Savute Safaris

Bordering the Okavango Delta and just south east of the Linyanti Marshes, the Savute region is one of the famous battle grounds for lions and hyenas, both vying for dominance over the area. Connected to the Linyanti by the Savute Channel, the waterway dried up for almost 30 years, before starting to flow again in 2008.

Savute Safari Lodge game drive See giraffe from Savute Elephant Camp on a Savute safari Savute Safari Lodge - Ali Flatt
  • The never ending fight between lions and hyena
  • The broad Savute channel is a huge draw for wildlife
  • Ancient San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills
  • Superb birding with over 300 different species
  • Famous for its concentrations of bull elephants

The dried up channel left behind a landscape of open grasslands and dead trees, but with water comes life and since the river's return the area has seen an influx of hippo, water dwelling species and water birds. The new water source has had equal impact on a range of land dwelling wildlife as well: from plains game to a plethora of big cat predators, all have had to adapt to the new Savute Channel and the opportunities and menaces it has brought with it.

The summer rains from November to March draws thousands of zebra, and many elephant migrate south from the Linyanti to gorge on the abundant grazing. With the rains the pans fill with water and several remain wet long into the dry season, enabling animals to remain in the area. With a Savute safari experience a range of exciting activities, with open 4x4 game drives and the chance to see ancient San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills adding a little magic to a delightful African safari.

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Savute Accommmodation

Savute Under Canvas

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A fantastic tented camp, Savute Under Canvas offers excellent game viewing, particularly of elephant, and well-appointed, spacious tents.

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Belmond Savute Elephant Camp

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Found in the heart of the Chobe National Park, Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge is an intimate tented camp, with tents well-appointed and raised on wooden platforms for stunning views.

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Savute Safari Lodge

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Set on the banks of the mysterious Stolen River, Savute Safari Lodge is a charming timber and thatch property offering safari comfort, superb game viewing and an insight into the history of the area.

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