In the northern corner of Botswana’s Chobe National Park lies Linyanti, a land of ancient floodplains and varied woodlands that boasts the world’s highest density of elephants during the dry winter months.
The Linyanti River, which is known downstream as the Chobe River, forms a natural border between Botswana and Namibia. On its southern side in Botswana are the picturesque lagoons, flowing rivers, open grasslands, riverine forests, and inland forests of the Linyanti—an environment where wildlife abounds. The Linyanti River forms a swampland of about 559 miles with similar papyrus-lined waterways of the Okavango on a smaller scale. It is here that the last stretches of Africa’s Great Rift Valley divide the forests from the river floodplains. Because of its remote location between the Selinda Reserve in the west and Namibia’s remote Nkasa Rupara National Park on the northern bank of the Kwando River, Linyanti is a favorite safari destination away from the crowds.
Linyanti is well-known for its large concentrations of game animals. Especially in Botswana’s dry winter months, herds of Africa’s large land mammals congregate at the Linyanti’s rivers and lagoons. Zebra, antelope, red lechwe, and sitatunga migrated through these wetlands, always followed closely by lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, and hyena. Hippo and elephant also roam these lands. And of course, this oasis is also home to hundreds of bird species.