Wilderness Savuti

Wilderness Savuti

Savuti Channel, Linyanti Reserve 16200 006 Botswana
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Standing on the raised wooden deck of Savuti, one is able to marvel at the phenomenon of nature at work. Just beneath this remote safari camp flows the enigmatic Savute Channel, until recently a dry grassland. In 2008, the waters returned and as a result game concentrations are particularly high in the dry winter season. A thatched main area and viewing deck take in the scene, while exploring the length of the Savute and its associated woodlands by boat or vehicle is a highlight here. • 7 tents (1 family) • day and night game drives • guided walks • boating • hides
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travellingfamily5 wrote a review Mar 2020
Thornbury, Canada
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were two couples and stayed for 3 nights at Wilderness Savuti Camp. We enjoyed our stay. The tented accomodations were lovely, very comfortable and well thought out. The temperature in September meant a light sweatshirt and pants for the morning game, hot in the afternoon and very comfortable in the evening, no sweater required. We did not find it hot for sleeping at all, it was perfect. The baboons had visited our tent just prior to our arrival and helped themselves to the treats left by the staff. But it was quickly rectified (the screen was repaired) and we declined to be resupplied so as to discourage further visits. We enjoyed sitting outside on the front deck, there was a large pond in front of our tents and endless viewing of hippos, elephants and even some warthogs came by.
The game drives were great, we were never disappointed. We saw many lions, 2 week old lion cubs, elephants, giraffes,hippos, wildebeats, warthogs, many types of anelopes and many interesting birds. It was great to sit and watch the young lion cubs (still blind) stumble out from underneath the bushes to be nursed by mom. Also watched adolescent younger lion cubs attempting to hunt. Our guide Peter was superb, extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife, the habitant, very pleasant to communicate with. We enjoyed his outstanding bird knowledge which made us appreciate more all the birds we were seeing.

Staff were wonderful, they were very accommodating to our needs. When we informed them we wanted to come in early from our last evening game drive in order to enjoy the sunset from the camp they unbeknown to us arranged a game lunch for us since we had changed their plans to have an evening game dinner. That was very much appreciated. It was World Rhino Day when we were there and they had an evening presentation about conservation. They also put on a Botswana culture night with staff dancing, singing and a special menu.

During our stay, the camp population of guests got smaller and smaller so by the last night it was just the 4 of us. I usually find that a bit uncomfortable being the only guests but it was no issue, we had a great evening dining outside.

Yes I would recommend this camp and hopefully will be able to return to Botswana in the future.,
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Date of stay: September 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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Response from Wilderness_Safaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Savuti
Responded 15 Mar 2020
Dear travellingfamily5, Thank you for the wonderful review, we are delighted to see how much you all enjoyed your time with us. We will be sure to share your kind words with Peter and all the great staff in camp. We love sharing all our unique cultural aspects with all our guests and we are glad you enjoyed these celebrations too. Bush regards Wilderness Safaris
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Onthemove201107 wrote a review Aug 2023
Brussels, Belgium
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After spending a week in Zimbabwe camps, we moved over to Botswana and our first stop was in Wilderness Savuti. The place has a unique location, overlooking water which constantly drew in hippos and elephant herds. Had a close up visit of an elephant in camp during our stay, as the camp is not fenced. Sitting on the patio outside our tent overlooking the wildlife was so 'out of this world' !

The game drives were very rewarding. Sightings of lions/elephants/giraffes/hippos, in a beautufil landscape, in the good hands of our guide Onks.

I also have to compliment Sandra's team. She sets very high standards for her crew and as guest, I appreciated that.

We staid 2 nights and that is way too short. 3 or even 4 nights allows you so much more to 'take in' the experience.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from We Are Wilderness, Owner at Wilderness Savuti
Responded 16 Aug 2023
Dear Onthemove201107, Thank you for sharing your unforgettable stay at Wilderness Savuti! We're thrilled you enjoyed the unique location, close encounters with wildlife, and rewarding game drives guided by Onks. Your appreciation for Sandra's dedicated team warms our hearts. We look forward to welcoming you back soon for an extended stay to fully immerse yourself in the captivating experience. Warm regards, Wilderness
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RealWomen wrote a review Oct 2023
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It is difficult to know here to start - this was simply amazing. Justin, he may have been learning to guide but his animal spotting was fantastic as was Timmy. Taps and her team all made us so welcomed and the food was fantastic.
We did not need to go for the drives as the majority of the animals came to the river outside our room, including a hippo wandering past at 11pm so close we could have touched it. However, on the drives we did see so much and the knowledge Timmy imparted was really interesting.
The accommodation, jeeps, etc. were all very well equipped. If you had forgotten anything it was not going to be an issue. We only stayed two nights and wished we had stayed longer.
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Date of stay: October 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Wilderness Destinations, Owner at Wilderness Savuti
Responded 10 Nov 2023
Dear Realwomen, Thank you for your lovely review. We are thrilled that you had such a great stay with us albeit short. Guides most definitely are an intricate part of making a successful safari as are all our staff and we are glad to hear that we exceeded here. Close encounters are especially special, especially at night under the stars. We hope that you will be able to visit us again at some stage in the not to distant future and perhaps experience some more camps that we have to over. Yours in Safari, Wilderness
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Alison B wrote a review Aug 2023
Bogota, Colombia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Savuti was the last camp of our trip and it was exceptional. Staff was amazing and our guide/tracker Pointer was a gem. He was friendly, accommodating, knowledgeable and could read all of the animals well to make sure that we respected their space and also understood. He taught us a tom about all of the animals and the birds and communication. His tracking skills were exceptional and he encouraged us to help by teaching us how. Absolutely loved this place and we will be back! Food was great, staff was highly entertaining with history, singing and dancing. Loved hearing the hippos each night in the distance.
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Date of stay: July 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Pack light!
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Response from We Are Wilderness, Owner at Wilderness Savuti
Responded 16 Aug 2023
Dear alisonbF8245ZR, Thank you for sharing your exceptional experience at Wilderness Savuti! We're thrilled to hear that our amazing staff and the expertise of your guide, Pointer, made your stay truly memorable. It's wonderful to know that his knowledge, communication skills, and tracking expertise added a special dimension to your wildlife encounters. We can't wait to welcome you back for another incredible stay! Best regards, Wilderness
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BonnOnVacation wrote a review Jun 2023
Tucson, Arizona
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our Wilderness experience at Savuti Camp exceeded all our expectations. We were awestruck with the close encounters with the animals. Lions, lions, and more lions. So many cubs too. Our seasoned guide Onks worked to take us to find all the animals in communication with the other camp guides. Even a leopard climbing a tree and a lioness moving three new cubs from shrub to shrub. Thirty elephants wading outside our tent in the afternoon. Sundowners with the hippos wading and watching us. So incredible. And the camp staff worked so hard and were so pleasant and thoughtful. We were even surprised with a full hot lunch in the bush during one of our morning drives. The rooms were so comfortable and well kept. The meals were delicious and my dairy-free diet was accommodated. We had everything we needed.
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Safari in Botswana in late May is perfect weather. Sunny days, no rain. Cool sleeping.
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Response from We Are Wilderness, Owner at Wilderness Savuti
Responded 16 Aug 2023
Dear BonnOnVacation, Thank you sincerely for sharing your extraordinary Wilderness experience at Savuti Camp. Your account of encountering a wealth of wildlife, from lions and cubs to leopards and elephants, paints an enchanting picture of your journey. We're thrilled Onks, our seasoned guide, orchestrated such awe-inspiring moments, and your words echo the teamwork and dedication of our camp guides. We truly appreciate your kind words about our hardworking and considerate staff. We can't wait to create more unforgettable memories with you in the future. Warm regards, Wilderness
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chicosmama wrote a review Jan 2020
Santa Fe, New Mexico
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in cabin 3 and really loved it. The accommodations are so luxurious. From the bed to the shower to the double sinks and the "loo with a view", we thoroughly enjoyed our stay! The game drives were also amazing! We even saw the African wild dogs. Onx was our guide and he was terrific. Highly recommend this wonderful camp.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from Wilderness_Safaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Savuti
Responded 03 Feb 2020
Dear chicosmama, Thank you for your amazing review, we are delighted to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us and that you were able to see the local wild dog pack. They are truly phenomenal animals. Thank you again Wilderness Safaris
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Joe T wrote a review Jan 2013
Pasadena, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Savuti – The nicest accommodations of the 4 lodges during my trip. Very nice accommodations including electricity in the rooms and a great view of the Savuti Channel from each room. I could see elephants across the channel regularly. Had one elephant stop by to have lunch next to my front porch (within 5-10 feet) one afternoon. Went on a nice late afternoon boat trip and got to check out some hippos.

The staff was great and very friendly. I spent 3 nights at each of my camps except this one. I was only at Savuti for 2 nights, but wished I could had stayed one more. I don’t feel I gave it enough time to do it justice. Still, I got to see many lions, hippos, zebra, wild dogs, giraffe and LOTS of elephants! I got to see lions feeding on a small dead elephant. That was quite interesting. One afternoon, a herd of elephants wandered into camp and I was able to get quite close to them for some great pictures. The elephants were pretty mellow in this area as long as you kept a reasonable distance from them (10-20 feet).

My one small complaint about Savuti was that they did not use a tracker on game drives as all my other camps did. Now, our guide seemed to be very good at spotting game and even small animals while driving, but I have to think we might have missed some things that we wouldn’t have missed had they used a tracker. I don’t know if this is the norm though. Maybe they were just understaffed when I was there.

One of the highlights of Savuti was a walking safari. It was about a 3 mile hike for 1.5 hours. Our guide, Silas, was very knowledgeable. We heard lions roaring for much of our walk. He said it was nothing to worry about until at one point, he stopped, told us to get behind a fallen tree and sure enough… a lion wandered by about 3 minutes later. Luckily, it was far enough away that it paid us no attention.

All in all, a very good experience. If you prefer nicer accommodations, this is an especially good choice. Pictures and videos of my trip are available online. There is also a video of my room accommodations. Search photo site smugmug for "taxguyla" and check the safari gallery or contact me for the exact address. I hope my review is helpful to you. Joe
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Date of stay: June 2012
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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WldTrvlDuo wrote a review Apr 2012
Tucson, Arizona
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Savuti Camp was our first safari, first camp and first stop in Botswana. After what seemed like quite a drive through much sand and brown bush we arrived at Savuti Camp. We were greeted by staff and shown to our "tent" - The view of the channel from our "tent" was breathtaking. We had not be at camp 30 minutes....I am watching a herd of elephant cross the channel from our deck, impala are at the rivers edge and a beautiful Lilac Breasted Roller has stopped by for a photo sitting. We shared our guide with a couple honeymooning from Italy and they were the the only people we saw on safari for three days. Our sunset break was my favorite time of day! Day 1 - we had a glass of wine at sundown with a large male Lion, Day 2 - we shared our sundown drink with the Hippos in the channel, Day 3...we sat with a baby lion cub and his mother and aunt. The balance of the days were just as surprising and delightful and very full of wildlife. Our staff was excellent and we were well taken care of. The only discomfort was the bitter cold in the mornings. Winter in Africa - It does get cold!
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Date of stay: July 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Each room is on the channel - each view is unique!
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Ovenbird wrote a review Jan 2015
Pleasanton, California
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived here from the Okavango Delta already fully impressed from our previous days. And yet, Savuti pulls out all the stops. The common area has stunning views where you simply need to build in time to gaze. In fact, I wish I did make the time, but I was pulled into the gift shop every time I passed it. For those wondering where you may buy your souvenirs aside from the airport, this was the best gift shop. A selection of baskets to pick from, but you may want to know the staff in case you want to buy a basket weaved by them. They had bracelets, candle holders, aprons, wooden bowls, cute figurines, etc. The rooms were large and nicely decorated, huge porch area. The shower is massive and wonderful. There is a separate toilet, but keep in mind that you can hear everything because there is a net window looking straight into your room net window. They do wash your 'smalls' so no need to pack extra or hand wash unmentionables. They provide shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and bug spray; very helpful when trying to pack light. The food was delicious. I couldn't stop eating even though I wasn't hungry. From a game perspective, we had just come from two other camps and had seen nearly everything we wanted to see, except for the wild dogs. This is the place! Wow, so intense searching for them and seeing the pack come out of the woods. Amazing and beautiful! We did see elephants, giraffe, birds galore, and yawning hippos with beautiful landscapes in the background. Not sure if it was our travel outfit, but they set up evening cocktail hours out in the reserve as surprise endings to our game sightings. Simply stunning views with the sunset as the backdrop.
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Date of stay: December 2014Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from WildernessSafaris, Manager at Wilderness Savuti
Responded 19 Jan 2015
Thank you Ovenbird for your brilliant review, we are delighted you were finally able to spot the Wild Dogs, the pack is truly a great thing to see. The cocktail sundowners is just one of the camps little Wow factors/ surprises that the staff like to arrange as a treat for the guests. There are many different little treats the camp organises but as they like to keep these as a surprise we will not go into any further detail. You will just have to come back and see what other little tricks they are able to whip together in the bush. Thank you again, The Savuti Team
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timgrubb wrote a review Nov 2011
Los Angeles, California
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We were just back from a 4 camp visit to Botswana and we had a great time at Savuti Camp. The lodge, perched on the Savuti channel now running deep, was amazing. I can't believe that this was dry for so many years are now we were going on a boat cruise to watch hippos and elephants. The boat option was a nice change of pace and a surprise because I didn't know if the water would be high enough in November. The variety of game here was great and the area is diverse with the Savuti channel and waterways itself, woodlands, and dry areas all the way over to the Linyati swamp. We saw wild dogs, leopards, lions, and more elephants than we could be believe. The diversity was a real highlight and seeing elephants in so many different settings was great (bathing, crossing the channel, eating in the woodlands, etc.). One morning we came back from the game drive and a herd of elephants was right in front of the camp just grazing for about an hour and half. You had an amazing view from the lodge and any of the rooms.

The service was good and managers Noeline and Stuart were very helpful and made sure everyone was having a great time (the camp was full during our stay, but it was all seamless). The rooms were probably the best we stayed in during our trip and the general luxury / layout of the camp exceeded all expectations. With the Savuti channel now running, the lodge has to be one of the most picturesque places in all of northern Botswana. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: November 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: All rooms seemed spread out pretty well and all have a great view of the channel, etc. You could...
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andreg0uws asked a question May 2016
Windhoek, Namibia14 contributions7 helpful votes
I would like to book a Camping spot for 16 July 2016 - 4 adults
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Johannesburg, South Africa102 contributions1 helpful vote
Hello, Thank you for your enquiry, unfortunately you have been directed to the wrong page. Wilderness Safaris Savuti Camp is a game lodge whereas the one i believe you are looking for Camp Savuti, is the camping site. Sorry about the confusion, Wilderness Safaris
Leslie N asked a question May 2015
Los Angeles, California3 contributions3 helpful votes
Are ther hair dryers?
Answer from Wilderness
Johannesburg, South Africa102 contributions1 helpful vote
Hello Leslie, Due to our environmental and sustainability efforts our camps are powered by Solar panels or generators and we are unfortunately unable to supply or allow hair dryers to be used as this would drain too much electricity. There are a couple of camps that are able to do so but you would need to contact your Travel Agent for a full list of these. Thank you for the question and we look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful Africa soon.
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Johannesburg, South Africa102 contributions1 helpful vote
Thank you Gloria for contacting us. Savuti Camp and all Wilderness Safaris Camps in Botswana accommodate children with the age restriction being 6 years and older. Several of our camps (Savuti included) even have family rooms available; Family accommodation is generally designed to sleep 2 adults and 2 children of 16 years and younger. This accommodation may have one shared bathroom and a smaller second bedroom or two separate rooms linked by a boardwalk or deck. To find out more detailed breakdown of which camps have family rooms we would advise you to contact your Travel Agent as they will have all this information as well as a full break down regarding our Child Policies. Including; Bookings with children 12 years and younger can only be confirmed if a private vehicle/guide are available and have been booked for activities. And there are no formal child care services in our camps and thus children must be under the care of their parent/s and/or guardian/s at all times. It is very important that you confirm all this with your agent before booking your trip. Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you and your family in camp.
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Johannesburg, South Africa102 contributions1 helpful vote
Thank you Caecilia for contacting us, by the sounds of it Savuti Camp is exactly what you are looking for. Could i ask you to please contact our enquiries department or through the Wilderness Safaris website who will be able to get you in contact with a Travel Agent near you who will be able to work on this with you. We look forward to seeing you in September. Wilderness Safaris Customer Care
RealWomen wrote a tip Oct 2023
London, United Kingdom131 contributions118 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay as long as you can. It is also not a swimming pool, more of a plunge - but lovely to cool off in."
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Alison B wrote a tip Aug 2023
Bogota, Colombia13 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Pack light!"
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BonnOnVacation wrote a tip Jun 2023
Tucson, Arizona78 contributions24 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Safari in Botswana in late May is perfect weather. Sunny days, no rain. Cool sleeping."
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Margy M wrote a tip Jun 2023
Victoria, Canada92 contributions26 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you can, opt for a full day safari - great to explore the whole area; let the guides know what you’re most interested in seeing."
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grlnxtdr wrote a tip May 2023
5 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The camp is expensive but I would spend the money again!. "
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What are some of the property amenities at Wilderness Savuti?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Wilderness Savuti?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
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Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.