airport and other camps and lodges in northern Botswana.

The camp is also accessible by vehicle via road from Maun and Kasane.

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Rates
From USD 1925

Climate

The Chobe region experiences summer rainfall (November to April).

SUMMER

Summers in Chobe are hot with temperatures reaching mid 30o Celsius.

WINTER

Winters are cold in the morning with midday temperatures reaching mid 20o Celsius.

Facilities

  • Al fresco dining with views of the savannah
  • 20m swimming pool
  • Spotting scope
  • Internet access and satellite TV away from the main lounge
  • Same day laundry service

Travel Notes

Game Sightings

The Chobe National Park is home to large herds of elephant, numbering in the thousands, and is arguably the best place in the world to watch these giants. The Savute region itself is known for fascinating sightings of predator interaction with herds drawn to the area by the marsh and fertile plains. The region supports healthy populations of buffalo, with lion, leopard and even the endangered wild dog are frequently seen.

Best Time to Travel

The Chobe National Park provides good game viewing throughout the year with the best sightings of game being in the drier winter months (June to October). Bird life is prolific in the summer months.

Bird Sightings

Birdlife in the Chobe is unparalleled, with more than 450 species, many of
which are regional specials, including the rock pratincole, African skimmer,
rosy-throated longclaw and Schalow’s turaco.

Guest Safety

Savute Elephant Camp is situated in a wildlife area and is not fenced. Guests are requested to take care at all times and adhere to guidance given by guides and camp management.