Botswana

Linyanti

Home to the mysterious Savuti Channel, the untouched and untamed Linyanti Wildlife Reserve is Botswana’s premium safari destination you might never have heard of.


Wilderness Botswana Linyanti Barge
Wilderness Botswana Linyanti Wildlife Vulture

The majestic Linyanti

Elephants, elephants, and more elephants – the Linyanti is known for hosting the world’s largest megaherds, traversing ancient corridors through the reserve on their migratory mission. This productive area attracts a high density of predators, including a healthy population of endangered African wild dog.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Linyanti at a glance

Hundreds of miles from so-called civilisation, the Linyanti is a pristine wilderness area. Expansive grasslands, floodplains and mopane woodlands make this place where the Linyanti River meets the Savuti Channel one of Botswana’s most diverse habitats and a haven for wildlife.

Key Facts

Linyanti key facts

The Linyanti Wildlife Reserve includes around two-thirds of the Savuti Channel, sometimes called ‘the stolen river’. This important, life-giving water source has flowed and dried up unpredictably for over a hundred years, and while it has been flowing since 2008, after a dry spell of nearly 30 years, it’s anyone’s guess when another tectonic shift might cause it to dry.

GEOGRAPHIC SIZE

1,250km²

BIRD SPECIES

+/- 400

MAMMAL SPECIES

+/- 100

BEST TIME TO VISIT

All year round

WILDERNESS CAMPS

5

Habitats

Wildlife

Weather

THINGS TO DO

Linyanti experiences

Game drives offer a thrilling experience on a safari in the Linyanti, which serves up incredible sightings, especially of elephants. Have your binoculars handy, as birding is outstanding. Ground yourself with a walk in the reserve; count the toes in a leopard track left in the sand, breathe in the scent of wild sage, or taste wild fruits under the expert supervision of our amazing guides.

MAP

Explore camps in the Linyanti

We love what we do and are proud of our achievements, but it is good to be acknowledged by others. Below are a few of the awards we have received either for outstanding tourism services or for our contribution to conservation or community in Africa.

Go to Destination map

FAQ

General

JOURNAL

Linyanti featured stories

Delight in our collection of stories, award-winning photographs and conservation updates from the people and wildlife of the Linyanti.
The Journal
Discover the wilderness on a game drive in Botswana

Wilderness Nominated for Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards

Wilderness has been nominated for the coveted Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards.

Read more

Wilderness Blogger

19.05.2024

An award-winning Botswana safari

A nine-night journey across three award-winning Wilderness camps in Botswana

Read more

Lauren Dold

07.05.2024

The Lion Prides of Savute

On our recent visit to Wilderness Savuti and Little DumaTau camps, we enjoyed numerous sightings of ...

Read more

Anton Kruger

23.04.2024

Let’s plan your next journey

Ready?

When we say we’re there every step of the way, we mean it, literally. From planning the perfect circuit, to private inter-camp transfers on Wilderness Air, and easing you through Customs. We’re with you on the ground, at your side, 24-7, from start to finish. Ready to take the road less travelled? Contact our Travel Designers to plan an unforgettable journey.