Linyanti is one of Africa's new frontiers in African Safari tourism, with high predator populations and large herds of herbivores. Above: Narina Trogon
'I was excited to be going out on a drive but some of the guests were taking their time over morning tea. I was becoming a little fidgety when two impala ran blindly passed the lodge - followed by four wild dogs and so the day of amazing sightings began in the Linyanti'
Once the preserve of trophy hunters this forgotten corner of Botswana is fast becoming one of the country's greatest wildlife destinations. Elephants in numbers to rival the legendary Chobe River and intense predator interactions ensure the Linyanti a place with the best.
During the dry season wildlife concentrates on the riverfront as the river is the only source of water for miles around. As the area is in the Kalahari, the rain water does not last long in the bush, forcing the animals to seek areas of permanent water - and the Linyanti welcomes these herds en-masse.
Best time to visit Kwando - Linyanti:
The Kwando - Linyanti area is good to visit all year round for differing reasons. The rainy season - November - March - is excellent for birding when all the migrants are around
The dry season - May to October sees a concentration of wildfire along the water and the game viewing is excellent due to the vegetation been decimated by feeding animals
As Linyanti is a private concession area there are only lodges to select from when planning a safari, with classic style and six star luxury as the choices