Savute Reserve
Savute Reserve
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Rich in grasslands, desert plains and volcanic hills, the Savuti (Savute) area covers nearly two thousand square miles of Chobe National Park.
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Sanne H
4 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Savuti is almost guaranteed to deliver, when it comes to game drives. In just a few hours we saw hundreds of elephants, thousands of zebra and springbok plus giraffes, buffalo, wildebeest, kudu, etc. as well as a varied birdlife, including vultures feasting on a meal of leftover elephant. That said - considering the exorbitant entrance fees to the park, there should be a little left over to update the signs in the park. Many have, I suspect, been used by elephants etc. to rub itchy spots, the directions on the signs are worn off and impossible to read, or the signs have been tipped over. It is very easy to loose your way and ending up in the wrong place. As for the tar roads leading to the north of Botswana - they are a disgrace. The road from Sehitwa via Shakawe we named Pothole Avenue - the tar is in some places nonexistent, which is almost to be preferred to giant potholes that are almost impossible to avoid. The same goes for the Maun-Nata-Kasane road. The government of Botswana should be ashamed of not maintaining the infrastructure - but maybe the politicians are more interested in short term mining adventures with foreign investors skimming the profits and ruining the roads with heavy trucks. Botswana could learn a lot from Namibia - if you want to experience Savuti, go via Caprivi if possible. Both Maun and Kasane have a lot of lovely, expensive lodges, campsites and also a growing amount of private guesthouses. The towns is growing, but apparently without much thought to the main source of income: Tourism. In the evening, the old centre of Kasane is practically dead, no evening life, except at the lodges and larger guesthouses. A bit of city planning would go a long way. But city planners seem to be interested solely in developing industrial areas and boring mainstream malls on the outskirts of Kasane. The same goes for Maun. No places to stroll in the evening, you need to take your car to a specific place. We lived in Botswana 30 years ago, back then Kasane and Maun were small, but lively and pleasant to visit!
Written 19 February 2024
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4 642 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
Spent two nights here at a campsite within the park. The area has many features: the Mababe Depression, the Savuti Channel, the Linyati Channel [both channels dry at the moment], various vleis or pans [bore holes for the wildlife to drink], the Savuti Marsh and several rocky hills or kopjes. The game is good but you still have to work at it. Saw lions twice [a lazy male on the first day plus two of the three in Scotty’s pride walking around the outskirts of camp at morning java] but no leopards [just recent tracks]. A long slog through heavy sandy was well rewarded with a group of somewhat skittish wild dogs in the mid-morning sun.
Written 9 July 2023
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George R
3 contributions
Nov 2022
Fantastic trip to Savuti Game Reserve wildlife reserve located in Botswana. It is known for its large elephant population, as well as other species such as lions, leopards, and hippos. The reserve is also home to a variety of bird species. The landscape of the reserve is diverse, including savannah grasslands, wetlands, and rocky outcroppings. Visitors can go on safari drives and walks to see the wildlife, and there are also luxury camps and lodges available for accommodation. Overall, Savuti Game Reserve offers visitors the opportunity to experience the beauty of the African wilderness and see a wide variety of wildlife in their natural habitat.
Written 19 January 2023
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ddexploretheworld
Ottawa, Canada18 contributions
Nov 2022
Staff, location and cabin absolutely brilliant. Safaris and guide,Tua, just exceptional. Laundry done in a day, wine and food delicious. A must visit.
Written 4 December 2022
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Tabbie Kat
Inverness, UK332 contributions
May 2022
One of the first things we saw here was an Impala up a tree. Of course it didn't climb the tree but was left there by a leopard. So we were checked in, relaxed and had our first game drive back to the same tree. Sure enough we saw our first ever leopard here. Then the second. Then the third. It was a mother and two sub adults. What could be better? So imagine our astonishment when an adult male came out of the bushes and joined them! A complete family group of four. We spoke to Matto Barfuss who was also there. He spends six months of every year in the bush and hasn't seen that for ten years. What a privilege. Of course we saw much more in our three days. Wild dogs were an obvious highlight. And three young male lions relaxing together, one of which walked past the jeep so close I could have touched him. Food and service here was first class, as were the guides. Ask the guide about the Savute Channel, its an interesting fact.
Written 30 July 2022
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Maria N
Australia22 contributions
Jun 2022
We had special moments every day Lions, Cheetahs, Elephant, herds of wildebeest & antelope, 100's of birds, giraffe, & best of all Painted Wolves (Wild Dogs !!!)
Written 10 June 2022
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Matthew G
7 contributions
Mar 2022
Beautiful views and wildlife. Saw many, many birds along with giraffe, buffalo, elephant, lions, impala, jackels, zebra and many more.
Written 3 April 2022
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Kushatha Moesi
Gaborone, Botswana6 contributions
Dec 2020 • Friends
We had a wonderful time camping there, the staff was very friendly and best of all, the ablution blocks are super clean!
Written 29 December 2020
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Barb C
Toronto, Canada100 contributions
Oct 2019
Watching the animals was incredible. A leopard walked right along side our jeep. Up close and personal with the animal water hole.
Written 29 May 2020
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Peter
Antwerp, Belgium8 203 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Got a private tour in a large safari vehicle. Eye in eye with all the wildlife, except for the leopard. Even witnessed a pack of wild dogs hunting and killing a small impala. Fabulous park.
Written 29 January 2020
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