Linyanti Safaris

Lying between the Okavango Delta and the Chobe River, the Linyanti region's swampy river frontage is reminiscent of the Okavango's permanent waterways with papyrus-lined lagoons, reed-beds and a towering canopy of trees. The Linyanti is often described as one of the best wildlife-viewing areas in Africa today. Elephants and buffalo are seen all year-round however large breeding herds (hundreds strong) can often be seen in the winter time. Lion and hyena are the dominant predators here and their constant battle is a definite highlight. However, leopard, cheetah and wild dog are seen fairly regularly as well.

Red Lechwe - by Dana Allen Enjoy the sunset from Kings Pool Camp on a Linyanti safari Zarafa Camp game drive - Photo by Dana Allen

Linyanti Highlights

  • One of Africa's best game viewing areas
  • Incredibly high predator concentrations
  • Unique swampy river scenery
  • Very high concentrations of elephant and buffalo particularly in the dryer winter months
  • A number of rare species, including the African wild dog
  • The Selinda Spilway, Linyanti Marshes and the Kwando River - all a draw for wildlife

The Linyanti area consists of four large private reserves (Selinda, Linyanti, Kwando and the Chobe Enclave). These reserves, which protect high concentrations of wildlife, are similar to the exclusive safari reserves which surround the Okavango Delta in that they offer more remote, private safaris than possible in the busier national reserves. These reserves also permit walking and night drives, as well as off-road driving (which make it a lot easier to find predators).

Linyanti's Marshes are formed from the Kwando River which flows south from the Angolan highlands through the Caprivi Strip and into Northern Botswana where it fans out as it hits the Kalahari Sands forming the Linyanti Swamps. Animals are present in the Linyanti during all seasons with their numbers increasing to staggering proportions during the winter. This happens as animals move in towards the permanent waters of the Linyanti Marshes and River System from the surrounding regions where no permanent water is found (June - December) till the first rains come in November or December and they move back to the outlying areas such as the Savute.

A Linyanti safari affords plenty of exciting activities and opportunities to explore the diverse landscape with game drives, daring nature walks and boating safaris, water levels permitting.

Selected Linyanti Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Linyanti

All Botswana Itineraries
Twin room

Best of Botswana Special Offer

Cost Per Person
From $12,170 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Linyanti, Okavango Delta
Lion cubs in Botswana

The Best of Botswana and Victoria Falls

Cost Per Person
From $8,840 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Linyanti, Okavango Delta, Livingstone & Victoria Falls
Himba Women - Photo by Dana Allen for Wilderness Safaris

Wonders of Namibia and Botswana

Cost Per Person
From $9,790 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Linyanti, Okavango Delta, Etosha & Surrounds, Damaraland, Sossusvlei & the Namib Desert, Maun
Tracker girl with Kwando Safaris, Botswana

The best of Cape Town Botswana and Livingstone Family Holiday

Cost For Family of 4
From $32,360 (Includes international flights from JFK)
South Africa
Linyanti, Okavango Delta, Livingstone & Victoria Falls, Cape Town

Linyanti Accommmodation

All Botswana accommodations
  • Zarafa Camp
    Bedroom interior

    Designed with the intention of bringing guests closer to the wilderness, Zarafa is found in the 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve. Discover Zibadianja Lagoon, embark on bush walks or relax in your tented suite.

  • Duma Tau Camp
    Winter sunset

    Overlooking a large hippo filled lagoon, Duma Tau is a small canvas and thatch property which offers guests superb levels of game viewing, with outstanding concentrations of elephant.

  • Lebala Camp

    Expect tented luxury from Lebala Camp. Found in the private Kwando concession, explore the stunning wilderness to find elephant, wild dog, lion and leopard.

  • Kings Pool Camp
    Lounge area

    Set overlooking the Kings Pool Lagoon, aptly named Kings Pool Camp offers inviting tented accommodation and phenomenal elephant sightings.

  • Lagoon Camp
    Lounge and bar area

    Lagoon Camp is found on the shady banks of the Kwando River. Stay in beautiful thatched chalets and take-in incredible wildlife sightings, with huge herds of elephant and buffalo calling the area home.

  • Savuti Camp
    Tent interior

    With charming views of the surrounding area and comfortable accommodation, Savuti Camp is found along the Savute Channel - a great draw for wildlife.

  • Selinda Camp
    Tent interior

    From Selinda Camp look out over the Selinda Spillway and enjoy brilliant game viewing. Relax with a stay in luxury tents decked in authentic African furnishings and set under cool thatch canopies.

  • Selinda Canoe Trail
    Selinda Spill way Campsite at sunset

    Trail Tent accomodation on the banks of the Selinda Spillway