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Savute Safari Lodge
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

We've just returned from our 10th consecutive (11th in all) visit to Savute Safari Lodge. The number of visits surely indicates our love for this camp. When we first starting going there, in 2002, the Savute Channel was dry and had been for over thirty years. The game viewing was amazing for they had a pride of 34 lions and you saw them on a daily basis. Three years ago, water came to the channel which initially changed the game viewing. With all that water animals, other than the recidivists, didn't have to come to the lodge water holes to drink. Now, however, the animal life is amazing and game we'd never seen there before are present in huge numbers...cape buffalo, roan and sable antelope, water bucks! Imagine my surprise when I looked at the formerly dry channel and saw a fish eagle perched in a tree! This year, as we relaxed after dinner around the fire, a leopard walked down the banks of the channel and later wild dogs ran by! After dinner entertainment! The accommodations at Savute are fabulous. The "rooms", which are individual chalets, are large and airy, all with views of the channel. The personnel is extraordinarily well trained, friendly, helpful and accommodating. We stayed in a 5-star hotel in Palapye where the staff was not nearly as helpful and well organized. As I mentioned in a review of Camp Moremi, there are a number of lovely game camps in Botswana. So, why do we return, over and over, to the same ones? Of course we enjoy the game viewing and ultra comfort of the entire lodge facility. But it's the charm and warmth of our friends there than beckons us back every year. Someone asked us once how long we will continue to visit Savute every year. I answered "as long as we're ambulatory" and my husband said, simultaneously, "as long as the money holds out." On the plane home we were busily planning next year's visit.

Room Tip: I'm asking for room 1 next year. It's at the far end and a couple staying there said so much game came to drink by their room that they actually chose to miss a game drive in favor of watching game from their own veranda! Believe it or not, they saw a leopard kill a wart hog.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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walbots, Director of Sales at Savute Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2013

Dear Dolly and Jim

Your kind words and love for what we do, where we are and our home is so deeply appreciated. Thank you so much for your loyalty!!

Your 12th visit to Savute Safari Lodge is eagerly anticipated by all of us.

Today, we smile for the two of you.

Our best wishes - John, Mash, Taz, Natasha, Gwist and the whole Savute family!!

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Reviewed 21 August 2013

Everything about Savute is first rate. The "tents" are wonderful with lush beds, great bathrooms, and a view of the elephants to die for. The food is really outstanding at all meals. The guides are excellent and will find interesting things that you didn't know existed as well as animals you are looking to see. The staff is excellent and the camp is just lovely. It is hard to imagine a place that is better than this. The pilot of our plane in leaving said this was her favorite camp of all in Botswana.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Leonard K
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walbots, Director of Sales at Savute Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2013

We are very pleased to read your kind review of Savute Safari Lodge. Thank you for being our guest and we are happy that your stay with us was a good one.

With kind regards - Obie, Angie, Mash and the Savute Safari Lodge family

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Reviewed 20 August 2013

I just came back from my second trip to Botswana, first time in this camp – although I previously stayed in other Desert and Delta camps. I absolutely LOVE this place.

It is a cosy camp located in front of a waterhole where elephants drink the whole day and in front of the Savute channel, which was flowing when we were there. The common area, though not luxurious, is extremely familiar with a nice library and bar. Rooms are big, new and very comfortable. Some have direct views to the waterhole with an amazing view of animals (I´ll request it next time!!). Food is also very nice with delicious brunches and dinners with direct view to the elephants :)

Game viewing is excellent. We saw lions in every drive we made, we also saw two leopards, herds of buffalos, every single type of antelope, birds and of course, elephants. The Savute mash has an idyllic landscape as well.

Nonetheless, it is the people who made me love this place so much. One returning guest told me it was not for the animals she also came back to same lodge, it was for the people because she could not imagine coming to Botswana and not spending time with them… And I absolutely understand her. Everyone is extremely enthusiastic, helpful, smiley and makes you feel like part of the family. Everyone in the management when we were there (John, Mash, Taz and Natasha), Jamaica Score the barman, waiters and cooks, and all the rangers (especially Baba, my friend, and Johnson who was our ranger, so smiley, so knowledgeable… thanks for all the viewing, we miss you!!).

I will definitely come back to this country and to this camp which has everything which makes me love this country.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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walbots, Director of Sales at Savute Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2013

We are humbled by your kind words and appreciate this review immensely. Many thanks for being our guest at Savute Safari Lodge on your recent visit to Botswana.

This kind of feedback is what keeps our team inspired to maintain and even improve on the service levels they offer our guests.

We hope that the future allows for us to be your hosts once again.

With warm safari greetings

John, Mash, Taz, Natahsa, Babba, Johnson, Mr Score and the rest of the Savute Safari Lodge family

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Reviewed 14 August 2013 via mobile

No words can possibly convey how wonderful was our stay at Savute! Our room overlooked the channel where we could see large numbers of elephants - single and in families- coming to drink. What a treat to sit on the deck of our room! Food, service and hospitality were superb!
Game drives with Gee were terrific! He was a great spotter of leopards and lions for us. He navigated water and plains to find a hunting lioness which he had somehow spotted from a great distance!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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1  Thank NLF2013
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walbots, Director of Sales at Savute Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2013

We are delighted that you had a great stay with us at Savute Safari Lodge and thank you for your wonderful review. Gee is going to be very happy to read your comments as well. We hope that one day we will be able to welcome you back again for more safari action.

With warm regards, Obie, Angie and the team at Savute Safari Lodge

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Reviewed 1 August 2013

I spent 3 nights here and was amazed by the variety of wildlife. There were so many elephants I couldn't believe it! The staff was warm and helpful and Gee was an awesome guide. He spotted every animal or bird possible and was knowledgeable, funny and engaging. Metal was also a wonderful guide, with lots of fun stories to share. Obie and Rafael were terrific hosts, the food was delicious, and my room had a view of the watering hole - so no shortage of elephants. I loved the game drives and only wish I could have stayed longer!! I would definitely love to return to this lodge - one of the best experiences ever!!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Sheila S
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walbots, Director of Sales at Savute Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2013

Dear Sheila S

Welcome back home - thank you very much for your great review of Savute Safari Lodge. It was wonderful having you as our guest and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thanks also for your mention of Gee and Metal - we know how hard they try and certainly this kind of feedback says a lot in keeping them motivated. We look forward to your return visit....our elephant farm is waiting!

With warm safari greetings, Obie, Angie and the entire team at Savute Safari Lodge

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