- Great game spotting
- Rooms with private viewing decks
- Culturally immersive
- Banks of the Savute River
Situated on the banks of Botswana’s ‘Stolen River’, Savute Safari Lodge is a great site to spot a plethora of game and offers a culturally immersive safari experience. With open-vehicle game drives, bedrooms located on the River bank, and outdoor dining, guests have the chance to really get close to the surrounding wildlife in so many ways.
Savute Safari Lodge is located in the Chobe National Park along the Savute Channel, which stretches up beside the Linyanti all the way to the Savute Marsh. This places the camp in a prime location overlooking what has invigorated life in an otherwise desolate surrounding area. Attracted by the water the river provides, a large zebra migration from the dry Makgadikgadi Salt Pans arrive to populate the grasslands and waterholes. Of course, they are always accompanied by a myriad of predators, and the area is renowned for its population of bull elephant.
Activities in Savute Safari Lodge are centred on open 4x4 safari vehicle game drives in the surrounding area. Many of these drives incorporate trips to the Savute Marsh, which gives guests the chance to observe the historic presence of the Savute channel within the vibrant backdrop of a diverse wildlife. Uniquely, guests can also visit the ancient San rock paintings at Gubasta Hills, which, whilst small, stand out because the rest of the landscape is so flat.
The close proximity of wildlife to Savute Safari Lodge is expressed in the camp’s modern African décor. The camp consists of 12 luxury rooms on raised platforms. 11 of these are twin bedded suites, which are thatched and have private viewing decks. Only one family unit is available, which consists of two connecting rooms, both with en-suite bathrooms. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms. The camp accommodates a maximum of 24 guests, more than many camps in the area; however, guests will still see more of the wildlife than they will of each other, and the private decks mean often it is just you and the great safari outdoors.
An exquisite thatch and timber main building is home to a sitting area looking out onto the river, a library, and a cocktail bar. Everything about Savute Safari Lodge is designed to bring guests closer to the wildlife they have travelled so far to see: a viewing deck and al fresco dining area are ideal for watching game at the waterhole, as is the unheated swimming pool and sundeck. For families, those aged below six years cannot stay at the camp, however, and families with children under the age of 12 years must book private activities at an additional cost.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019