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The often biscuit-dry, wild and eternally surprising Savuti region (also spelled “Savute”; it means “mystery”) is an entirely different experience to the Chobe Riverside. At its heart is the enigmatic 100km-long Savute Channel, which follows no laws visible to humans and flows only when it will – remaining dry for decades at a time. Tiny shifts in the tectonic plates below may hold the answers to the cycle, as might high water levels in the Zambezi and Chobe. Author Mike Main explains that in years when the Zambezi has exceptionally high water, the Chobe can flow backwards towards the Linyanti section. “If the Linyanti rises sufficiently, it will flood into Zibadianja Lagoon which, in turn, will overflow, flooding the Savute Channel once more.”

The Savute March is enigmatic and hautingly beautiful

Whatever the source of the mystery, the Savute Channel is certainly erratic. Main says that David Livingstone found it flowing strongly in 1851 and hunter Frederick Courtney Selous saw it run in 1874. After a long wet period, “I walked the length of the channel in 1981 and it was drying up,” says Main. That drought lasted 30-odd years, resulting in spectacular and innovative animal behaviour. In around 2010 the Savute Channel flowed once more, and it is currently dry. It winds through the Gubatsaa hills to seep into the vast, flat floodplain of the Savute Marsh.

Water equals life in Africa, so the channel changes the landscape. The water transforms the Savute Marsh and Mababe Depression into wetlands, attracting literally hundreds of thousands of birds and beasts. One August in 1980, after the channel had been flowing for some years, a Wilderness Safaris guide remembers looking out over the marsh and ticking off “two huge herds of buffalo, a pride of 27 lions, a pack of wild dogs, zebra, giraffe, warthog, impala, sable, tssessebe, wildebeest, waterfowl and walking off the marsh towards us, a honey badger”.

Savuti Marsh is a haven to wildlife

The channel does not have to be flowing for wonderful wildlife experiences; this is a year-round destination, justifiably renowned for large concentrations of game. Savuti is known for predators, both big cats (lion, leopard and cheetah) and birds of prey. Spotted hyena and their chilly cries are a staple, and many big bull elephants live out largely solitary years here. Camps in the area provide permanent waterholes, attracting animals in the dry season from May to October.

Savuti’s grasslands and savannah woodlands bloom when it rains and food is abundant. This is when elephant herds stride into the picture to feed. The wide plains are also full of young antelope, the zebra migration, and many migrant birds arrive.

Savuti is possibly less appealing to visit than the Chobe Riverside for families with small children. But it is the kind of place safari addicts keep returning to, as transformation is always around the corner…

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Raptors and rollers Elegant eagles, feisty falcons, vultures and all manner of birds of prey soar over these habitats – few other places in Africa can compete with the numbers. Other species abound too. “Bradfield’s Hornbill is widespread throughout Chobe National Park, with regular influxes of large numbers of birds to Savuti during winter months,” says Peter Hancock, co-author of Birds of Botswana. “We don’t know where they come from or go to, but many stay to breed during summer. The female seals herself into a nest hole (tree cavity) and is provisioned during incubation and brooding of the chicks by her mate. This has led to the Setswana proverb “Korwe ke bapala tsetse” meaning that it is the male’s job to fend for the family. Good ticks in Savuti are Rosy-throated Longclaw, Magpie Mannikin, Black-winged Pratincole and Common Quail (during summer), Kori Bustard with Southern Carmine Bee-eaters riding on their backs, hawking insects, Grey Crowned Crane, Pallid Harrier and Montagu’s Harrier, Mosque Swallow and Slaty Egret (when the marsh has water).”

Bradfield's Hornbill is widespread throughout Chobe National Park

Expect the unexpected Savuti’s changeability has resulted in fascinating animal behaviour: imagine lions that preyed on sub-adult elephant and leopards that caught catfish in the drying mud of the channel. Photographer James Gifford, who spent two years in the region to make his book Savute, Botswana’s Wildlife Kingdom, recently captured both these rare behaviours. Back in the 1990s, wildlife couple Beverly and Dereck Joubert had recorded 74 elephant kills by an infamous Savute pride, an unusually large alliance of the predators up to 30 animals strong. Conditions at the time probably contributed (the marshes were drying up once more). But these pioneering lions’ skills have been passed on to new generations of cubs, and every so often, a report emerges of another elephant kill. Gifford knows Savuti and its sights and sounds better than most. It’s not all hunts and drama; smaller creatures offer much joy. He describes the “lilting call of the rufous-naped lark” singing to attract a mate from one of the marsh’s many termite mounds – and the exceptional feeling of space. “The beauty of Savute is that the place metamorphoses during the year,” says Gifford. “During the rains the marsh transforms from a wasteland into a lush paradise.”

The famous Marsh lion pride -  an unusually large alliance of the predators up to 30 animals strong

When the Savute Channel, flowed, Savute’s different habitats “led to a kaleidoscope of species that had to coexist with each other,” says Gifford. “Now the channel is dry, the pumped waterholes attract a remarkable diversity of species. I have seen jackals hunting doves, wild dogs hunting impalas, tawny eagles chasing red-billed quelea all at one waterhole. Sometimes it seems like different species become more tolerant of each other when water is scarce – it is not often you see elephants, warthogs and spotted hyenas all sharing a waterhole at the same time. The photographic potential was (and still is) incredible.”

Ancient art - search the rocks of the Gubatsa Hills for delicate, stylised paintings of buffalo, giraffe, the magical eland and other animals. They were painted in natural ochres, blood and possibly snake venom up to 1,500 years ago by the San people. They still shine despite being fully exposed to the elements.

The rock art at Gubatsa Hills is prolific

Gubatsa is also home to a gathering of ancient baobab trees, their enormous trunks up to 7m around. They are usually fairly solitary, so a “grove’ like this is unusual. Baobabs are sometimes called “upside-down trees” as their bare branches look like roots, but there’s nothing silly about these giant trees. They are revered by many people, and they are life-giving. People can and do eat the seeds, leaves, roots, flowers, fruit pulp and bark and the tree has antimicrobial, anti-malarial, and anti-inflammatory activities. In drought, elephants consume the bark, which stores water: the baobab is unusual in that it can regenerate after such attentions. The large floppy flowers are pollinated by bats.

A dazzle of zebra - masses of plains or Burchell’s zebra trek through Savuti’s grasslands in the rainy season, a shimmering spectacle of stripes. It is weather dependent, but the best months to hope for migration sightings are November to December (when they usually arrive and foal) and March and April (when they are moving back north to the rivers). The predators won’t be far behind… Some also pass through the Nogatsaa region. This is a phoenix-like phenomenon: game fences erected in 1968 to prevent the spread of foot and mouth disease cut off ancient migration routes to the Nxai and Makgadikgadi Pans and certain of these barriers only came down in 2006. Somehow, the route was etched in the consciousness of new generations of zebras, and they began making an annual there-and-back-again trip from the Chobe and eastern Okavango that is actually the longest migration in the word. Rains trigger the movements, and two separate routes have been identified.

Zebra in Botswana - a dazzling sight of stripes

Savute is in the southwest of Chobe National Park, and so a very long drive from anywhere. Fly in from if you can: journalist and author Gill Staden recommends spending the extra money to fly between camps. “The views are amazing and have to be part of a Chobe experience.” Flights take about 40 minutes from both Maun and Kasane; some lodges will have their own airstrip, and there is Department of Wildlife and National Parks airstrip too.

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If driving is part of the adventure, ask about the state of the roads. From Kasane to Nogatsaa the road is first very sandy, then you hit clay (what is called black cotton and as slick as ice when wet). From Nogatsaa to Savuti is another 100-odd km. An alternate route skirts the north and west of the park and you enter through Goha gate. There are fine accommodations in Savuti, as well as a public camp site.

Travel Tips
  • Savuti is more remote, and so has less traffic than Chobe Riverside experiences.

  • A 4x4 vehicle is required to negotiate the terrain. A good map and GPS are invaluable. Consider hauling extra fuel as the sand is heavy on consumption. Fuel is only available at Kasane and Maun.

  • Savuti has a public campsite with 14 shaded sites (18 33 55 S; 24 03 48 E). It is not fenced, so encounters with animals are likely – visitors who are comfortable with this will enjoy it more! It is best not to walk to the ablutions at night. One visitor writes of hearing rustling as they barbecued; their torch illuminated a lone elephant, scrunching branches just meters away. Don’t pack citrus, which elephant adore. Each site has a barbecue area; the ablutions have hot showers and flush loos. There is a tuck shop that sells firewood and drinks. Rhinovlei, Harvey’s, Marabou and the Pump Pans are within easy range, says SKL, that company runs the camp. Contact them on +267 686-5365 or Email reservations@sklcamps.co.bw.

  • Mobile camping safaris, too, are set up in unfenced areas in Savuti, but being in a group with experts will shift this from a scary to a thrilling experience for most. And there will undoubtedly be better food and loo paper!

  • Unfenced camps and small children don’t always go together – and driving long hot distances may also not suit the youngsters. You will know your family’s limits.

  • Savuti allows full immersion in natural rhythms and diverse landscapes. It is for those who enjoy the deep peace (and occasional visceral drama) of the African bush. Wonderful for solo travellers (as game drives and meals at lodges are often shared), photographers, couples celebrating a special moment together and more adventurous family parties.

  • Malarial protection is recommended, although the risk is not especially high when dry. Ask your travel specialist or health care practitioner to help you decide what prophylaxis will suit you best. Wear long sleeves and trousers at dusk, and use repellent. If you experience fluey symptoms, headaches, nausea or diarrhoea, get tested immediately, even if it is weeks after you return

  • The closest gates to Savuti are the Goha Gate (30km), Mababe Gate (56km) and the Linyanti Gate (40km).

  • Charter flights limit luggage to just 20kg and all bags must be soft to fit into the tiny craft: no shell suitcases!


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Chobe in January

Summer December to February is peak rainy season in Chobe, and the Riverside area receives more rain than anywhere else in Botswana: up to 650mm a year. The great herds won’t be visiting the Riverside, but elephants and hippo are always present. Vegetation everywhere will be splendidly lush and the herds dispersed. By now, trees like the sour plum, African Mangosteen and marula trees are fruiting: taste them! “Green season” is the time to look for excellent accommodation specials.…

Chobe in January

Summer December to February is peak rainy season in Chobe, and the Riverside area receives more rain than anywhere else in Botswana: up to 650mm a year. The great herds won’t be visiting the Riverside, but elephants and hippo are always present. Vegetation everywhere will be splendidly lush and the herds dispersed. By now, trees like the sour plum, African Mangosteen and marula trees are fruiting: taste them! “Green season” is the time to look for excellent accommodation specials. Savuti can be very good at this time of the year. Migrant birds will be swooping about all over the park. “Green season” is the time to look for excellent accommodation specials. Malaria risks are higher in summer, so get advice on the correct precautions to take before travelling.

The green season in Botswana generally has some great accommodation savings

Chobe in February

Summer - the rains continue. Spectacular cumulus thunderheads build up and explode, drenching the earth in water and sound. For all the energy of the storms, most are over in a couple of hours. Nogatsaa can simply be too wet to traverse at this time. Birding is fantastic in all regions, with the migrants present and correct. “Green season” is also the time to look for excellent accommodation specials. Malaria risks are higher in summer, so get advice on the correct precautions to…

Chobe in February

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Summer - the rains continue. Spectacular cumulus thunderheads build up and explode, drenching the earth in water and sound. For all the energy of the storms, most are over in a couple of hours. Nogatsaa can simply be too wet to traverse at this time. Birding is fantastic in all regions, with the migrants present and correct. “Green season” is also the time to look for excellent accommodation specials. Malaria risks are higher in summer, so get advice on the correct precautions to take before travelling.

Chobe in March

Autumn - March usually sees the last of the rains and the bush is verdant. A lovely time for those happy to enjoy the space, big skies and landscapes and prepared to spend a little more time on the move looking for good game sightings. Nogatsaa can simply be too wet to traverse at this time. Zebra could be migrating through Savuti at this time. Nearby Victoria Falls will be in full flood if the rains were good, so consider an add-on. March and April are when the malaria risks are…

Chobe in March

Autumn - March usually sees the last of the rains and the bush is verdant. A lovely time for those happy to enjoy the space, big skies and landscapes and prepared to spend a little more time on the move looking for good game sightings. Nogatsaa can simply be too wet to traverse at this time. Zebra could be migrating through Savuti at this time. Nearby Victoria Falls will be in full flood if the rains were good, so consider an add-on. March and April are when the malaria risks are highest on the Chobe Riverside.

Migrating zebra in Botswana's Savute region

Chobe in April

Autumn - Zebra and Wildebeest begin their return migrations towards the permanent rivers as water sources and the bush begins to dry out. Savuti and Nogatsaa can see a migration of zebra in April and May. Low temperatures drop below 20°. The last summer bird migrants are on the wing, heading north again until the next rains. A good time to visit Savuti – and the central areas of the park if not too wet.

Chobe in April

Magnificent lion overlook the Savute

Autumn - Zebra and Wildebeest begin their return migrations towards the permanent rivers as water sources and the bush begins to dry out. Savuti and Nogatsaa can see a migration of zebra in April and May. Low temperatures drop below 20°. The last summer bird migrants are on the wing, heading north again until the next rains. A good time to visit Savuti – and the central areas of the park if not too wet.

Chobe in May

Winter - Some say Botswana is the most beautiful country in Africa this month – and it’s still shoulder season, so specials can be found. Temperatures are definitely cooler in mornings and evenings, take layers. Kasane and the Chobe Riverside will be getting busier as high season approaches. Game of all kinds will start to be drawn to water sources and is easier to see, but it’s still a little early to guarantee enormous herds. Nogatsaa can see a mini-migration of zebra and…

Chobe in May

Winter - Some say Botswana is the most beautiful country in Africa this month – and it’s still shoulder season, so specials can be found. Temperatures are definitely cooler in mornings and evenings, take layers. Kasane and the Chobe Riverside will be getting busier as high season approaches. Game of all kinds will start to be drawn to water sources and is easier to see, but it’s still a little early to guarantee enormous herds. Nogatsaa can see a mini-migration of zebra and wildebeest in April and May. Towards the end of the month, go tiger hunting – tigerfish that is, “18lb of pure fight”. This is when smaller fishes start moving back from the floodplains to the main river channels. Late May and June see feeding frenzies as tigerfish lie in wait.

Historic baobab trees can be see throughout Botswana

Chobe in June

Winter - It’s cold at night and in the early mornings (temperatures can drop close to 0°) so take warm extra layers for game drives, but sunshine is almost guaranteed. It’s the start of high season, so you will be meeting other vehicles on the roads and sharing sightings, especially on the Chobe River. But what sightings! Day by day there will be more elephant, plus buffalo, crocs and much more. Savute will be dry now, but permanent boreholes attract thirsty animals and…

Chobe in June

Chobe is a serious treat for the senses

Winter - It’s cold at night and in the early mornings (temperatures can drop close to 0°) so take warm extra layers for game drives, but sunshine is almost guaranteed. It’s the start of high season, so you will be meeting other vehicles on the roads and sharing sightings, especially on the Chobe River. But what sightings! Day by day there will be more elephant, plus buffalo, crocs and much more. Savute will be dry now, but permanent boreholes attract thirsty animals and competition for the precious water makes for great sightings. Self-driving adventurers can tackle the park’s dirt roads, not always possible in wet season: this is a good time to drive to Nogatsaa, although game will be moving north. It’s also prime time for tiger fishing at the Riverside.

Chobe in July

Winter - The coldest month. Nights can get close to zero, although the days warm right up. The elephant extravaganza continues on the Chobe and Linyanti Rivers. Literally hundreds can be seen at the river at a time, as well as great herds of buffalo. It’s peak high season, which also means more park visitors – so if you want peace, it may be worth heading to the further reaches of the park or the private concessions of Linyanti and Selinda. Linyanti’s prime game watching window…

Chobe in July

Winter - The coldest month. Nights can get close to zero, although the days warm right up. The elephant extravaganza continues on the Chobe and Linyanti Rivers. Literally hundreds can be seen at the river at a time, as well as great herds of buffalo. It’s peak high season, which also means more park visitors – so if you want peace, it may be worth heading to the further reaches of the park or the private concessions of Linyanti and Selinda. Linyanti’s prime game watching window period is also the winter months, and the area is known for wild dogs. The dogs den this month, making these sought-after predators easier to find…

Chobe in August

Winter - It’s still cold enough to really need warm layers for early mornings and evenings. Wild dog puppy season! (The Linyanti concession areas are the best place to see them.) And the numbers of elephant at Chobe Riverside proves why Chobe is rated one of the best places in the world to admire the giants. It’s still high season, which means more park visitors as well as more elephant – so if you want peace, it may be worth paying extra and heading to the further reaches of the…

Chobe in August

Winter - It’s still cold enough to really need warm layers for early mornings and evenings. Wild dog puppy season! (The Linyanti concession areas are the best place to see them.) And the numbers of elephant at Chobe Riverside proves why Chobe is rated one of the best places in the world to admire the giants. It’s still high season, which means more park visitors as well as more elephant – so if you want peace, it may be worth paying extra and heading to the further reaches of the park or the private concessions of Linyanti. The Selinda Spillway may have enough water for mokoro paddling. Fishing alert: there’s a barbell run in the Kasai Channel, and it’s still a good time for tigers…

Chobe in September

Spring - It’s pretty hot by day now, with Kasane temperatures averaging about 30° Celcius. The first bird migrants return: yellow-billed kites and carmine bee-eaters are first back; woodland kingfishers come later. Botswana’s Independence Day is celebrated on 30 September. Dry season continues, so once again, the Chobe and Linyanti Rivers are the place to be for big game sightings. The Selinda Spillway may have enough water for mokoro paddling. Tiger fishing on the Chobe River…

Chobe in September

Spring - It’s pretty hot by day now, with Kasane temperatures averaging about 30° Celcius. The first bird migrants return: yellow-billed kites and carmine bee-eaters are first back; woodland kingfishers come later. Botswana’s Independence Day is celebrated on 30 September. Dry season continues, so once again, the Chobe and Linyanti Rivers are the place to be for big game sightings. The Selinda Spillway may have enough water for mokoro paddling. Tiger fishing on the Chobe River should still be good (although the fish can be caught year-round).

Herds of zebra cross the plains during Botswana's dry season

Chobe in October

Spring - One of the hottest months in Chobe, with temperatures hitting about 35° to 40°. Elephants will soon start to disperse from the permanent rivers, after which things quieten down a bit in Chobe Riverside. Shoulder season rates kick in, but as there is likely to be little rain, this is still a good month for travellers who like it warm. Good fishing around Impalila Island. Hot nights are also good for sleep-outs and camping.

Chobe in October

Spring - One of the hottest months in Chobe, with temperatures hitting about 35° to 40°. Elephants will soon start to disperse from the permanent rivers, after which things quieten down a bit in Chobe Riverside. Shoulder season rates kick in, but as there is likely to be little rain, this is still a good month for travellers who like it warm. Good fishing around Impalila Island. Hot nights are also good for sleep-outs and camping.

The high water boma at Chobe Bakwena Lodge

Chobe in November

Summer - Weather is still mostly hot and clear (lows average 20°C; highs 33°C), but “Green Season” begins. The first rains settle the dust (wet, hot African soil smells better than just about anything else on earth). Acacia trees, baobab, sausage tree and apple leaf begin to flower and nutritious grass sprouts up soon after the first showers, triggering calving season. It’s a baby bonanza with skinny-legged herbivores wobbling to their feet all over the bush. It’s also…

Chobe in November

Summer - Weather is still mostly hot and clear (lows average 20°C; highs 33°C), but “Green Season” begins. The first rains settle the dust (wet, hot African soil smells better than just about anything else on earth). Acacia trees, baobab, sausage tree and apple leaf begin to flower and nutritious grass sprouts up soon after the first showers, triggering calving season. It’s a baby bonanza with skinny-legged herbivores wobbling to their feet all over the bush. It’s also shoulder season, so look out for accommodation specials. November/December sees the beginning of the zebra migration: following ancient migration routes they head south from the Chobe River to enjoy the new grasses at Savuti Marsh and the Mababe Depression and will continue on to the pans further south; they return to the Chobe river area by May.

The historic baobabs are ancient trees that dot the landscape

Chobe in December

Summer - Humid, with rain. The wetter weather can bring cooler temperatures, so pack a jacket or jersey. The antelope baby boom peaks: by mid-month, most wildebeest, impala, tsessebe and warthog will have dropped their offspring. Good rains will have soaked the earth and termite alates (the ones with wings, often called flying ants) erupt from the ground, sparking bird feeding frenzies. Even raptors like Steppe eagles love termites. But many park roads become tricky or impassable, so…

Chobe in December

Summer - Humid, with rain. The wetter weather can bring cooler temperatures, so pack a jacket or jersey. The antelope baby boom peaks: by mid-month, most wildebeest, impala, tsessebe and warthog will have dropped their offspring. Good rains will have soaked the earth and termite alates (the ones with wings, often called flying ants) erupt from the ground, sparking bird feeding frenzies. Even raptors like Steppe eagles love termites. But many park roads become tricky or impassable, so self-drivers should pick a dryer month. A wonderful time to visit Savute.

A spider feeding off termite alates

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