New Look for Wild Belmond Retreat

Botswana’s acclaimed Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge has reopened as a timeless explorer’s lodge, connecting its guests to nature like never before.

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.

Set on the Savute Channel, in Chobe National Park, the new-look lodge, designed by Inge Moore of Muza Lab, includes 12 tented rooms, an indulgent spa, a spacious lounge and bar with elegantly-curved rattan and leather chairs; an open deck with plunge pool and fire pit; and a wildlife viewing hide overlooking the watering hole, a first for the area. This hide allows guests to connect with the wildlife at eye-level, giving them a front-row seat when lions, elephants, cheetahs, hyenas, and antelope gather for a refreshing drink at dusk.

Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge also has a green thumb; all concrete has been removed and been replaced with eco-friendly composite bamboo, while 95 percent of the lodge’s power needs will now come from solar panels.

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Nick Walton

Nick Walton

Nick Walton is a leading travel and lifestyle journalist, magazine editor, publisher, photographer, travel commentator, and media trainer, based in Hong Kong. He is also managing editor of Artemis Communications, the titles of which include Ultimate Encounters, Alpha Men Asia, and The Art of Business Travel.


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