I recently wrote a blog post about falling in love with Botswana where I spoke briefly about our trip to Botswana. This trip really was the most amazing experience and I’ve absolutely loved sharing stories of the trip.
We started our trip with three nights in Savuti. We camped in one of the private campsites that is completely open and spent our days relaxing at the campsite while elephants wondered through then driving around on game drives searching for animals.
Our first night was the most exciting – with action and getting used to this new world. It was probably about an hour after we had arrived at our camp, after we had set everything and were sitting back with a drink, when we started hearing some rustling in the trees. Upon taking a closer look we discovered a herd of elephants were calmly wandering around just a few metres from our camp, within the next half an hour two young males strolled right through our campsite. It was amazing and heartracing at the same time. This was my first experience getting so close to a wild animal and not being in a car!
A little while later a pack of wild dogs came running through our campsite chasing a buck! That evening while we eating dinner, we had a mouse running up our legs scaring the bejeezus out of us before flashing a torch on a hyena about 5m behind me checking us out. It was unreal, an experience that I could have never prepared for!
The nights in the bush are something else. We slept with the window flaps of our tent open so could watch the spectacular stars that light up the sky. Every night you hear elephants, lions, hyenas, leopards and wild dogs shouting out into the darkness. They all sound like they are right outside your tent…we know the hyenas definitely were.
We were living in the wild. With all of the animals. Experiencing first hand what happens in the game reserves when they usually lock you on the other side after sunset.
What was probably the most surprising and amazing realisation that I experienced while in the bush was how comfortable I felt. Yes, at first I was slightly edgy. And there were a few moments when things got a little too wild for my liking – like when a very angry sounding elephant came charging through our campsite. But for the most of it I felt completely calm and relaxed. At home in the bush.
Savuti was probably the best place to start off our Botswana adventure. The wildlife there is lush – you really don’t even need to work that hard to spot animals. They are everywhere. Especially the elephants. Never in my life have I seen so many elephants, we even got to the point of driving straight past them sometimes as we had seen so many. They were more common than impalas. I developed a strong love for these big beautiful creatures in Botswana.
We also saw loads of buck, giraffe, zebras, hippos, buffalo, birds, lions and a very brief sighting of a leopard.
If you’re thinking about a trip to Botswana – do it!! While it can be quite a costly exercise, do some research and find the best options. You won’t regret, it really is an experience of a lifetime.
The Elephants of Savuti