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Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge

Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Elephants at the Belmond Savute Lodge, Botswana

Elephants at the Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge Camel Collection
Photo courtesy of Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge

Belmond unveils its new-look Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge in the Chobe National Park, Botswana, following a full redesign in 2018.

A safari lodge like no other

Photo courtesy of Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge

The Elephant Lodge, one of Belmond’s three safari experiences in the heart of Botswana, is characterised as the Timeless Explorers Lodge, connecting its guests to nature.

Surrounded by abundant flora and fauna, the lodge includes 12 tented rooms, spa, lounge, bar, open deck with pool, firepit and wildlife viewing hide overlooking the watering hole, a first in the area.

Breakfast with Elephants

The lodge’s unique viewing hide allows guests to connect with the wildlife at eye-level, giving them a front-row seat on nature’s drama. From first light to dusk, lions, elephants, cheetahs, hyenas and antelope gather for a refreshing drink.

Woman sits enjoying breakfast at sunrise while looking at the elephants
Photo courtesy of Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge

To celebrate the reopening of the lodge, Belmond has commissioned acclaimed wildlife photographer Stephen Tuengler to capture the playful spirit of the animals in the Savute region, one of the world’s true natural wilderness.

The very essence of Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge is to allow guests to experience timeless exploration in the heart of wild Africa.

An explorer’s remote retreat

Giraffe Safari at Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge
Photo courtesy of Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge

The Savute region has long been associated with some of the world’s greatest explorers, including David Livingstone who arrived in the area in 1851 and observed the dramatic surroundings of one of Africa’s greatest wildlife spots, whilst observing and documenting every detail.

Belmond’s tented oasis, set beside the mysterious Savute Channel, will offer an exploratory base for guests in the heart of the national park.  The newly designed interiors by Inge Moore of Muza Lab are visually calming, yet dramatic, filled with rich textures and colours, reflecting the earthy and dynamic surroundings.

The contemporary lounge and bar connects with the open deck and the eye is drawn straight to the vast view across the plains. Curved and textured rattan chairs with leather detailing and furniture made of local materials fill the public spaces, allowing guests to sit and relax and document their memories following daily safari adventures.

King Suite, photo courtesy of Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge

Bedrooms feature writing desks and impressive four-poster beds, vibrant pops of colour can be found throughout the rooms as well as in the bathrooms, contrasting with the natural tones of the savannah.

Respecting the nature and the wilderness of the region, sustainable design features include the removal of all concrete; the use of eco-friendly composite bamboo decking in the principal areas and the lodge will function on a 95% solar grid system.

Photo courtesy of Belmond Savute lodge

“I have a huge love and respect for nature and the wilderness. It’s something we as humans need to cherish and protect, so being able to design a project in the Savute is a real passion; honour and huge responsibility.” says Inge Moore of Muza Lab.

“I aim my design to be sensitive to the surroundings but to also create spaces where people can really cherish nature and each other and take home memories without leaving scars on nature. I work on creating spaces that feel innovative, of the time and place, yet layered and relaxing to be in.”

If you would like to find out more about the Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge, get in touch with a friendly Camel Collection rep today.

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