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“Phenomal camp... brilliant location... elephants in Savuti channel” 5 of 5 stars
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4.5 of 5 Lodge   |   Savuti Channel, Linyanti Reserve, Botswana   |  
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“Phenomal camp... brilliant location... elephants in Savuti channel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

I thought this camp was a-m-a-z-i-n-g. There are a few luxurious accommodation bungalows to this camp and the bungalows are located along the Savuti channel. When we arrived we were introduced to the manager Bujos and his team. They all really looked after us and the service was great. The channel was flowing and there were often elephants in the water and various antelope coming down to drink. The elephants were so close it was brilliant. The dining building where we all ate also had a bar and a great deck to sit and have an afternoon refreshment watching the wildlife. At dinner time the staff came and walked me from my bungalow to the dining building and back again after dinner. The meals were a set menu and were enjoyable. While we were on safari during the day the rooms were cleaned beautifully and my laundry washed and placed in my room. The camp is in an excellent location for game park driving. I had an absolutely fabulous experience at this camp.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

I've been there this August after a stay in Kalahari and Okawango Delta.
This is a Classic Camp of Wilderness Safari (means basic camp) and it show his age, but...
the location is AMAZING; right in front of the Savuti Channel (that this year is plenty of water), you can simply stay out of your tent and see Elephants crossing the channel and wildlife all around you.
Probably the best location we had in our Botswana trip.
The staff is friendly and very, very nice (always a plus of any Wildeness camps).
The food is good, but not special.
We were very lucky with our safari, but for what I have leant, every year is different here.
A special thank to our guide Lest, for the fantastic safari. He's a great man!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

We spent 3 nights in Savuti in July, and had a wonderful time. The camp itself has a lovely setting, on the banks of the Savuti Channel - great for sunsets from the camp deck. All the rooms look out onto the channel too. Service was perfect throughout our stay, and food excellent.

In July early mornings and evenings are very cold - particularly as there was a wind blowing for one day - but the thick ponchos and hot water bottles provided for the drives made us comfortable.

Game viewing was spectacular - highlights for us being a lion cub (with clearly exasperated mother trying to get it to behave!), multiple leopard viewings, and close-up views of elephants drinking in the channel, seen from a boat.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

Savuti Camp was our first safari, first camp and first stop in Botswana. After what seemed like quite a drive through much sand and brown bush we arrived at Savuti Camp. We were greeted by staff and shown to our "tent" - The view of the channel from our "tent" was breathtaking. We had not be at camp 30 minutes....I am watching a herd of elephant cross the channel from our deck, impala are at the rivers edge and a beautiful Lilac Breasted Roller has stopped by for a photo sitting. We shared our guide with a couple honeymooning from Italy and they were the the only people we saw on safari for three days. Our sunset break was my favorite time of day! Day 1 - we had a glass of wine at sundown with a large male Lion, Day 2 - we shared our sundown drink with the Hippos in the channel, Day 3...we sat with a baby lion cub and his mother and aunt. The balance of the days were just as surprising and delightful and very full of wildlife. Our staff was excellent and we were well taken care of. The only discomfort was the bitter cold in the mornings. Winter in Africa - It does get cold!

Room Tip: Each room is on the channel - each view is unique!
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

Savuti was our second of two Wilderness Safari camps, after a blissful 2 days at Xigera. Savuti had a lot of competition to live up to the perfect days at Xigera, and they came very close. As others have written, first class from touch down at the run way, to departure. We saw the wild dogs both days, one day resting (just about 15 feet from our jeep) and we followed them on a hunt the second day. The most compelling moment was seeing the dogs greet each other after the kill, share the meat, giving us a peek at their amazing social structure. It was simply moving and we are grateful to Lets, our knowledgeable guide, for helping us experience that moment in nature.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

This land-based camp is located along the stunning Savuti channel. The main lodge is inviting with beautiful views and the room large and well-appointed. The food was also very good. The Zambian staff were warm and welcoming, especially Lindi who greeted us on arrival. So what's not to like? Well, out first stop on this safari was the Xigera camp so our expectations for Savuti were very high. The manager of Savuti showed up once for a perfunctory hello and then we did not see him for the rest of our time--quite the contrast to Xigera where the manager seemed much more interested in ensuring that our visit was going well. Room pick-ups(you cannot walk unescorted after dark) were often late, and we had to shout out one night for our guide to come and get us so we could enjoy drinks before dinner. Laundry, while free, came back wet and crumpled in one instance. Service, at dinner was not always as attentive as it might have been. Overall, Savuti was very good but it could learn from Xigera.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Wilderness Safaris Savuti Camp, responded to this review, May 2, 2012
Thank you for your valuable feedback. We’re obviously thrilled that you had a good time at Xigera, but sad that your high expectations were not met at Savuti. The camp General Manager was only in camp on your arrival, as he had to be at DumaTau, however the rest of the management team were in place as normal.

Savuti usually generates excellent feedback and we have addressed all of the concerns mentioned to ensure that high standards are met when guests stay at the camp.

We truly appreciate the feedback, and hope that we have the opportunity to host you in the future and show you that Savuti excels in every way.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2011

We were just back from a 4 camp visit to Botswana and we had a great time at Savuti Camp. The lodge, perched on the Savuti channel now running deep, was amazing. I can't believe that this was dry for so many years are now we were going on a boat cruise to watch hippos and elephants. The boat option was a nice change of pace and a surprise because I didn't know if the water would be high enough in November. The variety of game here was great and the area is diverse with the Savuti channel and waterways itself, woodlands, and dry areas all the way over to the Linyati swamp. We saw wild dogs, leopards, lions, and more elephants than we could be believe. The diversity was a real highlight and seeing elephants in so many different settings was great (bathing, crossing the channel, eating in the woodlands, etc.). One morning we came back from the game drive and a herd of elephants was right in front of the camp just grazing for about an hour and half. You had an amazing view from the lodge and any of the rooms.

The service was good and managers Noeline and Stuart were very helpful and made sure everyone was having a great time (the camp was full during our stay, but it was all seamless). The rooms were probably the best we stayed in during our trip and the general luxury / layout of the camp exceeded all expectations. With the Savuti channel now running, the lodge has to be one of the most picturesque places in all of northern Botswana. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: All rooms seemed spread out pretty well and all have a great view of the channel, etc. You could ba...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Savuti Channel, Linyanti Reserve, Botswana
Location: Botswana > North-West District > Linyanti Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Linyanti Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Wilderness Safaris Savuti Camp 4.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience “the Vanishing River” that reappeared! Savuti Camp is located right on the Savute Channel, which for many years was dry, a wide-open ribbon of grassland snaking through the adjoining woodland. In 2008, the waters returned, and abundant game has congregated and adapted in its wake. Savuti Camp is elevated off the ground, thus taking front row seats to view the results of the amazing transformation of the resurgent Savute Channel. A thatched dining area, plunge pool and large viewing deck with fire pit extend outwards on raised wooden decks over the waters.HighlightsExploring the length of the Savute Channel and its associated woodlands is a highlight here. Game concentrations are high, particularly in the winter dry season, and apart from elephant and plains game, species such as zebra, roan, giraffe, lion, leopard and wild dog may also be encountered. 7 Tents (including 1 Family Tent): En-suite; spacious canvas-and-thatch walk-in tentsExperiences: Day and night game drives Guided nature walks (on request) Game viewing hides Boating and canoe excursions (seasonal) ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Savuti Camp Hotel Chobe National Park
Wilderness Safaris Savuti Camp Botswana/Linyanti Reserve

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