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“Savute and Leopards” 5 of 5 stars
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4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Savute Channel | Savuti Area, Chobe National Park, Chobe National Park none, Botswana   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Savute and Leopards”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

I was blessed to be able to stay at this wonderful camp during a recent photography tour with Jim Zuckerman. We stayed at three different camps in Botswana all owned by the same company. I have to say our group really loved all three but the best was Savute and Gwist as a guide made it all the better. We saw a total of 6 different leopards during our three nights with sighting each and every day (one inside the camp). Also got to see two Cheetah the last morning, the wildlife viewing was so nice. The service was top notch, the drinks cold and the food very tasty. I can't say enough about the entire staff and encourage anyone traveling to Botswana to stay here you won't be sorry. Hello to the crew at the camp I think about you often and can't thank you enough for the experience of a lifetime. Take Care Memoriee

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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walbots, Director of Sales at Savute Safari Lodge, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Dear Memoriee

Thank you very much for your kind review of Savute Safari Lodge. One of the biggest motivating factors for our team here at Savute is the feedback that we receive from our guests, especially from a forum such as this. We will ensure that your kind words are shared with the team here.

Gwist will be very pleased to read your comments and we are so pleased that his efforts contributed so hugely to your safari experience.

Many thanks again and again!!

With kind regards and warm safari greetings, Obie, Angie, Gwist and the entire team at Savute Safari Lodge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Rob and I recently had the very good fortune to be booked at Savute Safari Lodge for a 2 day stay, and it is one of the most wonderful experiences of our life....and we have had a number of good experiences! We stayed in a beautifully appointed luxury cabin with a waterhole in front of the verandah, and the day we arrived we were greeted with 22 elephant drinking and socialising about 20 metres in front of our room-- mind blowing! The 15 minute trip in from the airstrip with our guide for the stay, Gwiss, actually took about an hour, because of the number of wildlife up close and personal which we came upon as we drove, and we just HAD to look at them all. A very exciting start! We were given a very warm welcome by the staff, and as soon as we had had a bit to eat, set off on the first of our jeep excursions. Our guide was an expert finder of tracks and game, and we were blown away by the number of especially exciting things he found for us to see. The sheer numbers of game in the park is incredible, but the guides first have to find them, and that is not easy without the expertise. We ate first class meals , most served alfreso on the verandah at long tables, so that we met lots of interesting people and no one was left out. After dinner we all adjourned to an open boma (fire) beside the dining area for cocktails, coffee, whatever one wanted, and a happy sharing of the days experiences. Congratulations Obie, Angie and the team, on running such a wonderful place of hospitality and bonhomie. You make your guests feel very welcome, and we were very sad when the time came for us to leave.

Room Tip: We were in cabin 7 and loved it, but as the lodge is a small one, I think all the cabins would be te...
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  • Stayed May 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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walbots, Director of Sales at Savute Safari Lodge, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Dear Rob and Gillian - Many thanks for this wonderful review of Savute Safari Lodge. We are indeed very happy that you had such a great stay with us and it ranks right up there with the best experiences for you. Gwist has just paid us a visit in the office and we have shown him your feedback - this is so motivating for him!! Many thanks!! With warm safari greetings, Obie Angie and the team at Savute Safari Lodge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

We just spent three nights here in room #8 overlooking a popular watering hole for elephants. There was no reason to view from other areas on the property--this room was perfect. Some folks complain about noise, but it was part of the experience. Not a bother at all. The food was also excellent and they accommodated special meals very well. Our guide was Gwist, who was amazing in his ability to track animals and his thorough knowledge of all types of birds, animals, etc. we can't say enough about the friendly, warm staff who made our stay here so wonderful.
Our travel agent highly recommended staying here and we were not disappointed. They do provide insect repellent, although we didn't really need it, but we needed more sunscreen. Be prepared to dress in layers, especially on the morning game drives as it gets very cold.

Room Tip: Room eight overlooks the elephant watering hole. great viewing, but a bit noisy at night. Well worth...
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  • Stayed June 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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walbots, Director of Sales at Savute Safari Lodge, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Thank you very much for your review of Savute Safari Lodge. Gwist is going to be delighted to read your comments as we know how committed he is and hard he tries. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and hopefully we will be able to welcome you back to Room 8 some time in the future?? -Kind regards, Angie, Obie, Gwist and the Savute Safari Lodge team.
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Thank you to Walter at Safari Online. We wouldn't of had this experience without his knowledge of this lodge.
Not sure why this lodge is only a 4 star it should be a 5 star.
This lodge offers a morning and night drives.
The rooms are large, bright and are overlooking the waterholes where all types of animals come to drink. We saw the tinniest elephant. He was only around 5 months old.
Food was outstanding, the night entertainment from the staff was unforgettable. Thank god we filmed it to so family and friends back home. We saw loads of different birds.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the waterhole
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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walbots, Director of Sales at Savute Safari Lodge, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Many thanks for your kind review of Savute Safari Lodge - we are indeed happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. Your endorsement of Walter Khors is right on the button as well. Kind regards - Obie, Angie and the Savute Safari Lodge team.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Savute Safari Lodge was our first stop on our visit to Botswana and what a start! The staff's welcome was very warming and we were treated like family throughout our stay. All of the staff know your name and are interested in you without being overbearing, we've never relaxed so quickly into a holiday. The safari and guides were fantastic, professional and friendly. All of the staff made our stay the best I've had in any lodge or hotel, they've got customer service nailed. Thank you for such a wonderful experience everyone at Savute Lodge.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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
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walbots, Director of Sales at Savute Safari Lodge, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
We are incredibly pleased to read your review of Savute Safari Lodge. Many thanks for your kind words. It was wonderful hosting you on your recent stay with us and certainly we look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back in the future. With warm smiles and greetings, Obie, Angie and the Savute Safari Lodge Team.
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Mooresville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Savute Safari Lodge is a Desert & Delta property with African longhouse chalets overlooking a vast water hole area. This is our second trip to Botswana and of the four camps we visited, it was our favorite for in your face game watching. The lodge has a wonderful feel to it, very nice bar and living room area and an outside dining room with a continuous changing view. We had room #6- a very large and spacious area with generous armoires, desk and dressing table and separate shower and sink. It looked directly over the artificial water hole. The Savute Channel is about bone dry and that is practically the only water source around so you can watch large herds of elephant coming in to drink 24 hours a day about 50-100 feet from your room. It was interesting to watch the hierarchy on who got water first. While we were there-a wild dog killed an impala in front of the lodge and brought his pack back to feed. The wild dog is fast becoming extinct so we were fortunate to see them,Lucky our guide was very experienced and knowledgeable and we had wonderful lion sightings including mating lions, elephants up close and personal, cape buffalo, leopard and cubs and at least 30 giraffe in a herd-one of which was nice enough to stroll across the sunset during our sundowner. We saw hundreds of other wildlife as well. The Savute area is where it is happening. The staff sang to us at dinner and we had great food, wonderful wines. Score the #1 bartender took great care of us as well as the very attentive staff of Obie, Angie, Hendrick, Renny and team who made sure our stay was extremely memorable. If you want an OMG experience in Africa, this is the place to go!

Room Tip: Room #6 and 7 have really great views of the waterhole all day.
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  • Stayed May 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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walbots, Director of Sales at Savute Safari Lodge, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
We are delighted to receive your review of Savute Safari Lodge. It was only a pleasure to host you and welcome you into our Savute family recently. We are pleased that you saw what Savute is all about and hope that the memories will remain for a long time. Your room and our smiles are waiting to welcome you for your return visit. With warm wishes - Obie, Angie, Renny, Henricks and the Savute Safari Lodge family.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Savute Lodge was the third of our D&D camps in our African safari, and it was the favorite of all four of us. The wildlife is spectacular, with elephants all day and night visible from the dining table. One morning from our bed we could see two lionesses on the prowl. Our guide was Gee, and the G could well stand for Genius. He was a superb tracker, who - incredibly - delivered on every single request - leopards (4), cheetahs (2), lions (6), hyena (one) and ostriches (too numerous to count). The final morning two in our group needed to leave by 9 AM for the airport, so he took out oearly at 6:45 to track a male lion. (On the way we had a side-tour to a leopard lolling in a tree). He found the lion, got us into position for the best pictures in the early morning light, called the other vehicles so they could join in the fun. He then told us he would need to fly to the airport because time was short. But on the way he suddenly stopped and pointed out a second leopard in a tree several hundred feet away. When asked him how he could have possibly known, he said that he noticed that several vehicle tracks in the road swerved as if they had pulled off to to observe something interesting. He scanned the horizon and voila! there was the leopard. In addition to the phenomenal tracking was the quiet confidence, quick humor and wonderful insights that he shared almost non-stop. We felt part of this great circle of life in a way that we will always remember.
The rest of the camp was also superior. The food excellent, the staff were over-the-top friendly, and we truly felt part of their family. We sensed that we left better people than when we arrived. We will definitely return.

Room Tip: Rooms 4 and 5 have a great view of the water hole. You can request a guide; we also heard that Baba...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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walbots, Director of Sales at Savute Safari Lodge, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
We are sincerely grateful for your very kind review of Savute Safari Lodge. Gee is going to be so happy to read your comments as we know how hard he tries - and then to get results like this must be very rewarding for him. Savute is a magical place and certainly we are pleased that you got to see it at its best. There is always a room, a plate of food while dining with the elephant and friendly smiles to welcome you back. Many thanks and warm safari greetings - Obie, Angie, Gee and the Savute Safari Lodge team.
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Address: Savute Channel | Savuti Area, Chobe National Park, Chobe National Park none, Botswana
Location: Botswana > North-West District > Chobe National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Chobe National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Savute Safari Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
To ensure a private and relaxing environment, Savute Safari Lodge accommodates just twenty-four guests in twelve thatched chalets built of local timber. The chalets, which have been elegantly furnished in calm neutral tones to blend with the natural environment, feature expansive private decks, a combined bedroom and lounge area and en suite facilities. Your stay at Savute Safari Lodge is fully inclusive of accommodation, all meals, drinks, national park entry fees, scheduled activities, laundry service. ... more   less 
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