Savuti Safari

Why Go?

Savuti Botswana is simply too good

The wild child of Botswana’s Chobe National Park, the Savuti region has earned its reputation as a safari destination par excellence. It’s here that wildlife film-makers have recorded the vicious rivalry between lions and hyenas, the drama of Savuti’s little-known zebra migration and the re-emergence of the Savuti Channel, an ephemeral waterway that now rings with the snorts of hippos.

Sometimes spelled Savute, this remote region is usually accessed by air and in combination with the Okavango Delta and Chobe River. An area of open grassland and scattered trees, Savuti complements the wetlands and rivers of other safari destinations in Botswana and a wide diversity of wildlife is assured.

Top of the list are Savuti’s predators: lion prides here are large and powerful, taking down hippo and young elephants on occasion. Leopards and cheetahs are regularly seen as are Africa wild dogs, especially during summer when impala herds give birth and migrating zebra arrive. Savuti is also famous for giant bull elephants, often seen in front of your suite if your accommodation looks over the channel. The bird watching is excellent, particularly in summer, and there are enigmatic cave paintings to see as well as opportunities for fantastic landscape photography.

A Savuti safari is easy to experience. There are lodges in the area, some right on the channel and near the Savuti Marsh; others are set further away but always close to water. Several Savuti lodges are exceptionally luxurious and ideal for romantic travel but there are affordable camps and family-oriented ones too. Mobile safari operators usually include Savuti on their Botswana itinerary – it’s simply too good to leave out. You’ll enjoy first-out and last-in game drives plus exclusive campsites and a deluxe under-canvas experience.

Talk to Safari Online about a Savuti Botswana safari – we have several itineraries that include Savuti or we can tailor-make a safari for you.

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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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