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Reviewed June 4, 2017 via mobile

After 2 nights at Kwetsani water camp we reached Savuti...it gives a real feel of a jungle stay... the Defender had to negotiate deep sandy ruts at times quite deep to reach the camp from the airport.The thrill began before we reached the camp.. we loved the luxurious thatched tented cottages.The netted fenestration in the front gives a great view of the savute channel.. one has to sleep hearing elephant walk on the channel and wake up to hippo grunts in the morning.The common area rustic decor was superb.. curio shop had a good collection... food was great... bush buddies .. management and guide Evans need special mention because we loved the personalised touches here and there.. the sundowners were.The activities were superb and specially the wild dogs chase..Cheers to Savuti

Stayed: May 2017, traveled as a couple
Thank monishab953
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WildernessSafaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Savuti Camp, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2017

Dear monishab953,

Thank you for the wonderful review, we are so glad to hear how much you enjoyed your stay with us and in combination with Kwetsani, Savuti rounds up a true Botswana experience. We are delighted to see how much you enjoyed your time with Evans and watching the always entertaining wild dogs. We will be sure to send him your warm regards as well as all the staff in camp.

Thank you again
Wilderness Safaris

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Reviewed April 19, 2017

They say your guide really makes the safari and never was it more true than at Savuti Camp. That's not to say the camp itself isn't outstanding (it's absolutely beautiful, the service is top notch, the food was terrific); it's just that our guide Goodman had us captivated from morning till night every day of our visit. Every time I feared he couldn't top the last experience, he pulled something truly spectacular out of his hat—tracking (and being the first to see!) mama lions and their three-month old cubs, touching a python, meeting a monitor lizard, predicting every move angry elephants would make.... He had every member of the family engaged no matter the age—from single digits to mid-forties—with stories, jokes and rich info on not just the wildlife of Botswana but also the people, the culture, the government, the conservation efforts, and more. Not to mention, he stole the show at Culture Night, which was truly a memorable experience.

We were surprised and delighted to discover our kids were matched with Kelly, a Bush Buddy. She is magic: managing to elicit laughter and smiles from everyone (even an ornery nine-year-old going on very little sleep) with a brain teaser or a well-timed game! They even went off to bake bread and search for frogs and lizards, offering grownups a bit of time to relax by the pool with a book.

The family suite was perfect—beautiful, close to the main area on a raised path (so kids could move freely on their own in daylight) and offering ample (separate but connected) space for kids and adults alike. The views were beautiful and it was incredible to come home from a game run to find elephants feeding in the channel just outside.

Everyone at camp was warm and welcoming. Food was great. Really no complaints—we would absolutely recommend it and be thrilled to go back.

  • Stayed: April 2017, traveled with family
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Thank Melib212
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WildernessSafaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Savuti Camp, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2017

Dear Melib212,

Thank you for the amazing review and glowing praises for Goodman and Kelly - we have passed your beautiful words on to all in camp who will be delighted to read your kind words.

Wilderness Safaris has several key staff members – known as Bush Buddies – who have been trained in childcare and educational aspects of looking after children in the bush. They are all highly motivated and will ensure that children visiting our camps get the most out of the experience. The Bush Buddy’s sole purpose during a family’s stay is to focus on their new friends in camp.

Thank you again and we hope to welcome you all back soon.
Wilderness Safaris

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Reviewed November 4, 2016

This was our second time in the Linyanti Reserve, last time 2 years ago at Duma Tau. The Savuti waterway has dried up again and the landscape has changed dramatically in 2 years. Much of our time was spent traveling great distances to the water up to 1 1/2 hour by bouncy Landcover. We did see a spectacular huge croc that had many kilometers to go to find water, but little else of the dried up areas. We visited after the rains in May 2016, and surely the grasslands will return with many grazers and of course the lions the area was famous for. So this time, some elephants far north, some sporadic grazers, a pond of wallowing catfish, crocs, and several beautiful birds. No dogs, no lions, no leopards, and quite frankly, our last time to the Linyanti given what Botswana has in the Okavango.

  • Stayed: May 2016, traveled with family
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WildernessSafaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Savuti Camp, responded to this reviewResponded November 9, 2016

Dear Jenckes,

Many thanks for your feedback and advice to other travelers. Conditions have indeed changed along the Savute Channel in Linyanti. The water has dried up in front of camp and the channel – inundated with water for the past 5 or 6 years – is now reverting to a ribbon of grassland dotted with natural and pumped waterholes. The impact this has had is to draw in large herds of various herbivores and their predators to the remaining water and we have genuinely had the most exciting and high impact dramatic wildlife viewing for many years over the past few months (July through to October). The whole of Wilderness Safaris is actually abuzz with enthusiasm for the changed conditions in the Savute Channel, and this has been echoed by many of our travel trade partners and our guests. See for example the blog written by a tour operator known as African Insider: Savuti Botswana’s Secret.

May is a transitional period between the wet and dry seasons in this area, and to boot this was actually the transition between the wet and dry cycles, so I can well understand that you didn’t have these kinds of sightings and experiences and as such your perceptions as covered here would seemingly have been justified. Please don’t let this be your last visit to the area though … we anticipate that that dry seasons of the next few years are really going to offer exceptional game viewing along the Channel bring the famed log pile hide in front of camp back into play, and making household names again of places like Dish Pan and Rock Pan that were the epicenters of wildlife viewing before the recently lapsed wet cycle. In fact we couldn’t be more excited about the future for Savuti Camp.
We would urge you to read the two recent blog posts on the Wilderness Safaris website, by experts on the area that might give some perspective on 1) the high quality of game viewing experienced over the dry season: It’s Really Heating Up! Linyanti and Savute Channel Update, and 2) the changing cycles here: Retracing the Savute Channel.

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Wilderness Safaris

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Reviewed October 25, 2016

On our recent trip to Africa - we had the pleasure of staying at Savuti. We came from Sabi Sands/Kruger and weren't sure what to expect with Botswana. It was amazing. Having been on safari in Kenya during the migration we wanted something that would "knock our socks off." Sabi/Kruger didn't do it, but Botswana was right up there. We took two flights to get to this camp. Landed on a dirt airstrip and were picked up and went on a drive through the bush toward camp. It was very hot and dry. The bush was also very dry, so first impression of the landscape wasn't the best, however, it dramatically improved as time went on.

We had the good fortune of having Lucky as our driver for three days. He is very knowledgeable, entertaining and funny! We had the best time. Mornings/afternoons/evenings in the bush seeing hundreds and hundreds of animals - massive herds of elephants, lions, lions mating, rhino, leopards, water buffalo, baboons, zebra, giraffe, etc... It was incredible. One of the best travel experiences of my life. If I could've stayed longer, I would have. Thanks to Lucky we had a fantastic experience with our game drives.

The room we were assigned was just beautiful. All the way on the end overlooking the bush and dozens of dozens of elephants continually migrating past. Just a stunning sight to see. The bed was very comfortable, the linens were soft, the bath was lovely and the room was very spacious and well appointed. I really enjoyed all the sounds of the bush in the night. Incredible!!

The wine/meals were very good.They are mostly served at communal tables, (you can request a private table if you like). It offered the opportunity to mingle with other guests and was very enjoyable. I will say that I found dinner to be the best meal. Breakfast and lunch could be a bit limited in the selections they offered and I just couldn't get eggs prepared the way I ordered them, so I gave up. I would recommend some additional options for guests. Be very clear about any food requirements you have ahead of time as the meals are set menus and you don't have the option of ordering anything else.

This camp has a small pool overlooking the bush. It is very small but refreshing in the heat and a lovely place to relax with the incredible parade of elephants going by. Where else can you sit next to a pool and relax with a drink and watch elephants go by?! Amazing!

The staff was incredible. Very warm, friendly and willing to do whatever they could to please you. Lovely people!

I did have business issues while I was there, but there was no wifi available unless you went and stood next to the office and hoped for a signal. This is frustrating for those of us that do need to be connected. Also, the camp may want to consider offering massage services to their guests. It would be a nice touch as I longed for a massage after being out in the bush all day.

If you are considering staying at a true bush camp - go to Savuti. It is an incredible, once in a lifetime experience. I would definitely go back!

  • Stayed: September 2016, traveled as a couple
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Thank Katmo1864
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WildernessSafaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Savuti Camp, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2016

Dear Katmo1864,

Thank you for a wonderful review, we are thrilled to see what a great stay you had with us as well as all the fabulous sightings you enjoyed during your adventures with Lucky. We will be sure to share your kind words with him and all the great staff in camp. Thank you for your suggestion about the massage services, we will be sure to look into this for you and if there is a market for this amongst our guests. Our sister camps within Linyanti however; Kings Pool and Duma Tau, do have message therapist in camp who will give you a private in room massage on request and at an extra cost.

Kind regards
Wilderness Safaris

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Reviewed September 5, 2016

We had spent a few nights at Duma Tau and then transferred to Savuti for our last night in Botswana. The camp is a true African experience. The staff are good, the lodge is very low key and relaxed and the rooms are fantastic. One also cant been the game activity as the Savuti Channel was starting to flow but was still some way from the camp. The waterhole in front of the camp has never not got something at it while we were awake.

  • Stayed: August 2016, traveled with family
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Thank SR22TSC
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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Wilderness Safaris Savuti Camp, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2016

Dear SR22TSC,

Albeit a short visit, we are so glad you enjoyed your recent stay at Savuti. It is quite interesting to see how the dynamics have changed over the years - from a dry channel before 2008, to being able to boat and canoe in front of camp in 2011/12 and back to a dry channel now. Of course, this does mean the wildlife will congregate at the waterhole in front of camp and we are pleased to hear this did not disappoint. Thank you too for your kind words about the staff and camp - we will share this with the team on the ground accordingly.

Warm regards
Wilderness Safaris

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