Footsteps across the Linyanti

Footsteps across the Linyanti: Our full report

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May to October

Footsteps Across the Linyanti is a mobile tented camping experience within Chobe Enclave, a private reserve that borders the western boundary of Chobe National Park − it is run by the team who run the Linyanti Bush Camp.

Chobe Enclave offers a good diversity of wildlife. The flooded marshland attracts a variety of birdlife whilst herds of elephant and buffalo gather at its edges at certain times of the year. Along the marsh edge is a stretch of riverine woodland and areas of tall cathedral mopane trees which offer cover for the shyer animals, including leopard and roan antelope.

Further back from the marshland, thicker mopane woodland and open clearings are the perfect habitats for many other animal species including wild dog and lion.

Activities from here focus on walking safaris. Distances walked each day will vary depending on your interests and what you find - there's always plenty to see, so expect an energetic walk, but not a route march! The camp is likely to move at least once during your stay depending on where the wildlife action is.

This is a fantastic way for adventurous safari-goers to explore a wild and remote wilderness area on foot, with an experienced and knowledgeable guide who will interpret and bring to life every aspect of the Botswana bush.

Accommodation whilst on a walking safari in Linyanti's Chobe Enclave consists of three Meru style tents with en-suite facilities and comfortable beds. These walk-in tents are spacious and can accommodate a total of six guests. These walking safaris usually last three nights, and require a minimum of four guests.

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STOP PRESS In March 2015 we received news that Saile Tented Camp, the camp that is normally used for Footsteps Across the Linyanti, will be closing for the remainder of 2015 and most likely into 2016. So the Footsteps Across the Linyanti will not be operating for the foreseeable future. If you have any questions, please contact a member of the Expert Africa team. Of course, if you are especially keen on walking then Footsteps Across the Delta remains a superb choice!


Location: Kwando-Linyanti area, Botswana

Ideal length of stay: The walking safaris usually run for a minimum of three nights.

Directions: You will fly into Saile Airstrip and will then be transferred by game vehicle to your first camp to begin your walking safari.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: African Bush Camps

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Dining style: Group Meals

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included

Drinks included: All available drinks are included.

Further dining info: No

Special interests

Family holidays: The ‘Young Explorers’ programme offers flexible family safari holidays based at an exclusively booked camp in Botswana’s Linyanti area. Children and adults can learn bush skills like identifying animals and their tracks from experienced guides who specialise in family safaris.

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Walking safaris: Footsteps Across the Linyanti is one of just a handful of true walking safaris in Botswana. Explore this wilderness area of foot with the help of your knowledgeable and experienced guide who will interpret and bring to life every aspect of the bush.

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Walking: Footsteps across the Linyanti is a purpose built camp designed for exploring the Kwando-Linyanti area on foot. The surrounding area includes woodland, grassland and marshland and there’s a great diversity of wildlife ready to be discovered with your specialist walking guide too.

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Property’s age restrictions: Minimum age is ten years. Although these walking safaris will sometimes accept children as young as 10, we don’t recommend them for children younger than 16 years.

Special activities & services: In saying that, it is possible to book a specially designed family safari programme called “Young Explorers". This allows families exclusive use of the camp where children are kept busy and entertained by the very experienced guiding staff (who specialize in these family tours), led by Omphile Kaluluka. This allows parents to relax, participating at their leisure. Children join in a range of activities like game drives and learning to identify animals and their tracks, to cook on a fire, make bows and arrows, create bush craft, fish and many other things.

This programme is only available between April and October. Additionally, this package is also available at Footsteps Across the Delta and upon request the Young Explorers can be combined with a number of other Ker & Downey run camps, such as Shinde Enclave, which can also be booked for exclusive use, allowing for the family to experience the diverse areas of the Delta and the Linyanti while having Omphile as their exclusive guide throughout.

Equipment: Please note that the camp does not provide any special equipment such as cots or highchairs.


Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: There's a basic first aid kit at the nearby Linyanti Bush Camp; the nearest doctor is in Maun.

Dangerous animals: High Risk


Disabled access: Not Possible

Money: All your accommodation, meals and drinks will have been prepaid for Footsteps Across the Linyanti. We recommend you carry US Dollars for any tips.

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