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Linyanti & Selinda

Why take a safari in the Linyanti, Selinda or Kwando Reserves?

The Linyanti is a vast area west of Chobe in northern Botswana with important water sources which attract some truly stunning wildlife viewing in this beautiful part of the country. There are three private reserves here, Linyanti, Selinda and Kwando, and one ”˜sort of’ private area called Chobe Enclave. Being private, they all offer a much quieter wildlife viewing experience than Chobe, and there are some fabulous luxury lodges here.
The key reasons to visit are:

  • This whole area has excellent wildlife viewing particularly from June to October.
  • All are private reserves so are only open to guests of the lodges. So they’re much quieter than Chobe.
  • Large breeding herds of elephants are drawn to the Kwando and Linyanti rivers from about June to December, with smaller numbers of resident eles all year too.
  • Selinda is on the seasonal Selinda Spillway which links the Okavango Delta to the Linyanti Swamps.
  • Take the amazing Selinda Canoe Trail.
  • Botswana’s most eco-friendly luxury lodge, Zarafa, is in the Selinda.
  • These reserves are some of the best places in Africa to see wild dogs.

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When to go on safari to Linyanti, Selinda or Kwando Reserves

The best time of year to come here is the dry season from about May, or more especially June, to October. In these months the wildlife is drawn to the Linyanti swamps and rivers due to the ever-drying land all around. You can come at other times as there is always resident game. Wild dog lovers should come especially from about June to October as this is when the dogs have pups and stay quite near the den much of the time. The superb, adventurous Selinda Canoe Trail is available from around May to September (dependant on water levels). The rainy season from about November to March can be really good for birds and the place becomes very lush and green, though it can also be quite difficult to get around.

A Linyanti Safari: How to do it.

Visitors arrive by light plane and stay at one of the lodges. From here you usually get twice daily game drives or other activities. As the reserves are private, night drives, game walks, mokoro and boat trips are all possible, depending on the lodge/camp. The Linyanti area combines well with the Okavango Delta and many people also include a stay at Victoria Falls.

Accommodation in Linyanti, Selinda or Kwando Reserves

The three reserves all have some gorgeous lodges and camp on them. The guiding tends to be very good at them all. The combination of guide and spotter in the Kwando vehicles (Lagoon and Lebala Camps) can pay dividends. Footsteps Across the Linyanti is a great walking camp in the Chobe Enclave, and Motswiri Camp also offers walks as well as horse riding. Zarafa Camp is one of the most expensive camps in Botswana as well as being one of the most eco-friendly so if money is no object, we heartily recommend it. Wilderness Safaris have two good camps in Linyanti too ”“ Duma Tau and Kings Pool.

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Overnight flights to Johannesburg then connections to Maun, total flying time about 13 hours.

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