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SAVUTI CAMP



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Savuti Camp is situated in an isolated part of the Linyanti Concession along the dry Savute Channel in northern Botswana.

In the 1980s, the Savute Channel, deep, clear and harbouring hundreds of hippo and aquatic life, dried up, due to shifts in the Linyanti Fault system. What remains is an unusual and productive ribbon of grassland that serves as a corridor and feeding ground in the surrounding woodland for a wide variety of herbivores.

Savuti Camp is situated about 17 kilometres 'downstream' from the Zibadianja Lagoon - the source of the Channel; in the dry season the waterhole in front of camp is the only source of water over a large area and therefore offers excellent wildlife viewing.

This intimate camp's en-suite accommodation is in seven large walk-in tents that are raised off the ground and face onto the Savute Channel's grasslands. Savuti Camp's 'wood-pile hide' at the waterhole in front of camp is famous for spectacular elephant viewing in the drier winter months.

The 125 000-hectare (308 000-acre) private Linyanti Concession bordering Chobe National Park's western boundary is an enormous, wildlife-rich area, shared between just three small camps (DumaTau, Kings Pool and Savuti Camp), which creates an unrivalled atmosphere of remoteness and space.

There are three main features of the Linyanti Concession the Linyanti River, the woodlands of the interior and the well-known Savute Channel, famous as a sporadic and unusual watercourse.

The Channel last flowed in 1980; today it is an open grassland and home to a wide variety of animals. With two-thirds of the Channel located in the concession, Wilderness Safaris guests have private and exclusive access to its abundant game.

CAMP DESCRIPTION
Large dining room, bar, lounge under thatch, on raised platforms Swimming pool Curio shop Open air boma for dinner around campfire Camp hide with another underground hide nearby Limited gym facilities including 2 yoga mats Can do cocktail reception between DumaTau and Kings Pool (on request only for large groups taking over both camps).

GAME VIEWING
Game concentrations here are high, particularly in the winter dry season, and apart from abundant plains game, species such as roan and sable antelope, southern giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyaena, black-backed jackal and wild dog may also be encountered. In winter, this area can also be excellent for the sought-after aardvark and aardwolf, which are big ticks on anyone's mammal lists!

Predator sightings of lion, cheetah and wild dog are good. Elephant viewing is amongst the best anywhere especially in winter. Plains game viewing is good – zebra, giraffe and excellent hippo. Night drives on the channel are superb. There is excellent birding in the area.

ACTIVITIES
Game drives in 3 x 10-seater vehicles Three waterholes nearby, some with hides Superb night drives Game walks Game viewing at the hides (including a woodpile hide located at the waterhole in front of the camp) It is possible to use boats at DumaTau, on request only, provided the group has booked out the entire camp.

Birding is outstanding here ranging from the Okavango Delta specials, such as Slaty Egret, Hartlaub's Babbler, African Skimmer, Allen's Gallinule and Wattled Crane, to the drier mopane woodland species like Racket-tailed Roller, Bradfield's Hornbill, White-breasted Cuckoo-shrike, Bennett's Woodpecker, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater and Arnott's Chat.

This area is also excellent for Kori Bustard, Ostrich, Secretarybird, and Ground Hornbill with Southern Carmine Bee-eaters in summer. The Savute Channel is famous as an area with a high concentration of eagles and raptors and this area is internationally recognised as an IBA (Important Bird Area), particularly for birds of prey like Dickinson's Kestrel and waterbirds.

There are also various owl species to be seen here such as Verreaux's (Giant) Eagle-Owl and African Scops-Owl. The many varied habitats within these areas - marshes, waterways, riverine forests, dry woodlands and grasslands - and the prolific and diverse wildlife and spectacular scenery together form a wonderful contrast to the Okavango. Adding this area to a Botswana itinerary makes for a varied and balanced experience of the country and in many ways it is an essential complement to a visit to the Okavango

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