Joy's Camp

Savuti Camp is situated in the private Linyanti Concession along the Savute Channel, famous for the fact that between 1980 and 2008 it stopped flowing altogether, creating an unusual ribbon of grassland. Surprisingly, the Channel began to flow once more, becoming a deep, clear waterway harbouring hippo and aquatic life while wildlife had to adapt to a new source of water and all the opportunities and menaces it brought with it.

This intimate camp's en-suite accommodation is in seven large walk-in tents that are raised off the ground and face onto the Channel. From the camp's thatched dining area, a small pool and large viewing area with fire pit extend outwards on raised wooden decks, providing a wonderful view of the water and its wildlife.

The Linyanti has diverse and prolific wildlife, but is most noted for its very large elephant population which can reach enormous densities during the dry winter months. Other game concentrations are also high, and apart from abundant plains game, species such as roan and sable antelope, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyaena, black-backed jackal and wild dog may also be encountered. This area can also be excellent for the rarely-seen aardvark and aardwolf. Birding is spectacular.

Due to it's location on the Savute Channel and in the Linyanti Concession, Savuti has spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities. Game viewing tops the agenda here.

Game Drives

Morning and afternoon game drives reveal the rich wildlife of the area where predators and elephant are often the highlight. Plains game and the diverse birdlife also offer fantastic sightings. The open 4x4 Land Rovers each accommodating a maximum of seven people, allowing each guest a ‘window’ seat.

 

Night Drives
Night drives with spotlights allow you to find those nocturnal animals you wouldn’t see during the day. These often include the lesser bushbaby, spring hare, aardwolf, serval, large spotted genet and, if you are extremely lucky, the elusive pangolin!

 

Nature Walks
On request and subject to the availability of a qualified walking guide, nature walks with skilled, armed guides are wonderful ways of getting close to nature and observing the smaller details you miss when travelling by vehicle.  

 

Star Beds
The Star Beds (Southern Cross and Orion) are elevated platforms offering an authentic and unique way to sleep out under the crystal clear African skies surrounded by nature.


 

Log-pile Hide
This hide is the perfect place to spend your afternoon siesta hours. Elephants are often the star attraction here; just watch out for the sprays of water propelled from their nearby trunks. 


 

Sunken Hide
Approximately 45 minutes from Camp, the Ntshe Hide at Manchwe Pan offers a thrilling way of viewing game; often with big elephant feet obstructing your view.  


 

Boat Excursions
Exploring the waters by boat can be undertaken in the morning, during midday, or as an afternoon activity. Note that boating is a seasonal activity, dependent on water levels.  


 

Fishing
Water-level dependent, fishing with a limited supply of basic equipment is on offer seasonally on a catch-and-release basis. 


 

Birding
With the Linyanti Concession being an internationally recognised Important Bird Area (IBA), birding is understandably outstanding at Savuti Camp, from slaty egret in the water to kori bustard in the dry areas.  

LOCATION

  •  Within Private Linyanti Concession, Northern Botswana
  •  Along Savute Channel, 17km from its source
  •  Borders Chobe National Park to the East

HABITAT AND WILDLIFE
Linyanti Concession
The 125 000-hectare (308 000-acre) Linyanti Concession bordering Chobe National Park’s western boundary is an enormous wildlife-rich area with an unrivalled atmosphere of remoteness and space. The bulk of the concession is comprised of different mopane woodland associations, but along the Linyanti River exists a strip of riparian forest and floodplain. The concession is bisected by an ancient watercourse – the Savuti Channel – famous as a sporadic and unusual watercourse, possibly as a result of tectonic activity in the area. Dry for many years, it started flowing again in 2008 which led to an influx of waterbirds and adaptation from the resident animals. In keeping with its erratic nature, the Channel is dry once more, exposing open grasslands and creating a new dynamic in wildlife activity. The area is famed for its herds of elephant that reach the world’s highest densities in the dry winter months. Other species are also abundant – zebra, wildebeest, impala, giraffe, lechwe, reedbuck, kudu – and in addition to species like lion, spotted hyaena and leopard, the area also plays host to populations of cheetah and wild dog. Rarer species such as sable and roan emerge from the woodlands during the dry season.

CAMP DESIGN AND FACILITIES

  •  Lounge, dining room and bar under thatch and on a raised wooden deck overlooking the Savute Channel
  •  Fire deck
  •  During winter months knee blankets are provided during dinner
  •  Traditional boma for dining under the stars
  •  Pool in main area
  •  Small library
  •  Small curio shop

ACCOMMODATION
Number of Tents
This camp can accommodate 14 guests and 02 children plus 02 guide/pilot/tour leaders sharing, subject to concession numbers in 7 tents.

Tent Description

  • Luxury canvas tented accommodation under thatch on raised wooden deck with a view over the Savute Channel and elevated wooden walkways.
  • Each tent comprises En-suite facilities, separate toilet, writing desk and chair, easy chairs, mosquito net, ceiling fan, during winter months hot water bottles and extra blankets are provided, electronic safe, tea and coffee making facilities), a yoga mat, weights (2 x 1 kg and 2 x 2 kg weights) and resistance bands, veranda with deck chairs, multi-plugs adaptor charging facilities for mobile devices.
  • No air-conditioning, however, a ceiling fan is provided in all the tents.
  • During winter months hot water bottles and extra blankets are provided.
  • Seasonal bathrobes, slippers, liquid soap, body wash, shampoo and conditioner, body lotion, room spray, insect repellent, insect spray, mosquito coil, shower caps, vanity kit with cotton tip swabs and cotton wool pads, sewing kit, tissue dispenser, laundry bag and umbrella are supplied in each tent.

ELECTRICITY AND WATER

  • Camp has 220V generator-powered electricity run in kitchen and main areas when guests are not in camp. When guests return from activities, generators are generally switched off (for peace in camp).
  • 220V inverter power used for lighting and fans in each tent 24 hours/day.
  • 220V multi-plug adaptor charging facilities for mobile devices. Additional charging facilities (available on request) for the use of sleep apnoea machines (guests to provide own device, spare batteries, charging unit and adaptors).
  • Solar-heated water.

EXAMPLE OF A TYPICAL DAY

  • Morning wake-up and activity times vary according to the seasons, activities on offer and wildlife sightings.
  • Early morning wake-up call.
  • Light breakfast before departing on the morning activity.
  • Return to camp for a meal and rest period.
  • Meet for afternoon tea before departing on the activity.
  • Return to camp – freshen up or meet for drinks, followed by dinner and thereafter, perhaps a nightcap.

CHILD POLICY

  • Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
  • For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
  • Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same tent.
  • The minimum age for walking (subject to season and qualified walking guide) and canoeing activities (water level permitting) is 13 years.
  • For boating activities the minimum age is 06 years (water levels permitting).

LAUNDRY FACILITIES
Laundry is provided on a daily basis (weather permitting) and included on the FI rate basis. A mesh laundry bag is supplied for ‘smalls’ so that guests may place their underwear in this bag which will be machine washed and returned in the mesh bag. Environmentally friendly detergent is available in the rooms or can be provided on request. Note that laundry services may be limited as a result of water shortages.


 

Savuti Camp lives up to the Wilderness 4Cs concept – the four dimensions of Commerce, Conservation, Community and Culture, providing support to numerous projects and initiatives in the Linyanti.

The Elephant Challenge
Perhaps the most topical issue for Botswana is its very large elephant population and the possible impact on vegetation and other animal species. As a result, Wilderness and the Wilderness Trust supported two MSc studies researching this challenge both logistically and financially.
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Conservation Projects
Savuti works closely with local government bodies to ensure the conservation of wildlife in the area. It carries out dedicated conservation and research focused on species on the IUCN Red List such as the African wild dog, elephant, lion and roan antelope.

Reducing our Footprint
Savuti is powered by a hybrid system, combining a diesel-powered generator which charges a bank of batteries which in turn supplies the camp with electricity through an inverter. Thanks to this hybrid system, the generator only needs to operate for eight hours a day as opposed to 24 hours. Waste water (sewage and grey water) is treated in an Above Ground Sewage Plant, ensuring that the water is clean before being allowed to enter the natural environment.

 
 
 
 


 

 

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