Find an iconic wilderness camp right on the Savuti Channel with front row seats to the abundant wildlife that has returned thanks to the nearby lagoon. Savuti Camp is a refuge for a variety of wildlife in a changing wet-dry landscape. Savuti is about 17 kilometres “downstream” from the Zibadianja Lagoon – the source of the Channel. Enjoy large canvas-and-thatch rooms facing this natural phenomenon and see how the elephants play a few metres away. Nature walks and game drives.
Savuti provides front-row seats to amazing wildlife viewing and the mysteries of the ebb and flow of the Savute Channel waters. Perched high on the banks of the Channel, the camp looks down on a miraculous ribbon of territory that has been both savannah and river over the last few years.
Whether experienced in a dry, wet or transitional phase, the area has always been renowned for its game viewing. It holds a magnetic attraction for elephants, amongst other plains game and predators. Large canvas-and-thatch rooms (including a family unit) face the channel, and activities vary with the changes in the landscape.
INSIDER'S TIP: Get up close to elephants at the camp’s log-pile hide and watch as they play and quench their thirst at the small water pan.
Place: Savuti is set on the productive Savute Channel – a refuge for a variety of wildlife and a fascinating natural phenomenon: When dry, it is a rich feeding ground and corridor between the mopane woodlands for both plains game and predators. When the waters flow, game congregates around it in numbers. Activities include day and night game drives, nature walks and boating (water levels permitting).
Accommodation: Seven canvas-and-thatch tents (including a family unit) and main area extend outwards on raised decks, facing the Savute Channel. A log-pile hide and a sunken hide provide unique settings to watch wildlife at the water's edge. Two nearby Star Beds – Southern Cross and Orion – offer the experience of an exciting sleep-out under the stars.
Purpose: Savuti provides support to research projects and initiatives in the Linyanti, particularly with regards to the enormous elephant herds and their impact on the environment.
Unique Selling Points
- Exclusive access to the natural marvels of the Savute Channel
- Good game viewing including dry-season concentrations of herds and predators
- Diverse water- and land-based activities
Savuti Camp is located in Botswana’s Linyanti concession, right on the once-dry Savute Channel - with front row seats for all the action that unfolds at the water’s edge. The abundant game has returned to the Channel ever since it became a deep, clear waterway again: it is now home to hippo and aquatic life with a vast collection of waterbirds.
This intimate camp's en-suite accommodation is in seven large walk-in tents that are raised off the ground and face onto the Channel. All rooms face the river and open onto a spacious deck from which to watch the wildlife pass by. From the camp's thatched dining area, a plunge pool and large viewing area with fire pit extend outwards on raised wooden decks, providing a wonderful view of the water and its wildlife.
The Linyanti is most noted for its very large elephant population which can reach enormous densities during the dry winter months. Other game concentrations are also high – such as sable and roan antelope, lion, leopard, giraffe, cheetah, spotted hyena, wild dog and black-backed jackal are also encountered. The Savuti hide is an elevated platform from which to view and photograph animals and birds. Sleep-outs are also possible here, as it is equipped with bed rolls, mosquito nets and a long-drop toilet.
Morning and afternoon game drives are offered in open 4x4 Land Rovers while night drives with spotlights allow you to find those elusive nocturnal animals.
On request, nature walks with skilled, armed guides are wonderful ways of getting close to nature and observing the smaller things you miss when travelling by vehicle.
Exploring the waters by boat can be taken in the morning, during midday, or as an afternoon activity.
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