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represent a core safari area in the heart of Chobe National Park
in northern Botswana
First noted by David Livingstone as an extraordinary area for wildlife, Savuti was one of the favourite haunts of the great white hunters of the Victorian age. Hunting only ended here as late as 1967 when the national park was established.
The area is dramatically brought to life by an ephemeral river which, in the years that it flows, delivers water to these otherwise arid plains at the start of the Jul/Oct dry season, causing an extraordinary congregation of animals.
Throughout the dry season the wildlife viewing is usually very solid in Savuti, with lions being the most reliable predator, although cheetahs, leopards and wild-dogs are also regularly sighted, along with a wide variety of the usual savannah animals.
The area is especially well known for its elephants, not least because they tend to congregate at waterholes near to some of the lodges.
One potential negative with Savuti is that the ephemeral river, the lifeline of the marshes, can run dry for decades on end, vastly reducing the productiveness of the area. However since the very high flood of 2009 it has been reasonably reliable.
A more predictable negative is the amount of vehicle traffic that the area attracts. Savuti lies on the main overland route through this part of the country and has a large public camp-ground, a dozen of private camp-sites for seasonal mobile camps and a handful permanent lodges. We have experienced significant vehicle clustering on sightings and up to fifty vehicles at the main waterhole.
During the converse season, Nov/Jun, as rain fills the seasonal waterholes, the wildlife disperses into the vast mopane forests. This emigration, although typical of Botswana, seems to be particularly pronounced in the Savuti area and wildlife viewing here can become very limited.SeasonsAccommodationTrips