Stay at Savute Elephant Lodge
Belmond has three modern lodges in northern Botswana and this is the most opulent. The service is superb and from a glamorous tented suite you watch elephants all afternoon and into the night. Safari purests may feel the lodge looks a little out of place, a little too modern and urban for its surroundings. If you seek complete comfort and easy access to incredible wildlife sights, there are few better choices than this in Southern Africa.
In the southwest of Chobe, the lodge overlooks Savute Channel and its very own year-round waterhole, an important water source for animals during the drier months. It’s a great location for relaxed game drives and watching wildlife from your accommodation, not so great for a varied safari program. 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.
The 12 luxury tented rooms and like hotel suites, magnificently appointed and designed to maximise views across animal-populated plains. We prefer the seven which have direct views to the waterhole. 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 couples seeking a relaxed safari experience, with a lot of luxuries. It’s the sort of lodge where you can see a lot without ever leaving the glamour of your tented suite.
Facilities & activities
A front seat to all the action of the waterhole is provided by the lodge's very own hide. Stays include two game drives per day, with lions and other big cats regularly sighted alongside elephants. No game walks or nighttime drives. Tours can be taken to 1500 year old Bushman images of the wildlife. Between December and March the lodge also runs birdwatching tours.