Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge
Africa’s largest elephant population has its home in Chobe. Seeing them in their natural habitat is central to your stay at the Belmond Savute Lodge. Not only can you go on two game drives into the surrounding bush every single day but these massive, majestic mammals will even come to you. There’s a permanent watering hole in front of the lodge, where you can see them refreshing themselves, from the vantage point of a specially created viewing hide positioned discreetly nearby.
At night, the surrounding area comes alive with animal sounds that keep you intrigued as you lie in your sumptuous four-poster bed, or scan the starry sky through a telescope. After all, the park is home to lions, cheetahs and leopards and, on the canine team, wild dogs and hyenas. And the whole place teems with birdlife, making it a watcher’s paradise. If you time things right then you may even catch Africa’s most impressive migration of zebra.
There’s plenty more to do around here, including admiring the astonishing paintings of local bushmen and the gnarled baobab trees which are, like those artworks, many hundreds of years old.
When you’re not exploring the natural wilderness – as David Livingstone did back in the 1850s – we think you’ll adore the Lodge itself. It’s 95% solar-powered, feeding almost completely sustainably off the sometimes intense African sunshine. The spa, lounge, open deck with pool and firepit are surrounded by a mere dozen tented rooms, raised on wooden platforms and earthily toned to match the natural environment.
At A Glance…
- Newly designed Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge has just launched in the heart of the Chobe National Park, Botswana. The Savute region is often referred to as the elephant capital of the world.
- The best way to get here would be to get a flight to Maun that is then followed by a game drive to the camp.
Why 360 Loves It…
- Two safari drives per day where you may encounter lions, wild dogs, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas as well as rare species such as roan and sable antelope.
- Lying here in Savute is one of Botswana’s greatest mysteries: the Savute Channel. The channel which flows and dries up, unrelated to rainfall.
- The viewing hide at Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge is positioned just above the water hole and allows you to see the wildlife in their natural environment.