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The Linyanti Kwando Concession


... also known as NG14, is the most westerly of the four private safari areas that make up the Linyanti Waterfront area of northern Botswana.

The concession covers an enormous 2330 square kilometres and is restricted to just 36 guests in two small camps, a humongous 64 square kilometres per person, which is an exceptionally low guest density.

The vast majority of this area is dry mopane woodland, of generally low wildlife density. The more interesting sections all lie to the eastern side, with substantial stands of hardwood forest and large open floodplains dotted with palm-tree islands running down to the Kwando River.

The area has an intensely rich and varied range of wildlife, especially during the May/Oct dry season, when the predator action is second to none, notably lions, hyenas, leopards and wild-dogs.

The northern sector tends to attract large herds of elephants and buffaloes, as well as being the most reliable location in Africa for wild-dog denning in May/Jun.

What we like most about this area is the very serious approach that the owners have towards their safari guiding. You can expect to be worked much harder here than in most other camps, with some very serious vehicle safari and night vehicle safari.

Motorboat safari is also possible, but rather secondary, whilst walking safari is rarely offered due to the intense focus on predators.

By the very high standards of this part of the world, this concession does offer a slightly lower standard of camps and hosting, although this really is a minor point if wildlife is your primary focus.

When to visit ...

May/Oct ... is the dry season in this part of the world and is generally the best time for land-based wildlife viewing, as serious numbers of animals are drawn in to water from the vast dry hinterland.

Dec/Apr ... is the green season, when much of the wildlife will have dispersed into the surrounding mopane woodlands. There is still a good deal of resident wildlife around, the bush looks beautiful and there are lots of baby animals around, so the camps are still able to offer a lovely safari experience and at much reduced prices.

Read more about when to visit this area ...

Where to stay ...

There are just two camps in this area, both very highly rated ...

Lebala Camp ... is the flagship property, out on the plains and with good access to the general game and a primary focus on lions and spotted hyenas.

Lagoon Camp ... is in the more wooded northern sector which tends to contain more herds of elephants and buffaloes, a good number of leopards and is a renowned location for wild-dog denning in May/Jun.

For a full listing of lodges in the greater area please refer to the map link top left.

How we like to include this area in trips ...

Linyanti Kwando is an area we tend to recommend a great deal, especially to slightly more outdoorsy guests who are prepared to work a little harder in order to maximise their chances of major predator sightings.

It can only be accessed by light aircraft, with regular services operating between all the camps and the main hub airports at Maun and Kasane. The whole experience is wonderful and incredibly seamless.

Most visitors tend to stay in just one camp for 3 to 4 nights, however it is also possible to combine the two camps over 4 to 6 nights.

Linyanti Kwando is most commonly combined with one or more camps in the Okavango Delta, most notably in the related Okavango Kwara area, and more occasionally with camps in the Makgadikgadi and Central Kalahari. It can also be combined with locations in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa. Connections to other countries are possible but can be relatively arduous.

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