Savute Elephant Camp is a luxury camp situated on the banks of the Savute channel. Previously, the channel was dry and the camp used to overlook an active waterhole. Since 2009 the Savute channel has been flowing again and now the camp offers spectacular views over this veritable wildlife oasis in the heart of the Chobe National Park in Botswana. The game viewing is spectacular.

  • Lodge overlooks Savute channel, a game-rich area
  • Luxury thatch-and-canvas accommodation
  • Air conditioning
  • Private viewing deck with easy chairs and hammock
  • Fully-stocked mini-bar
  • Outdoor dining area (boma)
  • Excellent game viewing
  • Reference library (books, videos, audio-visual facilities)
  • Curio shop
  • Internet facilities and satellite TV
  • Heated swimming pool

Belmond Savute Elephant Camp sits in the heart of the Chobe National Park in Botswana where it accommodates 24 guests in 12 twin-bedded luxury canvas tents, all on raised wooden platforms with a thatched roof. Each room has its own private viewing deck, furnished with easy chairs and a hammock – the ideal spot to enjoy a private dinner or to enjoy some quality wildlife sightings.

There is air conditioning, a fully-stocked mini bar and a four-poster bed, complete with mosquito netting. Each room has luxurious en-suite facilities, an outside shower, a shaving mirror, a vanity unit, an electronic safe and a hairdryer. There are electric overhead fans and lighting as well as electric heaters for chilly nights. Every tented room is equipped with an internal telephone to contact reception and other tents.

Superb Game Viewing

Game viewing from Savute Elephant Camp is outstanding and the venue is also renowned for its incredible birdlife. The lodge has a prime location overlooking the pristine Savute channel, which is the scene of frequent wildlife dramas. Game drives are conducted in the early morning and late afternoon on open 4x4 vehicles, led by resident guides. Excursions to see the historic San paintings or the ancient gametrackers' baobabs can also be arranged. Savute is known for its excellent sightings of lion, elephant, leopard and, occasionally, cheetah and wild dog. Other big game include buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, tsessebe and numerous antelope species.

Life at Savute Elephant Camp

Elephant Camp offers an early morning tea/coffee delivery service to precede your day's activities. A light breakfast is served before you set off on the early morning game drive, during which tea, coffee and biscuits are served. Brunch is usually buffet style for your convenience and a light tea with snacks will be on offer during the course of the afternoon. At a sunset stop on an afternoon game drive, wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks will be served. Dinner can be enjoyed under the stars in the boma or in the main dining area. Other lodge facilities include a heated swimming pool, a private library with internet facilities and satellite TV.

Getting There

By air: flights connect from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport to Maun (45 minutes) and Kasane (50 minutes). Charter flights can be arranged from Victoria Falls, Livingstone and Windhoek, as well as private charters to Maun.

By road: Transfers from Victoria Falls and Livingstone are available.

Our Take on Belmond Savute Elephant Camp

Savute Elephant Camp is enviably located in one of the most game-rich areas of Chobe. Seeing herds of over 50 elephant or prides of lion 30 strong is not uncommon. It's a particularly beautiful corner of Botswana and the luxurious lodgings, exceptional hospitality and passionate guides echo the high standards Belmond lodges are renowned for.

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • All drinks (Including premium-branded spirits and wines but excluding imported champagne)
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • National park fees
  • Game-viewing activities
  • Laundry service
  • Transport to lodge
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Curios
  • Gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • All items of a personal nature
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