After reading some of the other reviews it seems theres some confusion around Camp Savuti and Savuti Camp! For clarity. this review covers the public campsite...
The first thing to mention is the state of the roads in chobe in the late dry season. They are largely very deep fine sand. Very difficult driving and high clearance 4x4 is vital . From ihaha to savuti ( 150km approx) took about 4hours.
Savuti feels more of a settlement than ihaha as there are a couple of campsites and lodges , though its still essentially 'the back of beyond'. Theres even a small store selling basic essentials though this didnt seem to be open for the 2 days we were there.We were allocated pitch 5 which was away from the small river in a large shady clearing beneath a tree. Loads of room for one roof tent ford ranger that was our temporary home. The site was generally clean though I noticed that a couple of the rubbish bins sliding lids were missing which could lead to unwanted wildlife visitors. The site is strewn with elephant dung though we saw only one while we were there. We heard lions in the night but were told they seldom enter the camp.
On the first night we were there all the 14 pitches were full and depending on which pitch you had, your neighbours may have been visible and audible.
The ablution block was clean enough but could get crowded at the 6am rush hour. None of the lights worked either so if you were early or late in getting a shower you would be operating in the dark. The lonely planet guide warned of a troublesome baboon troop around camp but we saw none. Our only company at camp5 was a friendly African grey hornbill!
A final word on chobe- it's very remote and very very tough driving conditions. We did it in a single vehicle with no GPS. In hindsight this was foolish and we had a couple of close calls which could have gone very wrong . If you're travelling as a single vehicle I'd recommend renting GPS with a distress signaller or a sat phone.its a wild place but very rewarding in terms of game viewing and a feeling of isolation. Sitting under the amazing night time stars by the camp fire at savuti is something I'll never forget .
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- CAMP SAVUTI“WHERE YOU SURELY EXPERIENCE THE BEST”Camp Savuti is an intimate 10 bedded tented camp. With one tent being the honey moon suite for newly weds. Each luxurious tent boosts of an en-suite bathtub, an open shower for sheer African sky exposure and an air conditioning system which cools you down from the welcoming heat of Africa.All 5 spacious tents sit on a platform and have a large balcony overlooking the Savuti channel providing a marvel of peaceful tranquality and memories to always remember.ACTIVITIESActivities include spectacular game drives into the Savuti marsh, forming an unbelievable life basket of all animals of wings, horns and paws.You will also enjoy watching famous giant elephants coming to drink on a steady gait and the spectacular birdlife and the ever overwhelming sightings of cats and dogs of the wild. ... more less
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