The Linyanti River traces its origin from Cuando
River in South Central Africa flowing from Angola into Namibia and then
Botswana as Kwando River and finally turning into the Linyanti.
The Linyanti region is sandwiched between the
Okavango Delta to the south and Chobe to the east. The area is generally
composed of two sectors:
1. The Northern Linyanti area consists of a
private concession area outside the western Chobe National Park boundary
and a public one within the Chobe park boundary. There are couple
permanent camps in the Northern Linyanti private area such as Linyanti
Bush Camp and Linyanti Ebony. Part of the Northern Linyanti
Ecosystem extension also includes Kwando
Reserve covering 573000 acres (232000 hectares) of open Linyanti
wilderness. It boasts of the Lagoon area in northern Kwando
and Lebala in the southern Kwando based on the location and names
of its two camps
2. The Southern Linyanti also referred as
Linyanti Wildlife Reserve or simply the Linyanti Concession is
shared by three main camps i.e. DumaTau, Kings Pool and Savuti Camp. There
is also the enthralling Selinda
Reserve part of Southern Linyanti Ecosystem extension
covering 320000 acres of pristine Linyanti wilderness. The reserve is
centered on the Selinda Spillway, a primordial waterway that was normally
dry for many years. Selinda has 2 main camps: Selinda Camp and Zarafa
Camp for traditional safaris and specialist horse riding safari camp -
The Northern Linyanti area is located at the
farthest western corner of the Chobe National Park bordering Namibia to
the north and Selinda Reserve in Botswana to the west. This secluded Eden
with its networks of waterways and lagoons triggers remembrance of the
Okavango delta. Its waterways laced with high, towering trees and shrubs
are constant sources of adventure.
The Northern Linyanti is one of the
ecologies of the Chobe National Park that boasts of a rich ecosystem
coupled with breath taking views, amazing floodplains and giant riverine
trees lining the banks of the Linyanti River.
Southern Linyanti (Linyanti Concession)
The Linyanti private concession covers an
area of 125000 hectares. The Linyanti River, inland woodlands and the
Savuti channel are an essential part of the concession. These combined
parts of the concession are considered of having the densest
concentrations of wildlife with the elephants having the most number
during the dry winter season. The diversity of the Linyanti Concession’s
habitat i.e. its watercourses, riverine jungles, marshes., woodlands and
grasslands offer a contrasting experience to the Okavango Delta by
displaying its abundant and varied wildlife and remarkable scenery.
Visitors staying within Linyanti Concession have
access to two-thirds of the Savuti Channel offering abundance of game
teeming at the banks of the channel for a drink, bath or a hang out. The
Savuti channel has a mystical past of drying up and flooding easily, a
characteristic of the channel that kept the scientists fascinated over the
mystery for many years. In 1885, the channel experienced inconsistent
flooding and long spell of drying up until 1982 when it finally dried up.
In 2008, the channel experienced a flow that returned its waters embracing
the myriad assortments of aquatic life from hippo, crocodile, fish to
Linyanti Flora & Fauna Experiences During Your
Botswana Safari In Africa
The Linyanti wildlife has similarities and
differences with that of the Okavango Delta in terms of its physical
layout, the makeup of wildlife and vegetation. The distinct features of
the Linyanti are it access to drier land making accessibility to more
areas to game drive and its migratory wildlife patterns of the elephants,
buffalos and zebras.
The area between Linyanti River and Savuti Channel
boasts of floodplains, lagoons and woodlands that are home to predators
like lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah, hyena, crocodile etc. They are also
terrestrial herbivores such as lechwe, zebra, elephant wildebeest, impala,
waterbuck, sable, eland, giraffe, baboon, monkey, warthog, hippo, buffalo
and many more.
Linyanti offers an admirable stage for the
enthusiastic bird watcher such as the egret, babbler, skimmer, crane,
roller, hornbill, cuckoo-shrike, woodpecker, bee-eater and many more.
The Linyanti is covered with jackalberry,
sausage trees that are enormous in sizes, papyrus, fan palms mopane
woodland and many more. A small part of the Linyanti is similar to the
Okavango delta with its tree-lined inland bodies of water and networks of
marshes and waterways.
When to Visit Linyanti For Your African Safari in
Visiting time in Linyanti is all year round
and parts of the Linyanti have migratory wildlife seasonally traversing.
It all depends on what you prefer to see. If you like to see a large
concentration of games then go during the dry winter season. If it is the
greening scenery of the place you want to experience and birdlife, then
the wet summer season is preferable. Linyanti experiences the similar dry
winter and rainy summer seasons as with the rests of the ecosystems found
in the Chobe National Park and Okavango delta.
From May to October which is the dry winter season,
the Linyanti is concentrated with large numbers of game gathering in the
river banks for water. The hottest months are October and November.
Rainfall and hot sunshine saturate the Linyanti from
November to April giving rise to robust greening of the area as trees and
shrubs renew. Engulfing of the Linyanti Marsh is a common occurrence
during this season and some of the flora is submerged.
Linyanti Safari Activities During Your
Africa Safari In Botswana
The Linyanti boasts of varied Africa safari
adventure that attracts multitudes of visitors. Some activities are
dependent on the location of your accommodation and seasonal availability.
Game Driving Safari
During the game driving safari, guests are
exposed to the large concentration of the game of varied species. You can
opt for a morning, afternoon or night time game driving on an open 4x4
vehicle that will let feel the African wilderness breeze and enjoy
uninterrupted views of ecosystem.
Boating on the Linyanti River or The Savuti
Channel is an excellent way to see game up, close and personal. Viewing
the behaviors of aquatic and bird life is best accessible on a boat. The
boating is done in the network of waterways traversing swamps, lakes,
lagoon with small islands offering spectacular game viewing and birding
opportunities all year round. The boating safari offers a picture-perfect
way to end your day observing the African sunset concluding its day down
on the waterway while sipping your cocktail.
The Linyanti offers superb bream, pike,
tiger-fishing, catfish and other species. The normal policy is “catch
and release” with a preference of having a single catch for dinner or
Walking Safari / Nature Walks
At Linyanti, you can experience a nature
walk safari escorted by an armed guide. Walking safari allows you to
observe, whiff and hear the flora and fauna surrounding you.
Canoeing safari is different from mokoro
safari on offer at the Okavango Delta. The mokoro safaris are normally
done on shallow water while canoeing safaris are done on deep channels.
The activity is offered seasonally at selected camps and water level
permitting and subject to elephant concentration. You will witness the
thriving flora lining the boundaries of the waterways and the lush foliage
embraced by diversity of African fauna from birdlife, aquatic and
terrestrial wildlife. You can explore the Linyanti River or The Savuti
Channel on a canoe under the guidance of an experienced canoe guide.