Savuti Camp

Chobe National Park, Botswana

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Savuti Camp

Savuti Camp is located on the Savute Channel, which for many years was dry, wide-open ribbon of grassland snaking through the adjoining woodland. In 2008, the waters returned, and Savuti Camp now has front-row seats to view the abundant game that has congregated and adapted in its wake.



We Love
  • The Camp partially funds two MSc studies examining the presence of a very large elephant population in the concession and its possible impact on vegetation and other animal species.
  • Although Botswana allows hunting in the concession, the camp has decided to forfeit approximately US$1.2 million per annum in hunting quotas in preference for photographic safaris.
Need to Know
  • Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
  • The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years.
  • Sleep outs can be arranged at the elevated hide with a minimum 3 night stay.
  • The Camp has 220v generator and a 220V inverter power used for lighting and fans in each tent 24hrs/day.

The Review

Since 2008, the Savute Channel has became a deep, clear waterway. Today it harbours hippo and aquatic life with myriad varieties of waterbirds. Wildlife, from plains game to a plethora of predators, has had to adapt to a new source of water and all the opportunities and menaces it has brought with it.

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.

Your Stay
Accommodation comprises seven large en-suite canvas-and-thatch rooms that are raised off the ground and face onto the Savute Channel. From the thatched dining area, a plunge pool and large viewing area with fire pit extend outwards on raised wooden decks towards the new waters that flow past the camp.

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 hyaena, 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!

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.

Getting There

The Savuti Camp is located in a Private Linyanti Concession in Northern Botswana. It is set along Savute Channel, 17km from its source bordering the Chobe National Park to the east. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 45 min flight on a light aircraft. The flight from Kasane also takes 45 mins. The flight from Kasane to Victoria Falls takes 20 mins but allow additional time for customs and immigration. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.

Savuti Camp Chobe National Park, Botswana

Savuti Camp

Rating                        Classic Camp
Type                          Safari Lodge
No of rooms                7
Max Occupants            14 plus a tour leader/guide
Interests                      Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Location                      Linyanti Concession


Standard Tent
There are six twin bedded tents. The twin beds can be pulled together to make a double bed. There is one guide/pilot tent which is smaller than a standard tent.

Family Tent
There is one family tent with two inter-leading bedrooms each with its own bathroom and entrance.

Leader/guide Tent
1 twin-bedded guide tent (not the same standard as a guest tent)

Tent details
Luxury tented rooms have thatched roof and en suite bathroom facilities with a separate toilet, double vanity and basin and a shower. Soaps, shampoos and insect repellents are supplied. Rooms have ceiling fans and a safe. All units are on decks with a view over the Savute Channel.

Camp Description
The camp has a dining room and bar under thatch overlooking the Savute Channel. An open air Kgotla (boma) is used for dinner around campfire. There is a plunge pool, a small curio shop and library. Digital projector available

Electricity & Water
Camp has 220v generator powered electricity that runs for 7hrs per day when guests are out on activities. When guests return from daily activities, generators are generally switched off (for peace in camp). Inverter system is used for lighting and fans in each guest room 24hrs/day. Plug points are available in each room for charging of batteries and sleep apnoea machines only. Please bring spare battery, charging unit and adaptors. Water is solar-heated.


The main activity here is the game drives via 4 x 10-seater open 4 x 4 Land Rovers each accommodating maximum six guests, allowing all guests an outside seat. All vehicles are equipped with books on trees, birds and mammals along with a pair of binoculars and Peaceful Sleep insect repellent. Walking safaris are organised on request as these are dependent on the availability of walking guides. Night drives are also undertaken and there is a log-pile hide on the bank of the channel.
2 x boats each taking a maximum of 8 guests. Boat rides can be taken in the morning, during the midday, or as an afternoon activity. Note that boating is a seasonal activity.

Fishing is on a catch and release basis (prohibited in January and February for fish breeding purposes). The camp has a small stock of basic rods and reels but if interested bring your own fly fishing equipment. Savuti is not billed as a tigerfish destination and the species typically caught here are bream and barbel.

Sleep-outs in the hide can be arranged on a minimum 3-night stay. Stay is generally booked and paid in advance. A private vehicle allows flexibility re: times of departure and return. The Savuti hide is an elevated platform, equipped with bed rolls, mosquito nets and long drop toilet. Minimum age requirement is 12 years and older. If guests have NOT booked and paid for a private vehicle, then they go to the hide after dinner on the shared activity vehicle, and return early next morning for breakfast and morning activity with other guests.

Suggested Daily Activity Schedule
Morning wakeup call is between 0500h and 0600h. Morning tea and light continental breakfast before departing for morning activity. Return to campsite by about 1000h for a brunch which has a selection of breakfast and lunch dishes. Afternoons are at leisure or spend your time at the hide.

Afternoon tea (at 1600h or earlier in winters) is with a selection of sweet and savoury snacks. This is followed by game viewing activity which generally ends with drinks and snacks for sundowners, returning to the camp around 1900h, depending on the game sightings.

Pre-dinner drinks and snacks are served at the bar around 1930h. These are followed by a three-course dinner. All courses are served at the table except on Mondays (traditional night) when the starter and dessert are served whilst the main course is buffet style. By 2100h the group generally congregates around a campfire where coffee and liqueurs are served.

    Festive Season: 20 December 2013 to 10 January 2014
    Low Season: 11 January 2013 to 31 March 2013
    Shoulder Season: 01 April 2013 to 14 June 2013 & 01 November 2013 to 19 December 2013
    High Season: 15 June 2013 to 31 October 2013


Child Policy
    Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
    For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
    Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
    The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years.

Other Policies
    All drinks are included in the nightly tariff, with the exception of premium wines and champagne.
    Laundry is done on a daily basis and inclusive in the nightly tariff.
    Curios, imported wines and tips/gratuities can be billed to the tent number and settled on check out. Payment can be made by cash (US$), Travellers Cheques or the following credit cards: Visa or MasterCard.

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 (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

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 on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:         2:00 PM
    Check out:     12:00 PM
    Minimum stay:    1 night


Linyanti Concession

The 125,000-hectare Linyanti Concession bordering Chobe National Park's western boundary is an enormous wildlife-rich area with an unrivalled atmosphere of remoteness and space. The bulk of the concession is comprised of different mopane woodland associations, but along the Linyanti River there exists a strip of riparian forest and floodplain. The concession is bisected by an ancient watercourse — the now-flowing Savute Channel — which provides a year-round water source to complement the Linyanti. The area is famed for its herds of elephant that reach the world's highest densities in the dry winter months. Other species are also abundant — zebra, wildebeest, impala, giraffe, lechwe, reedbuck, kudu — and in addition to species like lion, spotted hyaena and leopard, the area also plays host to healthy populations of cheetah and wild dog. Rarer species such as sable and roan emerge from the woodlands during the dry season.

Birding is outstanding here ranging from the Okavango specials, such as Slaty Egret, Hartlaub's Babbler, African Skimmer, Allen's Gallinule and Wattled Crane, to the drier mopane woodland species like Racket-tailed Roller, Bradfield's Hornbill, White-breasted Cuckoo-shrike, Bennett's Woodpecker, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater and Arnott's Chat. This area is also excellent for Kori Bustard, Ostrich, Secretarybird, and Ground Hornbill with Southern Carmine Bee-eaters in summer. The Savute Channel is famous as an area with a high concentration of eagles and raptors and this area is internationally recognised as an IBA (Important Bird Area), particularly for birds of prey like Dickinson's Kestrel and waterbirds. There are also various owl species to be seen here such as Verreaux's (Giant) Eagle-Owl and African Scops-Owl.

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides – £6.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff – £3.00 per person per day
Specialist Guides (if applicable) – £6.00 per person per day

When to go

Botswana’s winter is during our British summer, and the weather is hot during the day, but it isn't a stifling heat, and cold at night. The summer months (British winter) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.

All visitors to Botswana need a valid passport for at least six months, but no visas are required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries, EU countries, USA and other selected countries. A valid return ticket is required. On arrival you’ll get a 30-day entrance stamp.

Visas are also not required by transit passengers, provided they are continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, and do not leave the airport.

Travellers arriving from or having transited through countries where yellow fever is endemic will be required to show a suitable certificate of vaccination in order to gain entry into the country. This includes endemic countries such Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, as well as of marginal risk countries such as Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia.

Getting There

The Savuti Camp is located in a Private Linyanti Concession in Northern Botswana. It is set along Savute Channel, 17km from its source bordering the Chobe National Park to the east. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 45 min flight on a light aircraft. The flight from Kasane also takes 45 mins. The flight from Kasane to Victoria Falls takes 20 mins but allow additional time for customs and immigration. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.

Airstrip Details
Chobe 1 Airstrip is located 35 minutes drive from camp
1000m long, compacted calcrete.
Airstrip coordinates: S18.31.99, E023.39.27
Chobe 1 airstrip is licensed for heavier aircraft such as King Air’s.