Game viewing, vistas and the general habitat were altered seismically at Savuti Camp when the Savute Channel began flowing again after close to 30 dry years in 2009. The dry riverbed that the camp overlooked became a flowing, vibrant channel once again, with water birds, crocodile and hippo all gradually making their presence felt. Based right on the channel, in the heart of the Linyanti Concession and less than 30km from the western border of Chobe National Park, this was always a great area for lion and elephant. Now, greater volumes of leopard, cheetah, giraffe and plains game have been attracted by the permanent water sources.
Most of the Savute Channel lies within the Linyanti Concession, so guests can explore large chunks of it on day and night game drives and guided walks. There is also now the option to canoe on the channel when water levels are favourable, and a selection of hides nearby to enjoy some inactive wildlife watching. With all of these activities and a legendary location, the camp itself shouldn’t be ignored, after a full refit in 2009 brought it up to scratch with other Wilderness Safaris camps. There are just seven stylish tented rooms, elevated on wooden platforms with private decks facing the channel. The main lodge is also raised with open sides looking out to the channel, presided over by a small pool and viewing deck where al fresco dining can be enjoyed. With history, wildlife and comfort aplenty, Savuti Camp comes highly recommended.