Savute Elephant Lodge

Lying at the heart of the Chobe National Park, the Savute area has long been the destination of choice for wildlife film-makers and safari aficionados. Nourished by the now-flowing waters of the Savute Channel, Savute is home to both a wide diversity and density of animals, and has acquired a reputation for excellent close-up images of elephants and predators.

With its twelve tented suites set overlooking the channel, Savute Elephant Lodge is an ideally placed accommodation from which to explore this remote but ever-rewarding destination. The emphasis is on heavyweight game viewing by open-sided 4X4 but your guide will also show you ochre-coloured rock paintings and point out Savute’s smaller and more unusual animals. Specialist birding guides are available to take advantage of the area’s extraordinary summer birdlife.

Accessible by private air charter and road, Savute Elephant Lodge is one of the most well-appointed and luxurious lodges in the Savute area. Capable of wildlife drama all year round but even more so in the late dry season, Savute is a perfect addition to a wildlife-focussed itinerary that also takes in the Okavango Delta and Chobe River.

Savute Elephant Camp
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  • Great position overlooking permanent water
  • Superb predator & up-close elephant sightings
  • Grand, air-conditioned tented suites
  • Pool, Wi-Fi & private dining

Fast Facts

The Luxury Chalets

  • Luxurious Canvas & Thatch Chalets
  • Viewing Deck with Chairs & Hammock
  • Air Conditioning & Netted 4-Poster Bed
  • Lavish En Suite Bathroom

Savute Elephant Lodge offers some of the grandest and most luxurious tented suites in Chobe National Park. Air conditioning, a ceiling fan and draped mosquito nets assure a good night’s sleep, and the suite’s well-stocked mini bar and tea and coffee-making facilities mean you won’t want for much. Each suite has a full en suite bathroom with bath, double vanities and private outdoor showers. Complete with its ever-attendant elephants, the flowing Savute Channel is the view that greets guests as they step onto their suite’s broad wooden deck, home to easy chairs and a hammock – ideal for armchair game viewing and star-lit private suppers.

The Lodge Facilities

  • Swimming Pool & Curio Shop
  • Dining Area, Bar & Outdoor Boma
  • Lounge, Viewing Deck & Spotting Scope
  • Wi-Fi & Satellite Phones
  • Private Dining Available
  • Wildlife Reference Library

Savute Elephant Lodge has a contemporary African style of traditional timber, canvas and thatch blended with clean lines, Wi-Fi and satellite phones. Few other Savute lodges can rival its generous facilities. Flowing onto a huge viewing deck equipped with spotting scopes, the shaded dining area and lounge overlook a 20 metre swimming pool, boasting views of Savute Channel. Comfortable sofas invite guests to sit a while with a book from the carefully stocked reference library, a drink from the bar, and perhaps a purchase from the curio shop.

Meals are served in a variety of locations at Savute Elephant Lodge: you may enjoy an alfresco breakfast followed by lunch back at camp with waterhole views; the day ends with convivial open-air dining in the fire-lit boma or a table for two on your private deck.

Activities at Savute Elephant Lodge

  • Morning Game Drives
  • Afternoon Game Drives
  • Rock Painting Excursions
  • Bird Watching

With its main buildings and tented suites all looking out over the flowing Savute Channel, Savute Elephant Lodge offers heavyweight game viewing from the comfort of its viewing decks, thoughtfully provisioned with easy chairs and hammocks. But more drama lies beyond camp and experienced guides lead early morning and late afternoon drives in search of Savute’s prolific wildlife.

It’s a destination most famous for elephants – both docile bulls and the shyer breeding herds – as well as Africa’s big predators. The eternal conflict between Savute’s lions and spotted hyenas grabs the headlines but the area delivers regular sightings of cheetah, leopard and wild dog. Summer grazing attracts great herds of buffalo and zebra to Savute as well as a host of migrant birds, including dazzling carmine bee-eaters and many raptors. You’ll also enjoy a guided walk to rock art sites and have the chance to view several of Savute’s monstrously large baobab trees.

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Savute Elephant Lodge – Rates 2016

  • Green Season 2016
  • USD775 pp sharing
  • Shoulder Season 2016
  • USD940 pp sharing
  • High Season 2016
  • USD1495 pp sharing

Green:  January – March and December    |   Shoulder:  April – June and November    |   Peak:  July – October

Includes & Excludes

Includes: Accommodation in twin-bedded tented rooms with air conditioning, Botswana National park fees, Emergency medical evacuation insurance, Government levied General Sales Tax, All meals: breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, All drinks, teas, coffees, soft drinks, house wines, local beer and spirits including premium brands, Daily laundry services, 2 game viewing activities per day

Excludes: Scheduled and / or private inter-camp flight costs from Maun, other camps, Kasane or Livingstone, VSOP Spirits, South African Reserve Wines and important Champagne, Tips, gratuities


The ‘Stay 4 Pay 3′ is a promotion that offers one complimentary night based on a minimum number of
nights spend at Belmond Safaris in Botswana. Minimum of 4 nights required in low season.

Book 4 nights or more and enjoy an exceptional 35 minute helicopter safari with our compliments; book
2-3 nights and we will discount the helicopter safari by 50% of the normal selling price to $165 per
person when you pre-book this activity for your clients. Book one night only or book in camp, and a
charge of $330 per person will apply.

Validity: Between 1 January — 31 May 2014 and 16 October—31 December 2014

A Single Surcharge is applicable to bookings during the shoulder & peak Season. Single Surcharge is $313 in shoulder season and $595 in peak season.

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