We went for the zebra migration in February. Having seen the great wildebeest migration in Kenya, we were enthusiastic but didn’t expect to be wowed. Boy, were we wrong. Wonderful game viewing and such a lovely little camp. Highly recommended!
Gordon and Debbie, Vermont, USA
A comfortable semi-permanent tented camp offering superb game viewing, Savute Under Canvas is located in the vast Savute area of Botswana’s Chobe National Park.
Accommodation & Facilities
This private camp comprises six large, airy safari tents. Designed for comfort, each tent at Savute Under Canvas is equipped with en-suite facilities, including a flushing toilet and hot bucket shower.
Wildlife & Activities
Guest can enjoy morning and evening game drives from Savute Under Canvas in semi-open safari vehicles. The wet season sees the annual zebra migration move through this area of Chobe, and during the peak months of January and February huge numbers of zebra and wildebeest arrive to feed on the sweet rich grass that grows following the rains. Lion, leopard, cheetah and African wild dog are commonly seen in this area. In the dry months, you may encounter elephant bulls who are attracted to the water holes to drink and bathe.
Gordon & Debbie - VERMONT, USA
TRAVEL DATE: 2012 POSTED: OCT 2013
Savute Under Canvas
We went for the zebra migration in February. Having seen the great wildebeest migration in Kenya, we were enthusiastic but didn’t expect to be wowed. Boy, were we wrong. Wonderful game viewing and such a lovely little camp. High... Read More
We went for the zebra migration in February. Having seen the great wildebeest migration in Kenya, we were enthusiastic but didn’t expect to be wowed. Boy, were we wrong. Wonderful game viewing and such a lovely little camp. Highly recommended. Less
Richard Smith - HAMPSHIRE, UK
TRAVEL DATE: 2011 POSTED: OCT 2013
Savute Under Canvas
Of all the safaris I’ve been on my guide at Savute Under Canvas was by far one of the most skilled, personal and knowledgeable. I will back.
When is the best time
to go on a safari holiday in Botswana?
There are advantages throughout the year, depending on what you’d like to do and see, and how well you cope with different temperatures. Here are some guidelines based on our experience of Botswana’s climate and wildlife viewing across a typical year.
January and February
The larger part of Botswana’s rains generally fall in these months in short hard downpours, turning the landscape increasingly lush, and encouraging migrating birds and antelope to drop their young. Photography is good as skies can be dramatic and the air is very clear. Safari camps and lodges can be quiet and prices are lower than other times of year.
March and April
These months are ‘mid-season’ for both numbers of safari visitors and prices, but the rains have generally stopped, the landscape is very green, and it’s a good time of year to combine a safari in Botswana with a holiday in Cape Town. With warm days and cool nights, it’s an idyllic climate.
May and June
As Botswana enters its winter grass starts to die back, the leaves fall, and the Okavango Delta begins to fill, making wildlife viewing easier as you can see across greater distances and the animals are concentrated onto the decreasing areas of dry land. Cool mornings and late afternoons can be a shock on an open safari vehicle, but they mean animals are active for longer, and the climate is pretty much perfect for visitors.
July to October
Thought of as the best months for wildlife viewing, these are Botswana’s high season, as animals are drawn to water since the bush has died back. The Okavango Delta has its highest water levels through these months bringing even higher densities of wildlife into this lush oasis. Sunsets are magnificent as the dust in the air leads to incredibly rich reds and oranges.
An interesting, very beautiful and rather hot month in Botswana, the clouds build up and the first rains fall, generally in short sharp showers, taking some of the heat and dust out of the air. Relatively few people safari in November, so tented camps and lodges are empty, game viewing is quiet, and prices reflect the demand. The land turns green as soon as the rains have fallen, wildlife begins to give birth, and many migrant birds arrive.
Very similar to November, January and February climatically, and for prices and game viewing, with some rain, but not usually too much. If you’ll take a chance then a Christmas safari in Botswana can be a bargain compared to high season.