Savuti Camp

distinctive Camp | Linyanti / Savuti Reserves, Botswana

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Savuti Camp is located in an isolated sector of the private Linyanti Concession. The camp is built on the banks of the Savute Channel, the Okavango Delta’s most famous waterway and the heart of a legendary wildlife region known for its predators. Though the Savute Channel is once again dry, the region is still famous for its formidable herds of elephant in the dry season, large lion prides and elusive wild dogs.

Photo of Jordy Oleson

Our Expert Says

The location of Savuti is one of the amazing highlights of this camp. It’s situated on the Savuti Channel in the Linyanti Concession, which offers fantastic wildlife viewing all year long. In 2008, the once-barren channel had become a deep waterway that attracted both predator and prey. Today it goes through intermittent dry periods, but the wildlife is incredible in this area. Make sure you have your binoculars handy for enjoying all the details of the wildlife you’ll spot at Savuti!

– Jordy Oleson


Savuti, luxury indoor lounge area with high vaulte wood panneled  ceilings and beautiful décor, microfiber couches and comfortable chairs abound

The Camp

Location: Linyanti Reserve, Botswana
Number of Tents: 7

Savuti Camp is a small and intimate enclave in an isolated area, far removed from other visitors. The site of Savuti Camp is about 10 miles downstream from Zibadianja Lagoon—the source of the Savute Channel. The channel stopped flowing between 1980 and 2008, becoming a productive ribbon of grassland that served as a travel corridor and feeding ground for a wide variety of herbivores from the surrounding woodland. After nearly eight years, the channel has mysteriously receded yet again. The camp’s spacious walk-in tents are raised off the ground and face the channel, for a close-up view of the wildlife action. Each tent has its own bathroom with shower, hand basin and flush toilet. From the camp's thatched dining area, a plunge pool and large viewing area with fire pit extend outward on raised wooden decks, providing an excellent view of ongoing dramatic wildlife interactions.

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Savuti, pristene inviting swimming pool overlooking a secluded watering hole for animals, expansive deck and sunning chairs for wildlife viewing

Facilities & Amenities

  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Family Accommodation: 1 family unit, 2 en suite inter-leading bedrooms with private entrances connected by shared deck
  • Shampoo, soap, lotion and insect repellent
  • Room fan
  • Tea/coffee in room
  • 220v charging outlets in room
  • In-room safe
  • Central plunge pool
  • Laundry included
  • Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
  • Credit cards accepted (Visa and MasterCard)
  • No air conditioning, hair dryer, telephone, Internet or cellular coverage

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Photo: Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Wildlife Viewing & Activities

The Savute Channel has been in flux in recent years, creating an ever-shifting habitat for a wide range of wildlife — in 2015 the channel became dry once again after flowing for seven years. With two-thirds of the channel located in the concession camp guests have near-exclusive access to the abundant wildlife and natural changes occurring on a daily and seasonal basis. Explore the environs through day and night wildlife drives, canoeing on the channel (water level and elephant numbers permitting), and several well-positioned hides for safe, up-close animal viewing away from vehicles. Guided walks are seasonal and subject to the availability of a qualified walking guide. Wildlife concentrations are high, particularly in the winter dry season, and apart from abundant plains wildlife, guests may observe roan and sable antelope, southern giraffe and spectacular elephant. All the predators are found here—lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal and endangered wild dog. In winter, this area is also excellent for aardvark and aardwolf.

The below chart helps to illustrate major wildlife sightings often experienced in the Linyanti Reserve adjacent to the Chobe National Park. This area is well known for elephant herds, which are at their peak in the drier months of July to October, and it's a great location to track wild dogs and see lion. A variety of other mammals, birds and reptiles may be seen as well. Exact sightings will depend on weather trends and wildlife movements.

Country Park/Reserve
Buffalo
Cheetah
Eland
Elephant
Giraffe
Hippo
Hyena
Leopard
Lion
Sable Antelope
Wild Dog
Wildebeest
Zebra
Botswana Linyanti / Savuti Reserves

Usually viewed
Frequently viewed
Occasionally viewed
Sporadically viewed
Rarely to never viewed

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Climate

Month Max Min Rainfall
January 88° F 63° F 5.55 in
31° C 17° C 141 mm
February 86° F 63° F 4.96 in
30° C 17° C 126 mm
March 82° F 61° F 2.99 in
27° C 16° C 76 mm
April 81° F 61° F 0.94 in
27° C 16° C 24 mm
May 75° F 57° F 0.12 in
23° C 13° C 3 mm
June 72° F 48° F 0.0 in
22° C 8° C 0 mm
July 70° F 45° F 0.0 in
21° C 7° C 0 mm
August 70° F 50° F 0.0 in
21° C 10° C 0 mm
September 75° F 57° F 0.12 in
23° C 13° C 3 mm
October 91° F 64° F 0.71 in
32° C 17° C 18 mm
November 86° F 63° F 2.28 in
30° C 17° C 58 mm
December 88° F 64° F 4.53 in
31° C 17° C 115 mm

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Savuti, a juvenile elephant kicks up dust as it walks through the African savanna as the dawn light creeps behind the wall of trees, Botswana safari

Conservation

Botswana has a well-developed network of protected areas, and these include concessions that allow hunting as well as photographic safaris. Wilderness Safaris, which operates Savuti Camp, has chosen not to hunt in the concessions in which the company operates, forfeiting approximately US$1.2 million per year in hunting quotas in preference for photographic safaris. Yet perhaps the most topical issue for Botswana at present is its very large elephant population and the possible impact on vegetation and other animal species. As a result, and in recognition of the fact that in the Selinda and Linyanti concessions, Savuti Camp operator Wilderness Safaris is responsible for one of the two highest-density elephant concentrations in the country, the company has facilitated and partially funded two MSc studies examining vegetation impact and is currently hosting a PhD and further MSc researcher examining additional elements of this puzzle.

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Reviews for Savuti Camp

(4.86)

Review Savuti Camp
Month of travel: September
"In 2007, Botswana was very dry and the parks were a little challenging. However the camp itself was beautiful. The food, guides and the hosts were some of the best. The camp is situated in a very unique setting and the bungalow/chalets are very lovely!"
- D. Bennett Hagan
iSafari.com's response:
Thanks for your review! Since 2007, wildlife has certainly been excellent at Savuti and entire Linyanti area, particularly since the Savuti Channel began flowing again after 30 years, supplying a more permanent water source for wildlife.
Month of travel: June
"The best ever location for 'sundowners'. What an amazing experience to take an evening safari drive, see and hear leopard, elephants, etc and enjoy the great company of your guides and travel companions. An extremely comfortable and memorable lodging. Looking out over the water allowed for viewing of elephant 'walks'. Unbelievable experience."
- T. Rutkowski
Month of travel: June
"The sounds at night were out of a dream. The elephants at the water were great to observe The sunset safari drives gave beautiful opportunities to view the last minutes of wonderful active days So many animals to view at such close proximity The rooms were so lush w such amazing views. "
- T. Yeager
Month of travel: July
"I visited the camp when it was in the dry state, no river. The camp itself was fine with tent housing including running hot and cold water, commode, etc. The food and maintainance of the camp was fine. Personnel were excellant. The animals were absolutly terrific and abounding! We had a leopard camp resident and one morning it stored its kill on a tree branch over the camp entry! Elephants, monkeys, many species of antelope with semi-tame (?) kudu, wild dogs, leopards, lions, etc. Unbelievable! Wanted to revisit in 2008 when wet (river course change) but no reservations feasible. Would visit again. "
- W. Chavin
Month of travel: June
"Savuti is the ultimate safari experience but not the most expensive. The camp is most welcoming and goes out of its way to provide something special. Traditional night is not just the meal but dancing, singing , story telling and dining in the traditional way. Savuti is the best at it and I have been to most of the Wilderness Camps in Botswana. And if you are not at Savuti for traditional night there is always lunch or sundowners somewhere in the bush, just that extra touch. The wildlife is awesome with wild dogs, cheetah, leopard and lion always in abundance. The elephants are always near in large numbers. The tents are large well appointed and look out over the Savuti Channel. The staff and guides are great taking care of your every need. "
- C. Shear
Month of travel: June
"I've stayed at Linyanti twice- once when the Channel was dry, once when it was wet. Both times the wildlife encounters were extraordinary-- Wild dogs chasing a gnu through camp one morning while we were warming up around the fire before heading out; bull elephant napping while leaning against the porch railing of my tent, while I napped on the porch. "
- S. Kemper
Month of travel: May
"This was by far my favorite camp during my 13 day safari. Tendani and Connie headed up the camp staff, which made the stay so memorable. The location was secluded and the accommodations were just how I had dreamed of a safari - simple, intimate, cozy and perfectly appointed. Power was our chef and everyone loved the food - one guest wanted to publish his recipes! And that male lion that visited our camp the first night was spotted at near-by Savuti Channel during the next morning's game drive. It was hard to say good-by to this special camp"
- D. Ullrich

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