The Linyanti Swamps
The Linyanti, Selinda and Kwando private concessions lie in a region known broadly as the Linyanti Swamps to the west of Chobe National Park. These 3 private game reserves offer a wilder game experience than Chobe National Park. Imagine Chobe with its elephants and buffalos but without the concentration of game vehicles, self-drive visitors and sunset boat cruises.
The game-viewing in these private concessions are exclusive in areas which see very few people. And yet which have high concentrations of game. Selinda, Kwando and Linyanti are able to offer walking safaris, night drives and selective off-road driving, when following a major predator sighting for example, which isn’t possible in the National Parks.
As in the rest of the Chobe area, the Linyanti is known for its large elephant herds. Especially in the dry winter and spring months from June to October. Huge African ebony and marula trees, favourite food for elephant, shade the rivers. This is big game country. With predators such as lion, cheetah, wild dog and hyena regularly sighted. Near the rivers herds of impala, lechwe, kudu, zebra even sable, roan and waterbuck are to be found. The landscape is characterized by grassland vistas dotted with palm forest islands – all very picturesque and open.
The 3 concessions offer a seasonal home to game migrating northwards from the grasslands of the south. With the permanent water of the Linyanti/Kwando River drawing the large herds of elephant and buffalo during the dry season. This in turn lures good quantities of lion. Wild dog sightings are also good with several dens in the area. Especially around the Kwando Lagoon area. In the dry season, the sheer quantity of elephants and buffalo mean that bush walks may not always be possible as it could be simply too dangerous.