The Linyanti …
…lies within the Northwest corner of Chobe National Park, adjacent to the Linyanti River. It is a large reserve of around 308,000 acres.
This is an area of wetland wildlife paradise and with its proximity to the Chobe and the Okavango, boasts game as rich and diverse as both. The Linyanti is a body of water that touched 4 countries and has 5 names. In Angola, where its source lies, it is the Cuando. Through the Caprivi Strip it turns into the Mashi before carrying on into Botswana where it reverts to the Kwando, however after turning east it becomes the Linyanti Marsh, flooding Lake Liambezi, reminiscent of the Okavango, before further downstream being called the Chobe.
Whatever name one attributes to it, it is stunning and packed full of game. The area is limited to a number of four lodges and camps which creates a feeling of exclusivity and remoteness.
With a varied habitat of floodplains, woodlands, grasslands, exotic palm islands and scrub vegetation, comes a variety of wildlife; red lechwe, roan, sable, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, and waterbuck are often sighted along with a prevalent number of predators including lion, hyena, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. There are also thousands of elephants wandering around the Linyanti.
There is a good birdlife all year around including: wattled crane, African skimmer, Bennett’s woodpecker, swallow tailed bee-eater, bradfield’s hornbill, ostrich, and giant eagle owls.