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.

UNLEASH IT: UNDER CANVAS AND GET CLOSE TO NATURE IN THE LANDSCAPE OF AN AFRICAN NIGHT.

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.

Wildlife
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.

Experience
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

Savute Under Canvas

Chobe National Park
Rating                                 Classic Camp
Type                                   Safari Camp
No. Rooms                           5 classic tents
Max Occupants                     10 guests
Occupancy/Tent                    2 (triples not available)
Interests                              Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Internet                               Yes, within guest area only
Credit Cards                         Not accepted

Electricity & Water
Lights in tents are powered with 12 v battery in vehicles. Please note that there is no generator in the camps and we are unable to provide electricity 24 hours a day.


Policies

Children Policy
    Children 5 years and younger cannot participate in regular game drives ro mokoro activities
    Children aged 6 to 11 can participate in regular game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion
    Children aged 16 and over can participate in nature walks.

Other Policies
    All stocked drinks are included in the nightly tariff.
    Laundry is done daily and is inclusive in the nightly tariff with the exception of “smalls” i.e. underwear, which are not washed due to local customs.
    Curios and tips/gratuities can be settled on check out.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay.
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.
    Please note that park fees and government charges may apply. Speak to your travel consultant for more details.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:     12:00 PM
    Check out:     08:00 AM
    Suggested stay:  1 night

 

Savute

Savute is particularly well known for its high concentration of lion, as well as for its dramatic predator interactions. The Savute lions are famed for having adapted to hunting elephant, not generally considered common prey for these cats. A power struggle for the position of dominant predator has also been documented between the lions and the area's large clans of hyena. The African wild dog, one of the continent’s most endangered carnivores, also thrives in the area.

Like the remainder of the Chobe National Park, Savute has large numbers of elephant, which are attracted to the many artificial water sources. During the drier season, elephant bulls dominate the water holes, while breeding herds may move to areas where water is more readily found. Such herds rely upon their matriarch to lead them to the best feeding and water sites, with individuals seldom straying from each other and ready to come to the aid of a family member who is in trouble.

The region is also rich in antelope, with common species such as impala and kudu encountered alongside giants such as the eland. Waterbuck may be spotted in areas with thicker vegetation, and guests may be lucky enough to catch sight of the aristocratic line of the roan and the sable.


When to go

Botswana has hot, wet summers from October to April. Winters (from May to September) are dry and cool and nights can be chilly. The rainy season is from late December to late February, sometimes continuing into March, with rain generally in the form of afternoon thundershowers; average rainfall is approximately 500mm / 20”. Best time to travel is all year round.

Summer: Average of 18˚C to 32˚C / 64˚F to 90˚F, although temperatures can rise over 40˚C / 104˚F
Winter: 8˚C to 21˚C / 46˚F to 70˚F

Currency    
US dollar bills printed between 1996 and 1999 are not accepted in Kenya or Tanzania, as there was a large amount of illegal processing of dollar bills in East African during that time. Traveller’s cheques are no longer accepted in Kenya due to fraud

Visa and Health
The Okavango Delta is a malaria area and necessary precautions should be taken

All visitors to Botswana need a valid passport, but no visas are required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries, EU countries, Israel, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA. On arrival you’ll get a 30-day entrance stamp. Extensions are available for up to three months. You may be asked to show an onward air ticket or proof of sufficient funds for your intended stay.


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.

Light aircraft transfers have 15kg luggage restrictions in soft, squashable bags plus 5kg of hand luggage. The size of the cargo pod of a Cessna 206, which is generally used on inter-camp transfers, is 72cm wide and 29 cm high. Travellers going for safaris are advised not to take hard suitcases as they will not fit on light aircrafts.