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When people think of Chobe National Park they might imagine its bustling riverfront in the north, which in peak season can be as full with visitors as it with wildlife. However, this park is vast, the third largest in Botswana and the countries first to be designated, in 1967. It is thought to accommodate the largest herds of elephants in the World and a diverse mix of other herbivores, predators and birdlife can be found in this varied ecosystem.
The Savute area is dominated by the mysterious Savute Channel, which runs from the Linyanti River further west and forms the Savute Marsh. The hydrology of this channel and the factors influencing its flow seem to be independent of rainy seasons and flood levels elsewhere, somewhat mystifying experts and local inhabitants alike.
In the dry season this area can promise fantastic wildlife viewing and Savute Safari Lodge has two pumper waterholes in front of the lodge which attract large numbers of elephants, particularly in the morning and evening.
This area is also famous for its predator populations, from large prides of lions specialising in attacking elephants (as documented in the BBC Natural World programme- Africa’s Giant Killers) to leopards who have picked up an usual fishing skill to exploit catfish caught in the drying channels.
The second largest zebra migration in Africa also passes through this region on its way south to the Great Salt Pans and although the exact timing depends on the rains, typically it is between November and December and then again between February and March.
Savute Safari Lodge isnt included exclusively in any of our example itineraries yet but as everything we do is tailor-made we can include this as part of your Botswana safari and please see below for a number of other trip ideas.