Reviews of Linyanti Bush Camp and Linyanti Ebony
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Linyanti Bush Camp review
We would normally rate this stay as Excellent but becuase of the unusual amount of water in the area - the plain in front of the camp was now a swamp ! The game was exceedingly sparse - however the white faced ducks were spectacular.
Further, again because of the water our game drives were limited to one small area - we are sure that in a future visit we will see more !
The accommodation is luxurious - for a tent - and having hot water on demand is novel - the layout and 'public areas' were splendid.
The staff were helpful, cheerful, charming and de cho di monate !
Linyanti Bush Camp review
A camp of considerably lower standard that any of the 20 camps I have stayed at on this and previous visits. I would not recommend it to anyoneRead more about the whole safari
A Gastronomic Experience at Linyanti
We arrived just before the afternoon game drive but were given a very warm welcome. The literature indicates swamps and vast numbers of game, in fact the swamp area has been dry for 20 years. We did see many of the species we expected but not in huge numbers.
The tents were excellently furnished but rather overheated in the date time and would have benefited from any outside shaded viewing facility. The food was definitely the best we experienced in Botswana.
An ice making facility would be very beneficial. The cold towels on return from the bush were much appreciated.
Expert Africa comments
A few of our travellers have commented on the lack of verandas at Linyanti Bush Camp. As a result of this feedback the owners have now added shaded verandahs and outside seating to each of the tents.
Great introduction to Botswana
Our first stop on a 3-stop safari in Botswana. The rains had just started so the elephants had moved out, but they moved back the next day. We got to see a Serval twice, but no other cats. Good birds.Read more about the whole safari
Great Safari at Linyanti
The guides at Linyanti were excellent. They were very knowledgeable and really enthusiastic to search out the game. The game at Linyanti is harder to spot and takes more patience (compared with somewhere like Shinde where we went next), however the ability to source the lion and also the lionness eating her buffalo kill was purely down to the expert skills of our guides, as opposed to using the radio.
The managers (inlcuding the new managers) were equally friendly and keen to hear about your game drives when you returned. Before the holiday we were concerned about what food might be provided on safari - we need not have worried at all - the food at Linyanti was lovely and lots of it!
Staff very friendly and a genuine welcome (cold wet face towels very nice to arrive to after each game drive!), food very good, guides very knowledgable. Tents and beds very comfy, lovely duvets for when it got chilly at night.
Amazing setting and wonderful bird sightings. Enjoyed seeing many species (lots of elephants- 60+, zebra, giraffe, kudu, impala, buffalo 300+, african wildcat, baboon, warthog) including a rare sighting of an aardvark on a night drive. Tracks are very bumpy so worth knowing if you do suffer from a dodgy back.
All in all a wonderful spot, Mopane woodlands reminded me of beech woods -very beautiful.
Small no. of other guests made it a very personal stay.
It would be a good idea to give prospective guests an idea of how far it is from the nearest airstrip ie about 1.5 hours. If I had been travelling there direct from UK that same day it would have been really tiring as it was a bumpy drive. Just travelling that day from J'burg after 2 planes trips already was quite enough!
Wind, dust and Ash
I found the staff to be extremely friendly and it was a very intimate place, which made you feel wanted. The guides were enthusiastic, knowledgeable and willing to assist (in particular with good photographic opportunities and always finding the best position to take a shot).
as you will see from the the title it was matters outside of the control of the camp. There had been a large bush fire on the marsh 3 weeks early and the ash/dust was whipped into a three day storm - not pleasant but still and experience in it's own right. I would reccommend this camp to others but if i was personally returning it would be in April - June rather thaN August - October.
The proximity to Chobe NP make it a great location for visitis into the park to see something different - we were fortunate enough to find two male lions on an elephant kill they had made a matter of hours earlier.
Amazing lions at Linyanti Bush Camp
The buffalo were incredible. 600 plus crossing the valley with all the dust that they generate this was an amazing spectacle.Read more about the whole safari