From: ZAR 500 PPS

Savute Under Canvas

A swathe of grassland fed by an ephemeral waterway, the Savute region of Botswana’s Chobe National Park is one of the most rewarding safari destinations.

The Savute region of Botswana’s Chobe National Park is one of Africa’s most rewarding safari destinations. A swathe of grassland fed by an ephemeral waterway, Savute is a place of giant elephant bulls, marauding lion prides and scarred hyena clans.

Experience Savute from the candlelight ambience of Savute Under Canvas, a mobile tented camp that delivers the sort of luxurious safari of which Hemingway would have approved. The camp moves between private sites, each of its five luxury tents enjoying the services of a butler. Game drive vehicles take a maximum of six guests to ensure optimal game viewing conditions, and the whole experience is personalised thanks to the excellent guides and staff.

A great combination with a water-based camp in the Okavango Delta, Savute Under Canvas offers the comforts of a safari lodge with the authenticity and romance of walk-in tents and bucket showers. Savute can be enjoyed throughout the year but it is at its driest from May to October. The early summer period (December to early January) sees a local zebra migration and impala herds giving birth, both events attracting concentrations of predators.

Lodge Highlights:

  • Classic ‘Out of Africa’ safari experience
  • Set in Botswana’s legendary Savute region
  • Amazing game viewing & birding all year round
  • Small, intimate 5-tent camp, romantic & authentic

About Savute Under Canvas

The Tents

  • Spacious & Well-Appointed Walk-In Tents
  • En Suite Bathroom with Safari Shower
  • Shaded Porch with Chairs
  • Personal Butler Service

There are only five tents at Savute Under Canvas, each serviced by a butler and well spaced for privacy. Featuring either a double or twin beds, the tents have a small shaded porch with chairs. They are well equipped with everything from luggage racks to backgammon sets. There is no electrical power in the tents but guests can recharge batteries at the main tent.

Each room has an en suite bathroom with a gravity-fed flush toilet and traditional bucket shower -hot water is provided on request. Towels, soap, shampoo, body wash and body lotions are all supplied.

Camp Facilities

  • Dining Tent & Bar
  • Games, Books & Reference Material
  • Dinner by Starlight
  • Battery Recharging Facility

Its mobile, temporary nature makes Savute Under Canvas a modestly appointed camp compared to Savute’s permanent lodges but you’ll want for nothing. Meals and drinks are served in the convivial mess tent, and outside under the stars on fine nights. The camp has a cheerful collection of books, magazines and board games to enjoy, and few guests will forget the camaraderie of the camp’s fire pit where stories are swopped long into the night.

Activities at Savute Under Canvas

  • Morning & Afternoon Game Drives
  • Bird Watching

Game drives are the focus at Savute Under Canvas. Its guides have a reputation as being among the best in the area and they begin the experience with early morning drives. Setting off at dawn, you’ll track predators on the prowl before returning for a hearty brunch and siesta. After a high tea you head out again in the late afternoon. This is the time to watch animals drink at the Savute Channel or at well-used waterholes. In the dry winter season, you can expect dozens of bull elephants clustered around water.

Savute is just as good during the summer wet season. Stay at Savute Under Canvas for an insight into the zebra migration and for good chances of seeing a kill. With Savute’s impala herds giving birth, many predators such as wild dog and cheetah move into the region.

On The Map

Lodge Rates


Season & Year
Per person sharing
Shoulder Season 01.11.19 - 02.01.20
ZAR 615
Closed 03.01.20 - 13.02.20
Low Season: 14.02.20 - 31.03.20
ZAR 500
Mid Season: 01.04.20 - 30.06.20
ZAR 615
High Season: 01.07.20 - 31.10.20
ZAR 755
Mid Season: 01.11.20 - 01.02.21
ZAR 615
Closed: 02.01.21 - 10.02.21
Included in your stay
  • Savute Under Canvas accommodation
  • Three meals daily
  • Soft drinks
  • House wines
  • Local brand spirits and beers
  • Teas and coffees
  • Refreshments on game drives
  • Laundry, Safari activities
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • VAT
  • Transfers to and from the lodge airstrip
  • Park fees.


Excluded in your stay
  • Telephone calls
  • Safari shop purchases
  • Gratuities
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Champagne, Cognacs, Fine wines, Premium brand spirits and cigars
  • Landing fees.
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Hands-on Expertise

  • We’re based in Africa
  • We regularly do site inspections
  • Knowledgeable team
  • Expect great customer service

Accredited & Bonded

  • SATSA – Bonded Membership (2061)
  • ATTA Membership (204387)
  • Fully Independent & Owner Run
  • Travel Support from Start to Finish


Excellent service and support for our Africa vacation

Working with Walter was a great experience. He listened to us and helped us build a vacation that exceeded all of our expectations. We really appreciated his professionalism and attention to detail.


We are six older but experienced travellers who usually do our own planning. Luck led us to Safari Online and Walter. His ideas proved spot on. Throughout our planning Safari Online have been helpful, always answering emailed questions, no matter how basic, straightaway. We’ve had probably our best ever holiday in years of travel, everything went smoothly. Pickups and transfers were on time. Staff in all the places we stayed were friendly and helpful. I can’t think of one adverse remark except maybe seeing a lion that wasn’t asleep, though I think if it could have been arranged Walter would have done so.

Karina was absolutely instrumental to our safari success.

Our experience with Safari Online was excellent. After becoming very frustrated trying to search for a safari destination on our own, we turned to Karina for help and she was a lifesaver. She responded to our requests promptly and gave us several options with links to each option; we ultimately chose Lukimbi. She then coordinated our flights to and from the property, arranged the drivers necessary to get us from the airport to the lodge and back again, and sent the appropriate paperwork to each of us to verify each step of the process. We had an amazing safari adventure at the lodge–the experience of a lifetime–and are so grateful for her help. We literally couldn’t have done it without her!

A great tour operator that was a pleasure to deal with.

We used Safari Online to put together a mid-range Botswana trip for a group of four going to three different camps and then onto Vic Falls. We asked several operators to provide options (through this great safari bookings website) and Walter Kohrs from Safari Online was easily the most responsive and quickest to provide different but realistic options and at good prices. In the end it was a no brainer to go with Safari Online. Walter always responded to my queries quickly, with honest and valuable responses that were clear and made sense. From our perspective he tailored a good mix of places for both our budget and standard of facilities that suited us perfectly, with enough information and links to help us make our decisions. In the end each camp was different and had different aspects and strengths that made each unique. We loved it.

They kept us fully informed and updated throughout planning, travel, etc.

It was excellent all around. Everything worked out well. An experience of a lifetime! The game viewing rides were fun and very informative.

Above expectations

Excellent communications and service. We dealt with Sabrina and she is awesome. The safari tour was amazing, i can highly recommend going to Elephant Plains. Its a very special place run by awesome people.

Professional, patient, efficient and responsive. Met all our travel needs and requirements spot on

Communication was excellent – I asked A LOT of questions and did a ton of research myself and Walter was extremely patient with me and very responsive. he was straight forward and extremely professional.  Tour itself was excellent – an incredible experience and one never to be forgotten. Everything was spot on.