A Journey Through Chobe: Savute to Caprivi

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When you hear about wildlife photography in the “Chobe” or someone taking a trip to the “Chobe”, invariably you might have an image like this in your mind…

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Yes, photography boats patrolling the Chobe shores. But there’s so much more to the Chobe National Park than this section. It starts way down south, just as you exit the Moremi Game Reserve coming from the vast Okavango Delta…

Travelling by road in this part of Africa is not for sissies. You need proper 4×4 vehicles (more than one, preferably) and all the tools and gadgets needed to camp self-sufficiently in the bush (unless you are headed for a luxury lodge, in which case you are probably flying in – all good). A 300km stretch of road here might just take you all day, between swamps and thick sand and endless mud and log-bridges you are going to be tested in every aspect of your driving skills.

Did I mention that it’s fun too?

Eventually you enter the Chobe National Park from the south and shortly thereafter you get to the Savute region. A large part of the Savute landscape is comprised by the Savute marsh, the remains of a massive ancient lake now characterised by hundreds upon hundreds dried out leadwood trees. This marsh is surrounded by woodland and mopane shrub, and the Savute channel flows by to the West.

This channel was dry for over 30 years, but in 2010 it started flowing again and it still is…it has changed the dynamics of this region immensely over the last few years.

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Savute is one of those iconic destinations in Southern Africa. Not only is it a place of immense beauty and wide open spaces and big skies.

Elephants roam the marshlands.

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It’s also the location of the epic documentary by the Jouberts (of “The Last Lions” fame) called ETERNAL ENEMIES, documenting the struggle between the lion prides and the hyena clans in the area.

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Birdlife is plentiful and colourful.

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It’s even got its own cluster of Baobab trees arranged tightly together like at Baines’ Baobabs…these can be found to the northeast of the main campsite.

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As you head out north you continue to be amazed by this unique landscape and its inhabitants…and you can drive and be amazed until you hit the Chobe river. There have been plenty of images from the Chobe river on the blog these past 2 months, so I won’t rehash too many of them here. Just know that the Chobe National Park is more than a river, it’s a massive ecosystem that ebbs and flows with the water cycles and adapts and keeps on providing a haven for a plethora of wildlife.

We base the Wild Eye safaris in the Caprivi strip across the river on the Ichobezi houseboat, which allows a bit more freedom in exploring the river than if you were to stay on the Botswana side.

Feel free to speak to the Wild Eye office if you are interested in adding a bespoke add-on to your Chobe River photographic safari to allow you to explore the Savute area some more.

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Keep on clicking!

Morkel Erasmus

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