For the next two days we rise early, with the dawn chorus and enjoy early morning game drives, returning to camp for lunch and a rest before setting off as the day cools in the late afternoon for another drive. The rhythm of safari will be very familiar by now!
Unusually for Botswana, Savuti is not completely landscape, despite first appearances! Large rocky outcrops lift up out of the Kalahari sands and savannah. These hills create a very different habitat attracting a variety of different animals. The most famous feature of this area is the Savuti Marsh, which has been the setting for many of the most dramatic wildlife documentaries in Africa. The large Marsh Pride of lion have learn to hunt elephant and hippo, making for explosive viewing this this is rarely seen as they hunt at night. Even in the day they are a formidable sight.
The Savuti Channel runs through this landscape linking the dry sand-veld, the waterholes, the hills and the grassland that was the Savuti Marsh. This channel is usually dry- its water flowing rarely and unpredictably.
The waterholes, the only permanent source of water, are always an interesting spot for game viewing. These are pumped by the Department of Wildlife and provide a major attraction for birdlife.