Savuti Marsh

The Savuti Marsh area, at almost 11,000 sq. km, constitutes the western stretch of Chobe National Park (50 km north of Mababe Gate). The Savuti Marsh is the relic of a large inland lake whose water supply was cut a long time ago by tectonic movements. Nowadays the marsh is fed by the erratic Savuti Channel, which dries up when rainfall is abundant and floods up at other times. The channel can also stop flowing during long periods then curiously flows again, a consequence of tectonic activity in the area. As a result of this variable flow, there are hundreds of dead trees along the channel’s bank.

This stunning wilderness region is also covered with extensive savannahs and rolling grasslands, which makes wildlife particularly dynamic in this section of the park. Savuti now depends on three man-made waterholes to provide water to its huge elephant bull population. Antelope and predator alike also visit the waterholes during the dry season, making for exciting game viewing. Warthog, kudu, impala, zebra, wildebeest and elephant are all often sighted. In the rainy season, the rich birdlife of the park (450 species in the whole park) is well represented. Packs of lions, hyenas, zebra or, more rarely, cheetahs are also found. This region is indeed reputed for its annual migration of zebra and following predators. Savuti’s rocky hills not only add to the ambiance of the area but are also home to a number of Bushman rock paintings.

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