As the inimitable Savute Channel forms part of the intricate network of waterways and grasslands that make up Northern Botswana, it couldn’t be more ideal as a game-viewing destination. However, until recently, the Savute was dry and desolate, forcing herds of wildlife that hadn’t perished in the drought to wander elsewhere in search of nourishment. Thankfully, in April 2008, the tide turned and thanks to floods and the river being rejuvenated and replenished, the wildlife returned – abundantly so. Which means that nowadays, Savute Safari Lodge enjoys a front-row seat in the heart of the Chobe region.
Twelve immaculate thatched chalets are tucked away under a canopy of camelthorn trees, and each boasts its own private deck and a lavish en suite bathroom. Not to mention spacious open-plan bedroom and lounge areas, enveloped with glass to allow as much as possible of the beautiful surrounds inside.
The communal areas of the lodge, also thatched, include a refreshing pool, a relaxing lounge and an al fresco dining area with a viewing deck that lets you absorb the essence of Africa – in superior comfort, of course.
Apart from the prolific resurgence of wildlife, the returning river has also ensured that winged predators like the fish eagle are plentiful; a well as prized sights such as pied kingfishers, egrets and wading birds. And thanks to Savute Safari Lodge’s excellent game drives in open safari vehicles – with experienced and knowledgeable game trackers on hand, guests are in for a treat. Expect to see teeming herds of wildlife, grazing in harmony on the plains – from quirky zebras to gently swaying elephants, to the king of the jungle….They’re all present here.
What’s more, a visit to the nearby San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills tell the riveting stories of bygone eras. The camp can be accessed via light aircraft from Kasane, or guests can opt for self-drive (a 4×4 vehicle is necessary). Savute Safari Lodge is generator-powered, but your every need is considered, so inverted lighting for night-time usage is supplied when the generator is turned off.