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A magnet for animals during the dry, lean winter months, Linyanti is a private concession (NG15) located along the southern banks of the Linyanti river. Bordered in the south by the Okavango Delta, and in the east by Chobe National Park, it benefits from being surrounded by the better known wildlife destinations, and remains wonderfully underused.

Once a hunting concession, and given over now to photography, Linyanti is a mixture of marsh lands, riverine forest, grasslands and drier mopane woods. Rivers, lagoons and waterways are two a penny here, and the game becomes increasingly dense between May and October. Along with fantastically high numbers of elephant and buffalo, great herds of antelope (red lechwe, sable and roan) and zebra collect along the rivers banks. Their presence, of course, attracts lion, cheetah and hunting dog, and the water itself is filled with crocodile, hippo and fish.

Of special note are the serval, the sitatunga antelope and the narina trogon. The first of these is a small and fantastic hunter; the second, a swamp-dwelling antelope whose waterproof coat and splayed hooves allow it to virtually live in the water; and the third, a bird, is a fairly common but beautiful forest-dweller.

Climate Information

The Linyanti, Selinda and Kwando reserves lie between Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta. Linyanti is bordered on the west by the Linyanti river, which runs south-west into northern Botswana, Kwando on its eastern flank by the Kwando river, which runs south-east into the country, and Selinda lies immediately south of where the 2 rivers meet and form a delta similar – but smaller – to that of the Okavango river.

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