This vast, unspoiled wilderness area in Botswana's northern region comprises the extensive Kwando/Linyanti River system. Game-rich and scenic, this area is more remote than some of the other game reserves in Botswana. It offers private, informal safaris without any of the restrictions of national parks. Expect night game drives, bush walks, off-road game drives, canoe and mokoro game viewing and even horseback riding safaris.
- Offers excellent chances of spotting wild dog packs
- Remote, vast and unspoiled with riverine forests, extensive grasslands and waterways
- High concentrations of predators, particularly lion and hyena
- Huge herds of elephant and buffalo, especially in the dry season
- Private owner-run lodges offer unrestricted game viewing; night and day drives, bush walks, canoes and mokoros, horseback riding safaris
- Permanent water courses attract game in large numbers
This sprawling, extensive wilderness area consists largely of privately owned and managed concessions. The four main reserves in the area include the Kwando, Selinda, Linyanti and the Chobe Enclave.
Great water-based safari destination
It lies in the remote northern reaches of Botswana and adjoins Namibia's Caprivi Strip. It's also where you'll find the Selinda spillway (which connects the Okavango to the Kwando and Linyanti waterways), a popular water-based canoeing safari destination.
Scenic and varied landscape
The area is scenic and varied, from wide-open grasslands teaming with various antelope to riverine forests where you're likely to encounter shy kudu and sable. There are dense mopane forests where leopards like to hide.
In the reeded waterways and marshes, you'll find large herds of red lechwe, hippo and crocodile. Then there are the open floodplains where the larger antelope roam.
A haven for predators
The Kwando / Linyanti Area is excellent predator turf. There are large, healthy populations of lion and wild dog and the rarer aardwolf can also be seen.
In the wet season, it becomes a birder's paradise with the arrival of all the migrant species.
Our take on the Kwando / Linyanti Area
The perennial river systems of the Kwando and Linyanti make this area a year-round haven for wildlife, especially in the dry season when large herds of elephant and buffalo come to stay. The safari experience is intimate and relaxed and the opportunity to go on night game drives and guided bush walks is a definite plus.
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