Savute Elephant Camp in the Savuti Channel
Savute Elephant Camp is in the heart of the Chobe National Park, sometimes referred to as the elephant capital of the world. Perched on the former banks of the now dry Savute Channel, the camp offers a spectacular birds eye view of elephant in their natural habitat, with an adjacent water hole just metres away from the camps main building.
The area is also renowned for high concentration of predators such as the endangered wild dog, lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena. Find yourself in harmony with a unique timeless place as you witness a play that has no script, by actors who have no lines, in an environment that needs no set.
The area is known for its exciting game viewing and birding. This area also presents you with the rare opportunity to view rock paintings drawn by the early Bushmen, who once inhabited the region. As this camp is situated in the Chobe National Park, park regulations prohibit night drives and walking. Savute personifies the eternal contrast of Africa. Where our other two camps celebrate water and lush vegetation, Savute is an objective lesson in aridity. Rain in this dry place is rare and water is precious. Situated on the Savute Channel, which is an eccentric waterway that fluctuates between being bone-dry or flooding, the whole ethos of Savute Elephant Camp is commiserate with its inhabitants and environment, although the camp has not seen water flowing in the channel since 1983.
You find yourself in harmony with a unique timeless place, removed from city life. In Savute, you realise that precious little has changed on these dry plains since time began. And the realisation dawns that you are fortunate and privileged to be in one of the last corners of the planet governed by nature.
Savute Elephant Camp Game Viewing
Savute Elephant Camp promises outstanding game viewing without having to leave the confines of the camp itself, so prevalent is the wildlife around the water hole. When you do venture out, in open 4×4 vehicles, the there are excellent opportunities to see wildlife on the now dry Savute Marsh, which is also home to the Zebra migration during the months of February and October. In addition to the game drives, excursions can be arranged to see the historic San rock paintings in the hills or the ancient Gametrackers Baobabs.
Our camp offers game viewing activities in the morning and late afternoons. These activities take place on our safari viewing vehicle, designed for your comfort and safety. Activities are restricted to set regulations as the camp is within a national park.
The Camp is based on the edge of the Savute Marsh and primarily a desert habitat of the three camps, this area abounds with desert and savannah birds. On the Marsh one can find the largest flying bird in great numbers – Kori Bustard, Ground Hornbills, Ostrich and Northern Black Orhaan.
This area also abounds with LBJ’s – Ayers, Desert Cisticolas and a large number of Pipits and Larks. This is also one of the few places to view the Bradfield’s Hornbill which is also a true desert Species. Some 250+ birds occur at Savute and most of them are endemic to the area. Summer is a wonderful time to visit as it is lush and green and the area abounds with all the summer migrants as they follow the Rift Valley south. Savute is also well renowned for its elephant and lion populations and can often add to the experience and memories of a trip to this area.