Linyanti Game Reserve
Linyanti is a faultless natural oasis in Botswana with an air of untouched beauty teeming with wildlife. This undiluted environment brings a magical feeling of peace and tranquility and the overpowering feeling of nearness to earthly evolution. 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 - Motswiri Camp.
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 Safari 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.
Fishing Excursions 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 lunch.
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 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.
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