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 (read more about it here) 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 very quickly 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.

Here are just a few photos of our time in Savuti.

Waterbuck

Waterbuck

This was the cheeky male elephant that came wondering through our campsite. Just checking us out.

This was the cheeky male elephant that came wondering through our campsite. Just checking us out.

Lion cubs walking through a shallow puddle. The one at the back was nervous to cross, and eventually walked around.

Lion cubs walking through a shallow puddle. The one at the back was nervous to cross, and eventually walked around.

This owlet was living in the tree above our tent.

This owlet was living in the tree above our tent.

A family of elephants splashing in the water.

A family of elephants splashing in the water.

Savuti has a lot of water, which means a few water crossings. But before you do a water crossing you need to check whether your car will make it - the only way is to walk the river first and check for the best route.

Savuti has a lot of water, which means a few water crossings. But before you do a water crossing you need to check whether your car will make it – the only way is to walk the river first and check for the best route.

We climbed up a rockface and spotted a herd of elephants on the other side of the water.

We climbed up a rockface and spotted a herd of elephants on the other side of the water.

Enjoying sundowners

Enjoying sundowners

A leopard that we luckily spotted before he disappeared into the bushes. If we had blinked we would have missed him.

A leopard that we luckily spotted before he disappeared into the bushes. If we had blinked we would have missed him.

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Born with the longing to collect as many passport stamps possible and a passion for sharing interesting stories, it only seemed natural that Bridget delved into the world of travel writing. When she isn't dreaming of all the adventures still to be had and making plans to make them happen,...
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