Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge in Botswana debuts eco redesign

Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge in Botswana has re-opened as an eco safari destination following a redesign by interior design consultancy Muza Lab.

Located in the Chobe National Park, the lodge has been transformed into a tented retreat designed by Luxury Frontiers, an architect company that specialises in tented constructed resorts. It is supported by a timber-based platform to minimise the environmental impact. 

The new public spaces include an arrival lobby, kitchen/dining room, lounge and bar, library, spa and and a viewing hide. There is a large terrace with low-slung chairs to relax in, while the fibreglass pool uses a low-energy heat pump and has been reduced in size to lessen water consumption.

The Spa Tent is positioned on the edge of the camp, with sides that can be completely rolled up to allow a breeze to flow through the open space. Treatments on offer include a range of massages, facials, body rituals, manicures and pedicures. Organic, sustainably sourced brand TheraNaka is the spa's main product house. 

“The essence of Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge is to allow guests to experience timeless exploration in the heart of wild Africa,” said Inge Moore, co-founder of Muza Lab.

“Just as the early explorers widened their horizons and brought home news and learning, I hope today’s guests will return to their homes with once-in-a-lifetime memories and stories to share with others”. The lodge's eco credentials extend to the practical operation of the resort, which is now powered by a 212kWp Tesla Photo Voltaic Solar system, lighting is LED-based and all fans are low wattage and power-efficient. 

Hot water is supplied via a thermodynamic geyser, while an anaerobic sewerage treatment plant has been installed along with the introduction of environmentally friendly cleaning products and biodegradable guest amenities.