More about andBeyond Savute Under Canvas
With the Savute Channel now flowing once again, the surrounding landscape has undergone a startling transformation. With lush vegetation springing up, the previously arid region is a far cry from the almost desert-like Savute of the past 30 years. Mopane forest gives way to acacia savanna, with rocky outcrops dotted around the area. Large areas of marshland that extend from the Linyanti River have once again become become waterlogged, with both birds and wildlife attracted to the rich grasslands.
Large numbers of elephant can be seen in the area, while lion and spotted hyena vie for dominance in the region. Large herds of zebra, buffalo and tsessebe graze on the wide open plains. With the recent influx of water, large numbers of animals are attracted to the area throughout the year, boosting the region's resident game. Eland, kudu, roan, sable, waterbuck, wildebeest, impala and many other antelope, as well as numerous predators, including leopard, cheetah, African wild dog, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal and bat-eared fox may also be encountered.
Birdwatching is excellent in the Savute area, when flocks of birds are attracted to the standing water in the marshes that occur along the channel. Flocks of the beautiful little carmine bee-eaters mingle with gatherings of storks, while other species include rollers, kestrels, plovers and sand grouse. The kori bustard, notable for being the world’s heaviest flying bird, is commonly spotted in the area.