Wilderness Safaris, Preferred, Recommended, Offical, Premier, Travel, Agency

Journeys with Insight
Savute Elephant Camp

Savute Elephant Camp

Savute Elephant Camp has everything going for it: location, location, and location! Who would not want to visit a lodge perched on the banks of the Chobe River in the heart of Botswana’s Chobe National Park? The surrounding landscape is quintessential Africa, sweeping savanna, rocky outcrops, ancient marshlands, and the mysterious famous Savute Channel—which was recently began flowing again after laying dry for thirty years.

Chobe is particularly known for its great herds of elephant (some estimates are as high as 50,000 individuals). But its large lion prides (with as many as forty lion in a pride), its leopard, its cheetah, and the scores of beautiful birds make it a wildlife utopia.

Savute Elephant Camp has twelve luxurious thatched tents, built on raised timber platforms that afford excellent views. Inside there is plenty of space, and the décor and furnishings are top class. The timber floors are highly polished, there is a writing desk and comfortable chairs, and the two three-quarter beds have a generous mosquito net. Two air-conditioning units and an overhead fan will ensure that guests are more than comfortable. The en-suite bathrooms have two basins, mirrors, and hardwood, while timber doors separate the toilet and shower from the bathroom. Oh, and each tent has an outdoor shower as well!

The camp’s main area is under a huge canvas roof but has open sides, allowing guests to see the elephants that wander around the camp. The main area houses the bar, lounge, and dining area. Meals can also be enjoyed at the wonderful boma. There is also a library and a curio shop. A generous veranda overlooks the swimming pool and then on to the waterhole.

Most days begin early, with coffee and a pastry in your tent while it is still dark. Trained guides lead the morning game drives. Early mornings are very productive as it is still cool and many predators are still on the prowl. Of course, there are the elephant, many of them, but leopard and lion are out too. The more fortunate tourists will glimpse rarer animals such as the wild dog and the roan antelope.

The evening drives are also magical, not just because of the legendary African sunsets, but also because it is cool again and the animals are on the move. The birds are plentiful too, and while the carmine bee-eaters flap and fuss on the riverbanks, the male red-crested Korhaan soars skywards and then plummets down in his astonishing mating display.

If you are ready to get started planning your journey, click here to fill out our travel questionaire.