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Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
West Palm Beach, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Chobe Elephants and so much more..”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

Being in a National Park means you have to stay on the roads, so unlike Khwai River, we were unable to get up close and personal in our vehicles. Although we did have some close sightings, being bound to the road does make some difference. Still an overall wonderful experience--and you almost can't go to Botswana and not experience Chobe!. And Debby does do a great job of taking care of you. Great food, and service. Loved the outdoor showers. Our porch looked right out over the channel, so lots of elephants to watch. Air-conditioning and large rooms/bathrooms a lovely luxury in the bush. As stated in other reviews on the Orient Express properties, lots of Big $ and other wildlife, but no Rhinos, so plan accordingly. For us personally, we wouldn't have missed any of the O-E camps!

Room Tip: Don't know that it matters, our tent was lovely: spacious, air-conditioned, loved the out-door...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

I visited this camp with my family, spent 4 perfect days. We have traveled to many safari destinations and this ranks as one of the best. Just the right mixture of luxury and casual atmosphere. Debby was the relief manager and needs to be singled out. She was really fabulous. Food was good, game drives were always exciting and the accommodation was way better than expected. Can't wait to return.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Pune, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed September 29, 2012

We stayed at this camp for 3 nights in September 2012 and I must say that the camp provided the perfect blend of the luxury and game viewing.
The camp is permanent on the savuti channel and all tents are overlooking this channel. Each tent has a private sit out ,thereby, enabling one to view the herds of elephants,impalas and gazelles drinking water from the channel at various times of the day.We could hear lions roar from our rooms. We would also often see elephants cross the channel ,even in the dark.
Rooms are chic and luxurious with air conditioning. The bath area is stylishly done and the outside shower is something surely to look forward to.There is intercom in the rooms . Unfortunately, internet connection was down during the days we were there ,and the only contact that the camp had with the outside world was on radio.
Staff is extremely polite and friendly, particularly Ketsho and OT and skindog. Debbie and Phet,we really appreciate your hospitality and the willingness to walk that extra mile to make us feel comfortable. Debbie -thanks a lot for your help with the satellite phone, despite some initial hitches.
Food is perfect , however, some variety in the type of dishes would be good.Fruit salad and cheese platter can be tiring after a while . However, I must make a mention here that, Debbie made sure that our dietary preferences were well taken care of and would often check with us as,with every other guest in the camp ,as to whether we were ok with the food.
Game drives are fantastic . The rangers have good knowledge of local wildlife and flora and fauna. Our guide , Rogers, was particularly very good and gave us lot of information on birds . In addition to viewing Leopards, Hyena, Jackal,Lions,Elephants, Buffalos and numerous birds,thanks to Rogers, we were also very lucky to spot a pack of african wild dogs resting under a bush .
Overall, an excellent stay worth the price .

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Durban, South Africa
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27 reviews
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

I cannot sufficiently describe how beautiful this camp is. All the rooms and the dining area over-look what was once a dried up river and what is now a beautiful lush flow of water attracting all kinds of wildlife.

We spotted so many elephants and various small buck over our stay there. Made even better by the fact that the water was shallow enough for them all to jump in and have a swim. Its animal viewing at its finest. We sadly arrived a day too late for a cheetah sighting right on the river bed. A child had spotted him from the deck on his tent and watched in awe as the cheetah swiped a fish out of the water and proceeded to eat it right on the banks of the river. Simply delightful!

The tents were exactly as pictured. Luxurious and well-maintained, we could not have asked for more.

Our day trips out were wonderful. The guides being very informative. The best part was that each trip was private for you and your party. So my family had its own vehicle and guide which meant that we could stay out later or come in earlier depending on our feelings on that day. The guide was awesome and we even tracked lions and cheetahs for one afternoon which was lots of fun.

The safaris were absolutely beautiful. I live in South Africa but Botswana has a completely different feeling and surrounding. We have never seen so many elephants and bird life! Absolutely breath-taking.

There is no end to the wonderful things I could say about the staff at Orient-Express. They run truly magnificent lodges and only local people are employed there to make the experience all the more authentic. Everyone speaks beautiful english so there is no worries about a language barrier either.

Lastly something must be said about the pilots who fly the planes from one camp to the next. They do an excellent job! The flights felt safe and quick and their landings were superb given that they were landing on sand and not tarmac. It simply added to the fun!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Sotogrande, Spain
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80 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2012

We stayed at this camp for 3 nights. We had the most wonderful stay, mainly thanks to our guide called Mighty. HIs knowledge of the area and the animals was nothing short of incredible. We were able to see a leopard with two cubs and a lion walking through the marshes along with SO much more.

The setting of the camp is beautiful, great views from the tent terrace of elephants walking by! The 'tents' (I use that loosely!) are luxurious.

Had a wonderful time with memories for a lifetime. If you are thinking about a safari - this is the place to come.

Room Tip: Room 8 is the furthest away from the main areas and offers excellent views.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Vienna, Austria
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54 reviews
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

We had a 2 nights stay in this camp based on a 6 nights trip in the Okavango Delta, all in Orient Express camps.
Our experience in this camp was outstanding. The tranquility of the place, the very profund guides, excellent food and very very friendly staff.
The one's expecting all on a NYC level in the middle of the Okavango Delta will be disapointed, but these people should not go to any such place.
We experienced great game drives in totally dry areas (at that season) but also along rivers and close to swamp areas, which results in a great mixture of different environment and wildlife: Elephants, Leopard (chasing), Lions, Zebras, Giraffs, Wild Dogs (!), Hypos etc etc. Sitting in an open Land Rover 3m next to Lions for 20 minutes at dawn, Leopards crossing the way 5m ahead of the car …
You may ask any question and will get a deep and detailled answer, very well trained staff.
We did like the food very much, but please see this in relation to where you are: this is in a totally remote area (most of the time accessible just by plane) and they use mainly local staff (to bring up the region).
We had our villa almost at the very end of the compound, which made it totally quiet: just the sound of the nature from your personal deck. But you don’t have time enough to enjoy it. Just try to watch every animal with all senses and enjoy every second you are there.
Summary: we strongly recommend a stay there and bring very good binoculars, you will use them constantly! Also for the night sky.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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new york
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37 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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Reviewed May 26, 2012

We felt well treated in every way in this lovely camp. The stars were wonderful, the park excellent. Good food, although flies were a bit of a problem. Nice gift shop with baskets by the hotel staff and their spouses. REally enjoyed ourselves here and could see the elephants from our rooms!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge
Address: Savute Channel, Chobe National Park, Botswana
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Location: Botswana > North-West District > Chobe National Park
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Chobe National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated at the very heart of a wildlife reserve, Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge is authentic and truly wild - the perfect place to feel the pulse of Botswana. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Savute Elephant Camp By Orient-Express Hotel Chobe National Park

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