SAVUTE SAFARI HOLIDAYS
Savute (also pronounced Savuti), is one of four unique areas within Botswana’s stunning Chobe National Park. Commonly known as the Savute Marsh, it sits in the western area of the park encompassing an area of more than 10,000 square kilometres.
The Savute Marsh area of the Chobe was once home to a very large lake until hundreds of years ago tectonic plates moved causing the main supply of water to be dramatically reduced. Now the water supply is fed by the Savute Channel which seemingly flows at random, alternating between drying up and flowing freely. Geologists believe that this interruption of water flow is because the plates are still moving underneath the ground, so this region of Africa is truly alive. In January 2010, the channel began to flow again until the area’s water levels dropped once again. The hundreds of dying or dead trees which line the channel’s banks are a reminder that this region has previously experienced much drier times, from 1880 until 1957. Further movement underneath the Earth’s surface could well bring another major drought or increase the water flow again swelling into a magnificent lake. Only nature can determine which event will occur.
Today, a grazing area called Camelthorn Sandveld sprawls either side of the Savute Channel. The large surrounding area is quite diverse consisting of thick mopane woodlands to wide open savannas. The fantastic area supports great grazing opportunities for herbivores such as buffalo, elephant, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, kudu and tsessebe. Excitingly, when the seasonal rains come and the green season arrives, visitors can witnesses the spectacular migration of hundreds of zebra from the northern regions of Botswana. This unique experience is compounded by predatory animals shadowing the herds looking for their next meal, making for an amazing spectacle.
ONE OF FOUR UNIQUE AREAS IN THE CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
A MARSHY SETTING WITH VARYING LEVELS OF WATER
RICH IN WILDLIFE, FEATURING THE GREEN SEASON ZEBRA MIGRATION
In this wildlife-rich part of the Chobe National Park there are plenty of safari options available view a variety of exciting game and with plenty of opportunities to see predators hunting their prey. Visitors are also spoilt with a large variety of accommodation options from budget camps to private luxury lodges. Some of the safari camps and lodges offer their guests the opportunity to view ancient “San rock” paintings at Gubatsa Hills, a small rocky outcrop which forms a striking feature on an otherwise flat landscape.
An African holiday would not be complete without a visit to Savute. Our experienced team at Sensational Africa can help you incorporate an amazing Savute safari into your itinerary or you can sit back and let us plan your entire African holiday. The choice is yours, but one thing is for certain, African holidays are our niche and you won’t find better experience or service anywhere else.
Wildlife in Savute
The area is home to an impressive amount of herbivores which attracts plenty of big cats like the lion, cheetah, and leopard. You are also likely to catch other predators like hyena and wild dog on the hunt for prey or cleaning up the scraps left over from the big cats. Bird lovers are also spoilt for choice in the Savute with more than 450 bird species frequenting the region, including the kori bustard, secretary bird and the red-billed francolin with large flocks of quelea finch arriving in April.
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Our top tip
The Savute ticks all the boxes! It is easy to access, has some fantastic lodges, the wildlife is incredible, and it is well known for its predator population. So sit back and relax in another one of Africa’s premium wildlife areas!