Savuti Safari

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What Regions or Countries to Combine

A remote setting within the Chobe National Park means Savuti is generally a fly-in destination unless you are on an overland tour but a Savuti safari is usually part of a bigger itinerary featuring Botswana’s other top wildlife destinations such as the Okavango Delta, Chobe River and the Kalahari. Most Botswana safaris take in a couple of days at Victoria Falls too, giving the itinerary a suitably dramatic finale. Our favourite combinations with Savuti are:

Okavango Delta & Moremi

It’s just a short flight to Savuti from the heart of the Okavango Delta, enabling you to combine the thrills and wildlife of the delta – canoe safaris, crocodiles and semi-aquatic antelope – with the big game drama of the Savuti savannah. And since part of the Okavango’s Moremi Reserve lies only a few hour’s drive from Savuti; several safari operators drive between the two destinations, allowing for an extra game drive on your itinerary!

Chobe River

It’s a 2-hour flight or half a day’s drive but worth the effort: the Chobe River is home to the best dry-season game viewing in Botswana with thousands of elephants and buffalo crowding the river banks. You’ll also see hippos and crocodiles, a wide range of antelope and an astonishing array of birds. There are lodges along the river & set high on an escarpment above it, all offering game drives as well as river cruises.

Victoria Falls

Fly from Savuti to the town of Kasane on the Chobe River and it’s just a short road transfer over the border to the Zambezi River and the ‘Smoke that Thunders’. Choose from plush hotels, tented camps, family villas and honeymoon hideaways on either the Zambian or Zimbabwean side and stand by for the widest range of safari and adrenalin adventures in Africa. Most popular are white-water rafting, bungee jumping, scenic flights, elephant-back safaris and walking with lions.

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What To Do

Activities to Look Forward to

1. Track Big Cats

Welcome to Predator Country: Savuti’s lions, made famous by their eternal battles with spotted hyenas, take centre stage but this region is famous for leopard & cheetah too.

2. Sit with Old Tuskers

Most often encountered near water, the giant bull elephants of Savuti are generally calm & tolerant of our presence, making for amazing up-close photography.

3. Watch the Migration

Travel in early or late summer & you’ll witness Botswana’s zebra migration. The stripy herds pass through on their way to remote grazing lands – Savuti’s big cats, hyenas & wild dogs are waiting for them.

4. View Rock Art

San Bushmen hunters left enigmatic paintings on the isolated Ghoha Hills that stand out on the flat Savuti savannah; local guides lead you to the best sites.

5. Go Bird Watching

An amazing birding destination in general & always great for raptors, it’s during the summer months that Savuti explodes with colour & noise as migrant species such as carmine bee-eaters arrive.

6. Expect the Unexpected

Home to some of Botswana’s most rewarding game viewing, Savuti is an ecological crossover zone with savannah & desert animals, many predators & a reputation for unusual & rare sightings.

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