Linyanti Marsh, Private Concession
Savuti provides support to research projects and initiatives in the Linyanti, particularly with regards to the enormous elephant herds and their impact on the environment.
Savuti is set on the productive Savute Channel – a refuge for a variety of wildlife and a fascinating natural phenomenon: When dry, it is a rich feeding ground and corridor between the mopane woodlands for both plains game and predators. When the waters flow, game congregates around it in numbers. Activities include day and night game drives, nature walks and boating (water levels permitting).
The 125 000-hectare (308 000-acre) Linyanti Concession bordering Chobe National Park’s western boundary is an enormous wildlife-rich area with an unrivalled atmosphere of remoteness and space. The bulk of the concession is comprised of different mopane woodland associations, but along the Linyanti River exists a strip of riparian forest and floodplain. The concession is bisected by an ancient watercourse – the Savute Channel – famous as a sporadic and unusual watercourse, possibly as a result of tectonic activity in the area. Dry for many years, it started flowing again in 2008 which led to an influx of waterbirds and adaptation from the resident animals. In keeping with its erratic nature, the Channel is dry once more, exposing open grasslands and creating a new dynamic in wildlife activity. The area is famed for its herds of elephant that reach the world’s highest densities in the dry winter months. Other species are also abundant – zebra, wildebeest, impala, giraffe, lechwe, reedbuck, kudu – and in addition to species like lion, spotted hyaena and leopard, the area also plays host to populations of cheetah and wild dog. Rarer species such as sable and roan emerge from the woodlands during the dry season.
The Linyanti has diverse and prolific wildlife, but is most noted for its very large elephant population which can reach enormous densities during the dry winter months. Other game concentrations are also high, and apart from abundant plains game, species such as roan and sable antelope, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyaena, black-backed jackal and wild dog may also be encountered. This area can also be excellent for the rarely-seen aardvark and aardwolf. Birding is spectacular.
• Day and night game drives in 4 x 10-seater open 4x4 Land Rovers – during winter - hot water bottles, blankets and lined ponchos are provided.
• The camp has a supply of bean bags for guests to use to steady their cameras while on a game activity.
• There is a pair of Olympus binoculars in each of the game drive vehicles for guests to share amongst themselves whilst out game viewing.
• Private activities available on request (additional cost applicable). • Water based activities in 1 x 6-seater boat (water levels permitting).
• Guided nature walks, on request, seasonal and subject to the availability of a qualified walking guide. • Birding in an internationally recognised Important Bird Area (IBA).
• Fishing on a catch and release basis (fishing is prohibited in Botswana in January and February for fish breeding purposes)
• Two platforms – Southern Cross and Orion – may be used for a Star-Bed experience. Raised about 2,5 metres above the ground, these platforms are in the Manchwe area, only 20 minutes away from camp and only a short distance apart from each other.
• Wilderness Safaris and Olympus Photo Hub experience.
Seven canvas-and-thatch tents (including a family unit) and main area extend outwards on raised decks, facing the Savute Channel. A log-pile hide and a sunken hide provide unique settings to watch wildlife at the water's edge. Two nearby Star Beds – Southern Cross and Orion – offer the experience of an exciting sleep-out under the stars.
Number of Tents
This camp can accommodate 14 guests
Semi-Permanent Tented Camp
Max. clients in vehicle
Day & Night Game Drives, Motorboat Cruises, Walking Safaris