Wow. This place was AMAZING. It was the complete package. The rooms were great, but the location was superb. Watching elephants and leopards at dinner! There was a constant stream of elephants coming to the waterhole and channel throughout the day, it almost seemed as though you never had to leave your deck to go on safari.
The game drives were wonderful. Baba was one of the best guides I have come across in Africa, and this was not just due to his skill at finding animals. He was able to impart his knowledge about the bush and the Botswanan culture when the animals were "hiding", our experience with other guides is this is a skills that others do not necessarily have. Bravo to Baba! And he also makes a good Gin and Tonic for sundowners.
The staff at Savute were top class. From Michelle and MC as managers, to their trainees, Candy and Morelmi, all of the service team, the guides, and the magnificant barman/cocktail shaker Score, they were not just professionals, they welcomed everyone like family.
Oh, and the animals were great, too. Lions, elephants, leopard, zebra, giraffe, impala, lewche, waterbuck, ostrich, birds (a special mention to the lilac breasted roller and the hornbills). Baba was also mindful of things like where the best light and angle would be for photography, which was thoughtful, and great that you didn't have to ask.
I would go back to Savute in a second, given the opportunity.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- To ensure a private and relaxing environment, Savute Safari Lodge accommodates just twenty-four guests in twelve thatched chalets built of local timber. The chalets, which have been elegantly furnished in calm neutral tones to blend with the natural environment, feature expansive private decks, a combined bedroom and lounge area and en suite facilities. Your stay at Savute Safari Lodge is fully inclusive of accommodation, all meals, drinks, national park entry fees, scheduled activities, laundry service. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Savute Safari Hotel Chobe National Park