You’ll soon discover that the Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge well and truly lives up to its name, nestled in the rugged landscape of the Chobe National Park which boasts the highest concentration of elephants in Africa. This luxury boutique lodge has just 12 tented residences where you’ll instantly feel the pulse of Botswana. This is a beautiful authentic spot ideal for those who want to get up close and personal with the wildlife as well as being immersed in traditional culture. Think days spent surrounded by elephants in their natural habitat followed by getting to grips with ancient bushman paintings and cozy dinners on the lodge’s Boma.
Flights from Maun to the private airstrip take less an hour and then you’ll be whisked off on a short transfer to your luxury bolthole. The lodge sits on wooden platforms on the banks of the Savute Channel, in the Savute region which is the heart of the Chobe National Park. Here you’ll be in prime position to see majestic Kalahari elephants making their way to their watering holes to splash, play and drink. Not to mention the endemic lion prides, herds of buffalo and rare antelope that flock to the river as well.
The tents at Savute Elephant Lodge wholly embrace that they are at the core of the African bush, yet make you feel totally at home. Think four mailer beds snuggled under thatched roofs and private wooden decks with hammocks and outdoor showers. A definite highlight for us is that you can dine alfresco on your terrace and watch the game amble past as well.
Why we like it?
The layout of the lodge and its position on the river means you’re never more than a few feet away from exciting and rare African wildlife, and what more could you want on Safari. From game drives and mokoro cruises to nighttime star gazing the dynamic African vistas are truly yours to explore from every angle here. We love that you can get a taste of Bushman life as well by learning about the awe inspiring rock paintings and sharing dinners in the traditional way on the Boma.