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The Linyanti, Kwando and Selinda region is made up of three huge private reserves, where high concentrations of wildlife congregate around the Kwando-Linyanti river system. The reserves - Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, Kwando Reserve and Selinda Reserve - form a pristine area, with stunning scenery and exceptional game viewing.
Safari activities here are more wild. You’ll get off the beaten track with private, off-road game drives, where you’ll find lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, giraffe, African wild dogs and an incredible array of antelope including waterbuck, reedbuck, kudu, roan, sable and impala.
The Kwando and Linyanti rivers bring life to the region, and large migrating herds of buffalo, elephant, zebra and wildebeest gather each season around these waterways.
The Linyanti swamps could rival the beauty of the Okavango Delta, with reed-lined channels, picturesque papyrus stands, and shimmering lagoons, hemmed by towering forests. The dry riverbed of the Selinda Spillway and the Savuti channel contrast the swamps, and are believed to be the southernmost point of the Great Rift Valley.
The opportunity for adventure is everywhere in this region. Take a game drive through the dry Savuti Channel in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, go in search of African wild dogs in the Kwando Reserve, one of the best places to see these rare creatures in Africa, or see the hippo-killing lions of the Selinda Reserve, made famous through the National Geographic films of Dereck and Beverly Joubert (the part-owners of Selinda Camp).
For a truly wild expedition, embark on the thrilling 4-day canoeing safari along the Selinda Adventure Trail, traversing the ancient Selinda Spillway by canoe and on foot, and staying in fly-camps each night. You’ll cover around 45km along the trail, observing an abundance of big game and over 300 recorded bird species.
Linyanti, Kwando and Selinda region features on our Luxury Botswana Safari, with a stay in one of the most luxurious camps in the region. Venture out on thrilling game drives and spot African wild dogs on our Botswana Family Safari, or have the adventure of a lifetime on our Botswana Off the Beaten Track holiday, where you’ll traverse the great rivers and trails of the Selinda Adventure Trail.
This region has plenty of fantastic accommodation options, ranging from the newly rebuilt Selinda Camp with just three luxury safari tents and a lavish private suite in the private Selinda Reserve, to the comfortable fly-camps that are set up each day along the Selinda Adventure Trail. You can also stay at Lebala Camp in the private Kwando Reserve, with eight custom tents, a swimming pool, and private viewing decks of the floodplains.