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Savuti Camp, Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Safaris' Savuti Camp is one of the finest small camps in Botswana.  Regarded by many as the best camp in the entire Linyanti region, Savuti is a seven-roomed camp with one of the best locations on a sweeping bend in the Savuti channel.  For years the camp's famous log pile hide offered one of the best elephant interactions in Africa.  Recent years have seen the channel running again and the elephant hide washed away, but Savuti still remains one of the best of Wilderness Safaris camps and this reserve one of the country's finest for predators.  A beautiful small camp that remains one of our favourites.

Savuti Camp - The Details


Savuti camp sits right on the banks of the Savuti Channel that is fed by the Selinda spillway which in turn is fed by a run-off channel from the Okavango Delta and the Linyanti River.  When the spillway is full, the excess water fills the Savuti Channel that leads to the famous Savuti Marsh.  This water system is the most spoken about and fertile area of Northern Botswana with the best game. In 1980 the river dried up and did not flow again until 2007. The area then sprang back to life and herds of buffalo and elephant are arriving from many points of southern Africa to reach the fertile environment here that is predicted to be the next hotspot for a good few years.
 
The camp hangs over the Savuti Channel and looks out onto a tiny grassy plain where game is usually to be seen. The main area is mezzanine-style build out of wood. The top area consists of two small lounges on one side and a large dining area on the other.  Down some stairs is the bar that sits above the water and to one side is a fire pit and boma area.  A separate swimming pool and relaxing section is right on the water’s edge.
 
The rooms are all located on the edge of the Savuti Channel high up on its banks with most incredible views - almost always in sight of elephant wallowing.  Each room has a sliding door leading to wooden decking with armchairs and a table.  An enormous bed is in the middle area with a desk and chairs and towards the back you find a bathroom with two sinks and a shower.
 
Even before the rejuvenation of the Savuti Channel the game in the area was excellent, some of the best, but the landscape was arid, dusty and unappealing to the first timer.  However, Savuti is now back to being one the best game areas in Southern Africa, with large concentrations of predators, especially good for cheetah and wild dog.  In the dry season huge herds of elephant and buffalo come from all over to take advantage of the floods and green grassland that they create.  From the camp you can canoe, walk, night drive and game drive.

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Savuti Camp Rates:
$1425 per person


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Savuti - Reviews

Botswana - both the Chitabi and Savuti Wilderness Safari camps are first rate and pretty luxurious. The staff and service at both camps were outstanding although I would rate the staff at Chitabi somewhat higher. They seemed a bit more at ease and confident. But both were great and no complaints at all. At Chitabi, they brought hot water to the room when they woke us in the morning and we could make coffee or chocolate in the room while getting ready. They did not do so at Savuti and they should. It's a nice touch particularly on cold mornings.
Game viewing was better at Chitabi - it's easier to see animals and they seemed more plentiful. We saw lions, a cheetah, 2 leopards, wild dogs with pups, hyenas and pretty much everything else.
We did have some good sightings at Savuti - several herds of elephant coming to the channel to drink in the late morning. At least 100 elephants and the other guests thought many more than that. We also saw 3 leopards (2 with kills) and a huge troop of baboons. Late afternoon game drives were closer to camp and not productive. The mopani scrub around the camp doesn't make for good viewing and there just were not many animals on the other side of the channel adjacent to the camp.
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