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Botswana » Savute Game Reserve

The Savute Game Reserve is situated in a remote and wild corner of the Chobe National Park, south of the Chobe River. The Savute is an area of open savanna grassland through which a seasonal river used to spill out into a marsh. Today, the channel and marsh are usually dry, except after heavy rains, but several artificial waterholes offer breathtaking wildlife viewing.

The landscape of Savute, with its almost desert-like feeling, is strikingly different from the lush Chobe riverfront. Sizable numbers of elephant bulls are invariably present at Savute and close encounters with these great pachyderms are commonplace. In the wet season, large herds of zebra and tsessebe feed on the Savute plains.

During the summer rains, the pans of Savute fill with water, which sustains wildlife long into the dry season. Zebra and wildebeest congregate and it is not uncommon to catch sight of leopard, cheetah and African wild dog.

Savute also supports the greatest concentration of the king of all beasts - the lion. Savute is also a famous battleground for lion and spotted hyena whose ongoing fight for dominance has been captured in the brilliant National Geographic documentary film Eternal Enemies filmed by Deryck and Beverly Joubert.

Lodges in the Savute Game Reserve

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