Linyanti Swamps

To the west of Chobe lie the Linyanti camps in the Linyanti, Selinda & Kwando private concessions – wilder & much quieter than Chobe, yet also famed for their elephant concentrations.


The private concessions of the Linyanti, Selinda and Kwando lie in a region known broadly as the Linyanti Swamps. This lies to the west of Chobe National Park. These three private game reserves offer a wilder game experience than Chobe National Park. Just 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 is exclusive, as these are areas which see very few people. But the Selinda, Kwando and Linyanti have high concentrations of game. Plus they offer walking safaris, night drives and selective off-road driving which isn’t possible in the National Parks.

As with the rest of Chobe, the Linyanti Swamps area famous for its large elephant herds. Especially in the dry winter and spring months from June to October. Huge African ebony and marula trees shade the rivers. Their fruit is a big hit with elephants.

This is big game country. Herds of impala, lechwe, kudu, zebra even sable, roan and waterbuck congregate near the rivers. So here you regularly find the predators – lion, cheetah, wild dog and hyena. Plus the landscape is characterized by grassland vistas dotted with palm forest islands – all very picturesque and open.

Lion on the hunt in the Linyanti

Seasonal Migration in the Linyanti Swamps

The three concessions offer a seasonal home to game migrating northwards from the grasslands of the south. Indeed the permanent water of the Linyanti/Kwando River draws large herds of elephant and buffalo during the dry season. This in turn lures good quantities of lion. Plus wild dog sightings are also good with several dens in the area, especially around the Kwando Lagoon area.

Please Note: In the dry season, the sheer quantity of elephants and buffalo in the Linyanti swamps mean that bush walks may not always be possible. As it could be simply too dangerous!


Why you may love it

  • Wilder game experience than Chobe National Park
  • The game-viewing in these private concessions is exclusive
  • High concentrations of game
  • Walking safaris on offer
  • Linyanti is famous for its large elephant herds
  • This is Big Game country

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Kwando Lebala

This is an authentic, bush camp.  I liked the camp, but was not so keen on the buffet-style dinner.  The game viewing was great and we didn’t see any other people at all.

We saw lions and more lions. One pride 12 and another of 16 next morning. As well as a leopard coming down tree.


  • 1 family room with separate room for kids (up to 3 kids) but all sharing one bathroom; families only – no triple or quad sharing with adults
  • 7 tents, can add extra bed
  • Game Drive (off road and night drives) and walking year round
  • Wooden floor, wooden beams, inside bath and double outside shower
  • Small swimming pool
  • No mobile- or wifi reception
Cedarberg : Milandi Joubert
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  • AnimalsThe Red Lechwe, Sitatunga and a bask of Nile crocodiles occur in this area
  • SafariGame viewing and birding is superb in both the wet and dry season

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