LINYANTI & KWANDO RESERVE
In the furthest corner of the Chobe National Park and north of the Okavango Delta lies Linyanti. Secluded and uncrowded, this short strip of swampy river frontage is reminiscent of the Okavango's permanent waterways with lagoons, reed beds, riverine forests and mopane woodlands. The Linyanti Swamp covers an area of almost 1,250km², which fills the area between the Kwando and Linyanti rivers.
Kwando is another huge private reserve covering 2,300km². Most of its western side is dense mopane forest, but along the Kwando River stretches a band of lush riverine forest, interspersed with open plains. Kwando is a wild reserve and attracts lots of big game.
The wildlife is plentiful, especially in the dry winter months when great concentrations of elephant, buffalo and zebra congregate along the rivers, with giraffe, impala, the rare roan antelope being seen in the forests and an increasing number of wild dogs. The bird life is diverse too. Water birds, including pelican, are common while you are likely to hear, if not see, Pel's fishing owl.
where to stay
From our visits to Linyanti and Kwando, we have first-hand knowledge of the lodges and below you can find the ones we most commonly use. Those lodges include mainly our favourites sorted from low-key to deluxe, which are usually smaller lodges with very personalised service.