Savute Under Canvas

Chobe National Park, Botswana

On Request

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Savute Under Canvas

Remote campsites in the pristine game reserve form a setting for five ensuite safari tents, combining the natural beauty of the breathtaking setting with comfort and personalised service. Night time noises filter through canvas walls, exposing guests to the mystique and mystery of Africa after nightfall.


We Love
  • The rustic charm of camping combined with a full service bathroom and a steaming hot bucket shower.
  • Known for the enigmatic Savute Channel, which flows and dries up intermittently, independently of rainfall, vastly changing the nature of the region; the Savute Channel is currently flowing for the first time in almost thirty years.
  • Dine beneath the stars with friendly butler service
Need to Know
  • Please note that park fees and government charges may apply. Speak to your travel consultant for more details.
  • Camps move to a different site every five or six days. This is a true African experience, with campsites in remote areas where guests can expect to see few other people or vehicles.
  • The lodge is not fenced off and we request guests be extremely vigilant at all times. Guests are accompanied at all times when walking around the lodge at night.

The Review

Savute, a remote and wild corner of Chobe National Park, stretches from the park’s northern boundaries to the Linyanti River. The area’s main feature is the mysterious Savute Channel, which flows and dries up seemingly unrelated to the rainfall. Dry and arid for almost 30 years, animals in the area were sustained by artificial waterholes. With the Savute Channel flowing again in recent years, the region has undergone a startling transformation, reverting to its natural lush and marshy state. Large numbers of wildlife have been attracted to this rejuvenated wilderness haven.

Sizable numbers of elephant bulls are invariably present. Savute also supports the greatest concentration of the king of all beasts - the lion. During the dry years, when prey was hard to find, many of Savute’s lion became notorious for hunting elephant. With the recent transformation of the region, prey has become more abundant and the large lion prides have split up into smaller family groups, allowing a greater variety of predators to flourish in the area. With grazing now plentiful, the area is also popular with zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, giraffe, tsessebe and kudu.

Why Stay
The semi-mobile tented camps of Savute Under Canvas are carefully positioned at exclusive wilderness campsites in the expansive Savute corner of Chobe National Park, offering exceptional game viewing opportunities. Booked on a nightly basis, each of the five comfortable tents has a double bed, as well as an ensuite bathroom, separate w.c and steaming hot bucket shower, with water delivered on request. The guest areas comprise comfortable tents for dining, meeting for a pre-dinner drink or just whiling the time away between game drives. Welcoming camp staff serve delicious meals cooked over the glowing coals.

A typical day starts with morning tea and discussion with your guide about what you hope to see that day. Set out in an open 4x4 safari vehicle in the company of your guide. Savute is known for its high concentration of lion and you may be lucky enough to spot a pride resting after its nightly hunt.

Return to the Camp for hot breakfast dishes, a quick siesta and lunch. Later afternoon, set out in search of wildlife once again. You are likely to see game coming to drink at the nearby watering holes - perhaps elephant, zebra or tsessebe.

Getting There

Most major international airlines from Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia fly to Johannesburg, South Africa, which is the easiest route into Botswana. Air Botswana operates scheduled flights to Maun or Kasane. From there, it is a short flight by light aircraft to the Savute airstrip, where you will be welcomed by the ground staff. Approximately an hours drive in an open safari vehicle completes the journey to the camp.

Savute Under Canvas Chobe National Park, Botswana