Savute Safari Lodge

Accommodation in Chobe National Park - Botswana

Star Rating:4

Situated on the banks of Botswana’s fabled Stolen River, Savute Safari Lodge is a traditional thatched safari lodge in a setting of singular beauty. But just as awe-inspiring is the decades old story of how the river was stolen… and in an unexpected twist, how it was given back.

Stretching from the waterways of the Linyanti all the way to Savute Marsh, the winding waterways of Savute Channel have pumped life into the western section of Chobe National Park for many thousands of generations. But this fickle and unpredictable channel has a fascinating history of flooding and drying up independently of good rainy seasons and flood levels elsewhere - a mystery that has intrigued geologists and other researchers for many years.

When David Livingstone discovered the Savute Channel in 1851 it was flowing. Thirty years later the channel had disappeared and the Savute Marsh had dried out, remaining this way for almost 80 years. It flowed again in the late 1950s, continuing until the early 1980s when it again receded, gaining the channel its reputation as ‘the river which flows in both directions’.

In 2009,


 After another extended hiatus, the channel began flowing again and by January 2010 had spilled into the Savute Marsh for the first time in three decades. No-one knows how long the water will remain…

The signature expansive glass sliding doors and viewing decks at Savute Safari Lodge were inspired by the striking panorama, and have been further complemented by the Savute Channel which now flows just 50 metres from the lodge

Room Description at :

To ensure a private and relaxing environment, Savute Safari Lodge accommodates just 24 guests in 12 local timber and thatched chalets. The chalets have been elegantly furnished in calm neutral tones to compliment the natural environment and feature expansive private decks, a combined bedroom and lounge area plus en-suite facilities.


Inclusions / Exclusions


Accommodation, scheduled activities and laundry service.
All meals, refreshments, local spirits and wines

Emergency medical evacuation insurance
National park fees and all government levies and taxes


Tips, gratuities and premium brand drinks. Guests are welcome to buy items from our Curio Shop and any forgotten items of a personal nature can also be purchased at the lodge..



Extra information

Sink into one of the numerous comfortable leather, wood or wicker sofas in the lounge - and library - or sip a cocktail in the stylish bar, all of which are situated in a beautiful two-storey thatch and timber main building. Savute Safari Lodge boasts a shaded viewing deck, al fresco dining area and swimming pool with spectacular pool loungers - ideal for watching the varied wildlife – and the resident elephants - as they make their way to the Savute Channel to drink, bathe and play.

Activities are centred around game drives throughout the Savute area in open 4x4 safari vehicles. Many trips will incorporate a visit to the Savute Marsh for your chance to see the historic presence of the Savute Channel at the marsh against a teeming backdrop of wildlife.

Guests will also enjoy a visit to the ancient San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills – a small hilly outcrop which forms a remarkable landmark in the otherwise flat landscape.

Savute lays claim to the second biggest summer zebra migration in Africa, which is determined by the rains but usually occurs between November and December and again between February and April when the zebras move from the rivers in the north in search of the rain-ripe grasslands and full waterholes in the southeast of the park. Often followed by a myriad of predators, the zebra migration is a must for visitors


Regretfully, we are unable to accept children under the age of six. Families with children aged 6-11 will be required to book private activities at an additional cost, the nature of which may be subject to the discretion of the managers or guides. Children aged 12-15 must share accommodation with a parent. No childcare or babysitting service is provided at any of our properties and children remain the responsibility of their parents at all times.


Savute Safari Lodge is located near Savute Airstrip which is accessed by charter aircraft from Maun International Airport (IATA: MUB) and Kasane Airport (IATA: BBK). Kasane Airport is served by daily road transfers from Zambia’s Victoria Falls (IATA: VFA) and Livingstone (IATA: LVI) international airports.


Savute Airstrip GPS coordinates: 18.31S 24.04E.

Owned by Botswana’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks, the registered gravel airstrip is 1,000 metres long.


Savute Safari Lodge operates on AC 220V generator power which is available during the day and evening. Guest accommodation is equipped with a 220-volt AC plug which is suitable for hairdryers and the recharging of camera and video batteries. The generator is switched off at night and invert 12-volt DC lighting provides room and bathroom illumination overnight.


Visa and MasterCard are accepted.


Guests arriving and departing by aircraft are limited to a baggage allowance of 20 kg per person in soft sided bags (duffel type bags).


Due to its remote and unspoilt location, there are no telephone, fax, email or internet facilities at Savute Safari Lodge. There is also no cell phone coverage. However, Lodge Managers are in constant two-way radio contact with our Maun Operations Office through whom important messages can be relayed.