The Linyanti region is the name given to a vast and remote area in one of the least visited locations in Botswana which has been a popular location for many wildlife safari television series due to its huge population of migrating zebra and elephant shadowed as ever by the predatory big cats.
Along the Botswanan edge of the southern Linyanti River lies the private Linyanti Wildlife Reserve – an area of pristine wilderness covering over 125,000 hectares. To the north the reserve is bordered by the Linyanti River and to the east by the Chobe National Park. The Linyanti River forms the Chobe River when, joining the Zambezi River the waters merge to flow in a mighty deluge over Victoria Falls.
Due to the remote location of the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, this private unspoilt wilderness is relatively inaccessible compared to other Botswana safari locations and therefore the handful of exclusive and luxurious safari lodges and camps that operate here are only reachable by light aircraft. The result is a very personal and intimate safari experience as you are unlikely to encounter many other people whilst out game viewing. Another of the benefits of being a private game reserve is that the usual rules do not apply in respect of activities such as off track driving and night drives which visitors are able to undertake here.
The reserve is a fabulous safari destination with diverse habitats such as peaceful lagoons and steadily flowing rivers, the banks of which are fringed with riverine forests of jackalberry and iconic sausage trees; wide grasslands and dry inland wooded areas. The variety of habitat supports a wide range of different animals. Graceful antelopes such as Sable and Roan are dotted all over the open grasslands whilst Red Lechwe enjoy the wetland environment. The deep pools and lapping lagoons are full of wallowing hippo, stealthy crocodiles and vibrant birdlife that give rise to an amazing dawn chorus. On the floodplains the elegant giraffes thrive on the acacia trees and huge populations of majestic elephant thunder around amongst the huge mopane trees and leadwood forests with thousands of zebra grazing along the river.
Such concentration of beasts inevitably attracts equally large numbers of predators – Leopard, Lion, Cheetah and elusive Wild Dog, as well as sneaky Hyenas, Serval and the Bat Eared Fox. Most visitors will easily complete their ”to se” checklist in just one safari in this region during the right season.
Whilst there is rainfall during the period November to March the warm temperatures create high humidity and the animals have many watering holes available to them. But it is during the months between May and October when the area becomes ever drier and water becomes scarcer that the wildlife begins to congregate along the river and at the various waterholes. This of course makes for the peak game viewing and this corner of Botswana is in very great demand during these months with guaranteed sightings of prey and predators making for an overall excellent safari experience.
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