Savuti – a part of Chobe National Park in Botswana
Savuti is a prime game viewing area in Botswana. It lies in the Mababe Depression in the south west corner of Chobe National Park. The western edge is encircled by Magwikhwe, a sand ridge which actually is an ancient shoreline, and the Gocha Hills in the north. Savuti is named after the Savuti Channel that flows out of the Linyati area. The channel feed the marshes that until recently was dry, but now has flooded again. Wooded areas with mainly Mopane, Camel Thorn and Silver Terminalia flank the marshes.
You understand that this is a varied habitat with marshes, waterways, riverine forests, dry woodlands and grasslands. This spectacular scenary together with the diverse wildlife makes this an area you shouldn´t miss.
Savuti, a good place for predators
You find a healthy population of predators, with the elephant hunting Lions the star of the show. Now it seems the Lions have slowed down this strange hunting behavior. The reason behind this is probably that the huge pride has dissolved into smaller ones. You still find a large concentration of Lions and Spotted Hyenas and the hills are good Leopard country. If you’re lucky you’ll even spot the endangered African Wild Dog or maybe even the odd Cheetah.
The area has mainly two different seasons. The dry season is between May and October and the wet season between November and April. The dry season is the normal time to visit Savuti as it is easier to spot animals. The wet season is no less dramatic with all the migratory birds as well as the resident antelopes giving birth during this time of the year. You also have a Zebra migration from Linyati thru Savuti and the grasslands of the Mababe Depression. This can be seen twice each year and during the return to Linyati the Zebra calves here.
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