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Wilderness Safaris Savuti Camp
Reviewed 25 September 2013

This is the second camp we visited in Botswana for 2 nights. We went on a couple of game drives and the wildlife viewing did not disappoint - a lot of elephants, hippos, antelopes, giraffes, lions, buffaloes and a leopard. Service was impeccable and the food was very good. One evening all camp guests were taken to a mysterious place for a special barbecue dinner with song and dance by most of the staff members. This is a unique and unforgettable place, hope we will come back again some day.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

Savuti Camp is a very special place. We were an extended family of 12 which included 4 kids (ages 8 to 15) and stayed for 3 nights. First of all the wildlife in this area was spectacular. There were hundreds of elephants that would come through the area and cross the river every day. We spent several hours one afternoon just watching the elephants. It was incredible to watch the baby elephants swim and play and sometimes they would come right next to our tents to eat. When we first got to Savuti our guides Goodman and Carlton asked what animals we wanted to see. Our group mentioned the usual subjects and I mentioned seeing the African Wild Dogs. Goodman said we would be really lucky to see them. We saw tons of animals, lions and leopard being the highlights. On the morning of our last day they took us to a den where they thought the wild dog pups might be. It was pretty far away and we were pressed for time since we needed to catch a flight later that morning. We waited for about 20 minutes until a pair of adult dogs came to the den and signaled to the pups to come out of the den. There were 9 adorable puppies that came out and sat in a row and looked at our jeep. I never thought I would see African Wild Dogs in the wild since they are so rare. I think this was the highlight of our trip, for me at least. I thought Goodman and Carlton went out of their way so we would have an opportunity to see the dogs. Aside from the fantastic guides and wildlife at Savuti, the staff were so welcoming and friendly. They made us feel like a part of the family. Violet helped our kids fish in the afternoons. Kelly always asked us if everything was okay in our rooms. Mackenna showed us how to make baskets. Lucky was also very friendly even though he wasn't one of our guides. I wish I could remember everyone's names because they were all wonderful! The food was amazing and on our first night in Savuti they brought us to a special place next to the river where we had dinner. It was magical! The pathway to the deck was all lit up with lanterns and they were singing as we walked down the path. I also can't forget the evening "sundowners". When we were out on our afternoon safari's our guides would find a "cool" spot for us to stop and have cocktails and appetizers as we watched the sunset. Our last night was next to a hippo pond. The hippos were very curious and would get closer and closer. The whole experience was just amazing! We stayed at two other lodges during our stay which were also fabulous but I have to say that there is something truly special about Savuti.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Kkotulski
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Reviewed 20 July 2013

We stayed for 2 nights in early June. I loved the location and we could see almost anything around the channel without even leaving the tent. The far end tent had elephants right outside. We could hear a hippo at night just outside our tent. We were told a leopard went through at night one of the nights. THe camp is clean and we had great service from the staff. Meals were well prepared and tasty though not gourmet if that is what you expect. We were disappointed that there was no walking guide available to us as we had been told before we left the US. We were advised by management at the camp that this was likely due to the travel agency being unaware that we should have advised the camp in advance that we would like a walking tour. The game drives themselves were excellent but we were disappointed that we did not get to see wild dogs. We were told they had moved to a different area (silly dogs, didn't they get the memo?). We had excellent time following a leopard mom and juvenile son. We tracked a couple of lions but unfortunately we did not see any. This was not for lack of trying as our guide, Ace, was great. Lots of other game and lots of birds for my travel companion. We were very happy with our stay and could have easily stayed longer.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 July 2013

Savuti Camp is truly a gem! We had such an amazing time at Savuti! We saw amazing and very rare animals sightings like lions mating, hyena mating, cheetah and lots of other animals! Being in Botswana we also saw lots of elephants! Sometimes the elephants was literally next to our tent - which made it extra special!

What makes Savuti extra special is the people working there! Our guide, Ace was the best guide we've ever had on any game drive - and we've had a few! His knowledge of the animals, trees, birds and even general topics was amazing! It was really special to spend so much time with such an exceptional person.

Tsidie - one of the managers was very friendly and went out of her way to accommodate any request.

The food was absolutely fantastic! We had one night dinner in the bush - and wow that was very special.

We will definitely visit Savuti Camp again and we are really impressed with Wilderness Safaris - a company that really cares for Africa and its people and they will walk the extra mile to make your bush safari one to remember for the rest of you life!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 June 2013

At the end of May 2013 while on safari in the Linyanti Concession of Botswana, I spent two nights at Savuti Camp operated by Wilderness Safaris. Savuti, with elevated walkways throughout, posh "tents" with huge showers, flushing loos, and elephants galore--what more do you need? Besides all that Savuti is very well managed, it is readily apparent that the staff are well trained in customer service skills, the food was excellent, there is a fabulous curio shop, and laundry is done promptly. Tent 7, the furthest tent is exceptional since elephants cross the Channel nearby the tent, and you can sit on the deck and admire all the animals and birds. The bar and lounge at the camp is also an ideal location to sit and watch elephants, birds, hippos and various antelope species. Kelley and Violet provided excellent service and were very attentive to our needs. There is also a pool, which unfortunately I did not have time to enjoy; so I will have to make a return trip. Thanks to all for a fabulous stay!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank MelanieW542
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

Our experienced safari friend recommended Botswana as the best for game viewing and she wasn't wrong! In our 5 nights in the country, we saw all but rhinos of the Big Five and many others as well. Here at Savuti, our highlight was seeing a pack of wild painted dogs (nearly extinct) tracking its prey..an unsuspecting impala. To see how this group of wild animals share their kill within the pack was (a bit gory, yes, but..) amazing. But then to see the hierarchy of power within the animals of the bush when a lone hyena howled at the dogs until other hyenas came from every direction and together, fought the dogs for their prey (with our land rover sitting in the middle of the fight!). The dogs did all the work and the hyenas got the impala! Once our adrenalin slowed down, we couldn't believe what we had witnessed! Our other animal viewings were much calmer, but wonderfully awe-inspiring. Our guide was adept at tracking and finding much to see, but tended to be quiet which was hard to read at times after our previous guide who filled us with non-stop information about life in the bush..this was a bit of a disappointment. The setting at Savuti was beautiful on the water and the rooms spacious and luxurious. The food was good though not great and the staff helpful, but not overly friendly and warm (as at Chitabe). Had Savuti been the first camp we stayed at with no comparison point, I may not have been as critical, but Chitabe was Camp was exceptional. While we didn't have a bad experience here, I'm not sure we would pick this camp to return to.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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3  Thank HokieGal30
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Reviewed 2 May 2013

In March my husband and I traveled to Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. It was our second trip to Africa, and we stayed in 5 different camps. Unfortunately, our experience at Savuti does not seem to mirror many of the reviews here. While still lovely, out of the 5 camps we enjoyed on this trip, I would rate Savuti 5th due to the service.
First, I should say that the setting, tented room and wildlife here are absolutely first rate. The accomodation is just beautiful and spacious, overlooking a scenic bend in the channel out front. At night we were serenaded by chirping frogs, toads and hippos.
Our experience with wildlife was exciting. We were thrilled to see a large pack of wild dogs, a pride of lion with small cubs, elephant, exceptional bird life and much more. Water activities were not available due to the time of year, but we did not miss them.
In comparison to other camps we visited, the food here was average. Perfectly acceptable, but no meal in particular was memorable. Our guide was very knowledgeable and talented, but did not seem to go out of his way to be helpful. He seemed to be slightly out of sorts with us. For a minor example, in other camps, if a guide noticed a guest loaded with gear when climbing into the range rover, he or she would automatically offer a hand. Not so in this case for the 2 days we were here. That seemed to be the prevailing attitude of the management of the camp.
While not specifically lacking in service, no one (other than the table help or less senior staff who were great) seemed to go out of their way, or be genuinely interested in the guests who were present in camp. More of a laissez faire sense of service was my impression. It seemed like they have so many guests routinely that exceptional service wasn't necessary - the people come, and the people go.
We were very spoiled by the wonderful food, friendliness and "can't do enough for you" attitudes we encountered elsewhere, so this review is in comparison to some pretty exceptional places. In truth, every place has an off day or two, and some guests fit in better one place than another.
Savuti is beautiful and the wildlife was plentiful. I hope my impression was the exception rather than the rule.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Wilderness Safaris Savuti Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2013

Thank you for your comments and feedback which we value greatly. We are sorry to hear that there were a couple of points that made your stay less than exceptional, but thrilled that your wildlife experience and accommodations exceeded your expectations. Savuti certainly is a wonderful camp and area.

In response to some of your feedback, we would like to inform you that we have recently employed a qualified Food and Beverage Manager whom we are confident will assist in enhancing the food offering, service and attention to detail. We are sorry that this has been subsequent to your visit.

This entire feedback has been addressed with senior operations, camp management and guides. We will ensure that the management of the camp is continually of a high standard, that service is always a priority and attention to detail is paramount when hosting our guests.

We do believe that this type of feedback is an exception, and not the rule as stated, and hope that we have the opportunity to host you again in the future.

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Additional Information about Wilderness Safaris Savuti Camp

Address: Savuti Channel, Linyanti Reserve, Botswana
Region: Botswana > North-West District > Linyanti Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Linyanti Reserve
Price Range: £374 - £785 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Wilderness Safaris Savuti Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Standing on the raised wooden deck of Savuti, one is able to marvel at the phenomenon of nature at work. Just beneath this remote safari camp flows the enigmatic Savute Channel, until recently a dry grassland. In 2008, the waters returned and as a result game concentrations are particularly high in the dry winter season. A thatched main area and viewing deck take in the scene, while exploring the length of the Savute and its associated woodlands by boat or vehicle is a highlight here. • 7 tents (1 family) • day and night game drives • guided walks • boating • hides ... more   less 
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Savuti Camp Hotel Chobe National Park

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