Orient-Express’ luxurious Savute Elephant Camp and Khwai River Lodge in Northern Botswana are now wilder than ever before. New this month, each of the camp’s thatched tented residences has been transformed with the introduction of sliding glass doors, making it even easier to spot the abundant wildlife that roams nearby.
Intimate in feel, Savute Elephant Camp in the heart of Chobe National Park and Khwai River Lodge in the Moremi Reserve, feature 12 and 15 tented residences respectively. The new glass doors mean that from the moment guest’s wake-up in the tents large, over-sized beds they are faced with an unhindered view of the rituals of Botswana’s animals. Alternatively, as dusk falls and whilst freshening up for dinner, the glass doors offer an unobstructed view of the Botswana sunset and the moon glistening in the Khwai River or Savute Channel.
Each camp is surrounded by very different types of wildlife making them the ideal twin centre Botswana experience (they can also be combined with Orient-Express’ third camp in Botswana, Eagle Island Camp in the Okavango Delta). Located on the banks of the newly flowing river, Savute Elephant Camp is home not only to elephants, but prides of lions, leopards and beautiful birds, while Khwai River Lodge sits by extensive floodplains attracting, cheetah, lions, leopards and raptors.
Lazing sumptuously in private tents, guests are now also able to catch up on e-mails or surf the internet, as Wi-Fi has been installed in each tent. Personalised mini bars are stocked up with favourite tipples, and there are also decanters of port and sherry. Coffee and tea making facilities have also been introduced. Not forgetting the all-important air-conditioning - keeping the tents cool in the hot summers and toasty warm in the chilly winter mornings and evenings. Little comforts like these go a long way to make guests cosy and at home in the Botswana wilderness. Not content with staying indoors? Each tent also features its own spacious private viewing deck from which guests can relax outdoors taking the wildlife in.
Orient-Express aims to bring guests closer to wildlife during every part of their stay at the safari camps and in turn, from now on, game viewing vehicles will only carry a maximum of six people, so all guests now have window seats: a second unhindered window onto the wild.