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Savute Elephant Lodge

Chobe National Park, Botswana

Platinum price level

Mango Opinion

Belmond Savute Elephant lodge is one of several Belmond Lodges in Botswana. Its great for those who do not do well in the heat since rooms have air conditioning, which is rare in Botswana. The lodges are run a bit more like a hotel than a camp so the atmosphere is divided. The ice cold pool built above the elephant filled water hole is not authentic Africa but it is a fabulous afternoon swim on a scorching afternoon.


In the heart of the Chobe National Park, perched on the banks of the Savute Channel, Savute Elephant Camp offers a spectacular birds-eye view of elephant in their natural habitat, with an adjacent water hole just a few meters away. The area is also renowned for a high concentration of predators such as the endangered wild dogs, lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas.

All 12 luxury tents sit on raised wooden platforms, offering great views from private decks that have easy chairs and a hammock. It is ideal for viewing wildlife, or for enjoying a private dinner in complete privacy. The tent interiors are luxuriously appointed with an en-suite bathroom, four poster bed complete with mosquito netting and air conditioning. Meals at Savute are prepared with fresh ingredients and fine style. Guests can also take advantage of the incredible Boma dining experience.

Savute Elephant Camp promises outstanding game viewing without having to leave the confines of the camp itself thanks to a water hole teeming with life. When you do venture out in open 4x4 vehicles, there are excellent opportunities to see wildlife on the now dry Savute Marsh, which is also home to the zebra migration. In addition to the game drives, excursions can be arranged to see the historic San rock paintings in the hills or the ancient Baobabs.