Situated on the banks of Botswana’s fabled Stolen River, Savute Safari Lodge is a traditional thatched safari lodge in a setting of singular beauty. But just as awe-inspiring is the decades old story of how the river was stolen… and in an unexpected twist, how it was given back. To ensure a private and relaxing environment, Savute Safari Lodge accommodates just 24 guests in 12 local timber and thatched chalets. The chalets have been elegantly furnished in calm neutral tones to compliment the natural environment and feature expansive private decks, a combined bedroom and lounge area plus en-suite facilities. The signature expansive glass sliding doors and viewing decks at Savute Safari Lodge were inspired by the striking panorama, and have been further complemented by the Savute Channel which now flows just 50 metres from the lodge. The Lodge provides a rare chance to see Savuti as few people other have. After another extended hiatus, the channel began flowing again and by January 2010 had spilled into the Savute Marsh for the first time in three decades. No-one knows how long the water will remain…
Savute Safari Lodge, and the Savuti region is situated in the southern stretch of Botswana`s Chobe National Park. Savuti is home to a multitude of animals and delivers an action packed experiences for visitors to the region. Game viewing, more specifically in the dryer season is characterised by hordes elephants jostling each other around half-empty pans and watering holes while thirsty impala, kudu and other herbivores have to wait for a chance to get to quench their thirst. The rains bring hundreds of birds, more specifically a wonderful variety of waterfowl which use this area to raise their young on the many water filled pans. The Savuti Marsh and the surrounding area is also a favourite area for visiting migrant birds such as Pratincole and Carmine Bee-eaters.
Savute Safari Lodge accommodates only 24 guests in local timber and glass suites with cool thatching, beautifully furnished in fresh colors. All chalets have private decks, a combined bedroom / lounge area and en-suite facilities, which sets the lodge apart from typical safari accommodation. Guest accommodation is equipped with a 220-volt AC plug which is suitable for hairdryers and the recharging of camera and video batteries. The generator is switched off at night and invert 12-volt DC lighting provides room and bathroom illumination overnight.
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Sink into one of the numerous comfortable leather, wood or wicker sofas in the lounge - and library - or sip a cocktail in the stylish bar, all of which are situated in a beautiful two-storey thatch and timber main building. Savute Safari Lodge boasts a shaded viewing deck, al fresco dining area and swimming pool with spectacular pool loungers - ideal for watching the varied wildlife – and the resident elephants - as they make their way to the Savute Channel to drink, bathe and play. The viewing deck is utilized for brunch and dinner, however is dependant on weather and animal activity at night. After dinner, enjoy a night-cap by the fire-side whilst viewing the bull elephants congregate at the water-hole for their night-cap. Savute Safari Lodge has electricity through the day and evening. Due to its remote and unspoilt location, there are no telephone, fax, email or internet facilities at Savute Safari Lodge. There is also no cell phone coverage. However, Lodge Managers are in constant two-way radio contact with our Maun Operations Office through whom important messages can be relayed.
Activities are centred around game drives throughout the Savute area in open 4x4 safari vehicles. Many trips will incorporate a visit to the Savute Marsh for your chance to see the historic presence of the Savute Channel at the marsh against a teeming backdrop of wildlife. Guests will also enjoy a visit to the ancient San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills – a small hilly outcrop which forms a remarkable landmark in the otherwise flat landscape. Savute also lays claim to the second biggest summer zebra migration in Africa, which is determined by the rains but usually occurs between November and December and again between February and April when the zebras move from the rivers in the north in search of the rain-ripe grasslands and full waterholes in the southeast of the park. Often followed by a myriad of predators, the zebra migration is a must for visitors.
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