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Recommended Camps and Lodges in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, Botswana
This remote area is situated between the Okavango Delta and the Chobe River. Without doubt my single favorite wildlife destination in Botswana. The huge private concessions that adjoin the Linyanti Swamp and River are over 500,000 hectares in size. The habitat included here are marshes, waterways, riverine forests, dry woodland and the famous Savuti channel and Zibilianja Lagoon. This area is renowned for its predators, especially the endangered Cape Hunting Dogs and large concentrations of wildlife, particularly elephant.

Linyanti, famous for its wilddogs
Linyanti, famous for its wild dogs
  It is not uncommon to see over a thousand elephant on an October day. Other than wild dogs, some of the special species that can be seen here are sable and roan antelope. Some of the finest cheetah sightings I have had have been in this region, lion and leopard are common. There are a number of excellent camps in this area that I chosen to take my guests to over the years, this area often proving to be the highlight of the safari.

Duma Tau Camp
Aptly named, the roar of the lion! Seldom a night when you won't hear this accompanied to the rasping call of leopard and incessant whoops of hyena, after all this area was where renowned wildlife photographers Dereck and Beverly Joubert filmed their National Geographic documentary ‘Eternal Enemies’ , a classic which chronicles the interaction between lions and hyenas.

Duma Tau Camp Theba, one of the best guides in the Linyanti
Duma Tau Camp Theba, one of the best guides in the Linyanti

Duma Tau residentsDuma Tau residents The nine roomed camp is built on raised decks under a cool mangosteen forest over looking a huge lagoon. All the rooms have en suite facilities with indoor and outdoor showers. There is a dinning room, pub lounge and plunge pool. Day and night game drives are offered along the Linyanti River and Savuti Channel as well as walks. The camps boat allows guests access through the waterways to see hippo at close range. The game drives prove extremely productive for the wildlife enthusiast and birdwatcher. Wild dog, lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena are frequently seen, other common species are elephant, hippo, kudu, zebra, impala and giraffe. There are a few excellent wildlife viewing hides from which to watch and observe animals.

Savuti Camp
For some of the finest elephant viewing in Africa. The small waterhole in front of Savuit Camp is supplied with life giving water from two boreholes for 24 hours a day, even this is not enough to quench the thirst of all the animals that queue to drink from here around the clock during the dry months. Elephant come in their hundreds, the night is constantly filled with the trumpets, squeals and growls that these thirsty giants emit in their quest to slake a thirst from hours beneath a relentless African sun. The Savuti ‘Log Pile Hide’ is without doubt the best of its kind to view elephant and the host of other animals that come to drink only metres from its confines.

‘THE’ Elephant Camp The famous ‘Log Pile Hide’
‘THE’ Elephant Camp The famous ‘Log Pile Hide’

A personalized five roomed camp, large walk in tents on raised wooden platforms all with en-suite facilities, in and outdoor showers. There is a separate dinning room and pub under thatch as well as a plunge pool which is regularly drained by the elephant during the night. Safari activities from here are on foot and by open land rovers, often returning after dark with a spot light to view animals like hyena, civet, genet and aardwolf.

Creature comforts Savuti Camp tea deck
Creature comforts Savuti Camp tea deck

This is not only an elephant extravaganza camp; all the predators are frequently seen from here as are large herds of zebra and wildebeest.

Selinda Camp
A small, personal, 12 bedded camp under canvas and thatch situated on the banks of the Selinda Spillway, the camp overlooks open floodplains and palm-studded islands. Central to the camp is an attractive, double-tiered thatch building comprising an upstairs dining area with elevated views over the surrounding plains and a small lounge. Below is the main lounge with a bar and curio shop.

Creature comforts
Selinda Camp
For those hot summer days there is a pool in which to cool off. The accommodation consists of spacious Meru tents suspended under thatch, each with a large veranda, en-suite facilities, and views out across the endless grasslands which make up the beauty of this concession. Some 300,000 hectares in which the most scenic and game rich areas are open plains interspersed with tall palms.

True to the Linyanti, lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, waterbuck, giraffe and lechwe are prolific. The Zibilianja Lagoon is one of the most beautiful sites in the region, abounding in bird life and masses of animals that come to graze at its edge or drink from its water. Safari activities are by open land cruiser and on foot. Night drives are conducted.

Other recommended camps and lodges in Botswana
The Okavango Delta
>Little Vumbura Camp
>Duba Plains Camp
>Mombo and Little Mombo Camp

Recommended camps and lodges in Namibia
>Sossusvlei Wilderness Camp
>Little Kulala Camp

Etosha National Park
>Little Ongava Lodge

The Skeleton Coast
>Skeleton Coast Camp