The Savuti area is found at the Western end of the Chobe Game Reserve, covering nearly 5,000km2, including the Savuti Marsh, Savute Channel and Mababe Depression. The Savute channel is one of the regions most interesting features as it was dry for many years before it started flowing again in 2008. The result has been the migration of large herds of the game back to the region, making it one of the best areas to see a huge diversity of game in Botswana. The wide, open plains around the Savute Marsh also supports a wide variety of game and the skeletal trees also make for some stunning photographs, especially in the dry season.
The area is renowned for its sightings of lion and hyena, as well as supporting a large population of bull elephants. Cheetah can often be seen on the plains around the marshes and the many rocky outcrops mean that leopard is common, as are the agile little klipspringer antelope. The real drawcard of the area is the zebra and wildebeest migration, less well known than that of East Africa, but no less spectacular. The timings are not predictable, however, they tend to follow the rains, arriving into the Savute Marsh around November time to give birth to their young.
The area offers a wonderful diversity of accommodation, with many operators offering mobile camping safaris whilst there is an abundance of fixed accommodation as well. Savute Under Canvas is always a popular option and Savute Elephant Camp is one of the most luxurious camps in all of Botswana, but can still offer good value for money in the wet season. Ghoha Hills is a real hit with clients as well, offering excellent game viewing and superb service when in camp.
Although a small area, Savuti real packs a punch in terms of what it offers and should always being considered as one of the areas for your Botswana safari.
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