Linyanti Savuti Area of Chobe National Park
The Savuti region covers an area approximately 1930 square miles in size (5000 square kilometres) in the south west of Chobe. The Savuti Channel has stopped flowing a few times in history and became well known with the drying up in 1981 and in 2009 it started flowing again and even reached the Savute Marsh!. The Linyanti Savuti area is well known for its incredible game viewing opportunities.
The pans and pumped water holes become the major attractions during the dry winter months. The area is considered one of the continent’s last wild and unspoiled wilderness areas. During the summer months most of the animals move to the fertile Savuti Marsh. The Savuti Marsh area is well known for its coverage in a number of well known wildlife documentaries, especially the National Geographic films by Dereck and Beverly Joubert. It consists of rich grasslands, savannah woodland and a large variety of trees and vegetation.
The Savuti area is renowned for offering spectacular game viewing opportunities. During the dry season, guests can expect to see Savuti’s famous resident bull Elephants, antelope and lion prides as well as black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, tsessebe, kudu, impala, giraffe and ostrich. During the summer months thousands of zebra and antelope species migrate to the area offering fantastic predator viewing including lion, hyena and cheetah. Buffalo herds arrive and migrant birds arrive. Savuti has a resident population of over 300 species.
The second largest zebra migration happens in the Savuti before the rains arrive, generally in November and December and again between February and April, when the Zebras move from the rivers in the north in search of the rain-ripe grasslands and full waterholes in the southwest of the park. The migration is always followed by large numbers of predators – the Zebra migration is a must for visitors.