Savute is dominated by the 10 878 square kilometer Savute Marsh, which lies towards the western edge of the Chobe National Park. The Savute Marsh is the relic of a large inland lake to which the water supply was cut a long time ago by tectonic movements. Today the marsh is fed by the erratic Savute Channel, which dries up for long periods then curiously flows again, a consequence of tectonic activity in the area.

The face of Savute changed recently, when in January 2010 the Savute channel flowed again for the first time since 1982, bringing water into the marsh. As a result of this variable flow, there are hundreds 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.

During the dry season sightings of warthogs, kudus, impalas, zebras, wildebeests and elephant are common, while during the summer rains the rich birdlife of the park (450 species in total) can be enjoyed by keen birders. Packs of lions, hyenas, zebras or more rarely cheetahs are visible as well. This region is renowned for its annual migration of zebras and predators.