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Savé Valley Conservancy: 3 Things to Know

The Savé Valley Conservancy is one of the few remaining pristine wildernesses in Africa

1) A Remote Wilderness

In Zimbabwe’s southeastern corner lies more than 750,000 acres of privately owned wilderness. Unlike national parks, there’s only a limited number of guests allowed. Going on safari in the Savé Valley Conservancy seems like you have your own little slice of wilderness all to yourself!

Environment wise, imagine a cross between Mana Pools National Park (also in Zimbabwe) and the Private Reserves near Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Simply put: if you consider yourself an adventurous safarier, this is the place for you!

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2) Big Five Country – and More!

Savé is home to an impressive number of both black & white rhino

The hardest to see of the Big Five is the rhino, and fortunately for Savé, there are plenty of these endangered species here! Thanks to the Special Species Protection Unit, poaching has been virtually nonexistent in the Savé region. What’s more, there’s a good chance you’ll see the shyer, more reclusive black rhino here!

Keep your eyes on the riverine forest’s treeline – you may just spot a leopard!

The other four members of the Big Five are commonly seen as well. Amidst the riverine forests of the Savé River and its tributaries, leopards prowl for prey approaching the rivers to drink. The abundance of plains game (including zebra, wildebeest and the rare Sable) means that the lions of Savé are thriving. Big bull elephants and large breeding herds enjoy the year-round freshwater of the rivers and pans.

Focused for the hunt – a male lion in the Savé Valley
A breeding herd of elephants marches through riverine forest

But there’s more to see than just the Big Five. For instance, there are 16 or so packs of Painted Wolves (African Wild Dogs) in the conservancy. The best time of year to see them is during their “denning” season (May-July). This is when the pack brings food back for their newborn pups.

Savé also boasts strong populations of several vulnerable mammals including cheetah, brown hyena and sable antelope. Other mammal favorites include giraffe, wildebeest, warthog, crocodile and hippo. Classified as an Important Bird Area with over 300 identified species, the conservancy is also ideal for bird lovers.

Numerous packs of Painted Wolves (African Wild Dogs) reside in Savé

3) Tracking Wildlife on Foot

What better way to experience such a pristine wilderness than to get out of your vehicle and stretch your legs!

Since anti-poaching units, your guide can drive you out near it, then proceed to approach them by foot. Keeping quiet, low to the ground, and attentive to your guide’s instructions as you approach rhinos and elephants is essential for the closest possible encounters with them.

Additionally, because the terrain is not steep and relatively even, a high level of fitness is not required to walk in Savé.


Here’s an AAC Itinerary featuring Savé Valley

14-Day “Eyes on Elephant” Safari to Zimbabwe

Group Size: 6 people

Departure: July 7th, 2021

Safari Destinations: Victoria Falls, Hwange, Mana Pools & Savé

Starting Price: $14,995.00 per person


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