Linyanti & Savuti
North of the Okavango Delta are Linyanti and Savuti. Wildlife moves freely through the remote wilderness made up of swamps, woodlands and grasslands. When combined with the remoteness of location, this creates the sense of truly being out in untouched, wild Africa.
Linyanti and Savuti in Botswana link between the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park and are home to a diverse variety of wildlife. Prides of lion, wild dog, hyena and leopard are amongst its predators. Prey ranging from wildebeest and buffalo, to zebra and elephant. There is massive birdlife throughout the year in Linyanti and Savuti, and excellent game viewing opportunities are on offer.
While Chobe National Park has its elephants and the Okavango Delta is famous for its network of waterways, Linyanti and Savuti have their own unique nature.
This is one of Botswana’s best-known wildlife areas in the western corner of Chobe National Park. Savuti covers around 5,000 km2. Savuti is a region of Chobe National Park and not a game reserve onits own.
Game-viewing in Savute is magnificent in the dry season (May to October).
After the rains arrive in late November, the area has an overnight change into lush grassland with the zebras, wildebeest and buffalo appearing in thousands.
The area is famous for the annual Wildebeest Migration.
The Linyanti Wildlife Reserve of 1,250 km2 is bordered by the Linyanti River in the north and the Chobe National Park in the east. North of the Linyanti River is Namibia’s Caprivi strip. The Selinda links the area to the Okavango Delta.
Linyanti lies north of Savuti in a corner of the Chobe National Park. The Linyanti Swamp is one of the most attractive areas in the park. It offers a great diversity of game. The Linyanti area is renowned for its predators, in particular wild dog which are common in the area.
- Linyanti and Savuti is home to a natural spectacle – the world’s second largest overland migration. Just behind the great overland migration of East Africa. After spending the dry season in Linyanti. During November to December hundreds of thousands of zebras migrate to the Savuti in expectation of prosperous new grazing grounds brought by the summer rains.
- The migration of zebra and wildebeest passes through Savuti enroute south from the Linyanti marshes. The herds remain in Savuti to have their young and feed on the new grasses before moving further on into the Mababe Depression.
- The same migration then reappears in Savuti later in the season, passing through on their migration northwards back to the Chobe and Linyanti Rivers.
- The wide-open plains attract cheetah, leopard and other predators which hunt the migrating herds for their prey.