On arrival at the tiny Savuti Airstrip we were met by our guide to be (Mighty) and transported on roads of deep sand to the Savuti Elephant Camp in Chobe National Park, Botswana.
Arrival arrangements went like clockwork and we were greeted by Baker and his wife, Vasco, the camp managers who explained the every-day routine to us and spoilt us with food, drink and hospitality while our luggage was carried to our luxury tent.
All tents overlook the Savuti 'Channel' (river) and are exceptionally well appointed with full en suite bathrooms plus an additional double outdoor shower and a verandah facing the channel.
This camp is run by Orient Express and everything is accordingly top quality. The game viewing is superb and we saw four of the 'big five' every day. The exception being rhino thanks to poachers driving the species to extinction in the country
The food is excellent and so is the tented accommodation (see pics).
Service is definitely 5 star and the camp even has an internet lounge and small library! The internet access and computer facilites are free of charge. Most US Hotels and resorts could learn from the way this vacation establishment is run and managed.
We were sorry to leave this camp in the middle of nowhere and will return just as soon as circumstances permit.
- Also Known As:
- Savute Elephant Camp By Orient-Express Hotel
- Savute Elephant Camp By Orient-Express Hotel Chobe National Park
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of the Chobe National Park, sometimes referred to as the elephant capital of the world, is Savute Elephant Camp. 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. ... more less
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