January 9, 2017  By: Gretchen


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Botswana has been called ‘Africa’s Eden,’ and for good reason. The country has enormous, pristine wilderness areas that are well protected, and those areas are alive with Africa’s incredible flora and fauna. Dozens of wildlife documentaries have chosen Botswana as their ‘set,’ including the recent ‘Savage Kingdom’ series on Nat Geo Wild. Filmmakers know that they will be able to capture the behavior of Africa’s incredible wildlife in a remarkably beautiful land. If you’ve ever wanted to follow in the footsteps of professional wildlife filmmakers, our newest Botswana safari will take you there. Contact us to begin planning your safari.

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Savage Kingdom was shot in the magical Savute area in Northern Botswana, an ecosystem that befuddles scientists and geologists.

When explorer David Livingstone first saw the Savute Channel in the mid-1800’s, it was flowing. Thirty years later it had disappeared and the Savute Marsh dried out completely, remaining so for almost 80 years. It flowed again from the late 1950’s to the early 1980’s, when it again receded, and then flowed again in 2010 for a couple of years. Now it is once again dry. The mystery in all of this is part of what makes the Savute Channel so intriguing.

The wildlife in the region makes it an even more alluring destination.

High concentrations of elephant and lion roam the landscape, including prides that sometimes number as many as 40 strong. Safari-goers also stand a good chance of spotting rare animals such as sable and roan antelopes, as well as the elusive honey badger. Least known, but perhaps most exciting, Savute has its own migration. The second largest migration of zebra in the world passes through the area twice a year, including during the animals’ birthing season. Predators follow this migration as it represents a moveable feast for them, providing great chances for filmmakers and visitors alike to witness incredible safari action.

In the midst of all these wonders, just over a mile from where Savage Kingdom was filmed, Savute Elephant Lodge is in the thick of the action.

Its luxurious rooms and amenities belie its wild location, and places guests in the best possible location to spot some of the amazing wildlife captured so compellingly by the film crew from Nat Geo Wild. Expert guides offer game drive excursions with incredible knowledge of the ecosystem and where to seek out the best possible wildlife viewing.

The Lodge has a swimming pool to cool off on hot days, as well as a traditional boma for al fresco meals and the chance to get a taste of local culture with dance and singing performances. A spotting scope is available for scanning around the lodge for wild and birdlife, and rooms have discreet air conditioning for those hot summer months.

Savute is even more than wildlife and beautiful views. Early man left his mark upon this land as well. Ancient rock paintings depict encounters with animals and provide context around the wild landscape. It’s a rare glimpse into man’s epic history on the African continent. Towering baobabs adorn the area with their immense size and upside down look. They have gazed over Savute for thousands of years, and kept all her secrets. Visits to these locations are exclusive to Savute Elephant Lodge guests.

See Botswana’s Savage Kingdom for yourself on our Botswana Savage Kingdom safari.

You’ll have the chance to spend three nights in Savute Elephant Lodge to follow in the footsteps of the Savage Kingdom filmmakers. You’ll also spend time on a private island in Botswana’s famed Okavango Delta for a water-focused safari, as well as in Moremi Reserve, with opportunities for a San cultural visit and night drives.

Learn more about discovering Botswana’s Savage Kingdom here.

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