The sprawling wetland and savannahs that make up the Savuti Marsh (a 10,878 square kilometre stretch of land on the western corridor) provide a diverse portion of wilderness for the inhabitants of Chobe National Park. The marsh - once sourced by an inland lake until tectonic movements cut off the water supply - has since been filled by the Savuti Channel, a water source prone to long dry spells.
The channel has been flowing since 2010 after an almost three-decade-long dry spell, transforming the area into a paradise for aquatic and terrestrial wildlife. The dead trees that line the banks of the marsh are slowly becoming obscured by the new fauna growing in its place. The dry season forces the wildlife to compete for the same water sources, ensuring excellent game-viewing. Visitors will find lions and cheetah to elephant, wildebeest, and more congregating near the water’s edge. The wet season shows off the areas superb birdlife, with over 450 species known to make their home in the park.
Activities in the Savuti region also include trips to the famed Gubatsa Hills where relics of San occupation are present in the paintings lining the face of the rock. Fishing is becoming an increasingly popular pastime in the park as many anglers come in search of the mighty tiger fish.
- Home to exceptional wildlife-viewing opportunities in one of Botswana’s most popular parks
- The diverse landscape is home to a range of wildlife that flock to the area
- The Savuti Channel has been flowing since 2010 and has in turn attracted even more animal visitors to the area
- Remnants of the nomadic San’s occupation of the area can be seen in their rock art found in the Gubatsa Hills