Overview of Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge

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, Belmond Savute Elephant Camp is best known for fantastic year-round game viewing, large herds of elephant that roam the plains and unstinting luxury.

As a Belmond property, the Belmond 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 Belmond 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.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Observation deck overlooking waterhole
  • Excellent location on Savute Channel
  • Exhilarating game drives
  • Starlit dinners in a traditional boma
  • Luxury tents with spectacular views
  • Wi-Fi, air conditioning & satellite phones
  • Private in-tent dining
  • Dedicated airstrip
  • Belmond property
Bird watching

Bird watching

Bush dining

Bush dining

Game drives

Game drives

Specialist guides

Specialist guides

Star gazing

Star gazing

Rooms at Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
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    Luxury Tent

    Raised on platforms to offer spectacular views, 12 twin-bed luxury tents with en suite bathrooms offer guests a comfortable oasis in the heart of the Savute Channel. Shaded by a traditional African thatch roof, each tent has a large private deck furnished with easy chairs and a hammock – ideal for game viewing or romantic dinners under the stars.

    Beautifully-appointed interiors are furnished with -poster beds draped in billowing mosquito nets, and the spacious bathrooms have double vanities and private outdoor showers. A fully stocked mini bar, air conditioning and overhead fans ensure absolute comfort.

    General Facilities

    Whether you prefer the exhilaration of early-morning game drives or simply relaxing on the viewing deck overlooking the teeming watering hole, Belmond 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.

    Belmond 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.

    Laundry service

    Laundry service



    Swimming pool

    Swimming pool

    Wi-Fi available

    Wi-Fi available


    Evening meals can be enjoyed communally in the traditional boma, with a menu that includes gourmet takes on African favourites like samp and beans, pumba stew, beef seswaa and bobotie – not to mention the classic Afrikaans sweets: milk tarts and koeksusters. Guests are also welcome to dine on their decks of their tents, if you prefer a more intimate affair.

    Lunch is served at the raised restaurant to make the most of the views, while breakfast is often taken alfresco in the bush.

    Expert Opinion

    We know because we go
    Anja Naude

    Anja Naude

    Africa Safari Expert

    Although very modern and artistic in a contemporary African style, the main dining area is comfortable and cosy and the view of the river is fantastic!

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