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.
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.
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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.
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.
Expect tented luxury from Lebala Camp. Found in the private Kwando concession, explore the stunning wilderness to find elephant, wild dog, lion and leopard.
Set overlooking the Kings Pool Lagoon, aptly named Kings Pool Camp offers inviting tented accommodation and phenomenal elephant sightings.
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.
With charming views of the surrounding area and comfortable accommodation, Savuti Camp is found along the Savute Channel - a great draw for wildlife.
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.
Set in the Linyanti marshes, this splendid camp offers safari luxury and fantastic levels of game viewing, with a number of different activities to take advantage of.
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