The Linyanti is an area in northern Botswana of intricate riverine systems and mopane woodland, which, together with Chobe National Park, forms an important wildlife corridor. During the dry season from June to October, the Chobe and Linyanti regions feature some of the highest concentrations of elephant on the continent!
While Chobe is a famed safari destination, it’s proximity to the Victoria Falls and the convergence between Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe can make it somewhat busier, but the adjacent Linyanti, further upstream, offers a superb safari experience while retaining a higher level of exclusivity.
These are a selection of lodges that we feel combine well for this journey. However we do also have a range of options to consider in each region, and can tailor them to you preference.
Named after Scandinavian royalty who camped at the water's edge, King's Pool overlooks a picturesque oxbow lagoon along the Linyanti River, which forms the border between Namibia and Botswana. This luxurious camp is stylishly set on expansive raised decks overlooking the lagoon, which, amongst a host of other wildlife, attracts vast herds of elephant during the dry winter months.
DumaTau, which means "roar of the lion" in the local Setswana, sits beside the Linyanti River and enjoys expansive views over Osprey Lagoon, and the movements of the large herds of elephant the Linyanti is so famous for. Just four ultra-spacious suites blend style and elegance, whilst retaining an authentic old-world look and feel. The signature floating deck is the perfect spot to share some crackling fireside tales.
Overlooking the Zibadianja Lagoon - the source of the famed Savute Channel - lies the exclusive and ultra-luxury Zarafa Camp. Botswana's first Relais & Chateaux property, Zarafa seamlessly blends luxury and authenticity, offering the finest in comfort and service in a pristine wilderness environment renowned for fantastic wildlife viewing.
Selinda Camp rests on the banks of the Selinda Spillway as it enters the Linyanti River, in the vast and pristine Selinda Reserve, which thrives with wildlife roaming across the floodplains. The camp has three expansive guest tents, each uniquely designed with its own colour palette and theme; a blend of three cultures - European, Mokololo and Bayei - with all paying homage to this watery wilderness.
Savuti Camp is situated along the fabled Savute Channel, a unique watercourse which fluctuates between cycles of flowing strongly or receding. The floodplain area forms an abundant wildlife corridor between the woodlands and forests. Luxury en-suite tents sit on raised decks to enjoy the wonderful views across the channel.