Reviews of Savute Safari Lodge
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Great intro to Botswana
This was a winner, superb in every respect. Staff were on a par with Damaraland in terms of apparently genuine friendliness and interest in their guests. To say nothing of their knowledge of the area and its wildlife.
Our guide was superb. A real effort made with food which was excellent throughout. Our room overlooked one of the waterholes in the Savuti Channel and we regularly watched large herds of elephants drinking right outside our room. It was a wonderful experience.
We saw leopard several times as well as two prides of lions. The game viewing was some of the best we had.
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Loved being at the Savute Safari Lodge. I had a "room" with the waterhole right in front with a constant changing of the animals visit there. Lovely to hear all their sounds during the night. Room was charming, had everything I needed as well very clean. Would have been nice to have a little space heater for the very early morning.
All the staff was excellent and sincere in their efforts to please. My guide was Baba who was extremely knowledgable and eager to share his knowledge and enthusiasm of the animals and surroundings.
If my travels take me back to Botswana, In would certainly return there.
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accommodation excellent, good view of waterhole. our guide Baba was very knowledgeable and helpful and made our stay there memorable.
food to a high standard and all staff friendly and helpful.
Great lodge and safari
Wonderful place and staff with good food and your own wine waiter. Would say it is above basic and our accomodation was pretty luxurious.
Safaris very good with lots of wild life and good radio contact with everyone else including film makers so we saw a leopard and wild dogs.
Wondeful sights of elephants, waterhogs, impala outside the lodge when eating.
The savuti canal has dried up but they have water holes
D&DS never fail to impress
As we have come to expect from D&DS their service is excellent, really friendly and welcoming team and nothing is too much trouble when it comes to looking after guests.
Excellent location, well laid out, frontline room, good size, well appointed, overlooking the waterhole where elephants and other wild life, gather throughout the day and night.
Plenty of game including the well documented (BBC + others) Savute Marsh lion pride which has developed hunting skills to bring down elephant.
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On arrival, it was disappointing to see that the Savuti Channel had run dry as this had been the principal reason for choosing this camp. However, this was soon mitigated somewhat when, on arriving for dinner, the two waterholes installed in the channel in front of the dining area of the camp were hosting something like 50 elephants.
Throughout this and the subsequent two evenings/nights, probably 300-400 elephants would appear (no doubt having traveled significant distances in the very dry spring conditions) and argue amongst themselves, especially the matriarchs shepherding the young, to try to secure the dwindling resources at the waterholes.
Savute showed another angle of the safari experience to the 'newbies' in our party, that of those camps that are located within the national parks of Botswana. The 'old lags' found the necessary restrictions, (no night drives, no off-roading while tracking) somewhat frustrating, especially when members of the Marsh pride were on the hunt. Again however, this was made up by the camp's in-house leopard stalking guinea fowl on our lodge's roof!
The staff at Savute were without exception charming and efficient and the rooms and food excellent. Setch and his team provided all the requirements for a wonderful three days, albeit in a slightly more cloistered environment.
Dry and hot Savute
The lodge is located inside Chobe National Park so you don't have to leave the park overnight but game drives have to be returned to the lodge at sunset (06:30 pm) and off-road driving is not permitted! After desiccation of the Savute Channel this area is very dry and very hot in late September (up to 40 °C!!!) - almost hostile to animals and human beings.
The lodge has 12 comfortable and spacious chalets - all facing a dry river bed. There used to be 3 artificial waterholes but during our stay only 1 was still running (in front of chalet #5). Fortunately we stayed in #5 & #6 and had a perfect view: during our whole stay we saw elephants every time at the waterhole: at noon just 1-3, at evening/night up to 40-50 and a continual coming and going and lot of action!!! Around the lodge are many different species of birds, lots of dwarf mongooses and a large spotted genet visiting at dinner time!
There is also nice pool perfect for cooling down during the siesta and watching the passing elephants. The food was good and varied. The management and staff was very friendly and helpful but all in all it was more professional and not with that personal touch we had in other lodges.
Our guide Coca was good and tried to show us as much as possible: so our vehicle mostly was the first leaving the lodge and thereby in two cases we were lucky to see lions close-by before other vehicles came or before the lions moved (and because of being in a National Park it was not permitted to follow them off-road!!). In addition to the lions and many, many elephants we've seen one leopard, a pack of (resting) wild dogs, some hyenas, rare roan antelopes, some giraffes, buffaloes, wildebeests and ..... all in all not too many animals but more than you would expect in that hostile area!
Leopard catching fish in dried up channel
Landscape here was a complete contrast as it was very dry. The wildlife was varied with outstanding views of a leopard coming to the area of the channel that retained a little moisture and fishing out barely alive catfish. As birdwatchers we enjoyed the different species found here.
Our guide, Baba, was the most charismatic of all we had met. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of flora and fauna even to the point of knowing in advance which page in the bird guide the latest sighting was on! Bruce enjoyed reading Baba's plant guide books and we learnt more from him about the culture and lifestyle of the delta residents than from anyone else.
The camp was extremely well managed and the staff always interacted fully with visitors at the communal dinners. The manager Setch led by example, always taking an active part in making our stay an enjoyable social experience.
The food in all the camps was of a good quality and here it was on a par with Machaba in being excellent.
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We were amazed that every one of the management staff remembered our names right from our first meeting, this was impressive since there were 24 people staying at the camp.
We loved the singing before each evening meal. Metal was an excellent guide, adding to our previous knowledge gained in the last two camps. They tried very hard with my dietary needs (gluten free, dairy free) but there was never any food for me at coffee time or with sundowners.
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The lodge was highly efficient and pleasurable.
All the staff were friendly and warm, making every effort to make our stay enjoyable.
We had 2 days private guiding with Chief, who worked very hard to maximize the range of animals we were able to see. The encounters with the Savuti pride of lions encircling a herd of buffalo, the mother leopard returning to her 2 month old cubs on Leopard Rock, and finally the discovery of the airport pride of lions on our departure were highlights.