Chobe National Park

Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge


Light footprint luxury

In Chobe National Park, on the edge of the Savute Channel’s unpredictable waters, this light footprint luxury lodge takes its name from the pachyderms which are often found gathered here.

Savute Elephant Lodge has 12 luxurious tented rooms, with handcrafted four-poster beds opening out onto private terrace areas where you can watch the wildlife action unfold below.

A convivial indoor-outdoor lounge space and swimming pool sit at the heart of the lodge, with a viewing hide beneath a fabulous spot for photographing elephants, hyenas and leopards gather at the watering hole for their daily drink.


At a glance

  • 12 tented rooms

  • Swimming pool and spa tent

  • Boma area, dining deck and bar

  • Elephant hide

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    Game drives

    Early morning and late afternoon game drives take you out and among Africa’s largest populations of elephants. Big cats are on the prowl, from leopards to lions. Depending on the season you will also experience the great migrations such as zebra and antelope. Rare sightings might include the endangered wild dog, klipspringers and the elegant roan antelope.

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    Wildlife hide

    Head to our new viewing hide to enjoy a front-row seat of the action as elephants, hyenas and leopards gather at the watering hole for their daily drink.

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    Bushmen paintings

    Out in the bush, where rocks rear up among stony hills you will find a collection of paintings that take your breath away. These works by Bushmen are thought to be more than 1,500 years old—beautiful images of elephant, giraffe, sable and eland antelope.


The lodge has a state-of-the-art solar farm of 665 panels and a Tesla battery system (one of the first in Botswana) which has cut fossil fuel consumption by approximately 90%. It also has its own anaerobic sewage treatment plant, replaced the gas-fired hot water heaters with power-efficient thermodynamic geysers for each of the guest rooms, and put in an automated biodigester (the first of its kind in Botswana). The machine processes five tons of kitchen food waste monthly and turns this into compost, which is then bagged and used in local community-based farming initiatives.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

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  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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