Linyanti and Savuti

The Linyanti Wildlife Reserve in northern Botswana borders the Chobe National Park and lies just above the Okavango Delta and offers great ecological diversity and luxurious, secluded camps. Running along the southern banks of the Linyanti River, the reserve is blessed with an abundance of game who thrive in the marsh and it’s surrounding grasslands.

During the dry winter months, elephants are found in large numbers around the waterholes and river mouth – particularly around Kings Camp – while the thousands of grazing zebras eat their full before migrating south to Savuti in November. The region is also home to the fascinating aquatic sitatunga antelope who have specially adapted hooves for the swampy marsh, and submerge underwater when threatened.

Activities are diverse and guests can experience game viewing by boat, open 4×4 vehicle and occasionally on foot on the banks of the Savuti Channel, the Linyanti River and the Selinda Spillway – which links the Okavango and Linyati River systems. There are both day and night game drives which means you are able to view a larger number of animals and nocturnal species.

A small number of private camps share the Linyanti region, ensuring that guests are able to view the abundant wildlife privately and exclusively. The famous Savuti Camp has seven ‘Meru’ style tented rooms on wooden decks facing the channel, offering superb game viewing from the comfort of a deck chair whilst the outdoor boma means dinner is eaten under the blanket of the African sky.

 

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DumaTau Camp

Duma Tau Camp

A luxurious tented camp nestled in the wilderness right on the banks of the Linyanti River, Duma Tau camp is a spectacular location for a truly memorable African safari experience. Rebuilt in 2012 to exacting standards, the entire camp is raised off the ground, resulting in an optimal view of the river and the surrounding vegetation, which is also teeming with wildlife. The close proximity of the water also adds to the sensory experience of the African bush that is a golden thread at Duma Tau. Not only does the abundant birdlife in the lush foliage make themselves heard, but the sounds of hippos provide a daily delight for guests.

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Kings Pool

Kings Pool

Hailed as the crown camp of the Savuti-Linyanti Concession due to its prime location and superior facilities, the luxurious Kings Pool Camp lodge, which is located in the private Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, aims to gratify travellers craving a truly opulent African safari experience. Thatched roofing, wooden floors and expansive decks add to the sensory experience of this stretch of African wilderness, where guests wake up to birdsong and breathtaking surrounds. And thanks to the immaculate, elegant and spacious twin-bedded bedrooms’ large windows, relaxing with unspoilt views of the luscious surrounds is par for the course here.

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Savuti Camp

Savuti Camp

Uniquely situated on the banks of northern Botswana’s lush Savuti Channel, the Savuti Bush Camp (also called Savute) is an exceptional location for an African safari, boasting superb opportunities for game viewing. Once a stretch of dry grassland, water returned here in 2008 and currently plays host to a rich and vast abundance of wildlife. A raised walkway links a comfortable thatched lounge and pub with seven spacious en suite bedrooms. Visitors in need of a truly African experience will not be disappointed, with thatched roofing and wooden walkways being part and parcel of the earthy experience here – which reflects the natural surroundings effortlessly.

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Kwando – Lebala Camp

Kwando – Lebala Camp

Kwando Lebala Camp is situated in northern Botswana’s Kwando Reserve, on the beautiful wetlands of Linyanti, which form the border between Botswana and Namibia. The reserve is an enormous area of mopane tree and riverine forests, surrounded by vast open floodplains spanning approximately 2 300km². Although relatively small and understated, Kwando Lebala has the deserved reputation as one of the best African safari camps for big game sightings, most notably its prevalence of predators.

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Kwando – Lagoon Camp

Kwando – Lagoon Camp

Kwando Lagoon has arguably the most beautiful setting of a camp in Botswana. Nestled under giant ebony and marula trees on the banks of the Kwando River, the camp overlooks the Mudumu National Park. Completely renovated in 2011, the camp offers guests six immaculate thatched chalets elevated on wooden decks to optimize the stunning views of the floodplains below. The chalets are light and airy, allowing guests to enjoy the wilderness of Africa with all the comforts of home. Each chalet has a large bathroom with charming finishing touches, such as a claw-footed baths and his-and-hers wash basins.

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andBeyond Chobe Under Canvas

andBeyond Savute Under Canvas

Savute lies in a remote and grassy area of the famous Chobe National Park. The Savute Channel is the main feature of the area, flowing and drying up seemingly unrelated to rainfall. After drying up for almost 30 years, it recently started flowing again, transforming the area from dry and desert-like, into its natural lush and marshy state. The exclusive andBeyond Savute under Canvas campsite provides guests with the opportunity to get as close to nature as possible, while still enjoying every luxury and convenience available. With the vast, relaxing solitude all around guests spend their nights under canvas, and their days exploring one of the world’s top wildlife areas.

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Savute Safari Lodge

Savute Safari Lodge

As the inimitable Savute Channel forms part of the intricate network of waterways and grasslands that make up Northern Botswana, it couldn’t be more ideal as a game-viewing destination. However, until recently, the Savute was dry and desolate, forcing herds of wildlife that hadn’t perished in the drought to wander elsewhere in search of nourishment. Thankfully, in April 2008, the tide turned and thanks to floods and the river being rejuvenated and replenished, the wildlife returned – abundantly so. Which means that nowadays, Savute Safari Lodge enjoys a front-row seat in the heart of the Chobe region.

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Selinda Camp

Selinda Camp

Tucked away in a prime postition within the inimitable Selinda Reserve, Selinda Camp is a mere stone’s throw from the floodplains of the Linyanti Swamps – a veritable hotspot of activity when it comes to wildlife. This premier location is also the kind of place where adventurous travellers can truly soak up the natural charm of the area, while basking in the lap of luxury after a day of wildlife thrills. Boasting nine plush tents, all under thatched canopies, Selinda Camp provides spacious and elegantly decorated accommodation with an African feel – and each unit also comes with magnificent views of plains.

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Selinda Explorers Camp

Selinda Explorers Camp

Selinda Explorers Camp, situated on the renowned Selinda Spillway in Northern Botswana, provides the kind of service excellence that well-heeled travellers demand. Vast, unspoilt  vistas nestle under canopies of indigenous trees – juxtaposed by the immense Okavango Delta, which flows north into the Zibadianja lagoon, via the Savute channel, and snakes through lazily to arrive at Selinda. The camp’s four custom-designed tents exude sheer indulgence, and offer everything from showers under the stars to antique furniture, top-notch linens, Persian carpets and crystal decanters of cognac. Not to mention the ultra-comfy hammocks that provide the perfect vantage point from which to enjoy mesmerising African sunsets.

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Savute Elephant Camp by Orient-Express

Savute Elephant Camp

Watch Savute’s famous elephants from the comfort of your own luxurious tent. As the name suggests, Savute Elephant Camp is known for its large herds of elephant and its fantastic all year round game viewing. Sitting comfortably among towering acacia trees, the camp is situated in the southern Chobe National Park of Botswana and overlooks a beautiful, bustling watering hole. Focused entirely on the view, the tents are housed on raised wooden viewing decks, with sliding glass doors that ensure you are always able to observe what is happening in the nature around you, whether you are outside or in.

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