This small, rustic camp is set in the heart of Chobe National Park in the Savuti Marshes. Staying here gives you a traditional safari experience, from the simple Meru-style tents to the wooden, stilted main area and open boma, which are set on the banks of the Savuti Channel. While the channel isn’t always in flow, it’s still often visited by wandering bull elephant, zebra and a wide range of birdlife, including hornbills.
Sandy paths illuminated by flame torches lead to the five tents, which are each raised on a platform with their own deck. Inside, the tents are practical and spacious, with twin or double beds, an air conditioning unit (which is switched off at night) and a separate en suite bathroom with outdoor shower.
Meals are shared in the camp’s main structure, which has a high thatched roof and is decorated with African-inspired artwork and woodwork and cattle-skin rugs. There’s also a bar area, though drinks are best enjoyed outside around the boma’s campfire at night.
Game drives are the main activity here. Your guides will lead you through the Savuti region as you look out for grazing herds and predators such as lion and spotted hyena. In the dry season (April to October), the Savuti Marsh becomes inundated with elephant herds that converge in this area in search of water.
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With just five Meru-style tents, this is a quiet, intimate camp. Each tent is raised from the ground and has its own spacious veranda overlooking the channel. Inside, you have twin beds or a large double bed, a safe, dresser and an air conditioning unit that’s powered by the camp’s generator (this is turned off at night). A separate compartment houses your en suite bathroom which has a flush toilet, bath tub and a private open-air shower.
The camp’s set in Chobe National Park, but away from the busier areas. Positioned on the banks of the Savuti Channel, overlooking the Savuti Marsh, it’s often visited by wandering elephant and migrating zebra. The channel dried up in 1982 and no water flowed there for 30 years, but more recently some water has returned. Even when dry, this is a scenic spot popular with wildlife. The Savuti airstrip is around half-an-hour’s game drive from the camp.
Food and Drink
Meals are shared communally in the dining and bar area or out on the main deck, comprising a buffet breakfast, hearty lunch and candle-lit dinners of meat, fresh vegetables and salads. Drinks are available from the bar throughout your stay, best enjoyed around the boma’s camp fire at night beneath the uninterrupted night sky.
Families with young children can be accommodated with the addition of a third bed in your tent.
Facilities and Activities
You’ll embark on two game drives each day from the camp — one in the early morning before breakfast, and the other in the late afternoon, ending with sundowners. Back at camp, you can relax in the main area’s comfortable leather seats or out on your private veranda, keeping your eyes peeled for passing wildlife. While there are no power points in your tent, you can charge your phone and camera in the main communal area.
We like the understated, traditional feel of this camp, which offers great value in the Savuti Marshes. While a public campsite is nearby, the camp remains self-contained and private.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge is a luxurious camp with 12 huge chalets dotted along the channel and around the bush. Each chalet is huge and raised on large decks.
In one of Botswana's most renowned destinations fo big game viewing, Savute Safari Lodge is very comfortable and offers superb game viewing all year round. For a different aspect on Savuti, visit in April and May when the zebra, wildebeest and buffalo migrations pass through.
For a different aspect on Savuti, visit in April and May when the zebra, wildebeest and buffalo migrations pass through. Activities from the camp include twice-daily game drives in this game rich area.