Linyanti Bush Camp

Location

Located in the Linyanti marshes of the Chobe Enclave, Linyanti Bush Camp offers unrivalled game viewing opportunities in North Botswana. Situated on the western boundary of the Chobe Reserve, the camp is accessible by plane landing at the Saile airstrip. The region presents an unusual mix of riparian woodland and forested areas, not to mention the vast marshland created by annual flooding from the Linyanti River. An old-world camp surrounded by grassy floodplains interspersed with drier scrubland, the Linyanti Bush Camp is home to a vast number of browsing animals and, subsequently, a healthy predator population. May to October is the dry season in the region, with the highest wildlife densities coming to drink from the Linyanti River during this period.

Accessibility Information

Minimum Age for Children: 7 years (younger may be considered)
Disabled Access: Yes (limited)
Mobile, internet and WiFi: No
Opening Dates: All year

Amenities & Highlights

  • Luxurious and remote camp in Botswana.
  • Suited to small groups looking to go "off the beaten path".
  • Specialty picnics out in the wild.
  • Specialised mokoro trips down the Linyanti River.

Property Features

The ultimate safari enthusiast’s oasis, Linyanti Bush Camp offers a elegant retreat from the world. Managers Ollie and Kirstie have created a relaxed and intimate environment here, beginning with the cool drink, facial towel and welcome song upon your arrival. The central area comprises of a large, custom-made tent raised on wooden flooring, evincing an atmosphere of understated comfort with the anticipation of adventure. The main building in camp is composed of a dining area, lounge, bar and meeting point. Comfortable sofas, bookcases stocked with field guides and African literature, and a self-serve drinks fridge provide points of rest and relaxation for guests. A wooden deck wraps around the exterior of the building, with steps lead down to a fire-pit encircled with chair. A cosy swimming pool is merely steps away during the hot afternoon hours. Buffet-style meals are served with set menus offering guests a variety of choice for each meal. Staff member Lepo can be found delighting with her unique napkin fold creations during meal times and in guest bedrooms. Guests dine together, often taking the opportunity to enjoy a sundowner at the bar and swap stories of the day’s adventures around the fire pit in the later evening.

As an additional safety precaution, guests are escorted around camp after dark. A firebreak fence built around the camp provides a protective barrier in the unlikely circumstance that a bush fire occurs. Staff at Linyanti Bush Camp are first aid trained, as to be able to assist in the instance of an accident. Immediate evacuation by plane to medical facilities in Maun is also available in the case that medical attention is required by a guest.

Accommodation

Linyanti Bush Camp comprises of 6 luxury East-African Meru-style chalets, each with the capacity to house three people. All rooms are furnished with a sleigh-style bed, sofa, footstool, writing desk, chest of drawers and spacious wardrobe space. Mesh windows counteract the insects customary with the African wilderness, although the wall flaps may also be rolled up in order to let in cool breezes during the day. Sandy front porches and viewing chairs allow for full views across the Linyanti marshland as guests relax in the calm of their private chalet. Bell frogs can be heard against the quiet of the swaying reeds as guests enjoy a drink in the evening and are later lulled to sleep in bed. The bathroom presents with a large, overhanging mirror and elegant twin basins on wooden washstands, as well as indoor and private outdoor showers. Complimentary toiletries and fluffy towels are a welcome sight for the weary traveller!

A full laundry service is included as a part of your stay at Linyanti Bush Camp. A safe and battery charging station is available for guest use in the main office area. Fire extinguishers are provided in every tent as an additional safety precaution. Bringing a strong insect repellent is recommended for the late evenings (there are quite a few flying ants in the area) to ensure protection from insects in such a remote, wild area.

Wildlife

The Chobe Enclave is home to a number of classical African wildlife. The main focus, given the flooded nature of the marshland, is on water-adapted wildlife and large grazing herds. Among the long grasses of the marshland, one can spot sable, roan, wild dog, cape buffalo, baboon, warthog, kudu, the elusive sitatunga antelope, red lechwe, hippo, crocodile, giraffe, leopard and lion. Large herds of elephants roam the region surrounding the Linyanti River at the start of the dark winter months, moving inland with the rain. Linyanti Bush Camp is world renowned for its birding opportunities. A number of rare bee eaters, kingfishers, owls and raptors can be seen from mokoros as guests are gentled poled through the reeds. The peaceful nature of this camp allows for a full immersion in amongst the wildlife of Southern Africa.

Activity Highlights

  • Game Drives: Open 4WD safari vehicles with day trips to the wildlife-ripe Savuti Marsh.
  • Night Drives: Knowledgeable guides track the activity of nocturnal animals using a spotlight.
  • Picnics: Beautiful meals can be arranged for small groups out in the plains.
  • Walking Safaris: Guides like Esse, Butler and Isaiah teach guests how to track animals such as lion! An incredible experience.
  • Boating & Fishing: Tilapia is a popular catch in the area, fished comfortably from pontoons and speed boats.
  • Mokoro Trips: Guided mokoro safaris (fibre-glass vessels) for up-close wetland wildlife viewing, especially of crocodiles, hippos and elephants.
  • Hide Game Viewing: Excellent for viewing the herds grazing nearby the Linyanti Bush Camp.

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