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Linyanti Selinda
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Linyanti Selinda Concession


... also known as NG16, is the most southerly of the four private safari areas that comprise the Linyanti Waterfront in northern Botswana.

The concession covers a respectable 450 square kilometres and is restricted to around 40 guests in four small camps, around 12 square kilometres per person, which is a relatively low guest density.

The vast majority of this area is dry mopane woodland, of generally low wildlife density. The more interesting parts are the small waterfront onto the Linyanti River, the seasonal Zibadianja Lagoon in the north-east corner and the ephemeral Selinda Spillway, which winds its way through the heart of the area.

This Selinda Spillway is a usually dry channel which connects the upper ends of the Linyanti and Okavango floodplain areas. If the annual flood is particularly high on one side, the channel can flow in either direction, effectively equalising the dispersal.

When the Spillway flows, this concession becomes a really prime wildlife area during the dry season months of May/Oct. But if the Spillway fails to flow, then the area can experience a shortage of water and much less reliable game-viewing. Previous to the very high flood of 2009, the Spillway had been dry for decades, but since that huge deluge it has flowed much more reliably.

These days we expect the area to have an intensely rich and varied range of wildlife, especially during the May/Oct dry season, including lots of elephants and predators including lions, hyenas, leopards and wild-dogs.

The area has added character because the concession holders are renowned National Geographic wildlife movie-makers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, who bring their own passion and style to the camps.

Clearly the biggest potential negative is the potential for the Selinda Spillway to flow. This really is totally unpredictable, but we are sure that the owners would do everything they can to ensure their guests continue to enjoy a first class experience.

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