This is where Africa goes to hide in the dry, winter season. The permanent waterways of the Linyanti rivers and lagoons, floodplains and marshlands creates a wetland paradise sought by thirsty herbivores and hungry predators alike. This is a quiet nook of the Chobe National Park and is said to attract one of the largest populations of elephants worldwide. The water levels can be erratic, which means boat excursions may not take place if the levels are too low.
The safari experience in Botswana is second to none. It is one of the wildest, most game-rich countries in Africa and the varying, vast landscapes offer endlessly contrasting experiences. Chobe National Park is the country's oldest and it offers some of the best game viewing there is.
The Linyanti region of Chobe is undiscovered in comparison to other safari hotspots, and holds as much, if not more, value as a wildlife destination. The secluded location and the subsequent privacy of the experience at Camp Linyanti translate to memorable, impactful understanding of Africa.
General game viewing at Camp Linyanti is conducted in open-air 4x4 vehicles, which traverse the riverine forests and lush terrain. The camp has added a 'swamp cruiser' to its game viewing fleet, which takes guests out on boat trips through reedbeds and channels. However, this is dependent on the water levels and currently the levels are too low for boat trips. This is subject to change when the Linyanti begins to flow again.
Mornings at Camp Linyanti begin with an early wake up call and optional tea and coffee before heading out on game drive, which follows the floodplains and riverbanks.
After the first game drive, guests will be served breakfast at the lodge and spend midday relaxing on the deck, in the lounge, at the bar or in their rooms. Guests eat lunch at the lodge and then embark on their second game drive in the late afternoon.
There will be a drinks stop during evening game drive when guests can enjoy a refreshment (pre-ordered and packed by the guide) and spend a quiet moment in the Linyanti bushveld watching the sun go down. After game drive, dinner is served and then guests have to freedom to go to bed or head to the bar.
When the surrounding areas go dry after the rains have ceased and the winter months take over, the Linyanti comes to life. The rains dry up after April, and by June, July and August, the temperatures have dropped and the water that remains is in the permanent channels. Elephants gather in numbers that are estimated as some of the highest in the world, and buffaloes herd towards the lagoons en masse.
The rainy season arrives with the summer months, and the Linyanti region is inundated with water from December to April, making water-orientated safaris the way to go during this time. Before the rains, in October, temperatures reach their highest (over 40 degrees Celcius).
For wonderful birding and a beautifully green landscape, summer is the best time to visit the Linyanti. For higher density game viewing and easier spotting of animals, visit during winter.
What to pack into your safari suitcase depends on what time of year you are set to travel.
Botswana can get extremely hot, particularly in October just before the rains start, when it reaches 40 degrees Celsius. The African sun is scorching and we recommend bringing sun block and hats. Light, cool clothing is also necessary at this time of year, as is water-proof rain wear.
Cooler dry months are the coldest and it is recommended that guests wrap up for game drives with jackets and scarfs, but daytime temperatures are moderate throughout winter, so don't forget to pack short-sleeves too! Closed shoes are required for walking.
Birding is great throughout the year, but particularly in summer when migrant species arrive. Binoculars are a good idea, as is a camera. This is a malarial area and mosiquitos are common in the hot, rainy months, so we recommend anti-malaria preparation.
Expect to be bowled over with a sense of wild Africa. This camp is not located in the high tourist areas and guests won't encounter a number of other holiday-makers.
Do not expect a luxurious lodge or intrusive opulence, rather a charmingly rustic and comfortable camp that blends into the naturally beautiful environment. The wooden structures and heightened perspectives make the most of the view and the camp's prime position.
You can expect personalised, private safaris that focus on individual preferences, as there are never more than 10 guests at camp and no other lodges. The camp has both vehicles and motorised boats, so expect to take advantage of terrestrial and water-based game-viewing.
Camp Linyanti offers the essence of a Botswana safari holiday with an eco-friendly ethos, solar power and lightly built constructions without compromising on comfort.