Savuti

Located in the south-west of the Chobe National Park, comprising a lush, expansive marsh, riverine habitat and mopane woodland. Its characteristic granite hills provide a visual relief with a three-dimensional perspective for those accustomed to the flat topography of the rest of Botswana! One of the granite hills, also house ancient artwork of the bushman offering a look into the culture of the past and a brilliant view of the Savuti Channel and Marsh.

The Savuti Channel, born from the Kwando and Linyanti River’s, dried up in 1981, forcing much of Savute’s wildlife to move north to the Linyanti and Chobe Rivers. However, it made a comeback in recent years, re-staking its claims as one of the most productive wildlife viewing destinations in Botswana. The river splinters into a series of shallow trickling streams that now feed the marsh, an evergreen expanse of luscious grass, which resembled a wasteland just two years ago.

The elephants found here at the marsh cannot afford to be a nonchalant as those found in the rest of the country. The drying of the Savute Channel, had a huge impact on many aspects of the ecosystem, many of which cannot be quantified. However, the effect on the lion population is considered to be an assault on the senses and emotions of any human, providing nature at is rawest. With food scarce during the Savute Channel drought, the lions became specialized hunters of elephants and continue today, despite the abundance of alternative food sources.

The annual zebra migration is followed by high numbers of predators, mainly lion, which can make for action packed sightings in Savute. Good sightings of cheetah and leopard are also probable, along with that of the endangered wild dog. With the flooding of the marsh, waterholes have become less prominent in terms of game viewing, however in drier times, these spots make for exceptional game viewing.

Most of the year provides good game viewing with different focuses, from the blanket of elephants in the dry season (August-October), to the zebra migrations that invades towards the end of the wet season (March-April).

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