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Camp Savuti
Reviewed September 13, 2013

Can not get Trip Advisor to allow reviews of the campsite so its always mixed in with Camp Savuti which has fixed tents. They looked very nice. We however were self driving.

The campsite and the whole surrounding Savute area has very deep sand. The deepest we experienced and we had even been to Central Khalari camping at Deception Valley. Our campsite overlooked part of the beautiful Savute Channel which is flowing with crystal clear water. There are birds everywhere and some are quite tame and come up to you while you are camping.

There is a campsite called Paradise which is away on its own and people who had got it said it was wonderful. Request it if you can as its very private.

The ablution blocks are fairly clean and there was hot water. Water on the pitch was helpful and the staff were very friendly. The little shop for a cold beer was very welcome. There were some big groups while we were there but everyone was there to enjoy the peace and quiet so there were not problems with noise.

Game drives were out towards the marsh and over the bridge allong the Savute Channel. We were lucky enough to see a large pride of lions on that side and groups of up to 10 giraffe. Elephants were everywhere and enjoyed crossing the channel, coming into our campsite and standing near our vehicle eating the trees. We had to wait an hour on one ocassion before we could leave to have a shower.

The last few kms into camp is very difficult as the sand is so deep there. Prior to that the road from North Gate was much better than we expected and after we left for Kasane the driving was fine and we arrived in Kasane much earlier in the day than we thought we would.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

Thank you K.G. for some wonderfull gamedrives! We were impressed by the Savute marsh, having seen Savute Ten years ago! We can highly recommend Camp Savute if you are travelling with kids - due to the high density of animals, you will propably see a lot and we had the safari vehicle on our own! We saw a pride of lions including cups, a herd of about 2000 buffalos and lepards - just to name the most impressiv. The guides are expirienced and will provide all informations about wildlife!

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

This was our first time in Savuti, and we stayed at the campsite grounds, ran by SKL. We came from Ihaha campsite, north of Chobe, and the road to get to Savuti was quite challenging. Depending on the month of the year the sand is more compact or it becomes loser and deeper. When the latter happens, it becomes a tough journey in which you will have to engage the low gear of your 4x4 vehicle a few times. However, the drive is also enjoyable as it feels like you are driving to the very heart of the African bush, and the sense and feel of wilderness is difficult to beat. The route from Savuti to Maun is not very sandy, mostly hard surface but quite in a bad condition. The vehicle shocks will be surely tested! As like in all of Botswana's remote areas, driving with more than one vehicle is advisable.

We were impressed by the campsite, as it even has a small tuckshop where you can buy some basics (including firewood). Each site also has water tap which is elephant proof. The ablutions block, also elephant proof with a huge wall around it, had solar powered hot water. On the negative side, the cleaning lady would not hesitate to use the same mop used to clean the bathroom floors and the sinks!!! Some training on hygiene is needed here. Most sites have decent shade, but not all of them. Do not book the one just in front of the ablutions block, because not only lacks privacy as everyone walks past it, but you will also roast nicely as shade is almost non-existent. Some campsites are just a bit too close from one another, so if you get loud neighbours, that can be a problem! The rangers at camp and the gate were very friendly. At night, we saw eyes reflected on our torches, perhaps hyenas or jackals. The rangers told us that there are normally no lions wondering around the campsites at night.

The landscape in Savuti is truly beautiful and magical. It will not disappoint, either at the marsh itself or around it. We saw lots of animals (leopard, lions, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, buffalo elephants, etc). The roads heading to the marsh (if dry) are hard and easy, but the first couple of Km after leaving the camp there is very thick sand to be passed.

On the negative side, I was mostly surprised at all of the lodge's game drive vehicles. None of them respected the roads and they went off track all the time in search for lions. It is quite sad to see how the people who work there on a daily basis are the first ones breaking the park rules just to show their wealthy costumers predators as close as possible. Let's remember that we are talking about very fragile vegetation and terrain that will suffer form off driving. Shouldn't these drivers think of sustainability and ecosystem preservation? It isn't fair, and I wasn't impressed. Finally, and like somebody else has pointed out, it was a true shame that the generator could be heard long hours at night time. Not being able to listen to the silence and the sounds at night broke the magic of the moment and the place.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

This was our first experience of driving in the soft sand of Botswana. The lodge is part of the Camp Savuti complex where many of the other travellers were also self drive and camping. The site is very sandy, the tents large but quite dark. The central dining area was good and all food and drink was provided. The real highlights were the daily game drives out to the Savuti Marsh where we saw masses of game: elephants, wildebeest and lions in particular - including Jack, an elderly elephant who visited the camp every day.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

We travelled from Moremi Game Reserve to Savuti which is not far in km but the road condition and thick sand, especially from the Mababe Gate into Chobe National Park only allows for very slow travelling. To be able to enjoy that particular stretch, plan enough time. We arrived at Savuti Campsite in the late afternoon and were allocated a campsite right down at the river. We stabilised our caravan in the perfect position - river view - and opened a well deserved Tafel Lager (being Windhoekers) when a huge herd of elephant appeared at the water. We just sat on our private tree stump wathching them and taking pictures until it was nearly dark. The next morning before sunrise we observed 3 wild dogs chasing an Impala right in front of us. Hornbills, Tree Squirrels and Dwarf Mongoose entertained us every morning.
The Savuti Marsh with herds of Elephant and Buffalo was just amazingly beautiful.
We loved the campsite which even has a little shop selling basic necessities - quite handy as we ran out of sugar! We found clean ablution facilities and the generators were switched off during the night. We appreciated the visit of a friendly staff member every morning enquiring about our nightly animal visitors and ensuring that we were fine. After 3 nights we found it very hard to leave but promissed to be back soon and to stay longer.
Nesi Moehle, Windhoek, Namibia

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

We had a great few days at camp Savuti. Jonas is an excellent guide. We saw so many animals it was unbelievable. Leopard, elephants, and lions to name a few. We were actually lucky enough to see three different leopards while were there. The food and the service was also good. It is sad that the water is gone for now. I will be keeping my fingers crossed that it returns soon. A great place to end our Safari adventure.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

Once our Cessna landed (1/2 hour flight from Delta Camp) Jonas (the camp manager) was waiting for us at the landing strip and as it was already 3:30 p.m. we chose to go directly for a game drive, as that was the usual time for the afternoon game drive. The park seems to be abundant with game as we had the chance to see not only elephants, kudus, giraffes, impalas, ostriches, warthogs, wildebeests, buffalos, etc. and countless species of birds, but also predators such as lions and even the rare and the elusive leopard. After watching the sun going down (great opportunity for pictures) we went to the camp. There are two tents to the left of the main lodge and three to its right, all named after the big five of the African game: buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard and rhino). As we were again lucky to be the only guests, we choose the second tent to the left ("leopard") as it was the furthest away from the lodge. The tent was very large, with king-size bed, ac., bathtub, good, modern shower outside the tent, hot water, immaculate linen and towels - excellent ! The tent also has a small verandah in the front with a small table and two chairs. After a very good hot shower, at about 7 p.m., Jonas came to accompany us to the lodge where we were served a delicious dinner. I MUST mention that on the way back to the tent and close to it, an adorable spring-hare hooped in front of my flash light - definitely the cutest creature I saw in this trip. Next day, game drive in the morning, a short siesta and then game drive in the afternoon. Upon return to the lodge we had the very pleasant surprise to find that the dinner was ready to be served on the small verandah in front of our tent, with candle light, and some red flowers my wife had earlier admired in the game drive. A very good meal and a nice, thoughtful touch at the end of our stay. All together, a very good place for game viewing, a very well run camp and a great service - not much else to ask for ...

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  • Stayed: May 2013, 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
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Ranked #10 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Chobe National Park
Price Range: $723 - $1,377 (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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