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Super 3 days
This was a brilliant lodge, fantastic room, delicious food and wine, delightful staff who couldn’t do enough for us, and awesome game viewing. We absolutely loved it here. Baba was a great guide, and each day was just fun from morning till night. Very highly recommended. And we just couldn’t finish this review by not mentioning the Marsh Pride. We felt so privileged to watch them. I guess that all of you have brilliant pics of them, but here’s just one more... Thanks Baba, you got us in top position for this lovely photo. Mike Joan, Andy and Mags.
Excellent game viewing even while having dinner.
We stayed at three Delta and Desert lodges and we were very pleased with all three. The accommodations ere excellent, the food was amazing and the game viewing was excellent... both on game drives and at the watering hole at the lodge. It was phenomenal to see all the various elephant herds making their nightly visit during our dinner hour. But you could literally sit at the lodge and see a wide variety of animals and birds coming and going all day long. But do not miss the game drives! Our guide was Baba, who was not only a great guide but a true gentleman with a fine sense of humor. He was a great tracker and we had some amazing game sightings due to his patience. Everything about Savute Safari Lodge is first class!
Game viewing at its best
Fantastic lodge in all ways, superb position overlooking water hole - 80 plus elephants at night and plenty of antelope and birds plus lions! Well appointed comfortable rooms. Amazing game drives with a most knowledgeable guide (Metal!) - absolutely superb - leopard, lions (the famous Marsh pride) and wild dogs!
Many people have reviewed this lodge and I agree with all of those who gave it the highest rating. The most efficient way to see the animals in Botswana is to travel with Desert and Delta Safaris. They own many camps in different areas and travel between them is coordinated so that you can do a game drive in one camp in the morning and take a plane to another camp and do a game drive there in the afternoon. No time wasted. Virtually all the travelers we met said that of all the camps Savute Safari Lodge is a must. Why? The area is as dry as the surrounding territory but has three pumps that fill three artificial water holes including one that it at the camp. As a result you know where the animals are going to congregate. One day on returning from a game drive 22 wild dogs occupied the water hole. When a few kudus came to drink the wild dogs chased them away. I said to my wife that the only way they will leave is when the elephants come and that is exactly what happened. In addition the elephants and wild dogs at the camp waterhole we saw giraffes, buffalo, impalas, and probably a few more species. But that's not the primary reason to go to Savuti.... it's the lions. I suggest you google "The marsh lion pride of Botswana". Over the years this pride has been followed and filmed by BBC and National Geographic. The day we arrived they had killed a baby elephant. We drove to the site and sat for 2 hours watching them interact with the kill protecting it from scavengers and intermittently dining. When we came back the next morning all that was left were some bones. We were lucky. We weren't so lucky finding leopards, but our guide, Coca, worked hard and finally located one for us. We met up later with someone we were with for a few days on the game drives and he said the afternoon after we left they saw two or three leopards including one when they were on the ground visiting a rock painting. From what I can gather all the guides are very good and what makes them even better is that they are in radio communication with each other when they find something interesting and all guests benefit. How long should one stay? I think 2 days at Savute is two short and the 4 days we stayed was probably a bit long. If I were dong this trip again I would spend 3 nights here, 2 at Camp Okavango where we stayed and two at another camp. The third camp depends a lot on what you are looking for and you should discuss the choice with your travel agent.
Elephants, elephants and more elephants
What a great place! Probably our favorite of the 4 camps we stayed in! The reason is that there is a water hole right in the front of the camp and when you were not on safari, you could sit and watch animals come and go all afternoon. We saw so many animals at this water hole; elephants, giraffes, leopards, lots of birds, and so many more. And at night it was softly lit and the result was magical! The living space was wonderful too with a porch facing the water hole! The staff was exceptional and Eddy the bartender remembered my drink so I never had to ask, he just brought it to me! We had a great guide too named Obed! He was exceptional in his knowledge of everything having to do with the area! He was able to answer every question we asked about anything related to animals or the area, or mating, or hunting or water tables. Just amazing! You will not be disappointed with this Lodge in any way!
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