The Savuti is one of the best regions in Africa to see the rare and endangered African wild dog. These canines live and hunt in packs and collectively, they are some of the most efficient hunters out there.
Lions are abundant in the Savuti. National Geographic filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, have been filming lions and their behaviour in this area for over 2 decades. Years ago, Savuti lions formed huge prides and worked together to take down elephants as prey, and although this behaviour is not seen often any more, there is no telling what could happen in the wild.
Other frequently seen predators are hyena, cheetah, and leopard. Hyena are said to steal up to 20% of all lion kills, and it is well-documented that these two predators are 'eternal enemies'. Cheetahs are highly endangered and they are also very specialised hunters, while leopards are seen hoisting their prey into the trees.
The Savuti's location in the west of the Chobe National Park makes it a home to a great number of mammals. Most significantly, the Savuti boasts a population of elephants quite unlike any other. The marshland and waterways become crowded with elephants during the summer months when the Savuti Channel feeds the land with water.
One of Savuti's biggest claims to fame is the presence of an annual zebra migration between the Linyanti and the Savuti. With the arrival of the rain comes the migration of thousands of zebra from the Linyanti to the Savuti.
They are not the only ones seeking out the fresh, new grass, and are accompanied by an array of herbivores, like kudu, impala, wildebeest, warthog and hippo. These are only a few mentionables out of the wide variety of mammals, large and small, that are found in the Savuti.
The Chobe National Park as a whole boasts over 450 species of birds, both resident and migratory species. The Savuti Marsh is a 10 000 sq km area and alongside its rich wildlife population, the birdlife is very well represented.
Colourful flocks of carmine bee-eaters celebrate the rainy season and fly about in large numbers as game vehicles trundle through the long grass. Secretary birds with their long legs and quirky feathers strut along the ground and perch on top of trees; kori bustards can be seen and admired for their huge size; thousands of red-billed queleas take off from tree tops in unison and cast shadows on the ground below them; African fish eagles are iconic and can be seen and heard soaring high above the channels and marshlands.
Ground birds like francolins and guinea fowls chirp noisily as they scuttle along, while water birds like storks, herons, lapwings and kingfishers keep watchful eyes on the rivers and waterways.
Guests at Camp Savuti watched as the lions played.
The marsh is home to a vast array of wildlife including buffalo.
These two young bulls have a bit of a standoff over the local watering hole!