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“Wonderful Botswana safari experience”
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Camp Savuti
Reviewed January 10, 2013

The Savuti Camp has definitely been the highlight of our holiday in November 2012. The Camp itself is wonderful, extremely exclusive in its small size and yet not too pricy in comparison with other Botswana remote lodges. The tents have every comfort one can demand to a remote camping experience: a huge comfortable bed, ensuite wooden bathroom, fresh and soft linen. Each tent has an emergency horn that you can blow when in need of something after sunset, since the camp has no fence and it is forbidden (and primarily dangerous) to walk around the camp in darkness. The food is also a big plus at Camp Savuti. Dinners are delicious and consumed around a large table together with the staff in a very nice atmosphere. That is to say, as a guest you are treated really well but not that exaggerated feeling that you are THE guest which I personally dislike. Wildlife and landscape are so great at Savuti that one cannot describe it with words. The marches are enormous, and the Savuti channel meanders through them in a perfect "Lion King" scenery. Herds of elephants, buffalos, zebras, antilopes are everywhere in the marshes, and the predators, too. Our guide Josiah has been excellent in spotting for us leopards and lions only from the tiniest movement of their tail under a bush. I recommend everybody a Savannah Dry as sundowner drink.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

After reading some of the other reviews it seems theres some confusion around Camp Savuti and Savuti Camp! For clarity. this review covers the public campsite...

The first thing to mention is the state of the roads in chobe in the late dry season. They are largely very deep fine sand. Very difficult driving and high clearance 4x4 is vital . From ihaha to savuti ( 150km approx) took about 4hours.

Savuti feels more of a settlement than ihaha as there are a couple of campsites and lodges , though its still essentially 'the back of beyond'. Theres even a small store selling basic essentials though this didnt seem to be open for the 2 days we were there.We were allocated pitch 5 which was away from the small river in a large shady clearing beneath a tree. Loads of room for one roof tent ford ranger that was our temporary home. The site was generally clean though I noticed that a couple of the rubbish bins sliding lids were missing which could lead to unwanted wildlife visitors. The site is strewn with elephant dung though we saw only one while we were there. We heard lions in the night but were told they seldom enter the camp.

On the first night we were there all the 14 pitches were full and depending on which pitch you had, your neighbours may have been visible and audible.

The ablution block was clean enough but could get crowded at the 6am rush hour. None of the lights worked either so if you were early or late in getting a shower you would be operating in the dark. The lonely planet guide warned of a troublesome baboon troop around camp but we saw none. Our only company at camp5 was a friendly African grey hornbill!

A final word on chobe- it's very remote and very very tough driving conditions. We did it in a single vehicle with no GPS. In hindsight this was foolish and we had a couple of close calls which could have gone very wrong . If you're travelling as a single vehicle I'd recommend renting GPS with a distress signaller or a sat phone.its a wild place but very rewarding in terms of game viewing and a feeling of isolation. Sitting under the amazing night time stars by the camp fire at savuti is something I'll never forget .

Room Tip: There are about 4 pitches which face the river (1 to 4 I believe). Pitch 5 is secluded and in a nice...
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

We absolutely loved everything about this Wilderness lodge. To start: You needn't worry about the food, bathroom set up or the comfort of the rooms. You will be well looked after at this property without being smothered with luxuries that are silly for a safari experience really. There is nothing that isn't top notch. The "Balance" refers to combining wildly exciting game drives, equally exciting but totally different water based adventures, and quiet and still hours watching birds and animals with totally relaxing leisure time spent in the "great rooms" of the property that are on the water and provide amazing sunset views (as you're sipping your sundowners). We have visited Africa many times and this was one of our favorite experiences. They get it just right.

Room Tip: There are no bad rooms. Ours was second to the farthest from the lodge and had a perfect water'...
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 1, 2012

Savuti is just a magical place. The tents are beautiful and very large. The only negative was an ant problem that was really bad. They were in the pipes and so they were crawling all over the faucets and shower, but the can of Doom provided took care of it. Otherwise the tent was amazing! Beautiful wood floors, ceiling fan and mosquito netting in bed. The porch overlooks the Savuti channel and it provides perfect viewing for the elephants that cross every day. Make sure to ask for a thermos in delivered with your wake-up in the morning so you can have the tea or coffee from the tea tray in your room.
The food was amazing, if they have the cheese bread eat it and eat a lot of it! Monday nights is the dinner in the Boma with a wonderful performance by the staff. Warning, no silverware allowed and the men eat first. But the mess is so worth it! The food was really good.
The staff was so sweet! Smiles on every face and they were equally as interested in us as we were in them. So many interesting conversations. It was during a siesta conversation at the bar when Keene asked me if I had ever seen an elephant. When I said not in person, she replied "On Televison?" I told her that I had seen them live in the Zoo, and then something incredible happened, she said she had heard of a zoo but asked me to explain it. Why would she know a zoo? The entire conversation happened as we watched a herd of elephants cross the channel and then have some lunch on the trees in front of us. Magical.
The landscape was an awesome mix of water and open plains. We saw a pride of 16 with an amazing large male lion. 2 leopards mating was a rare and incredible sight. They can off road so we were able to follow the them for about an hour. Hippos and more elephants than you could dream of. One day we chose to go fishing instead of a game drive. The purpose was not to see game but instead to see birds, frogs and so forth and also to get a different perspective. It was really fun and their was something incredible about having sundowners while watching an amazing sunset over the Savuti channel.
Stay at Savuti, it is really a magical place. We wish we could have spent more time here.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 26, 2012

This is a luxurious , well appointed (all needs are catered for), beautifully decorated camp. All ‘tents’ face the Savuti river and it is wonderful lying in bed or sitting on your terrace watching the birds and elephants coming down to the water. From the first choir-led greeting by the staff, everything is geared to making the guests happy and comfortable.
Game drives were well-organised (although game was quite sparse), meals well plentiful and good.
However the opulence of the rooms hides a few maintenance issues- Broken tiles in the shower, broken rattan on chairs, holes in the tent roofs. This did not detract from a wonderful stay in African paradise.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 19, 2012

Nice camp, helpful staff, good facilities, very nice campsite.

Keep in mind that animals roam this place at night, so you cant visit the bathroom at nights.

Very nicely located in the middle of Chobe. You cant compare the area around Savuti with the Chobe Riverfront. its much nicer around Savuti. We saw so many elephants and so closeby, that sometimes it was even scary. I think in one day alone we saw over 300 elephants, loads of vultures hogs, wildebees, you name it.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 5, 2012

We loved savuti. It is just the wonderful, calm place you want to have in botswana. staff is friendly and the camp sites are well situated over the area. showers and restrooms are clean and always more efficient. we find it a pity that with increasing of services and comodities always more and more people come to play indiana jones while they are the kind of guests that should stay in a lodge. keep the place basic and calm!!! that is the kind of place many people seek.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Savuti Marsh, Chobe National Park, Botswana
Location: Botswana > North-West District > Chobe National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Chobe National Park
Price Range: $706 - $1,558 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Camp Savuti 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
CAMP SAVUTI“WHERE YOU SURELY EXPERIENCE THE BEST”Camp Savuti is an intimate 10 bedded tented camp. With one tent being the honey moon suite for newly weds. Each luxurious tent boosts of an en-suite bathtub, an open shower for sheer African sky exposure and an air conditioning system which cools you down from the welcoming heat of Africa.All 5 spacious tents sit on a platform and have a large balcony overlooking the Savuti channel providing a marvel of peaceful tranquality and memories to always remember.ACTIVITIESActivities include spectacular game drives into the Savuti marsh, forming an unbelievable life basket of all animals of wings, horns and paws.You will also enjoy watching famous giant elephants coming to drink on a steady gait and the spectacular birdlife and the ever overwhelming sightings of cats and dogs of the wild. ... more   less 
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