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Savute Safari Lodge
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

What should we say: In the middle of nowhere and paradise! Bright state- of- the- art- rooms, excellent game drives down to third bridge and vicinity as well (cheetah, lionesses and all the usual suspects), leopard hunting for guinea fowls in the camp, wild dogs two times, watching elefants at the waterhole right from the dining area almost all day long, great food- thanks to Michelle, her co- manager- husband and all the rest of the staff these were two days we´ll remember whole life long. Don´t miss it!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Josef R
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

You have some doubts by arriving because the entrance of the domain is not very welcoming but you have only to pass the door of the lodge to feel the ambiance of Savute Of course the wonderful staff represent a big part of this amazing atmoshere. But the meals served on the wooden terrace at only some few meters of the elephants, bathing and drinkink in the Savute river, are real moments of ecstasy. At night, candles and campfire make these moments even stronger. We'll keep this image in our memory for a long time... Thank you to Captain our guide so kind and so patient and a very warm thanking to Michelle and MC the 2 managers of the lodge who were adorable with our son Tom and make everything to make you stay in Savute as pleasant as possible.Although MC has to improve his football for the next time ;-)

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Karibou12
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

This was the second stop on our Botswana journey. The first had been a camp in the Okavango Delta, which we had absolutely enjoyed and which we have given a top rating.

The Savute Safari Lodge is different in a number of ways - it is a totally different experience - and it also deserves a top rating.

When we arrived, after being met at the airstrip, we went through the formalities of completing the few pieces of paperwork while enjoying the welcome drinks. As we were doing this we were distracted by the large number of elephants in clear view in front of the lodge, which overlooks the Savute River. Absolutely stunning!

The lodge is a comfortable establishment and the rooms, while they might like to call them "tents", are everything one could ask for.

The food was great and the service at the lodge excellent. The game drive vehicles were probably the most comfortable we had in our four camps/lodges in Botswana and I must agree with an earlier comment, they were the only ones with a decent amount of legroom. They also have a have a roof for sun protection (the sun during the day can be fierce, even to an Australian who has grown up with strong sun).

The general organisation and planning is totally around providing the experience that the guests came for - to the extent that guests departing in the late morning were taken on the morning game drive (where we encountered a pride of lions feeding on an elephant kill) and collected for transfer to the airstrip by a vehicle that met us during the game drive. It would have been so easy to tell those guests that time factors didn't permit them to be on the game drive - but that doesn't happen here!

And finally, what did we come here for? The game viewing was great and the game drives well organised. We couldn't have asked for anything more.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank ALMAustralia
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

If you go to Botswana it would be a shame to miss out on Savute Safari camp.
The lodge is situated on a river bank and you can see elephants and other wildlife coming to drink at the river and at the waterholes as well. You can watch this spectacle 24/7 from your verandah our from the public areas.
Michelle and MC and the other staff were doing a great job. We will always remember Score the bar tender as well.
Our guide Baba did his utmost best to find us a lion but a leopard on that drive was OK for us as well. We saw lions on 2 other occasions. One drive we got stuck in the sand but MC came with another jeep to pull us out so that was fun too.
We would recommend staying 3 nights because there’s so much to see and don’t forget to visit the rock paintings. It’s a little climb up a hill to see them but you also get a nice view of the area.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank belgiantraveller
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

Service is wonderful from the minute you land at the airport. Our guide Gee knew so much interesting information, Michelle, MC & BK welcomed us, and after a tour & welcome drink took us to our room. We had room 1 which turned out to be the best as we watched a leopard and an elephant face-off for an hour or so (BK had come running to tell us so that we wouldn't miss it). every night dozens of elephants come to the watering hole, which is only a stone's throw from where you eat dinner (great food for all meals). Scor the barman is almost blind but he can make any drink known to man; he as been with the safari company for 30 years.

Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
Thank MHuddart
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