The Linyanti is split into three private reserves – Linyanti, Selinda and Kwando. Each is slightly different to the other, but together they are without doubt three of Africa’s finest private reserves. Located on the Kwando River, Selinda Spillway and Linyanti itself, the year-round waters attract phenomenal concentrations of game, especially from June through to late October, the dry season.
The entire Linyanti is a classic dry-season reserve. Travelling to this region outside the dry-season months (i.e., from November to May) can be more miss than hit in specific camps. Much of the area has a high mopane woodland density, so viewing can be particularly challenging due to the leaves on the bush during the wet season. You may well still get good game here, but many clients find that other areas of the country are better for this time of year.
Linyanti offers game driving at day and night as well as good walking safari and boating activities (in specific areas only).
Time of year to travel
June through to October sees large herds concentrate around the rivers. It is throughout this season that the game viewing on offer will rival anywhere in the country. If you travel outside this period, especially November or April to June, and you choose your lodge carefully, you can still get very good viewing and very good value. We would suggest avoiding travelling to the area from December through to early April.
The only drawback is the region’s high prices, but choosing to pay some of Africa’s highest rates rewards guests with exclusivity and a diverse range of safari activities in what are truly remarkable game-viewing areas. Our top tip for value however, would be to travel in May to June or November – it is at these times that all of the reserves drop their rates yet the game viewing remains very good. Each reserve has its own unique features, so it’s important to speak with a knowledgeable consultant for advice on the best places to go at the time of year you wish to travel.