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Introduction To Savute

The Savute area in Chobe National Park sometimes spelt Savuti and easily confused with Savuti Camp in Linyanti (different reserve) is dubbed as one of the best African safari destination covering an area of 5000 km² within Chobe ecosystem in Botswana. One of its key areas - the Savute Marsh had sourced its water from the Savute Channel that brought in more dry spells than water to the marsh. This resulted to the increased number of dead trees that laced the bank of the channel. The Savute Channel has a history of drying up and flooding easily, a feature of the channel that kept the researchers fascinated over the mystery for many years. In 1885, the channel experienced an on and off flooding and long spell of drying up until 1982 when it finally dried up. In 2008, the channel experienced a flow that restored the Savute Marsh embracing the myriad assortments of aquatic life from hippo, crocodile, fish to waterbird. While the Chobe and the Linyanti river banks lush green grass and shrubs thrives, this part of Chobe experiences extremely more hot temperatures that heat the Kalahari sand that dries up the trees. The vast sandy Savute has dead camelthorn acacia trees strewn all over it. The dead trees resulted from drowning due to flooding and then drying up during the hot months of the year. The presence of dead trees over the Savute is a peculiar characteristic. The other portion of the Savute comprises of wide grassy rolling slopes spotted with numerous pans of different sizes all over it. These pans serve as catch basins for water during the rainy season and serve as watering holes in the dry season. These small inland bodies of water help the wildlife survive during the hottest period of the dry season and prolong their stay in the Savute until the rainy season arrives.

Flora & Fauna Experiences Of Savute

Flora - Primarily grown with grass and shrubs, the Savute covers open savannah grasslands with beautiful hilly slopes combined with terminalia. The mopane trees occupy the next large area of the Savute. Camelthorn acacia trees populate the terrain. The baobab trees are a protected tree species ideal for absorbing more water than any other tree species in the marsh. The baobab trees serve as home for some wildlife, and the elephant’s favorite tree for its water absorbent bark.

Fauna - Certain animals are on an annual migratory path based on availability of water and roaming grounds. Elephants, zebras, buffalos are to name a few. Others are permanently territorial from lion, hyenas to leopard seen around the Savute kopjes. Giraffe, wildebeest, tsessebe, eland, kudu, roan, sable, waterbuck, wildebeest, impala etc are some of the wildlife you will encounter while game driving. Flocks of varied species of birds gather at the Savute. These include ostrich, storks, carmine bee-eaters, rollers, sand grouse, plovers and kestrels. The world’s heaviest flying birds called the kori bustards join the other birds in the Savute to enjoy the small bodies of water in the area.

When To Visit Savute For Your African Safari In Botswana

For a fanatic nature lover, anytime is the best time to visit Savute. The breath taking scenery and freshness of the air as well as the serenity and sense of peace that it provides nature lovers is something that cannot be forgotten easily. The guarantee of witnessing one of the most beautiful places and wildlife will keep guests on their toes until they have seen all or most. When to visit Savute is highly dependent on your interests. Visitors can experience contrasting experience during different seasons. Savute enjoys dry winter and rainy summer season. The dry season is from May to October. At this time, the different species of animals, including the African elephants flock to the channel as the temperature reaches its high point in the dry season. The dry season is the most outstanding time to see the high concentration of animals in the Savute as they gather at the banks or the waterholes. In November to April, the rains drive the animals to greater robust grassy pastures as the water becomes available everywhere. The marsh becomes green and lush during the rainy season thus renewing life to the Savute area. There are several species of birds from boubou to hornbills that fly the heavenly skies of the Savute. This is the best time to see the different bird species of the Savute during your Botswana safari.

Savute Activities During Your Safari In Botswana

The Savute part of Chobe National Park only offers classic game driving safari, and as all national parks in Botswana, off-roading is not permitted. During the game driving, you will have the opportunity to witness the animals in their natural habitat and see an enormous diversity of aquatic and terrestrial species. Game drives are offered two times a day – once when the dawn breaks and the second time is after your afternoon tea – when the heat of the day is starting to drop. You will set off in your 4x4 vehicle with your guide and encounter the mystery of the Savute ecosystem in a wholesome. You can sit and enjoy watching the overwhelming number of elephants and other wild animals as well as savoring the smell of nature. Drive into the open grasslands and enjoy the exciting and exhilarating exploration of the wilds of Savute. You can also visit the hills around Savute that have rock art from early hunter-gatherers that further mystifies the area.

Savute Camp & Lodge Accommodations In Botswana

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