LINYANTI CONCESSION, LINYANTI, BOTSWANA
Savuti Camp is located on the Savute Channel, which for many years was dry, with wide-open ribbon of grassland through the adjoining woodland. In the recent years, the waters returned, and Savuti Camp now has abundant game that seasonally congregates there. Savuti Camp comprises seven large en-suite canvas-and-thatch rooms that face onto the Savute Channel. There is also a thatched dining area, a plunge pool and large viewing area.
Game concentrations are high around the Savuti Camp, particularly in the winter dry season with excellent sightings of the sought-after aardvark and aardwolf, big ticks on anyone's mammal lists. It also harbours hippo and aquatic life with myriad varieties of waterbirds. Other species include sable antelope, southern giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyaena and wild dog.
Explore the Savute Channel and its environs through day and night game drives, nature walks with a guide (on request), and several well-positioned hides for safe, up-close animal viewing. Savuti Camp's former 'wood-pile hide' in front of camp is now part of the flowing Savute and famous for spectacular elephant viewing in the drier winter months.
Savuti Camp LINYANTI CONCESSION, LINYANTI, BOTSWANA
Stay Savuti Camp is a Classic Safari Lodge with 7 luxurious tents. There are six twin bedded tents and one family tent with two inter-leading bedrooms each with its own bathroom and entrance. Luxury tented rooms have thatched roof. Soaps, shampoos and insect repellents are supplied. Rooms have ceiling fans and a safe. All units are on decks with a view over the Savute Channel.
The Camp The camp has a dining room and bar under thatch overlooking the Savute Channel. An open air Kgotla (boma) is used for dinner around campfire. There is a plunge pool, a small curio shop and library. Digital projector is available. Electricity for the camp is provided by a 220v generator.
ChildCare Children of 6 years and older are welcome to stay at the Savuti Camp. For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for. The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years.
Safari The main activity at the Savuti Camp is the game drives via 4 x 10-seater open 4 x 4 Land Rovers each accommodating maximum six guests, allowing all guests an outside seat. All vehicles are equipped with books on trees, birds and mammals along with a pair of binoculars and insect repellent. Walking safaris are organised on request. Night drives are also undertaken. Fishing is on a catch and release basis.
Experience Sleep-outs in the hide can be arranged on a minimum 3-night stay. Stay is generally booked and paid in advance. A private vehicle allows flexibility re: times of departure and return. The Savuti hide is an elevated platform, equipped with bed rolls and mosquito nets. Fishing in the Savuti Camp area is on a catch and release basis (prohibited in January and February for fish breeding purposes). The camp has a small stock of basic rods and reels.
Location The Savuti Camp is located in a Private Linyanti Concession in Northern Botswana. It is set along Savute Channel, 17km from its source bordering the Chobe National Park to the east. The channel stopped flowing in 1980 and what was a Hippo-filled river, is now wide, open grasslands.
Getting There Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta, which is best reached from Johannesburg by a 2-hour international flight. From Maun, fly in to Savuti Airstrip, a 30-minute charter flight in a small aircraft. Savuti Airstrip is towards the north end of the Savuti Channel and is about a 30-minute road transfer to camp. Please note, light aircraft transfers have 15kg luggage restrictions in soft, squashable bags.
When to go Botswana’s winter is during our British summer, and the weather is hot during the day, but it isn't a stifling heat, and cold at night. The summer months (British winter) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March. There is great fishing from March to December, with catches of tiger fish, bream, catfish and tilapia.