The Linyanti Concession boasts a private location in the north-western corner of the Chobe National Park, on the banks of the river border between Botswana and Namibia. One of the biggest drawcards of Linyanti is that there are no borders between the concession and Chobe National Park, meaning fewer crowds and more wildlife. Surrounded by unsurpassed natural beauty, where the Chobe meets the Linyanti River, and the Linyanti Swamp and Selinda Reserve lay not far beyond sight, safari-goers will experience the authentic African wilderness.
The Linyanti Concession is made of stunning wilderness defined by the Linyanti River, several lagoons and marshes, as well as mopane woodlands. The River and the Savuti Channel attract an abundance of wildlife, especially during the dry season, and with Chobe National Park around the corner, wildlife viewing is at its prime. Those wanting to visit the concession can fly into Saile airstrip at Chobe, which is then followed by a two-hour road transfer. Flight transfers from Kasane and Maun airports are approximately 40 to 50 minutes long, making Linyanti an easy stopover for those looking for the perfect chance to get back in touch with nature.
The climate is generally warm or hot. During the dry season, mornings tend to be very chilly, so it’s important to pack accordingly. There are two main seasons: Dry season during winter and Wet season during summer.
Yes, you can. The camps in the concession are family-friendly. However, it is always important to double-check when you are making a reservation.
Linyanti Concession is a year-round destination, where safari-goers are always likely to see impala, kudu, giraffes, warthogs, baboons, and vervet monkeys. Also commonly seen are lions and spotted hyenas, who are both generally the dominant predator. Deep in the riparian forests, leopards can often be spotted stalking around on their own, and while cheetahs do occur in the area, they aren’t seen very often.
The concession is part of a diverse ecosystem and neighbours the borderless Chobe National Park, meaning wildlife roams around freely. The area is known as a popular elephant migration route, and during the dry season, elephant numbers are impressive. The endangered African wild dog occurs in the area and has been known to den and breed not far off. Other significant species that occur in the area include the water-loving red lechwe, which is found in abundance, as well as species like roan and sable antelope.
Birdlife in the area is quite prolific. In the riparian woodlands, wood owls, white-rumped babblers, and collared sunbirds can be found. Migratory birds arrive in the summer, around September and tend to leave in April. Species include the carmine bee-eater. Other common species of note include the likes of the kori bustard, the ostrich, and the secretary bird.
Linyanti Concession is a year-round destination. However, the best time for general game viewing is during the dry months—from May to October—the wildlife of the area seeks out water sources, and the vegetation is sparse. There are great photo opportunities during this time, so safari-goers should be camera-ready. Bird watchers can plan a safari to Linyanti during the wet summer months when the migratory species arrive and birds dash and dive from brilliant skies to riparian forests.
The Linyanti Concession is ideal for a safari experience in Africa. Its location is remote and far from the maddening crowds of larger more popular parks in Botswana. Linyanti boasts a myriad of safari activities that suit any safari-goer, including the ever-popular guided game drives that are conducted during the day or at night—for those who enjoy living on the edge. Walking safaris are a great way to see the wildlife up close and walk in the footsteps of the mighty elephant or often lazy lion. For a different perspective, canoe safaris offer valuable insight into the way of life in the region and are also ideal for photography.
Bird watchers can have their cameras at the ready during the summer months when migratory species arrive in the area. They can be spotted crisscrossing the skies or dashing and diving into the riparian forests in the concession.
The Linyanti Concession boasts four camps owned by the same company. Safari-goers can choose from luxurious comfort to a more refined, yet rustic experience at a bush camp. All camps cater exclusively to fly-in safari-goers, so bookings must be pre-arranged well in advance. Those looking to get back in touch with nature can do so without forgoing the creature comforts of home in the heart of the African wilderness.