Savute Safari Lodge sits on the banks of the Savute Channel in the centre of the Chobe National Park. At times flowing and other times dry, the channel forms part of a rich ecosystem renowned for its large concentrations of elephant, spotted hyena and lion - the latter two often being in brutal conflict over kills and territory - and the region is one of Botswana's premier game-viewing destinations.

The main building is made of thatch and timber and has a lounge, library, and cocktail bar. It is nearby is the viewing deck, which is ideal for watching game at the waterhole below. The real drama, however, lies away from camp when you head out on early morning and late afternoon game drives in search of big game. Savute is justly famous for its high concentrations of predators, and if you visit in summer (about November to March), you may be lucky enough to witness the Linyanti/Chobe zebra migration as well as enjoying amazing bird watching.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Condé Nast Traveler - #11 in Top 30 Resorts in Africa: Reader's Choice Awards 2015


  • Unique setting on the ephemeral Savute Channel
  • A traditional safari lodge with spacious suites, all with great views
  • Dramatic game viewing & rewarding birding
  • Large lion prides & hyena packs in the area
  • Superb close-up elephant viewing & many predators
  • Experience the summer zebra migration (March)

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Relax in the comfortable leather couches of the lounge as you read a book from the library or sip a cocktail from the stylish bar.

Cool off with a dip in the lodge's plunge pool or sip a cocktail on the viewing deck before moving to your own private deck to watch the sunset.

Savute Safari Lodge runs on a generator that is switched off after the last guest has retired for the night and on again before dawn. Please note that this means your electric fan will not be operational at night.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Laundry service


Order a drink from the cocktail bar and enjoy the sunset before settling down to a casual dining experience with elephants wallowing in the mud pool right in front of you.

Each sumptuous meal at Savute Safari Lodge is served in the fantastic dining area, alfresco on the viewing deck, or in the privacy of your own suite.

Standard Room

Savute Safari Lodge has 11 luxury wood, thatch and glass suites, sheltered from the sun by the spreading branches of camelthorn trees. They each have spacious interiors, a lounge area and private viewing deck plus an en suite bathroom.

There is one family suite for small groups travelling together.

Standard Room AMENITIES

    En-suite shower only
    Outdoor area


  • Bird watching
  • Game drives
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jul 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $945 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017 $675 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $535 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Jan 2018 - 31 Jan 2018 $560 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018 $560 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Apr 2018 - 30 Jun 2018 $720 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Jul 2018 - 31 Oct 2018 $995 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Nov 2018 - 30 Nov 2018 $720 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 $560 Fully Inclusive Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • We were really well looked after in the lodge! Between the two lodges we stayed in we saw almost everything that one could see - all in all a great holiday.

    Ian Gibson, August 2015
  • Conversely Savute was crowded with animals and it was even a bit too easy to see them... I remember you said Chobe was definitely too busy, but here there was always 20 cars around the lions! And the lodge was nice but not as intimate as Xugana.

    Jean-Sebastien Bres, June 2015
  • It was a wonderful trip and truly an experience of a lifetime. Everyone had an outstanding time. As to arrangements, everything went incredibly smooth and all of the accommodations were excellent. I have no complaints on any part of the trip. All of the staff, guides, and trackers at the camps were knowledgeable, friendly and helpful.

    Lynn Minella, August 2014
  • The Savute Safari Lodge was absolutely perfect . The staff , lodge , food and game drives all superb and I got to get close up with a leopard at last , all magic . Emma had a fantastic birthday which she will not forget for a long time , the staff really did a good job .

    William Angear, July 2014
  • Trip was excellent, the staff were great, the guides were great too. I highly recommend Savute, Moremi and Leroo La Tau lodge, really enjoyed the staff there. A very beautiful place. I miss it already, I will go back, especially to Savute… a dream place.

    George Cunningham, July 2014
  • There was a watering hole pretty close to our room, so we got good views of elephants drinking throughout our stay. The first night we saw a pregnant hyena wandering around camp. During our morning game drive, we saw lions and a leopard. The second night we ate outside and saw even more elephants drinking, as well as porcupines.

    Sarah Poitras , July 2014
  • Savute - excellent accomodation with unbelievable view (elephants' pond) + unexpected visitor (a leopard visited our roof to hunt birds!)

    Agnieszka Baranska, September 2013
  • Savute was amazing!!!!

    Joan Graff, August 2013
  • IF we had to mention one negative, it would have to be the room we were assigned at Savuti Safari Lodge. In reading the materials, we assumed we would be in a room that overlooked their signature man-made watering hole that had non-stop elephant action. However, our room was in the back of the camp, and did not have a view of the watering hole. It was one of what seemed to be only 3 rooms that did not have a view. We did ask for a room change, but the staff said that because of their bookings, they could not move us. They also mentioned that there were no notes in our reservation, indicating that we wanted a view of the watering hole. We did tell them that we did not provide any such instructions, since we did not know there were some rooms without a view. So you may want to keep note of that for future bookings of other travellers. However, with all that said, the staff at Savuti did go above and beyond to make sure that all other aspects of our stay we very enjoyable.

    Scott Vara, June 2013
  • We all agreed that the three camps we did (Xugana, Leroo La Tau, and Savute) offered a diverse perspective from a landscape and animal standpoint and were therefore a really nice complement. The order in which we did the camps was also great. Savute was a great finale as we saw many lions and leopards and were thoroughly entertained by our bigger-than-life guide Baba.

    Ali Osman, June 2013

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Ramona Cilliers

Ramona Cilliers

Africa Safari Expert

"There is constant elephant activity at the waterhole and watching the babies running for the water and throwing all caution to the wind to dive in was the cutest thing!"



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Savute Safari Lodge was perhaps our favourite of the whole trip. The accommodations were very pleasant, the food good, the wildlife spectacular. What really made the Savute stand out among the rest were the staff. They were the most genuinely warm and comfortable about discussing their country, life and family. We would be most likely to return to Savute.

Kathryn Taghon, May 2012 >View more reviews