Savuti Region

Why Go?

Savuti Botswana is simply too good

In the south of Chobe National Park lies the wild and game-rich Savuti (often spelled Savute). One of Botswana’s wildlife hotspots, the Savuti Region is known in particular for its exceptional predator sightings. Famously large prides of lion and packs of hyena hunt on the open grasslands, leopard patrol the woodlands, and it’s one of the best places in Botswana to see wild dog.

Ten years ago the Savuti Channel was dry, and most of the tooth-and-claw action centred around artificial waterholes. Then in 2010 this unpredictable river started flowing once again, dramatically transforming the Savuti Region: the marsh is a watery paradise once more, large herds of elephant and buffalo crowd the riverbanks, and the birdlife is nothing short of phenomenal.

The best way to see Savuti’s predators, herds and birds is on a guided game drive. All of our recommended Savuti camps and lodges offer both morning and afternoon drives. As for the lodges; take your pick from a handful of small, eco-sensitive camps most of which overlook the Savuti Channel. This puts you right at the heart of the action so between drives you can relax, drink in hand, watching wildlife at the water’s edge.

Like most safari destinations, game viewing in Savuti reaches its peak during the dry winter months. But early summer is also an excellent time for a Savuti safari; especially around November and December when the annual zebra migration passes through the area. Imagine the sight of vast herds of zebra converging on the grassy plains, with opportunistic predators hot on their hooves.

For even more excitement, combine your Savuti safari with game drives, mokoro safaris and river cruises in the Okavango Delta and Chobe River. Shared charter flights quickly and conveniently whisk you from one safari destination to the next, or you could even travel overland between the Savuti and neighbouring Linyanti Region. Contact one of our well-travelled safari experts to find out more.

Savuti Region on the map


What To Do

Activities to Look Forward to

1. Track Big Cats

Welcome to Predator Country: Savuti’s lions, made famous by their eternal battles with spotted hyenas, take centre stage but this region is famous for leopard & cheetah too.

2. Sit with Old Tuskers

Most often encountered near water, the giant bull elephants of Savuti are generally calm & tolerant of our presence, making for amazing up-close photography.

3. Watch the Migration

Travel in early or late summer & you’ll witness Botswana’s zebra migration. The stripy herds pass through on their way to remote grazing lands – Savuti’s big cats, hyenas & wild dogs are waiting for them.

4. View Rock Art

San Bushmen hunters left enigmatic paintings on the isolated Ghoha Hills that stand out on the flat Savuti savannah; local guides lead you to the best sites.

5. Go Bird Watching

An amazing birding destination in general & always great for raptors, it’s during the summer months that Savuti explodes with colour & noise as migrant species such as carmine bee-eaters arrive.

6. Expect the Unexpected

Home to some of Botswana’s most rewarding game viewing, Savuti is an ecological crossover zone with savannah & desert animals, many predators & a reputation for unusual & rare sightings.

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