Savute Elephant Camp 1/4 by Tripoto
Amanda
Flying in a tiny aeroplane to this cool camp in Chobe National Park is a wonderful experience. The view from the window as you zoom over hundreds of miles of unspoilt savannah, herds of wild elephants and sparkling wetlands whets your appetite for what’s to come. Chobe is the second largest park in the country and has one of the greatest concentrations of game found in Africa, so you’re guaranteed to see some amazing wildlife, in particular elephants, for which the park is famous. When you touch down on the grass airstrip at Savute (around an hour’s flight from Maun Airport, which acts as a gateway into the heartland of Botswana), it feels seriously remote. Surrounded by thousands of miles of bush, its idyllic setting overlooking the now dry bed of the Savute channel offers an excellent game-viewing vista, with a watering hole where animals come to drink right by the main lodge. The camp’s brochure says ‘tented accommodation’ but forget flimsy canvas - rooms here are incredibly luxurious, with thatch roof, four-poster bed, private viewing deck with a hammock big enough to lounge in together, and a big bathroom with two basins and separate shower. Game drives start at 5.30am, but for those who find it hard to wake in the morning, a much-needed tray of biscuits and flask of hot coffee is brought to your room, and a delicious buffet is laid out in the main lodge for breakfast. If you still don’t feel entirely awake, bumping along the sandy tracks in a 4x 4 Land Cruiser, with intoxicatingly fresh breezes blowing in your hair, will ensure you’re soon wide awake. There are two drives a day, each lasting for around three hours, and this speeds by, as the bush is incredibly exciting. Every time the guide brakes and points out some leopard pawprints or shows where grasses have been trampled by lions is a thrill, particularly as there are prides of up to 40 lions in Savute. The evening drive has the added bonus of stopping in a picturesque place for drinks at suns