Selinda and Linyanti

Travel to Selinda & Linyanti in Botswana for a luxury tailor made safari holiday with African Wildlife Safaris.

The Selinda occupies 320,000 acres in northern Botswana and is nourished by the Selinda Spillway, a channel that is fed by both the pristine waters of the Okavango Delta to the south and the Linyanti floodplains to the west.

This exclusive area is home to a mere handful of safari lodges and camps, offering some of the most intimate wildlife encounters on the planet. It is also a refuge for the rare African Wild Dog and one of the best places in Africa to see this highly endangered species.

The Linyanti encompasses 299,000 acres, sharing a border with the famous Chobe National Park. Most of the properties in this concession are close to lagoons or floodplains, allowing guests to participate in both land and water-based activities from conventional game drives in 4WD vehicles to canoeing. Again, the low density of visitors ensures that any safari here is a personalised experience.

These two regions are best combined with a foray into the Kalahari Desert down south, whose ancient salt pans and immense sandy expanses provide a stark contrast to the Selinda and Linyanti’s watery wildernesses.

  • Two exclusive concessions between the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park
  • Famous for incredible wildlife especially large predators
  • A refuge for the highly endangered African Wild Dog
  • An extraordinary diversity of habitats including floodplains and forests
  • Personalised safari experiences with fewer travellers and only a handful of intimate camps and lodges.

Given the high densities of game that inhabit this region permanently, a safari into the Selinda or Linyanti region is a memorable experience at any time of year. As with most parts of southern Africa, animals are most concentrated around waterholes in the dry season (June to October) when water is scarce. August, September and October are peak season and accommodation is at a premium. Birdlife is at its best in the green season (November to April). For a more in-depth look at when to visit Botswana, please click here

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Best places to stay in Linyanti and Selinda

The following are some of the tented camps that we recommend in the Linyanti and Selinda regions. For information on additional accommodation not featured, please contact us.

DumaTau Camp

Luxurious DumaTau Camp sits on the banks of a scenic lagoon, which forms part of an important elephant corridor in the private Linyanti Wildlife Reserve.

Kings Pool Camp

Named after Scandinavian royalty, Kings Pool Camp sits by a lagoon in the elephant-rich Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, which borders Chobe National Park.

Linyanti Bush Camp

Luxurious Linyanti Bush Camp offers a perfect setting for an authentic and wild safari experience at the edge of Botswana's Linyanti marshes, whose waters sustain a huge variety of game and birdlife.

Savuti Camp

Set alongside the ephemeral Savute Channel, Savuti Camp is located in a privileged wildlife area, best known for its plentiful predators including lion and African wild dog.

Selinda Camp

Selinda Camp is located in the breathtakingly unspoilt Selinda Reserve, home to some of Africa’s largest herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as rare African wild dog.

Selinda Explorers Camp

Set on a particularly secluded stretch of the Selinda Spillway, Selinda Explorers Camp caters for just eight guests in custom-made tents, decorated in romantic early explorer style.

Zarafa Camp and The Dhow Suites

Experience Botswana’s wilderness without compromising at all on comfort at Zarafa Camp and The Dhow Suites, located by the edge of the Zibadianja Lagoon, which feeds the Savute Channel.

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Selinda and Linyanti FAQ

Botswana is one of the best countries in Africa to see the increasingly endangered African Wild Dog. They can be seen in many of the reserves including the Moremi Game Reserve, Khwai Community Area and the Linyanti Concession.

Canoe, or mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) safaris, are one of Botswana’s specialties. Travelling down the waterways and lagoons of the Okavango Delta is a highlight for many visitors, giving guests a unique way of photographing wildlife and birdlife.

Botswana Overview

What is the best thing to do in Botswana?
Abundant wildlife including big cats, small, ultra-luxurious lodges and diverse landscapes make Botswana one of Africa’s premier safari destinations. Unique activities including exploring the waterways of the Okavango Delta by mokoro (dugout canoe), walking with bushmen in the Kalahari Desert, and exciting 4WD safaris are all possible.

What is the Climate in Botswana?
During the winter months of May-August days are dry and sunny with average temperatures of 25°C. Mornings and evenings can be very cold. Daily averages begin to rise in September and October towards 33-35°C. Temperatures from November-April can be very hot, reaching above 38°C. December to March is when Botswana receives most of its rain.

How do you get to Botswana?
Unfortunately, there are not many direct flights into Botswana. Most travellers fly into Johannesburg in South Africa, the major hub for Southern African Safaris. From there, there are regular flights between Johannesburg and Maun, the Okavango Deltas major access point.

What can I combine Botswana with?
A landlocked country, Botswana is surrounded by a number of other safari destinations. Botswana can easily be combined with Victoria Falls, the stunning sand dunes of Namibia, cosmopolitan Cape Town or even a beautiful beach resort in Mauritius or Mozambique.

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