- Abundant dry-season wildlife
- Remote hillside location
- Full day safaris
Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge is an independently-owned hilltop retreat in the Savuti area of Chobe National Park, northern Botswana. This region boasts prolific birdlife and excellent game viewing, with high numbers of elephant, lion, leopard, zebra, and wild dog, plus giraffe, buffalo and cheetah. Both self-drive and fly-in arrival options are possible, with transfers available from the Savuti airstrip, approximately one hour away.
Guest areas at Ghoha Hills include a swimming pool and boma with nightly campfire. The thatched main building offers panoramic views of the vast Ghoha Plains and comprises dining and lounge areas, library, bar, and gift shop. A lovely viewing deck overlooks a natural waterhole popular with birds and wildlife, particularly elephants. Mealtimes are relaxed and take place either indoors or around the campfire. Hearty, African-inspired cuisine is served at both communal and individual tables, and dietary requirements can be accommodated. The lodge relies on solar power throughout, with Wi-Fi and electric charging points available in the main area.
Ghoha Hills offers both full and half-day game drives, birdwatching, and excursions to view San Bushmen rock art. Although the Savuti Marsh area is prone to vehicle congestion in the busy June/October dry season, full day safaris to this stunning destination with its exceptional concentration of wildlife are a real highlight. Guests generally share vehicles for game drives, although private transport can be organised at additional cost.
The lodge accommodates up to 26 guests in nine spacious and well-appointed canvas tents, each sleeping two, plus two family units. Each tent has a private deck with outdoor seating to maximise enjoyment of the spectacular views. All units are ensuite, with showers, basin and flush toilet, plus wardrobe and luggage rack, table and armchairs, fans, mosquito nets and safe.
Children over five years are welcome, with reduced rates for under 12s. Two family suites are available, each sleeping two adults and two children in adjoining rooms with ensuite bathroom and dressing area. Although there is no child-specific program, little ones are welcome to participate in game drives. The camp is unfenced, and wild animals do roam through, so even though the likelihood of animals approaching humans and tents is low, adult supervision is essential at all times.
Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge is ideal for travellers looking to combine the thrill of safari with a tranquil, comfortable base in a stunning location.
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