Savute (Savuti) is a vast open grassland famous for massive herds of buffalos and elephants and for the large prides of lions that have learned to hunt them. The area plays host to dramatic scenes during the dry season when elephant breeding herds have to drink from the dwindling surface water, and lions ambush the young and ill members of the herd.
The lifeblood of this western section of Chobe National Park is Savute Marsh, a relic inland lake now fed by the erratic Savute Channel. The channel is fed seasonally with water from the Kwando and Okavango Rivers, but often dries up for many seasons, probably due to tectonic plate movements, and is also thought to flow both ways on occasion.
Wildlife includes four of the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo – only rhinos are absent), many antelope species, zebras and giraffes with good populations of cheetahs, hyenas and wild dogs, as well as a plethora of smaller species such as serval, aardwolf, pangolin, aardvark and bat-eared fox. The area is home to a number of large old bull elephants as well as breeding herds that roam the area. Lion prides and hyena clans grow to large sizes, and large herds of zebra and buffalo graze the extensive grasslands.
Further information (this will open a new browser window):
Travel diary: A photographic bonanza of predators in Savuti
Photo gallery: Savute Secrets
Video: mobile safari in Botswana
Botswana: Maun - Moremi - Okavango Delta - Khwai - Savute - Chobe - Kasane