Savute Safari Lodge

Reviews of Savute Safari Lodge

Excellent(93%) From 33 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 33 of our travellers who have visited Savute Safari Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Ms V - USA
Arrived on: 24-Mar-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Savute Safari Lodge review

Be forewarned: Ground squirrels enter cabins both day and surprisingly night as well. Manager is well aware and as part of the welcome speech warns incoming guests to lock away all important items so the squirrels do not destroy them. It was disconcerting to have these rodents, as well as either a large mouse or small rat, running in the rafters, and to find their droppings on our luggage.

Uninspired guide. The Lodge policy (echoing the Park policy) is a maximum of 3 vehicles, no more than 5 minutes each, when observing an animal. The reality is different: We consistently had all 6 of the lodge vehicles at most obervations, plus other lodges and self-drives. At one point 10 different vehicles chased and circled two wild dogs, even cutting between the dogs. On multiple occasions we had our guide simply leave, as this harrassment of wild animals is completely unacceptable.

The landscape is lovely and varied, and the wildlife is abundant, but the lodge is poorly run with (mostly) uninterested staff, and is less appealing than other camps.



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Mr J. from Coventry
Arrived on: 26-Jan-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Our annual African adventure 3rd leg

Excellent rooms, fantastic service, wonderful food and the legend known as Baba as our guide. Baba and I spent 3 days making jokes about each other so when limited wildlife about we still had great fun. The rock paintings were great to see along with numerous wildlife including Klipspringers,3 huge hyenas who came really close, another pack of wild dogs and one of the highlights, a family of four Ardwolfs. The only disappointment was that the channel had stopped running in 2015 which meant that the aquatic antelope like Sitatunga were no longer there. I feel that Expert Africa should have notified us of this. However, should I return to Botswana I would want to return here

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Expert Africa comments

There was some confusion over whether the rare Sitatunga or other aquatic antelope had been present in this area in the fleeting few years that the Savuti Channel was running up until 2015, or at any time in the history of the channel. Sitatungas require a very wet environment, and even if the channel has water running through it this very aquatic antelope doesn’t occur here. It is only found in the much wetter landscapes of the Okavango Delta. We were sorry these travellers believed otherwise and that we didn’t have the opportunity to correct this preconception before they travelled. We were delighted that they enjoyed their stay at Savute Safari Lodge so much and had such amazing wildlife sightings. Even better was that they went on to see a Sitatunga later in their safari.

J from California
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Savute Safari Lodge Review

Although this camp was a bit more populated than others we visited, this camp offered sights we had not seen closer to the Delta.

The game drives were great and Baba was an excellent guide. He was always thinking about positioning us for the best photograph of whatever we were seeing. A very pleasant guide with a great sense of humor.

The food and staff were great. Rooms were very nicely appointed and very pleasant.

The staff was very helpful as we had to deal with an unexpected emergency at home. They were a great help with internet and emergency phone calls. Thank you!

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Mr and Mrs N. from Bucks
Arrived on: 19-May-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Savute Safari Lodge review

Generally very happy with this accommodation and great location next to a watering hole.

Was disappointed that we were unable to go and see the San rock art, due apparently to long grass growth making visiting too dangerous. Would have been helpful if we had been made aware of this beforehand, as the only activity was therefore jeep safari.

This could have become rather repetitive, but the standard of guiding from Baba was great and we actually really enjoyed seeing what the same local pride of lions was getting up to each day. He was also very good at positioning the jeep in the very best position for photography, and for explaining where he was planning to take us each day and why.

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Dr T from Amersham
Arrived on: 17-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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second lodge in botswana trip

my room was more like a one bed apartment ! Lots of elephant noise as a continuous stream passed to the waterhole.

This is in the Savuti channel and overlooked by the dining terrace --magic. The staff were lovely and gave us a terrific song and dance introduction to dinner.

Lots of wildlife including a large pride of lions which despatched a buffalo jn front of us!

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Ms C. from London
Arrived on: 3-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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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Mrs J. from Mill Valley
Arrived on: 8-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Savute Safari Lodge Review

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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Mr & Mrs B - Essex
Arrived on: 18-Jun-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Savute Safari Lodge review

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.

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Mrs C. from Tring
Arrived on: 15-Mar-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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

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Mr. B - Hertfordshire
Arrived on: 15-Dec-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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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