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Savute Safari Lodge

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Highlights

- Great game spotting
- Rooms with private viewing decks
- Culturally immersive
- Banks of the Savute River

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Overview

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.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 502 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    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!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan 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

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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