Nestled 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. Leopard, cheetah and wild dog are also seen regularly.
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 safaris and night drives as well as off-road driving (which makes it much easier to track 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. Wildlife is present in the Linyanti during all seasons with 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. These heavy numbers are usually present from June and stay until the first rains come in November or December.
A Linyanti safari offers plenty of exciting activities and opportunities to explore the diverse landscape with game drives, daring nature walks and water safaris.
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