The best part about Savute is being able to lounge on your deck overlooking the watering hole, where there are nearly always elephants. We went at a time when the wildlife was a bit scarce, but you can't control nature. We did manage to get a quick glimpse of the famed elephant hunters. We saw huge volumes of elephants, despite just finishing the rainy season. Our animal highlight was seeing a honey badger at dawn.
The food was excellent. However, there were a few minor things that made our rating 4 instead of 5 stars. There was a breeding herd of elephants that came down to the watering hole right at dinnertime. They were quite skittish, and that would have been a good day for the staff to skip the singing. All the guests were speaking in hushed voices to make sure we didn't disturb the elephants but when the staff started the pre-dinner singing, the elephants all left right away. That was a shame. The second issue we noticed was that there are rats in the rooms that chew through everything that is not in the cupboard. That was also a shame because any paper or tissue paper that was left out even for a short time during the day would get chewed. There was not enough cupboard space for all our things and we had to pile our luggage bags on top of each other to get them to fit.
The guiding quality was excellent as we came to expect from Desert and Delta. The guides were respectful of the animals and very knowledgeable. We had an issue with another guest who kept trying to harass the wildlife when we would stop, and the management bent over backward to make sure we had a separate vehicle and were able to enjoy our trip to the fullest. We had an amazing time learning about Savute and even if we didn't see much wildlife, we loved our time there.
- 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