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The grasslands, lagoons and forests of Savuti Linyanti are home to a staggering amount of wildlife - the area is particularly famous for its predators, particularly resident lion and spotted hyena populations, as well as wild dog.

If you allow yourself adequate time here (a minimum of three to four days is recommended), you will probably see nearly all the major species: giraffe, elephant, zebra, impala, tsessebe, wildebeest, kudu, buffalo, eland and accompanying predators including lion, hyena, jackal, bat-eared fox and possibly even cheetah and wild dog. 

The Linyanti’s private concessions - or reserves - contain some of the best lodges in Botswana. Peak viewing season is during the dry winter months when great concentrations of elephant, buffalo and zebra congregate along the river, with giraffe, impala and roan antelope being seen in the forests. The birdlife is diverse, if not overwhelming in its numbers; waterbirds, including pelican, are common. 

Geographically, Savuti is an area of many unknowns. One of the greatest mysteries is the Savuti Channel itself, which has over the past 100 years inexplicably dried up and recommenced its flow several times. To the north of the Okavango Delta and the far west of Chobe National Park, the Linyanti is a forgotten paradise – a 900 square kilometre strip of swampy river frontage reminiscent of the Okavango’s permanent waterways with papyrus-lined lagoons, reed-beds and a towering canopy of trees.

For those seeking a remote and peaceful environment, with spectacular dry season concentrations of elephant, Linyanti is the place to go. This area makes an excellent addition to a safari in the Okavango and a superb substitute for the busier Chobe waterfront further north.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: lion, wild dog, African elephant, red lechwe, spotted hyena
  • Where: Northern Botswana, Botswana

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Highlights of Northern Botswana

This small group trip incorporates prime wildlife areas, starting in the Okavango Delta, one of the ecological wonders of the world and home to predators such as lion, hyena, wild dog and leopard. Continuing on to Chobe National Park, you will find here one of Africa’s highest remaining concentrations of wildlife.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,095 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Wings Over Botswana

Flying from camp to camp is one of the most exciting ways to experience Botswana’s stunning wilderness. From the rich vistas of Savuti-Linyanti, to the stunningly beautiful Moremi Game Reserve and the renowned Okavango Delta, this trip includes safaris by vehicle, on foot and by mokoro (canoe).

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Classic Africa Explorer

This 37-day comprehensive itinerary, which visits no less than seven countries, delivers the ultimate African safari experience and a wealth of contrasts. Travel to some of Africa’s best National Parks and stay in a range of classic lodges, hotels and tented camps on this wildlife trip of a lifetime.

  • When to go: Apr-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 37 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £16,495 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Return of the Rivers

In recent years, water levels in the Savuti Channel have risen again after around ten years of laying dry, with the result that the attracted wildlife can be seen with ease. Enjoy vehicle safaris to see herds of elephants, packs of wild dogs, zebra and wildebeest, and leisurely river trips by mokoro dugout canoe.

  • When to go: Apr-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,495 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

The Best of Botswana

Created to celebrate our 25th Anniversary in 2017, this exclusive group tour is led by Grant Reed, one of Botswana’s most acclaimed wildlife guides. Travel from the Okavango Delta to Chobe National Park, where exquisite birdlife and iconic mammals such as leopard, lion, elephant and wild dog, are in abundance.

  • When to go: Jun
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,195 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge

With unparalleled 180 degree views across the savannah, Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge offers 11 spacious tented suites, each with its own private viewing deck. The suites, main area and swimming pool all look out over a natural waterhole which attracts wildlife all year round.

Lagoon Camp

At the western end of the vast Kwando Concession in Northern Botswana, Lagoon Camp is set on the shady riverbank among ancient ebony and marula trees and offers an intimate and tranquil atmosphere. Eight luxury safari-style tents overlook the river and the camp has its own resident family of hippo.

Lebala

Standing on a vast plain dotted with palm trees close to the Linyanti Marshes, this camp takes it name from the Setswana for ‘wide open spaces’. Lebala has eight spacious, custom-built tents, each with a private deck offering stunning views, as well as a luxurious double outside shower.