Savuti Camp lies on the Savute Channel in northern Botswana in a famous waterway in a thrilling state of flux. Savuti Camp is situated in an isolated part of the Linyanti Concession about 17 kilometres ‘downstream’ from the Zibadianja Lagoon – the source of the Savute Channel. The Channel stopped flowing between 1980 and 2008; during this time it was an unusual and productive ribbon of grassland that served as a corridor and feeding ground in the surrounding woodland for a wide variety of herbivores.
Guests can take in the surroundings whilst relaxing in the thatched dining room, or soak in the cooling waters of the plunge pool, and draw the evenings to a closed around the viewing area’s fire pit. On raised timber decks, this promenade will give you unhindered views of the rich, varied terrain of Savute. Here you will see what having two-thirds of the Savute Channel within the borders of our concession means in terms of wildlife.
With spacious en-suite facilities, the 7 commodious walk-in tents are lifted high off the ground, facing the glorious Savute Channel for unprecedented views.
Activities and Wildlife:
In 2008, the Savute Channel once more became a deep, clear waterway harbouring hippo and aquatic life with myriad varieties of water-birds. Wildlife, from plains game to a surplus of predators, has had to adapt to a new source of water and all the opportunities and menaces it has brought with it. For different species the Savute Channel has become a place of refuge, an obstacle, an unrivalled food source, a navigational aid, a larder, a playground, and a graveyard. It is impossible to say yet whether the waters will persist or begin to recede in earnest as much of this will depend on the next summer rains – but while it lasts, at Savuti Camp there are front-row seats for each drama that is played out.
Explore the Savute Channel and its environs through day and night game drives, nature walks with a guide (on request), and several well-positioned hides for safe, up-close animal viewing. Savuti Camp’s former ‘wood-pile hide’ in front of camp is now part of the flowing Savute and famous for spectacular elephant viewing in the drier winter months. Fishing and Boat Excursions give travellers the chance to feel the vibrant waters of the Savute Channel, whilst bird lovers can revel in the outstanding ornithology in this internationally acknowledged IBA (Important Bird Area).
Game concentrations here are high, particularly in the winter dry season, and apart from abundant plains game, species such as roan and sable antelope, southern giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal and wild dog may also be encountered. In winter, this area can also be excellent for the sought-after aardvark and aardwolf, which are big ticks on anyone’s mammal lists!