The Savute Safari Lodge lies nestled amongst a grove of ancient camelthorn trees on the banks of the Savute Channel in the famous Savuti region in the western zone of Chobe National Park.
The Savute Channel gives life to the Savute Marsh but has a habit of mysteriously drying up, and then unpredictably flowing again. Sometimes the period of inactivity stretches over many decades having a huge impact on the area and its wildlife. Most recently the channel flowed in 2009, flooding the marsh in 2010 but nobody knows how long there will be water here for...
This area is famous for its bull elephant population and has a good record of predator sightings. The secoond largest zebra migration in Africa also happens here in November and December and again between February and April, when the zebra move from the rivers in the north in search of the rain-ripe grasslands and full waterholes in the southwest of the park. The migration is always followed by large numbers of predators.
The geography of this area can baffle. There are only two other camps in this immediate Savute Channel area. Zarafa, Selinda Camp and Duma Tau all sit significantly further west in the Selinda Reserve, while you'll find lodges in the Chobe Forest Reserve (Muchenje Lodge, Ngoma Lodge) to the north east. The bustling Chobe riverfront area (Chobe Game Lodge) lies beyond. Because of its special location, this lovely lodge often books up months in advance.
Savute Safari Lodge is part of the Desert & Delta portfolio of properties. Access to the lodge is by light aircraft flight. The Savute Airstrip is around a half hour flight from Desert & Delta's Okavango Camps, or a 45 minute flight from Kasane. The camp is then a 25 minute drive from the strip.
Savute Safari Lodge lodge is small and exclusive with only 12 elevated thatch and timber chalets. One of these is a two bedroom family chalet. The stylishly furnished guest rooms are uniquely designed, with spacious interiors and large glass sliding doors onto private viewing decks. The lounge, library and cocktail bar are situated in the main building, where an upstairs viewing deck gives you an opportunity to witness a typically stunning Africa sunset. A large fireplace downstairs is equally inviting on winter nights, while the delicious aroma of dinner and the prospect of a candlelit dinner beckons you to the elegant dining room. A swimming pool and sundeck overlook the watering hole.
Game drives are enjoyed in open Land Cruiser vehicles - game drives explore the local area and include a visit to the Savute Marsh around 30km south east. This lodge is well placed for exploring the attractions of the Marsh area, and this western zone of Chobe, which is fed by the life giving Savute Channel.