Bushman Plains Camp – Okavango Delta

Bushman Plains Camp – Okavango Delta

 

General

“The Roar of the Lions Was My Dinner Bell” – Bushman Elder Tsima Bushman Plains Camp is Botswana’s First Bushman-owned Safari Camp in the Heart of the Okavango Delta. This camp is located within a 370,000 acre wilderness, utilizing a prime wildlife area where only one other camp operates, making this arguably Botswana’s most exclusve safari area. Highly skilled guides and trackers lead your daily activities. Game drives are in open-sided vehicles, include off road driving, and are the best way to have close-up viewing of the plentiful wildlife. Unlike most safari camps our drives do not have to be confined to staying in the vehicle. You are with the masters of the bush, and they will share with you their phenomenal tracking skills. If you are keen, you can take to foot along with your guide/tracker team to follow fresh tracks and see where they lead (returning to the vehicle once close to predators – guest safety is always paramount). After dark we can night drive using red-filtered spotlights to minimize disturbance as we seek out the active nocturnal animals. Join these masters of the natural world on a safari within the wilderness of the famed Okavango Delta to connect to our shared origins.

Meru Guest Tents

Bushman Plains is an intimate camp with just four classic Meru style guest tents. The tents are large (8m x 4m) with an en-suite bathroom area included. The tents feature beds that can be configured as twin or king with teak bed frames, solar lighting, flush toilets, and bucket shower. Each tent is tucked under a towering island forest with wonderful views of open flood plains.

Game Drives

Game drives are in open-sided vehicles, include off road driving, and are the best way to have close-up viewing of the plentiful wildlife. Unlike most safari camps our drives do not have to be confined to staying in the vehicle. You are with the masters of the bush, and they will share with you their phenomenal tracking skills. If you are keen, you can take to foot along with your guide/tracker team to follow fresh tracks and see where they lead (returning to the vehicle once close to predators – guest safety is always paramount). After dark we can night drive using red-filtered spotlights to minimize disturbance as we seek out the active nocturnal animals.

Night Game Drives

Night game drives provide the opportunity to seek out nocturnal animals, increasing the diversity of species encountered. Night drives also increase the chance of seeing animals during their most active time – sometimes the lions that are sleeping all day get on the move once darkness falls.

Typically the afternoon game drive stops for a sundowner drink to enjoy the stunning sunset. The drive back to camp is then in the darkness while your tracker utilizes a spotlight to search for animals. For guests with interest and stamina we can also arrange to do a night drive after dinner, increasing the chances of finding the more nocturnal creatures.

Walking Safaris

Walking safaris are available to focus on the small secrets of the bush. Your guide can teach you about spoor (tracks), scat, and other signs of wildlife. You will also learn about medicinal plants and the legendary Bushman survival skills.

Mokoro (dugout canoe) excursions

We are blessed with permanent water channels, allowing us year round to offer exploration of the Okavango by mokoro (dugout canoe poled by a guide like a gondola). This is the traditional means of transportation in the Okavango Delta and allows you to experience the environment in a different way.

Bushman Culture

At Bushman Plains we are able to offer the Okavango’s premier cultural expeirnece. Bushmen from Guidgwa Village visit us at camp to proudly share their culuture. Story telling, music and dancing have always been central to the culture of the first people, and they share these important aspects of life with our guests. You will be one of the rare few who learns the lifestyle of our most ancient ancestors.

Hot Air Ballooning – Optional Activity at Added Cost

Hot air ballooning over the Okavango is available seasonally from April to September. Each balloon ride is limited to 4 people for an intimate experience and must be booked in advance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chopper to Creation: Visit to Tsodilo Hills UNESCO World Heritage Site – Optional Activity at Added Cost

The Bushmen believe that Humankind was created at the Tsodilo Hills, and thus this is a one-of-a-kind expedition to complete your Bushman cultural experience.

 

This is a spiritual place, famed for its incredible Bushman art that was dubbed by Laurens van der Post as the “Louvre of the Desert”. Tsodilo Hills has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site, and its estimated 4,500 rock art paintings date back as much as 24,000 years, while the record of human presence extends beyond an astounding 100,000 years!

 

This extraordinary excursion begins with a helicopter landing on the Bushman Plains. You then enjoy the exceptional scenic views crossing a large swath of the Okavango Delta, before arriving to the Tsodilo Hills. At Tsodilo Hills you are met by a vehicle and private San Bushman guide, who shares the world class treasures of this magical place with you – bringing the unique Bushman point of view as you hike amongst some of the best of the 400+ rock art sites available. Cold drinks and a picnic lunch are included, before you helicopter back to camp. The entire excursion takes between 4 to 5 hours, delivering a remarkable experience, that due to its remote location very few visitors to Botswana receive.

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Chobe Princess Luxury Houseboat

Chobe Princess Luxury Houseboat

A RELAXED, INTIMATE RIVER SAFARI EXPERIENCE

With only a small number of guests per boat staying in one of the three Chobe Princesses is like being on your very own houseboat. The entire boat can also be booked exclusively, giving you your very own private villa on the water. As you drift down the Chobe River and spot incredible wildlife scenes, you’ll be able to completely relax in an intimate river safari experience.

Each houseboat has a minimum of three smaller boats for use on daily excursions that take your fancy: mark off over 450 bird species found in this wetland paradise, try your hand at landing a tiger fish, or capture Africa’s unique beauty on a photographic safari. Whatever you choose to do, your day trips will be personal and flexible because you’ll be sharing the tender boats with a small number of guests.

Each cabin on board the Chobe Princesses is tastefully decorated in a contemporary style, and each has its own private view onto the ever-changing landscapes beyond. On the upper entertainment deck, a spacious lounge and bar area encourages you to take time out while there’s also a plunge pool that’s perfect for a refreshing dip.

Room Types

Cabin

As you lie in bed and drink in your striking surroundings, you’ll find it very hard to leave the comfort of your cabin on board one of our deluxe Chobe Princess houseboats. Tasteful décor cleverly combines local flavour with contemporary design, and the overall focal point is the large sliding window that frames the changing African landscapes perfectly.

Two of the 18-metre Chobe Princesses contain four cabin suites, while the third is slightly larger with five suites. Each cabin sleeps two people – either in a king-sized bed, or in two single beds if you prefer. Along with air-conditioning, cabins are fitted with mosquito-proofed windows and en-suite bathrooms with a shower, toilet and basin. Luxurious toiletries are provided for your comfort, as well as insect repellant for a peaceful night’s sleep. Hairdryers are available on request.

Dining

When you’re on holiday, the food you eat and the meals you enjoy become part of your memories. That’s why as a guest on one of our Chobe Princesses, we make sure that every one of the three hearty meals we serve per day are unforgettably delicious – along with the drinks and snacks we provide in between.

At sunrise, enjoy a warming cup of tea or coffee with wholesome rusks and biscuits before departing by tender boat for game viewing and other excursions. After an exciting morning – or even if you’ve chosen to stay on board and lie in – settle in on the deck for a fresh continental buffet or a hot English breakfast if you prefer.

Lunch and dinner are set menus with a single option, so please do let us know any dietary requirements before you arrive. Unfortunately, due to our remote location, we’re not able to cater for Kosher and Halaal meals. In keeping with the relaxed atmosphere of the Chobe Princesses, we don’t serve high tea at a set time. Instead, we have tea, coffee and home-baked goodies readily available at the bar area of the entertainment deck for you to enjoy at any time of day.

After sipping on a traditional African safari sundowner, sit down to a three-course evening meal as you’re serenaded to the sounds of hyenas, elephant and perhaps even lion nearby. After dinner, enjoy a coffee and a nightcap before heading to your cabin to round off the perfect day.

Activities

Water-based game viewing

Staying on board one of the Chobe Princesses is like being on a permanent game viewing vehicle, but with a much higher comfort factor. Situated in the heart of the Chobe region with access to river frontage of the Chobe National Park, we also offer water-based game drives by tender boat, allowing you to experience the enormous diversity and concentration of wildlife up even closer.

Game viewing on the Chobe River is at its most exceptional from March to November when the weather is drier and the animals are more mobile as they search for food and water. Summer and spring also offer unique opportunities though, as you watch the landscape burst into life after the first rains of the season. Catch sight of huge herds of elephant as they swim across the water, as well as buffalo, lion, crocodile, lechwe, puku, giraffe, zebra, sable, kudu and the occasional leopard as they gather to quench their thirst at watering holes. Besides animal life, you’ll also see a huge variety of birdlife and plant life as you listen to the sounds of a hippo grunting and breathe in the sweet smell of African grass.

The Chobe is known as a photographer’s paradise and for good reason. The soft early morning light and the sunsets at dusk, combined with striking animal behaviour, make for dramatic and unusual photo opportunities. Before your game viewing excursion, remember to apply sunscreen and wear a hat, as temperatures can reach over 40 degrees centigrade. You should also bring along a jacket for the chillier temperatures in the early mornings and evenings.

Enjoy the ultimate in game viewing safari decadence as you sip on a drink and cruise along the river in one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet.

Fishing

No trip to the Chobe is complete without trying your hand at a fishing safari where if you’re lucky, you may even catch a tiger fish. One of the greatest fighting fish in the world, the tiger fish is the most sought after prize of these waters and is known for its ferocious spirit. It’s not all about tiger fish though. You may also hook one of the many bream species, African pike, tilapia, catfish or upper Zambezi yellowfish as you explore over 100 kms of the Chobe and Zambezi rivers, as well as the winding Kasai Channel and thrilling Chobe and Mambova rapids.

We offer both conventional equipment as well as flyfishing equipment for our fishing safaris, because we know that the area is renowned worldwide for its flyfishing. We supply rods, flies, lures, lines, leaders and reels and all equipment is included in our rate.

Because of our unique location, we offer excellent fishing safaris all year round – from the annual floods starting in March to the feeding frenzies in the winter months. Our highly knowledgeable guides, the tackle and bait we supply as well as well stocked cooler boxes make fishing in Africa an experience to remember. Land an eight pounder or more and earn bragging rights for years to come, as you enjoy a fishing trip that’s second to none.

Birding

With over 450 species, a mix of terrains and a dramatic African backdrop, the Chobe River is the perfect setting for a highly rewarding birdwatching safari. Birding season starts in September, when the first migrants arrive, boosting the bird population sometimes by 20% compared to the winter months. From December through to March birdlife on the Chobe is extremely busy and the colourful breeding plumage on display is an extraordinary sight.

Experienced birders and even eager amateurs will delight in spotting distinct birds such as African skimmers, rock pratincoles and the African finfoot, either through their binoculars or with the naked eye. Having access to your own knowledgeable guide and tender boat lets you spend many hours on your birding safari also viewing cattle egrets, fish eagles, open-billed storks, lesser-striped swallows, pied kingfishers and the striking carmine bee-eater. The slow drift of the tender boat means that you won’t disturb the peaceful silence and can also get up close to the birds and observe their fascinating behaviour.

Sit patiently and absorb the beauty around you and soon you’ll be rewarded with a unique sighting that you’ll want to photograph. Because you’ll have access to the Chobe National Park and the Caprivi wetlands, you’ll get exposure to a wide variety of species you may have never seen before. The distinct sounds of the call of an African fish eagle mingling with the grunt of hippos will stay with you long after your Chobe River birdwatching safari is over.

Photo safaris

Uninterrupted access to wild animals. Absolute silence. Golden light. The Chobe River is an unforgettable photographic safari destination, and one of the wildlife photographers’ hotspots in Africa. To help you capture that perfect moment, our custom-designed photographic safari boats are available on request and cater for 6 clients in individual photographic seats. The boat contains custom-designed swivel chairs that give you greater stability and 360-degree views for a wider range of subject matter. Every seat is equipped with a mounting for resting SLR cameras of all types and you’ll get your own experienced safari guide who’ll help you find that perfect shot.

Bring your own photographic equipment as we don’t supply this – the optimal lens to bring is an 80 – 400mm zoom. Because this is a water-based safari, you’ll be able to take unique shots in a safe environment, being able to view the animals in the Chobe National Park surrounded by that magical golden light Africa is renowned for. Tea and coffee will be offered in the morning during the winter months and soft drinks, local beers and wines will be served in the afternoon. Light snacks are also served during your excursion, providing you with a photographic experience that’s also about pure comfort.

Departure times are early morning and late afternoon and the safari takes three hours. Please let us know at the time of booking your holiday if you’d like to use our customised photographic safari boat. Capture your stay with breathtaking photos of the unique African landscape and the wild animals that surround you.

 

 

 

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A FLOATING BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN A CLASS OF HER OWN

Moving along the banks of the great Chobe River, Zambezi Queen is a 5-star, 42-metre long luxury houseboat offering unparalleled sophistication in one of the most remote locations on the planet. Best of all, as a guest on the vessel, you can enjoy a truly unique and adventurous river safari holiday while still being surrounded by complete comfort and elegance.

Each of the 14 suites on Zambezi Queen features air-conditioning and your own private balcony, where you can enjoy unobstructed views of the Chobe River and African landscape beyond. Wake up to the sight of an elephant drinking from the river, or watch a fish eagle take flight – all from the comfort of your own luxurious bed.

Unlike a land-based lodge, Zambezi Queen navigates roughly 25km of the Chobe River, allowing you to explore different vantage points and enjoy unparalleled game viewing. The banks of the Chobe National Park boast one of the densest populations of elephant on the African continent – estimated at approximately 120 000. The Park is also home to a large number of buffalo, leopard and lion, along with a variety of antelope and abundant birdlife.

Room types

Standard Suite

From the moment you step on-board the Zambezi Queen, it becomes apparent that no expense was spared in creating one of the world’s most unique river safari experiences. Equipped with 14 tasteful and luxurious suites – ten standard suites and four master suites, all suites come with en-suite bathrooms (shower only) and full length sliding shutters for both privacy and protection from the sun.

Hairdryers, toiletries, gowns and slippers are provided for your comfort, while electronic safes in each room are ideal for storing your valuables. All suites accommodate two adults, and two of the larger standard suites can take a maximum of three adults. Suites can be configured with either one double or two single beds.

Master Suite

While both types of suites let you relax in a luxurious setting, our master suites are slightly bigger, and have larger balconies that house two deckchairs and a table. Our master suites also feature both side and front sliding doors for a truly panoramic view of your surroundings.

Dining

Take a seat at your own private table and enjoy panoramic views of the wildlife during breakfast and lunch. Come evening time, settle in and enjoy an African themed dinner on one night of your stay, trying out traditional local food such as moroho and pap. On this particular evening the staff sing and dance and you’re encouraged to join in the festivities! Special dietary requirements can be catered for, but we ask that you specify this when you book – our remote location means that we need a bit of time to source ingredients that may be out of the ordinary. Unfortunately this also means that we’re not able to cater for Halaal and Kosher guests.

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Water-based game viewing

Staying on board the Zambezi Queen is like being on a permanent game viewing vehicle, but with a much higher comfort factor. Situated in the heart of the Chobe region with access to river frontage of the Chobe National Park, we also offer water-based game drives by tender boat, allowing you to experience the enormous diversity and concentration of wildlife up even closer.

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Photo safaris

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Cultural tours

One of the best ways to learn more about a country is to experience its culture. A village tour while on board the Zambezi Queen will take you by tender boat to a local Namibian village called Ijambwe, situated on the floodplains of the East Caprivi. Meet village elders and locals and gain a greater understanding of how the inhabitants of this 100-year old village live, including their daily challenges and traditions.

Wear a large sun hat and apply sun lotion, bring a bottle of water with you and wear comfortable shoes. You’ll start by taking a slow, non-strenuous but sandy stroll through the village as you snap a few photographs and meet the Headman of the village as well as his children. The men of the village either fish to provide meals for their families, while the women and younger children perform the chores and produce handmade crafts. Pick up a woven basket, beaded jewellery or a carved wooden animal as a memento from your trip – sales of these crafts empower village inhabitants by helping them earn a living. If you want to give the children of the village gifts, bring along school stationery, books or clothing – all will be highly appreciated. Finally, enjoy a display of traditional dancing and singing at the end and join in the fun!

 

 

 

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Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is a luxurious retreat in the heart of the bush, located on the edge of Chobe National Park, the second largest national park in Botswana, where some 80,000 elephants roam. From the lodge’s hilltop position, guests can enjoy far reaching panoramic views over the Chobe River and floodplain below. The main public area includes a lounge, library and dining room, which are linked to outdoor viewing patios.

Guests are able to relax in the split-level swimming pool or unwind with a pampering session in the full service spa complete with a treetop treatment room.

Room Types

Suites

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero’s fourteen Suites all command fabulous views and come with every convenience guests could hope for. Each suite measures approximately 61 square and has its own private garden – the perfect spot to sip cocktails, or enjoy a private dinner served under the African sky?

Each ensuite offers a free standing bath tub, indoor and outdoor shower. The rooms are also equipped with airconditioning, hairdryer, ceiling fan, in-room safe, mosquito nets and mini bar. Complimentary wireless internet access is available in all of the rooms of the lodge.

Pool Suite

The Pool Suite features a private plunge pool, a private deck where guests will be able to enjoy private dinners for two under the stars (weather permitting) and special turn downs every night.

Family Suites

Three of Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero’s fourteen Suites also feature an extra bedroom, ideal for families. These Suites command fabulous views and come with every convenience guests could hope for. Each suite has its own private garden – the perfect spot to sip cocktails, or enjoy a private dinner served under the African sky?

Each ensuite offers a free standing bath tub, indoor and outdoor shower. The rooms are also equipped with airconditioning, hairdryer, ceiling fan, in-room safe, mosquito nets and mini bar. Complimentary wireless internet access is available in all of the rooms of the lodge.

Activities

Game Drives

Elephants feature largely on any activity at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, as the largest population left in Africa occupies this northern corner between Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Game drives in open-sided 4 x 4 vehicles bring these grey giants into easy reach as they drink and frolic at the water’s edge in their boisterous herds. Thrilling game drives lead by our qualified professional guides bring you close to hippos, buffalos, puku and other animals that gather on the banks of the Chobe River. The puku, a small rusty-brown antelope, alongside impala, kudu and red lechwe, are only a few of the common antelope found here. Naturally, lion and leopard are also found in the area.

Sundowner Cruise

The best way to end a day of safari here is sipping on a cocktail while watching an African sunset over the still waters of the Chobe River from the comfort of one of our specially designed riverboats. Sundowner cruises are also a great way of seeing buffalo up close as they come out of the shade to graze in the cooler evenings and elephants as they wade in the river. Chobe is renowned for its abundance of dramatic sable and roan antelopes with their impressive horns. Sitatungas – antelope with splayed feet to help them run in swamps – are often seen here, as are the wild dog and lion that prey upon them.

Photographic Safari Cruise

Our new safari boat available from Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero can seat up to 18 guests and has a lower and upper deck, both featuring 360 degree swivel seats. The upper deck offers a great vantage point of the Chobe River and wildlife while the lower deck boasts a bar area and the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a scrumptious river breakfast or lunch. The boat offers a great exclusive and intimate alternative to enjoying the Chobe area especially for photographic enthusiasts.

Fishing Excursions

Guests will meet up with their guide at reception and drive through to the jetty for their fishing activity. The best time for fishing in the Chobe area is in winter, May, June, July and August. Type of fish guests can expect to catch is Bream and Tiger Fish. All fishing is done on a catch and release basis. Rates include: Use of the boat for maximum of 3 hours and fishing equipment. Maximum 3 people per boat and subject to availability.

Tour of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe

Only an hour and a half’s drive from the spectacular Victoria Falls, Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is a great base from which to explore this great wonder of the world. The transfer time is approximately 1 ½ hours depending on border formalities. From here, the guide will escort guests around the Falls sharing some facts & history along the way. Sanctuary Retreats will supply raincoats during high water months when guests are likely to get wet from the spray of the Falls. The walk is approximately 1½ hours in duration (3km), through the rainforest, stopping at the various viewing points. Guests will also have the opportunity to do some curio shopping in the adjacent open-air markets before returning to Chobe Chilwero. This activity is at an additional cost. Please enquire for rates.

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Ngoma Safari Lodge | Chobe National Park | Botswana

Ngoma Safari Lodge is 55 km from the nearest town, Kasane, and 135 km from the magnificent Natural Wonder of Victoria Falls. Your own exclusive river-facing suite offers a quiet refuge and includes an indoor bathroom, indoor and outdoor showers and a private outdoor sanctuary.

It is from here, where you will be able to gaze out onto the floodplain and Chobe River, the lifeblood of the area.

Botswana’s Chobe National Park is the country’s third-largest nature reserve and was also the first to be declared in the late 1960s. Visitors to the park can look forward to spotting a large variety of Chobe wildlife, including birds, herbivores, and of course the world-famous Chobe Elephants.

The park is divided into four areas, each distinguished by a unique ecosystem. Because the park’s natural environment changes as one region give way to another, the variety of Chobe wildlife differs depending on your location.

The Serondela area, also known as the Chobe riverfront, is a lush region with a plentiful supply of trees. For this reason, the area is home to herbivores such as the giraffe, sable and Cape buffalo. Elephants are frequently spotted in Serondela, drawing visitors to this attractive region of the park.

The Chobe riverfront is also the only place in Botswana where the Puku antelope may be spotted. Bird spotters will enjoy looking out for the carmine bee-eater, and when the river is in flood a host of aquatic birds including ducks, storks, ibis, and waterfowl may be seen.

In the Savuti marsh, a drier area of the park, the savannah ecosystem is home to a variety of large animals which are easily spotted by visitors to this region. The main attraction of Savuti is the presence of Elephants, which are numerous and offer an opportunity for amazing viewing. Zebra, wildebeest, warthogs, impalas and kudu are also plentiful in this region. Lions and hyenas are spotted regularly in Savuti, while visitors may be lucky enough to spot a rare cheetah.

In the Linyati marsh, visitors have another opportunity to spot elephants, while a number of predators prowl the plains. Leopards, lions and wild dogs are a common sight in this area of the park, preying on Roan and Sable antelopes which are present in large numbers.

Accommodation

The thatched lodge incorporates rustic and ethnic styles, with natural finishes and an emphasis on space and comfort. The central area includes a sitting room, dining room, bar area, game viewing deck, a new pool deck and a plunge pool with a striking water feature. Spend evenings around the fire looking out at the floodlit waterhole.

Each suite has an:

  • Indoor bathroom.
  • Indoor and outdoor showers.
  • Private outdoor sanctuary.
  • Open lounge.
  • Overhead fans and air conditioning.
  • Mini bar.
  • Tea and coffee facilities.

Ngoma Suite

The six private suites offer quiet refuge in a luxurious setting, with views of the legendary Chobe river; giving you the opportunity to see the famous Chobe elephants, migrating zebra or buffalo grazing on the Caprivi floodplain below, depending on the season. Each suite has a full indoor bathroom as well as an outdoor shower and sanctuary.

Safari Activities

  • Game Drives

Famous for its large elephant herds, Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana covering some 11 700 square kilometres, has some of the largest concentrations of game found on the continent of Africa. Game drives in this park are legendary, with sightings of herds of more that 100 elephants at any one time being the norm. The Park provides a kaleidoscope of species for bird enthusiasts, in what is one of Africa’s finest birding safari locations.

  • Game Walks

Located within the Chobe Forest Reserve, we are privileged to be able to offer guided walks with our team of experienced professional guides who will escort you on an enthralling walk in this game-rich enclave. Walks depart early morning and return for breakfast.

  • River Cruise

This picturesque cruise is part of the full day excursion and is available to all guests that stay for two or more nights.

  • Village Tour

Includes a visit to the local primary school and village.

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Belmond Savute Elephant Camp

Belmond Savute Elephant Camp

In the heart of the Chobe National Park, sometimes referred to as the elephant capital of the world, is the Savute – an area that personifies the eternal contrast of Africa.

Where our other two camps celebrate water and lush vegetation, Savute is an objective lesson in aridity. Rain is rare and water is precious. You will find yourself in harmony with a uniquely timeless place, removed from city life. In Savute, you realise that precious little has changed on these dry plains since time began. The realisation dawns that you are fortunate and privileged to be in one of the last corners of the planet governed by nature.

Perched on the former banks of the now dry Savute Channel, the camp offers a spectacular bird’s eye view of the elephant in their natural habitat, with an adjacent water hole just metres away from the camps main building, the impressions created at Savute will last forever.

The Savute is a dramatic area to see high concentrations of elephant and lions. Prides up to 40 strong are not uncommon as are sightings of all the other major predators; the endangered wild dog, leopard, cheetah and the hyena. Savute is also renowned for its excellent birding during the summer months (December through March), as well as being home to some very rare rock paintings drawn by the early San Bushmen, who once inhabited the region.

As this camp is situated in the Chobe National Park, park regulations prohibit night drives and walking, however, game viewing activities are offered in the morning and late afternoons in our open safari game viewing vehicles. All the tents, public areas and swimming pool overlook the adjacent water hole so it is not uncommon to see a wide variety of birds and animals from the privacy of your own tent. Savute also offers a “Boma” or “place of eating” where guests can enjoy a traditional alfresco dining experience while being entertained by our members of staff.

Situated in the arid Savute area, Savute Elephant Camp offers an oasis type setting in complete luxury. All luxury tents are housed on raised wooden platforms, offering great views, and shaded by a traditional African thatch roof. The large private decks are furnished with easy chairs and a hammock, ideal for viewing wildlife, or for enjoying a private dinner in complete privacy. The tent interiors are luxuriously appointed with such comforts as an en suite bathroom, private fully stocked mini bar, four poster bed complete with mosquito netting, as well as a discreet air conditioning.

The 12 twin-bedded luxury canvas tents, recently placed under thatch, that are perfectly suited to the desert air feature lavishly appointed ensuite bathrooms and dressing areas.

They also have private viewing decks and comfortable outdoor lounges overlooking the Channel.

For your convenience, in-room safes are provided for the safekeeping of all cash, travel documents and other articles.

Facilities include:

  • Individual gas geysers
  • ‘His and hers’ vanity unit
  • Private viewing deck
  • Outside lounge, with hammock and ceiling fan
  • Electric heaters
  • Air conditioning
  • Private outdoor showers
  • Mini-bars
  • In-room safes
  • Hairdryers
  • Electric overhead fan (24-hour use)
  • 110v/220v plugs for an electric razor
  • Facilities for charging video cameras
  • 24 hour DC battery lighting in guest rooms
  • Intercom system to reception

Savute Elephant Camp promises outstanding game viewing without having to leave the confines of the camp itself, so prevalent is the wildlife around the water hole. When you do venture out, in open 4×4 vehicles, then there are excellent opportunities to see wildlife on the now dry Savute Marsh, which is also home to the Zebra migration during the months of February and October. In addition to the game drives, excursions can be arranged to see the historic San rock paintings in the hills or the ancient Gametrackers Baobabs.

Our camp offers game viewing activities in the morning and late afternoons. These activities take place on our safari viewing vehicle, designed for your comfort and safety. Activities are restricted to set regulations as the camp is within a national park.

Bird watching at Savute Elephant Camp

Savute Elephant Camp is based on the edge of the Savute Marsh and of the three camps is the driest. Primarily a desert habitat this area abounds with desert and savannah birds. On the Marsh one can find the largest flying birds in great numbers – Kori Bustard, Ground Hornbills, Ostrich and Northern Black Orhaan

This area also abounds with LBJ’s – Ayers, Desert Cisticolas and a large number of Pipits and Larks. This is also one of the few places to view the Bradfield’s Hornbill which is also a true desert Species. More than 250 birds species are found at Savute and most of them are endemic to the area. Summer is a wonderful time to visit as it is lush and green and the area abounds with all the summer migrants as they follow the Rift Valley south. Savute is also well renowned for its elephant and lion populations and can often add to the experience and memories of a trip to this area.

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