We were lucky. With all the rains the Savuti airstrip had been closed due to flooding, which meant guests had to overland 4-5 hours to get to the camp. We managed to hit it the day the airstrip was opened.
Savuti Lodge is in the Chobe National park. We have been staying in private concessions up until now. This camp holds 24 people (double the others) and as we arrived we were greeted by an Italian family from Milan of 14 who were all together. What a delight as three generations make an annual trip together with Nonna as the brains (and bank) behind the operation. we mentioned that Tuscany was on our list of places to go next year, and we now have a contact for a bucolic place to rent as the family has a house there.
Our room is double the size of the previous camps and appears more permanent and has a larger ecological impact. We happen to be the last cabin on the edge of the camp. While we are surrounded by the electric elephant fence, the big grey beasts still cross through the river from the side of our cabin across our front porch. Where the elephants in the Delta were females and babies, the elephants here are all males. The river is lit up at night and as we eat dinner al fresco, the elephants drink, eat and bathe in front of us. As with all males – there is the occasional pushing and shoving – not to mention the showing of “member”. Hey big boy, this is a family lodge!
The concentration of game here is very different. There are more open plains and we are seeing large heard of zebras, impala and gnu. There is the ongoing search for the honey badger. Again lots of tracks, but no visual confirmation to speak of.