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Savute Safari Lodge, Savuti Area, Botswana

Our rating: Deluxe

Savute Safari Lodge stands under ancient acacia trees on the edge of the legendary Savuti channel.

There are 12 thatched safari suites, each crafted from timber and glass with overhead fan, en-suite facilities and private viewing platforms; they offer luxury and comfort without detracting from your wilderness experience. There are 6 with views into the forest and the remaining six face the channel, and all are incredibly spacious with large bathrooms behind the extensive sleeping areas. Requests can be made for the channel suites yet they cannot be guaranteed.

The main lodge is set back in the trees alongside a large separate dining area with heavy timber furniture. There is a cocktail bar that beckons you with a cold drink on a hot Savute day, while a fireplace turns the lounge into a cozy refuge on winter nights. During the summer months a dip in the swimming pool offers a welcome respite from the midday sun.

The main lodge itself has no view of the channel but there is a small boma area and covered decking to the side of the pool, with views out to the waterhole, which attracts a stunning amount of game during the dry season.

Game drives, conducted by a professional guide in an open 4WD vehicle, offer the chance to see the numerous wildlife species that the area is justly famous for. Thousands of zebra visit Savute en route to the new grasses at Mababe in the south, returning around February on their way to Linyanti. They share the marsh with tsessebe, wildebeest, giraffe, lion and cheetah. The rains also welcome thousands of migrant birds to swell Savute's existing 300 species.

As this is a national park area there are no night drives permitted, but at the end of the day you can admire the sunset from the viewing deck at the Lodge.

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