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Savuti Camp

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Stunning waterside location
- Water and land-based safari
- Superb wildlife
- Small, intimate camp

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Overview

Savuti Camp is an attractive, high-end camp overlooking the Savuti waterhole in the Linyanti region of northern Botswana. The waterhole is frequented by an abundance of animals and hundreds of elephant congregate here in the dry season. This remote camp is accessible via light aircraft only, with a 30-40 minute drive from the Linyanti airstrip.

The camp’s main lodge is a large, open-sided wooden structure crowned with a thatched roof, housing a spacious lounge and library. There are superb views of the waterhole from the bar and dining area and a small, shaded pool and viewing veranda, complete with fire deck. It’s not uncommon to see kudus and bushbucks on the board-walks and the birdlife is spectacular!

The accommodation comprises seven large, elevated en-suite canvas-and-thatch rooms, accessed by a network of raised boardwalks. All tents have a cosy but open feel with balcony. There are six twin-bedded tents (which can be combined to make doubles) and one family tent with two interlinking bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and entrance. All bathrooms have conventionally plumbed basins, shower and toilet. Service is seamless and the camp has a warm, intimate feel.

Both water and land-based activities are offered. Morning and evening game drives are possible and predator sightings of lions, leopards, hyenas and wild dogs can be phenomenal in the dry season. A charming, elevated log-pile hide is located a short drive from the camp enabling guests to sleep outdoors and view animals up-close. The surrounding waterways can be explored at leisure by mokoro (dug-out canoes) with sightings of hippo and elephant common. Nature walks and fishing are also offered. Note that all water-based activities are seasonal and dependent on water levels.

Children of 6 years and over are welcome, although families with children aged 6-12 are requested to hire a private safari vehicle at additional cost. Note that animals are free to wander through the camp and while they are unlikely to approach humans or tents, children must remain under the close supervision of their parents at all times.

Savuti Camp offers high quality accommodation in a stunning wilderness location. Situated right in the heart of the Linyanti Concession, the wildlife viewing is superb. The small number of exclusive properties and low guest density in the area make for a high price tag. However, for those looking for great quality accommodation with fantastic wildlife on tap, this camp presents the ideal solution.

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Our rating

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • 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

  • 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!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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