A fascinating region in the Chobe National Park, the Savuti boasts one of the greatest concentrations of animals in Southern Africa.
Situated within the heart of the Chobe National Park, the Savuti is a wild and remote region bordering the western edge of the Okavango Delta.
The region has two major geographical features: the Savuti Channel and the Savuti Marsh. Once a vast inland lake, the Savuti Marsh is fed by the Savuti Channel – a mysterious water source that dries up and flows in an extremely erratic manner. Dry for approximately 30 years, this “Vanishing River” reappeared in 2010 and reached the Savute Marsh for the first time since 1982. As a result, the region underwent a spectacular transformation, returning to it’s lush and marshy natural state.
The recent reappearance of the Savuti Channel attracted a vast array of wildlife from near and far. The region is especially famous for it’s predators, with large prides of lions, packs of African wild dog and cackles of spotted hyena often seen. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a sight of a highly endangered cheetah, or the ever-stealthy leopard. Large herds of elephant, kudu, impala, buffalo, giraffe, tsessebe, and a delightful variety of resident and migratory birds also call this area home. Between November and April, the Savuti experience the second largest zebra migration in Africa. Vast herds of these monochromatic antelope make their way from the Linyanti Marshes to the grassy floodplains of the Savuti Marhses.
The Savuti has two distinct seasons: rainy and dry. During the rainy season, which from November to April, the Savuti Channel feeds the otherwise arid land with water. At this time, the waterways and marshes are crowded with wildlife, which feast upon pastures rich with new grass. Throughout the dry season, which lasts from May to October, the water pans dry up and the animals congregate around artificial waterholes.
Accommodation in the Savuti ranges from rustic safari lodges and luxury tented camps, to gorgeous mobile camps and authentic self-catering chalets. A list of activities on offer in this intriguing region includes game drives, guided walking safaris, photographic safaris, and cultural excursions.
To find out more about planning your trip to the Savuti, simply get in touch with our Botswana travel experts at Kiboko Adventures.