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Kwando-Linyanti area
Kwando-Linyanti area
Kwando-Linyanti area
Kwando-Linyanti area
Kwando-Linyanti area
Kwando-Linyanti area

The Kwando-Linyanti - excellent for wildlife.

There is big game... well as fantastic birdlife.

... the younger generation.

The river is great for activities like canoeing...

...and beautiful landscapes.

Kwando-Linyanti area

Kwando-Linyanti area: in detail

Kwando-Linyanti safari holidays: the full story

Beside the Kwando-Linyanti river system, four large private reserves (Kwando, Selinda, Linyanti and the Chobe Enclave) protect high concentrations of wildlife. Like the exclusive safari reserves around the Okavango Delta, these offer more remote, private safaris than are possible in the busier national parks. Walking and night drives are both allowed, as well as off-road driving (which makes finding predators much easier).

We have split this Kwando-Linyanti region into four completely separate areas:

Selinda Reserve

This protects the Selinda Spillway which links the Okavango and Linyanti river systems. With wide, dry grasslands dotted with small palm-forest islands, it's a picturesque environment. When dry, we regard the Selinda Reserve as one of Botswana's best areas for predators. There are two luxurious camps here, Selinda and Zarafa, as well as the less opulent Motswiri, which specialises in horseback safaris.

Kwando Reserve

North of Selinda, Kwando is another huge private reserve covering 2,300km². Most of its western side is dense mopane forest, but along the Kwando River is a band of lush riverine forest, interspersed with open plains. Kwando is a wild reserve and attracts lots of big game. There are two safari camps here:

Linyanti Reserve

The reserve covers 1,250km², within which three private camps operate. In the north, beside the Linyanti River, there are open floodplains beside the water, an adjacent band of riverine forest, and then dense (mostly mopane) forests stretch away south.

Chobe Enclave

The Chobe Enclave stands north of Chobe National Park, on the edge of the Linyanti marshes. Although largely dry for many years, heavy summer rains in the catchments of the Kwando and Linyanti rivers in 2008, combined with shifting faultlines, caused the Linyanti River to flow into the marshes, and it looks like the water is there to stay for a while. This attracts large populations of game during the dry season.

Wildlife in the Kwando-Selinda-Linyanti-Chobe Enclave areas

There are no fences here, so the animals move freely between the four reserves and the surrounding national parks. During the dry season, when concentrations of elephant and buffalo are very high, the permanent water of the Kwando-Linyanti riverfront is a big attraction. Near the water, you'll also find plenty of red lechwe, impala and sometimes sable antelope. Meanwhile, in the riverine forest and on the plains, wildebeest, kudu, zebra, baboon, warthog, giraffe and tsessebe are common. Further from water, the highlights of the drier forests are herds of eland and roan antelope.

The predators are numerous: lion are everywhere, whilst leopard favour the wooded areas in more broken country and cheetah prefer open plains. Wild dogs range throughout these reserves, and in the last few years, there have been several dens in these areas. The dogs are relatively easy to follow when hunting across the open plains.

Where to stay in Kwando-Linyanti

Our suggestions for safari camps in Kwando-Linyanti area

Lagoon Camp

Lagoon Camp

Within the vast Kwando Reserve, renowned for its wild dogs, Lagoon Camp offers excellent game viewing that focuses on predators.

95% (265 reviews)
Lebala Camp

Lebala Camp

With enthusiastic guides and trackers, Lebala – in a vast private reserve – is particularly well-placed for seeking wild dogs.

95% (195 reviews)
Selinda Camp

Selinda Camp

In an attractive area that is particularly rich in game between June and November, the luxurious Selinda Camp caters particularly well for photographers.

96% (67 reviews)
DumaTau Camp


DumaTau, in the private Linyanti Reserve, offers game drives, seasonal boat cruises and walks. Wildlife safaris here are quite seasonal, and are at their best during the height of the dry season, between June and October.

95% (51 reviews)
Linyanti Bush Camp

Linyanti Bush Camp

An increasingly rare find in Botswana, Linyanti Bush Camp blends relative simplicity with numerous activities and very good guiding.

90% (40 reviews)
Savuti Camp

Savuti Camp

For years the Savuti Channel ran dry, but it's now flowing again and this newly refurbished, 7-room lodge has pride of place to witness the spectacle.

97% (25 reviews)
Selinda Explorers Camp

Selinda Explorers Camp

The luxurious, traditional tented Selinda Explorers Camp offers a mix of walking, canoeing and game drives led by really top notch guides in a game-rich area.

98% (24 reviews)
Zarafa Camp

Zarafa Camp

Zarafa is an exclusive camp overlooking the scenic Zibadianja Lagoon within the Selinda Reserve, a particularly game-rich area between June and early November.

100% (19 reviews)
Motswiri Camp

Motswiri Camp

Motswiri is a super little camp with just five tents, each overlooking the Selinda Spillway. Come especially for walking, birdwatching, canoeing and horseriding safaris.

99% (14 reviews)
Kings Pool

Kings Pool

King’s Pool is a top-end luxury safari camp with a price tag to match; the game viewing can be very good during the dry season.

78% (9 reviews)
Linyanti Ebony

Linyanti Ebony

Independently owned and run, the small Linyanti Ebony sits on the same site as Linyanti Bush Camp, with similarly high standards of guiding, and a strong emphasis on the wildlife experience.

100% (5 reviews)
Selinda Adventure Trail

Selinda Adventure Trail

The Selinda Adventure Trail offers a novel and tranquil way to travel through part of Botswana's pristine wilderness whilst staying in comfortable fly-camps and led by a knowledgeable guide.

100% (4 reviews)
Linyanti Expeditions

Linyanti Expeditions

Tip-top guiding. In tune with the habitat. Down-to-earth, authentic camp comfort. A place of wilderness safari harmony.

100% (2 reviews)
Little Motswiri

Little Motswiri

A simple and remote satellite camp, Little Motswiri focuses on non-motorised activities, particularly walking and horseriding. It enables guests to explore 120,000 acres of private wilderness around the Selinda Spillway.

100% (1 review)
Footsteps across the Linyanti

Footsteps across Linyanti

Footsteps Across the Linyanti is the only true mobile walking safari we know of in Botswana. Explore a wild and remote wilderness on foot with a knowledgeable guide.

40% (1 review)
Little DumaTau

Little DumaTau

Small and sophisticated, Little DumaTau lies adjacent to its larger sibling in the private Linyanti Reserve, overlooking a beautiful lagoon.

100% (1 review)
Okavango Explorers Camp

Okavango Explorers

The traditional, tented Okavango Explorers Camp offers a mix of walking, canoeing and game drives led by great guides in a wildlife-rich area.

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Our travellers’ wildlife sightings in Kwando-Linyanti

This is their success for sightings in Kwando-Linyanti area.
Click on a species for more detail. How we work this out.


100% success


100% success


98% success


96% success


92% success


91% success


82% success


62% success

Spotted Hyena

58% success

Wild dog

48% success

Sable antelope

40% success

Roan antelope

39% success


31% success

Brown Hyena

11% success


3% success


2% success

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