Savute Elephant Lodge: 12 Luxury Rooms
Khwai River Lodge: 14 Luxury Rooms & 1 Private Suite
Eagle Island Lodge: 12 Luxury Tented Rooms
BELMOND KHWAI RIVER LODGE
Nestled on the edge of a lead wood and fig tree forest, overlooking the vast Khwai River floodplains and beyond into the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, lies Khwai River Lodge. Here you are close to Africa's heartbeat, at the centre of a world that has not altered much since life began. You can sense the big game heritage from the moment you arrive.
Activities offered at the lodge include morning and afternoon game drives in open Land cruisers, as well as after-dark spotlight game drives. A cultural visit to the local village can be arranged, as well as guided safari walks along the Khwai River.
For those wishing to enjoy further pampering, the lodge has a 'Naturally Wild' gym and spa facility. Guests are able to enjoy indulgent massages and body wraps in the spa or in the privacy of their own tent.
Early morning game drives take you out and among a wild landscape dotted with trees. Expect to see a huge range of creatures, from big cats such as lions and leopards, to hippo, rhino, antelope, giraffe and buffalo. Widely acknowledged to be the predator capital of the world, this is the only place in Botswana where the Big Five can be seen.
Equally atmospheric and exciting are evening drives, as the shadows lengthen and the sky turns red. Animals and birds emerge from their siesta, and suddenly the bush is alive with sights and sounds. Return as the first stars start to shine—when the chance for unusual encounters is at its most intense.
BELMOND SAVUTE ELEPHANT LODGE
Perched on the banks of the Savute Channel, with an elevated view of the river, Savute Elephant Lodge is a spectacular base from which to explore the area. Savute is also unrivaled for its sightings of excellent predator / prey interaction during the dry months of August through October and is a ‘must stay’ on any Southern Africa safari.
During the months of February and October the nutritious grasses of the Savute Marsh attract large herds of zebra. Savute is also home to some very rare rock paintings by Bushmen who once inhabited the region, and its little forests of ancient Baobabs.
Housed on raised wooden platforms, offering great views, our luxury rooms feature sliding glass doors that bring the outside in. The large private decks are furnished with easy chairs and a hammock, ideal for viewing wildlife, or for enjoying a private dinner in complete privacy. Shaded by a traditional African thatch roof, each luxury room's interior offers a luxurious en suite bathroom, a fully-stocked mini-bar, a four-poster bed complete with mosquito netting, as well as a discreet air conditioning.
Out in the bush, where rocks rear up among stony hills, are a collection of paintings that take your breath away. These works by Bushmen are thought to be more than 1,500 years old—beautiful images of elephant, giraffe, sable and eland antelope. Normally these types of painting might be found hidden in caves, but here, unusually, they are out in the wide, open landscape. No-one knows what materials the bushmen used, but the paint is thought to be a mixture of snake venom, blood and plant juices. After viewing these paintings, continue to the amazing baobab grove—a cathedral-like cluster of 13 giant trees that rival the Bushmen’s paintings in age. Stand among these towering columns at sunset, as the evening light bathes them in a russet glow and drinks are handed round—and wonder at this ancient land.
BELMOND EAGLE ISLAND LODGE
Situated on the island of Xaxaba, this cool retreat, shaded by a canopy of indigenous trees and Ilala Palms, overlooks a surrounding lagoon fed by the tranquil waterways of the Delta. The area offers prolific birdlife and mammal sightings. It is also the site of one of the most romantic bars in the world, the Fish Eagle Bar, as quoted by The New York Times.
From April through to October the lodge also offers game viewing by mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) or by motorised boat, which is particularly enjoyable as you sip your sundowner at the end of the day. When water levels are low (December through March), morning, afternoon and evening game drives are available. And for the intrepid and the energetic, safari walks are offered all year round.
This traditional dugout canoe (Mekoro) takes you gliding over shallow, clear waters past brilliant water lilies and papyrus grasses to areas inaccessible by boat. Climb aboard and stretch out, with your body just above the water line. Listen to the gentle, rhythmic splash as you are poled along and then attune your ears to other sounds. Long reed frogs will be out enjoying the sun: tiny as your fingertip, they emit extraordinarily loud croaks that resemble Oriental wind chimes. Spiders spin glistening webs above the water; luminous dragonflies hover with whirring wings; game such as red lechwe antelope, reed bucks and giraffes come to drink. But for many it is the birds of this ornithological paradise that dazzle. Stately egrets, storks, cormorants and even fishing eagles swoop overhead. But for colour and dash the magnificent malachite kingfisher steals the show.