All Eyes on Savute Safari Lodge

Come 1 June 2024, we’ll be welcoming you to a newly built and furnished Savute Safari Lodge. What you’ll discover is a refreshed haven from which to experience the best of the Savuti region.

Expect elegantly understated design and décor which allows nature to shine, while championing comfort and style at every turn. The lodge remains intimate with 11 rooms and one family room, each featuring a blend of natural thatching and canvas.

Inside your abode, you’ll be met with shades that mimic the earth and rain — a Kalahari colour palette comes to life. In addition to a king-sized bed and gorgeous amenities, the design lends itself to cooling down summer days and warming up winter nights. Plus, for the first time, you can experience private outdoor showers where you can freshen up under the stars (or the technicoloured morning sky).

Being as close to nature as possible remains a priority. The rooms have been built to reveal as much of the Savute Channel as possible. The channel expands from the Linyanti River to Savute Marsh — a magnet for big game, birds and small (but mighty) creatures. Daily game drives will get you closer. You can also visit the ancient San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills — a small hilly outcrop which forms a prominent landmark in the otherwise flat landscape.

“The design and style are distinctly different to other lodges in the Desert& Delta Safaris’ portfolio, ensuring each lodge exhibits its own individual character while upholding its commitment to local empowerment and warm, friendly, and professional service,” says our Managing Director, Matthew Johnson.

In superior view at the lodge is one of the most dramatic waterholes in Botswana, which you can also see from the elevated deck. More “new” awaits below it, where you’ll find our sunken hide. The hide, which allows you to get up close to wildlife at eye level, is a photographer’s delight.

The winding waterways of the Savute Channel have pumped life into the western section of Chobe National Park for generations. However, it’s unpredictable (“Savuti” translates to “mystery”, after all) and has a history of flooding and drying up on its own terms (or independently of good rainy seasons and flood levels elsewhere). While this anomaly has baffled locals and geologists for years, unparalleled game viewing remains consistent.

Look forward to elephants, lions, and elusive (endangered) wild dogs and hyenas passing through the eye of your camera. This is also a prime location to witness and capture evidence of the annual zebra migration at the beginning and end of our rainy season.

When you’re not observing wildlife from the hide or exploring the park on daily game drives, there’s plenty to do at the lodge outside your glorious room.

Our swimming pool, for one, is where you should go to watch and wallow. The pool also looks over the channel and offers an opportunity to mimic elephants while they bathe and play in the waterhole. There are sun loungers from which to sip cocktails and lounge pockets to make yourself even more comfortable. A Boma-like set-up on the deck will light up your evening conversations.

A stylish bar isn’t far from our main area, which also has a library, a shaded viewing deck, and an al fresco dining area where your tastebuds will embark on a journey of their own.

Savute is set to impress this June. We look forward to welcoming you to our slice of paradise. Enquire about your next adventure with us here.