If you’re at the planning stage of your holiday, our Savuti tips will give you a clearer idea of safari essentials such as travel logistics, what to expect and what to pack. For help in choosing accommodation, either click through to our Savuti camps and lodges page or contact one of our Botswana travel experts for first-hand advice.
The Savuti spans an area of around 5,000 km2 in the south western region of Chobe National Park. You can drive to Savuti from Kasane and the Chobe River Region of the park, but you’ll need both a 4×4 and a sense of adventure as the roads are dirt tracks that pass through sections of thick sand.
For most travellers we recommend a light aircraft transfer from either Kasane or Maun (depending on your itinerary). These short, scenic flights take around 40 to 50 minutes and land at the Savuti Airstrip. Here you’ll be met by your guide and driven to your lodge or camp, keeping an eye out for wildlife along the way.
What to Pack
When packing for a Savuti safari, be careful not to exceed the luggage restrictions. If you’re taking a light aircraft transfer, you won’t be allowed more than 20 kg of baggage on the plane – so pack light! The good news is that most lodges have laundry facilities, meaning you can get items washed along the way.
We recommend lightweight, comfortable clothing; neutral colours are best. For those travelling during winter months; take a warm top or jacket for your early morning game drives. During the summer months a rain jacket could be useful (read more about the best time to visit). And whenever you choose to travel be sure to pack a pair of comfortable walking shoes.
Other items to remember include your camera charger, spare camera batteries and plenty of memory cards. Sunblock is essential along with lip balm, a sunhat and sunglasses. A small pair of binoculars is a great idea, and don’t forget your personal medical kit.
For a more detailed packing list see our Botswana tips and advice.
The Savuti is a malarial region, and while the risk of contracting the disease is low we’d still advise taking precautionary measures. Consult your GP on a course of malaria prophylaxis, and reduce your chances of being bitten by applying mosquito repellent and wearing long sleeves and pants during the evenings and early mornings.
This is particularly important if you’re travelling at the end of the rainy season (January – May) when the risk of malaria is at its highest.