Today, parts of Savuti are almost desert-like with a scorching
sun and hot sand, while at the other extreme are vast grass
plains full of game, reminiscent of Tanzania's Serengeti.
These rich grasslands are boosted into fecundity by summer
rains, at which time huge herds of zebras migrate south
from the Linyanti to gorge on the abundant grazing.
Savuti also contains a number of pans that hold water for
months after the rains, enabling animals to remain long
into the dry season.
Another strikingly different terrain found in Savuti, are
the Gubatsa Hills. Formed some 980 million years ago during
volcanic movement, these dolomite rock outcrops create a
series of extraordinary hills. They rise to an astonishing
290 feet (90 metres) high, out of a completely flat landscape.
The area promises sightings of endangered wild
dog, which is said to be the most efficient hunter in
Africa. Large concentrations of lion
follow the annual zebra
migration intently, and leopard
and cheetah are to be seen.
Many hyenas live here and researchers have found that lions
loose 20% of their kills to them. Hyenas
are formidable hunters in their own right but are opportunistic
feeders who will annoy and threaten a pride of lions until
they give up their meal. Savuti is also famous for its elephants
that roam great distances for the best fodder.
birds and kori bustards
are often seen strutting around the Savuti marsh and small
redbilled francolins provide as a noisy morning wake up
Interesting summer migrants and water birds include Abdim's
bee eaters and even fish
eagles. Little quelea finches are quite a spectacle
as they gather in thousands. They reach a frenzy of numbers
in about April when a single flock could contain tens of
thousands of these small twittering birds.