Savute's eco-system is unique - a mix of riverine woods, savanna and scrub-land. The region makes for a diverse wildlife experience - expect the unexpected, as animals from one type of habitat have to run the gauntlet across the unforgiving Savuti.
The Savute has two dense animal populations - elephants (especially in the dryer winter months) and prides of lions. The zebra migration from northern Botswana into the Savute, starts in the rainy season.
All of our Savute Safari Tours include return flights from Johannesburg, except the self-drive safari options.
If you are in search of adventure you can access Savute by road (with a 4 x 4 vehicle). The drive is arduous and slow going in some areas, but worth the effort. Savute is camping country with stunning scenery to compliment the excellent wildlife experience. Adventure travel at its best! Read more about Getting to Savute.
Game viewing in the Savute Region is productive throughout the year. The best time to visit Savute is the winter season - from May to August. Traditionally referred to as the dry season - weather is temperate and mild during the day and bitterly cold at night.
Game viewing is excellent due to the thinner vegetation in the winter months. Savute is at its hottest in September and October. The hot, arid landscape lends itself to incredible sightings as animals desperately struggle to survive.
Winter - May to August: Dry. Mild in the day. Bitterly cold at night.
Summer - September / October: Very dry. Very hot days. Warm nights. Excellent game sightings.
Summer Rains - November to March: Game sightings are unpredictable but excellent. Migrant birds arrive. Mosquitoes arrive. Impala give birth. Zebras migrate through on their way to Chobe.
Heavy Rains: January / February: Hot & humid. Thick vegetation hinders game sightings. Some roads are a mud-bath.
Summer's End - April / May: Warm days. Cool nights. Sporadic showers. Wild-life starts heading to the more permanent water such as Chobe & Kwando Rivers, and the Okavango Delta.