Set among towering acacia trees on the banks of the meandering, intermittent Savute Channel in the southern swath of world-renowned Chobe National Park in Botswana, Savute Elephant Camp is best known for fantastic year-round game viewing, large herds of elephant that roam the plains and unstinting luxury.
As an Orient Express property, Savute Elephant Camp has excellent facilities, including a dedicated observation deck overlooking a waterhole, an elevated swimming pool that has views of the riverbed and a private, registered airstrip. In addition to game drives in search of the Big 5, guests can enjoy lectures on the wilderness by the resident expert environmentalist. Birders could also be in for a treat: the annual migration of carmine bee-eaters passes over, with these colourful birds sometimes hitching a ride on the back of larger kori bustards.
The 12 tents at Savute Elephant Camp are shaded by traditional African thatch roofs and are serviced with both Wi-Fi and air conditioning, assuring that you remain both cool and connected. Ideal for honeymooners, first-timers or those who would like some pampering on their holiday, the camp is supremely comfortable, well located and the very essence of discreet service.
Whether you prefer the exhilaration of early-morning game drives or simply relaxing on the viewing deck overlooking the teeming watering hole, Savute Elephant Camp is a haven of tranquillity in the midst of the wilderness.
The 20m-long elevated swimming pool area overlooks a riverbed that attracts game to drink, while inside there is a thoughtfully-stocked reference library and plenty of comfortable sofas for lounging. High-powered telescopes are available for stargazing in the crisp evening air, while excursions to ancient Bushman rock paintings under the watch of towering baobabs can be arranged.
Savute Elephant Camp also has Wi-Fi, a same-day laundry service, a private airstrip, satellite phones and a safari shop for both presents and unexpected needs.