The Savuti Marsh area, 10,878 km² large, constitutes the
western stretch of the park (50 km north of Mababe Gate).
The Savuti Marsh is the relic of a large inland lake whose
water supply was cut a long time ago by tectonic movements.
Nowadays the marsh is fed by the erratic Savuti Channel,
which dries up for long periods then curiously flows again,
a consequence of tectonic activity in the area. It is
currently flowing again and in January 2010 reached Savuti
Marsh for the first time since 1982. As a result of this
variable flow, there are hundred of dead trees along the
channel's bank. The region is also covered with extensive
savannahs and rolling grasslands, which makes wildlife
particularly dynamic in this section of the park.
dry seasons, tourists going on safari often view warthogs,
kudus, impalas, zebras, wildebeests and above all elephants
bullying each other. At rain seasons, the rich birdlife of
the park (450 species in the whole park) is well
represented. Packs of lions, hyenas, zebras or more rarely
cheetahs are visible as well. This region is indeed reputed
for its annual migration of zebras and predators.
The Linyanti Marsh, located at the Northwest corner
of the park and to the North of Savuti, is adjacent to
Linyanti River. To the west of this area lies Selinda
Reserve and on the Northern bank of Kwando River is
Namibia's Mamili National Park. Around these 2 rivers are
riverine woodlands, open woodlands as well as lagoons, and
the rest of the region mainly consists of flood plains.
There are here large concentrations of lions, leopards,
wild dogs, Roan antelopes, Sable antelopes, hippopotamuses
and above all enormous herds of elephants. The rarer red
lechwe, sitatunga or crocodile also occur in the area.
Birdlife is very rich here.
Between Linyanti and Savuti Marshes lies a hot and dry
hinterland, mainly occupied by the Nogatsaa grass woodland.
This section is little known and is a great place for