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Linyanti-Selinda-Kwando Reserves

Linyanti-Selinda-Kwando Reserves

The Linyanti is a beautiful pristine area in northern Botswana to the west of Chobe. It is much less visited than Chobe and the Delta, making it quite an exclusive gameviewing area, and the wildlife here can be amazing.

The diverse habitats include open grasslands, riverine forest of jackalberry and sausage trees, mopane woodland and of course the river on the northern boundary which forms lagoons and marshes.

The Linyanti River actually starts as the Kwando River, with the water coming in from Angola, and further east it turns into the Chobe River. These western Linyanti reserves hold some of the first permanent water sources of the rainy season.

As well as being favoured by hippos, crocodiles and many species of birds (including carmine bee-eaters which nest in the riverbanks in the green season), the area pulls elephants, zebras, sable, roan antelope and a lot of other wildlife species. Because of the good numbers of plains game, predators are widespread here, so your chances of seeing lions, leopards, cheetahs and even wild dogs is high.

The huge Linyanti region has 3 private concession areas – Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, Selinda Reserve and Kwando Reserve – and also 1 public sector, Chobe Enclave, which is part of Chobe National Park but to which only one operator has access and camps (so it is in effect private).

Kwando Reserve, Linyanti:
The furthest west and north of the three private reserves, Kwando has two camps (Lagoon Camp and Lebala Camp) within its borders.  Run by Kwando Safaris, both camps are excellent quality, and the game experienced offered here is one of the best in Africa. This is partly down to the system of using a driver-guide and also a spotter on each game drive. The teams go out of their way to track the species you’re really keen on finding.

Kwando Reserve is one of the best places to see wild dogs in Africa. They could be found at any time of the year, though you tend to increase your chances of success if you visit when the dogs are denning or have just had the pups. Whilst this could happen at any time, most dogs tend to den from around May/June, so from then until about September/October is best.

Safari Activities in Linyanti

  • Game drives – day, and night (except in Chobe Enclave)
  • Walking safaris
  • Bird watching
  • Mokoro safaris – seasonal
  • Boat trips (King’s Pool, Selinda Camp,Zarafa Camp) – seasonal
  • Canoe safaris (Selinda Explorers Camp, Selinda Canoe Trail)
  • Fishing  – seasonal
  • Game drives on the Savuti Channel (from Savuti Camp and King’s Pool)
  • Wildlife viewing from hides (Savuti Camp, Duma Tau, King’s Pool, Selinda Camp)

Linyanti-Selinda-Kwando Reserves safari holidays

Below you will find some Linyanti-Selinda-Kwando Reserves safari itineraries that we’ve put together as recommended suggestions. You might find one of these is perfect for your needs as we’ve put a lot of thought into including some wonderful experiences in each of these safaris, and we really love what they offer. However, if none of these quite fit the bill for you, do call us and let us know what you’d like. We ready to help you plan your perfect Botswana safari holiday..

Luxury Botswana & Falls

Prices from £7,285pp for 9 days
(exc. flights)

Enjoy game viewing by land, air and water in some of Botswana’s best parks and most luxurious camps.

Falling for Wild Dogs

Prices from £4,940 pp for 9 days
(exc. flights)

The trip captures the essence of Botswana; the Okavango Delta and Linyanti plus the mighty Victoria Falls.

Places to Stay

Linyanti-Selinda-Kwando Reserves has a host of different types and levels of accommodation, so there is something to suit all tastes and budgets.