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Wilderness Safaris Savuti Camp
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    Reviewed 24 July 2012

    We spent 3 nights in Savuti in July, and had a wonderful time. The camp itself has a lovely setting, on the banks of the Savuti Channel - great for sunsets from the camp deck. All the rooms look out onto the channel too. Service was perfect throughout our stay, and food excellent.

    In July early mornings and evenings are very cold - particularly as there was a wind blowing for one day - but the thick ponchos and hot water bottles provided for the drives made us comfortable.

    Game viewing was spectacular - highlights for us being a lion cub (with clearly exasperated mother trying to get it to behave!), multiple leopard viewings, and close-up views of elephants drinking in the channel, seen from a boat.

    • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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    4  Thank simonA50
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    Reviewed 21 April 2012

    Savuti Camp was our first safari, first camp and first stop in Botswana. After what seemed like quite a drive through much sand and brown bush we arrived at Savuti Camp. We were greeted by staff and shown to our "tent" - The view of the channel from our "tent" was breathtaking. We had not be at camp 30 minutes....I am watching a herd of elephant cross the channel from our deck, impala are at the rivers edge and a beautiful Lilac Breasted Roller has stopped by for a photo sitting. We shared our guide with a couple honeymooning from Italy and they were the the only people we saw on safari for three days. Our sunset break was my favorite time of day! Day 1 - we had a glass of wine at sundown with a large male Lion, Day 2 - we shared our sundown drink with the Hippos in the channel, Day 3...we sat with a baby lion cub and his mother and aunt. The balance of the days were just as surprising and delightful and very full of wildlife. Our staff was excellent and we were well taken care of. The only discomfort was the bitter cold in the mornings. Winter in Africa - It does get cold!

    Room Tip: Each room is on the channel - each view is unique!
    • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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    6  Thank WldTrvlDuo
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    Reviewed 7 April 2012

    Savuti was our second of two Wilderness Safari camps, after a blissful 2 days at Xigera. Savuti had a lot of competition to live up to the perfect days at Xigera, and they came very close. As others have written, first class from touch down at the run way, to departure. We saw the wild dogs both days, one day resting (just about 15 feet from our jeep) and we followed them on a hunt the second day. The most compelling moment was seeing the dogs greet each other after the kill, share the meat, giving us a peek at their amazing social structure. It was simply moving and we are grateful to Lets, our knowledgeable guide, for helping us experience that moment in nature.

    • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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    1  Thank choconancy
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    Reviewed 6 April 2012

    This land-based camp is located along the stunning Savuti channel. The main lodge is inviting with beautiful views and the room large and well-appointed. The food was also very good. The Zambian staff were warm and welcoming, especially Lindi who greeted us on arrival. So what's not to like? Well, out first stop on this safari was the Xigera camp so our expectations for Savuti were very high. The manager of Savuti showed up once for a perfunctory hello and then we did not see him for the rest of our time--quite the contrast to Xigera where the manager seemed much more interested in ensuring that our visit was going well. Room pick-ups(you cannot walk unescorted after dark) were often late, and we had to shout out one night for our guide to come and get us so we could enjoy drinks before dinner. Laundry, while free, came back wet and crumpled in one instance. Service, at dinner was not always as attentive as it might have been. Overall, Savuti was very good but it could learn from Xigera.

    • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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    2  Thank sdc
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    WildernessSafaris, Manager at Wilderness Safaris Savuti Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2012

    Thank you for your valuable feedback. We’re obviously thrilled that you had a good time at Xigera, but sad that your high expectations were not met at Savuti. The camp General Manager was only in camp on your arrival, as he had to be at DumaTau, however the rest of the management team were in place as normal.

    Savuti usually generates excellent feedback and we have addressed all of the concerns mentioned to ensure that high standards are met when guests stay at the camp.

    We truly appreciate the feedback, and hope that we have the opportunity to host you in the future and show you that Savuti excels in every way.

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    Reviewed 23 November 2011

    We were just back from a 4 camp visit to Botswana and we had a great time at Savuti Camp. The lodge, perched on the Savuti channel now running deep, was amazing. I can't believe that this was dry for so many years are now we were going on a boat cruise to watch hippos and elephants. The boat option was a nice change of pace and a surprise because I didn't know if the water would be high enough in November. The variety of game here was great and the area is diverse with the Savuti channel and waterways itself, woodlands, and dry areas all the way over to the Linyati swamp. We saw wild dogs, leopards, lions, and more elephants than we could be believe. The diversity was a real highlight and seeing elephants in so many different settings was great (bathing, crossing the channel, eating in the woodlands, etc.). One morning we came back from the game drive and a herd of elephants was right in front of the camp just grazing for about an hour and half. You had an amazing view from the lodge and any of the rooms.

    The service was good and managers Noeline and Stuart were very helpful and made sure everyone was having a great time (the camp was full during our stay, but it was all seamless). The rooms were probably the best we stayed in during our trip and the general luxury / layout of the camp exceeded all expectations. With the Savuti channel now running, the lodge has to be one of the most picturesque places in all of northern Botswana. Highly recommended.

    Room Tip: All rooms seemed spread out pretty well and all have a great view of the channel, etc. You could barely see the room next to you so privacy wasn't much of a problem
    • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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    5  Thank timgrubb
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