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 horse-back safaris.
- Offers excellent chance of seeing 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
- Privately owned and run lodges offer unrestricted game viewing: night and day drives, bush walks, canoes and mokoros, horse-back 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. 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.
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 leopard like to hide, and reeded waterways and marshes where you'll find large herds of red lechwe, hippos and crocodiles. Then there are the open floodplains where the larger antelope roam.
It's 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.
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.
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It is easy to combine Botswana with Victoria Falls. This trip idea combines four of Botswana’s top safari destinations with two nights at Victoria Falls. The duration is flexible and you can spend an extra night at any of the destinations on this trip. Botswana has many excellent lodges, but we always recommend using lodges in the same group or family so you can benefit from long-stay specials. This trip idea is based on Desert & Delta Lodges, which are reasonably priced and lie mainly in the national parks.