Linyanti Region

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Linyanti Safari in Botswana

Just west of Chobe National Park lies the woodlands and wetlands of the remote Linyanti Region. This is true big game wilderness with dry season herds and predators to rival anything you’ll find in its better-known neighbour. Unlike Chobe, however, Linyanti is made up of huge private concessions where low visitor numbers guarantee an exclusive safari experience.

The best known of these concessions, the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, has three main camps set along the Linyanti River and now-flowing Savuti Channel. Further north lie the delta-like lagoons and waterways of the Chobe Enclave, while to the west you’ll find the predator-rich Kwando Reserve and the vast Selinda floodplains stretching out towards the Okavango Delta.

Game viewing reaches its peak during Botswana’s dry winter months when wildlife congregates along Linyanti’s rivers and lagoons. Between July and October the migratory herds arrive, and it’s not unusual to see up to a hundred elephant on the Linyanti floodplains! Add to that the resident game and large number of top predators – lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah and hyena – and you’re in for an action-packed safari experience.

Explore this wild and remote concession on game drives led by expert guides. Since this land is privately owned off-road driving is permitted, getting you up close to the predators and herds. Most of the lodges also offer river safaris too when water levels allow, while guided walks and night drives add to the diverse range of safari activities.

Linyanti’s camps and lodges are some of Botswana’s most sought-after accommodation, so you’ll need to start planning your safari early. Take a look at our tours and safaris for inspiration on how to combine Linyanti with other top Botswana reserves,

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VARIOUS ACTIVITIES OFFERED IN THE LINYANTI

1. Go On A Game Drive

Game drives are conducted in open-sided 4×4 safari vehicles with tiered seats. Since you’re in a private reserve your guide is allowed to drive off road, getting you up close to Linyanti’s big game.

2. Cruise The River

Most riverside camps have small motorboats that easily manoeuvre amongst the bird-filled reed beds and get close to wildlife at the water’s edge. Others have larger barges for sunset cruises.

3. Drop A Line Overboard

Many Linyanti lodges have a small collection of rods and reels, and offer catch-and-release fishing when water levels allow. For more on where to reel in a tigerfish read our post on fishing in Botswana.

4. Go Bird Watching

Birding is spectacular all year round with Linyanti being recognised as an Important Bird Area (IBA) particularly for birds of prey like Dickinson’s kestrel and waterbirds.

5. Walk In The Wild

Set out on foot and feel a part of your wild surroundings as you learn about animal tracks, birds and plants. You’ll be in safe hands with your highly trained (and armed) guide.

6. Take A Night Drive

Once the sun has set your guide uses a spotlight to catch the glinting eyes of bush babies or pick out other nocturnal creatures such as porcupines, spring hares or a predators on the hunt.

7. Sit Back In a Mokoro

Lodges that offer water activities usually have canoes, a peaceful way to explore the waterways. For a true mokoro safari we recommend a few days at a lodge deep in the Okavango Delta.

8. Wildlife Hides

Kings Pool Camp has a submerged hide that puts you at eyelevel to the water of a pan & Savuti Camp’s hide is raised up on a platform and includes a bed for a night under the stars.

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