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Savute Elephant Lodge, A Belmond Safari

"Safari lovers will adore the chance to remain surrounded by elephants throughout the day as they quench their thirst at river and waterhole backed by the extraordinary vistas of Botswana’s big sky country."

Tomáš Safarik

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Explore Savute Elephant Lodge

From the first notes of the welcome choir until your last moments on the expansive bamboo deck, a stay at Savute Elephant Lodge is all about absorbing the sights and sounds of Botswana. By day you can relax meters from large numbers of elephants or delve into the wildness in search of hyena and big cats. By night, the stars sparkle over the boma as the scent of authentic regional cuisine wafts from the open air grills and the bark of leopards echoes from the Gubatsa Hills.

Location

In the southwest of Chobe, one of the national park’s remotest areas, the lodge is situated above Chobe National Park’s Savute Channel and beside its very own year-round waterhole, an important water source for animals during the drier months. Reached by light aircraft, flights from Maun arrive at the private airstrip in around 30 minutes. It’s then a 20 minute drive through the bush to the lodge.

Rooms

The 12 rooms are built beneath traditional thatch so that they disappear into the surrounding landscape. All offer views across the channel from their private decks, while seven also have direct views across the waterhole. Rooms are quite small by Chobe’s standards, but still manage to include a king-size bed, sofa and writing desk without feeling cramped. Natural materials such as rattan chairs and local earthenware jugs used as light shades dominate the decor and tie each room in perfectly with the tones and textures found beyond the glassless picture windows.

Who is it for

Ideal for serious safari goers looking to learn from the knowledgeable guides. Children over the age of six are welcome, although they will need to be supervised at all times since facilities are not set up for younger visitors.

Amenities & Activities

A front seat to all the action of the waterhole is provided by the lodges very own hide. Stays include two game drives per day, with lions and other big cats regularly sighted alongside elephant. Tours can be taken to 1500 year old Bushman images of the wildlife. Between December and March the lodge also runs birdwatching tours.

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