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“Lovely staff, excellent game viewing” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Savute Safari Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Marburg, Germany
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3 reviews
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“Lovely staff, excellent game viewing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2012

Desert and Delta maintains a high standard throughout their camps. Special about Savute was their excellent host couple Michelle and MC, their dedicated guides (thanks Baba!) and last but not least the superb lodge itself. Viewing game at night during dinner just meters away -- unforgettable. Seing the return of the resident Hippo after 30 years of Hippo absence --- marvelous!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2012

Savute is marvellous. I could just finish the review now, really. With the added line "Just go!"

But Trip Advisor generally wants a little more than that.

Savute Safari Lodge is one of the best experiences that Botswana offers. The reserve itself is superb, with lots of game, interesting old volcanic scenery, the now flowing channel, and the marshland. During this trip, we spotted three leopards, including one absolute poser! At last count, I think we saw 13 individual lions, and the pride of five males we saw twice, including when they came into the lodge after dinner, firstly to drink at the channel, then to wade across it and disappear past the waterhole towards the rooms! Amazing.

Of course, you can't not mention the elephants, who are constantly wading up and down the channel in front of the lodge. You could almost just sit on the deck all day and have a complete safari experience! Going to the other side of the marsh to see the breeding herds of elephants was also very special, and quite a different experience to the more commonly traversed areas of Savute.

For the second time, our guide was Baba, and this was by request. Baba was delightful, again, and made the experience such a special one. MC and Michelle were on holidays, but the lodge was managed beautifully by Action and Ollie in their absence. Everyone just made you feel so welcome and at home. If I could, I'd go back again for a third time in an instant.

The rooms are spacious, with a deck overlooking the channel. The bathrooms are well equipped, and there were lots of little special touches such as flowers on the beds, postcards in the rooms, and baked biscuits in a jar for snacks. And the embroidered lion pillow cases were gorgeous. They should sell them in the curio shop, they'd make a mint.

Go to Savute. Stay at Savute Safari Lodge. You will not regret it. Oh, and say hello to Baba from me.

Room Tip: A room overlooking the channel is a must.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Miramar Beach
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2012

Waited 20 years for this trip. Planned it for two years. Stayed in three Desert and Delta safari camps on the excellent advice and planning of SAA Vacations. SAVUTE SAFARI LODGE surpassed all expectations in regard to 1) location (Chobe NP), 2) density of prey, 3) density of preditors (esp.leopards), 4) comfort, 5) amenities, 6) cuisine, 7) sunsets, 8) sunrises, and I haven't begun to tell you about the very best part: the wonderful, fun, funny, warm and welcoming people! Quite simply, there is no better place. Joseph Harned, Miramar Beach, Florida

Room Tip: If you walk with a stick, as do I, just ask for a room close to the lodge.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2012

the last time I was in the Savute area, the Savute Channel was a dry river bed. Since 2008 due to tectonic movement, the river is flowing again and it flows right past Savute Safari Lodge. From a location point of view it just does not get any better. At any one time there could be upwards of twenty elephants cavorting around in the river or at the watering hole which is a few meters in front of the lodge. The rooms are beautifully done. They are massive and they are private. MK and Michelle are fantastic hosts and nothing is too much trouble. Great rangers overall. While sitting around the fire in camp one evening we had a leopard in the tree not even 10 meters away from us. She was trying to get at the sleeping guineafowl. She then decided to go and lie on the deck of room number 7. Awesome sight! Then a porcupine decided to saunter down onto the deck where we were sitting :)
The food was exceptional and the game viewing was great. Saw a gazillion elephants, leopard, lions, plenty general game. Also good to see a different eco system and the site where Seretse Khama decided that conservation was the way for a sustainable future for Botswana

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2012

absolutley fantastic from start to finish. mc and michelle are perfect hosts and all the staff and our guide metal was brilliant and new his stuff. we would recommend to anyone the rooms are perfect even the loo had a view
we could here the lions around the lodge one night and we saw two leopards male lions as well as a host of other game and of course the elephants always very obliging
thanks folks

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Savute Safari Lodge

Property: Savute Safari Lodge
Address: Savute Channel | Savuti Area, Chobe National Park, Chobe National Park none, Botswana
Region: Botswana > North-West District > Chobe National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 20 Speciality Lodging in Chobe National Park
Price range (per night): R23 682 - R24 114
Hotel Class:4 star — Savute Safari Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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 
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Savute Safari Hotel Chobe National Park

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