Linyanti Bush Camp
Linyanti Bush Camp, with just six tents, offers privacy and a highly personal service in a remote area renowned for its wildlife. Set on a bank overlooking the Linyanti marshes, the camp acts as a window onto the natural world, with elephant, lion, giraffe, hippo and numerous antelope species all commonly seen here, along with the occasional sighting of wild dog.
As you’re in a private reserve, game drives are flexible and can last after-dark. You’re also unlikely to see many other vehicles. Walks, boat and mokoro trips, and helicopter rides ensure you can experience the bush from all angles.
The camp’s open-sided main tent includes a long dining table, sofas set around coffee tables, and an honesty bar. You can also sit out on the decking with a drink, or around the boma in the evening. Guest tents are spacious and furnished in a simple African style, with dark wood furniture and wicker lightshades.
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The large canvas tents are well-spaced out along a sandy pathway. Each has a private deck overlooking an open seasonal marsh where you can sit and watch wildlife, from sable antelope and red lechwe to hippo and elephant. The air-conditioned interiors include twin or double beds with mosquito nets, dark wooden floors, a seating area and an en suite bathroom. Netted windows let in plenty of natural light while keeping the room cool. An additional bed can be added on request.
The camp is situated in the private Chobe Enclave, which borders Chobe National Park to the west. It overlooks the Linyanti marshes, which are the only source of water in the area during the dry season, attracting large herds of elephant, lion, leopard, wild dog and a wide range of birdlife.
Food and Drink
Meals are eaten around a large dining table, either in the airy main lodge area or outside by the boma. Expect a light breakfast first thing, followed by a large brunch after your morning activity. High tea is served in the afternoon, comprising pastries and freshly squeezed lemonade. You return to camp in the evening for a three-course dinner, often cooked over the barbecue. There’s also an honesty bar that you can help yourself to throughout the day.
Children aged seven and over a welcome here. Those aged under 16 are unable to join walking safaris, but these can be replaced with a leisurely nature walk around camp. For younger families we recommend staying at Linyanti Ebony Camp next door.
Facilities and Activities
Your stay here includes twice-daily game drives. Afternoon drives extend into the evening, giving you a chance to spot nocturnal species. Walking safaris are possible during the dry season, while boating, catch-and-release fishing and mokoro trips are dependent on water levels. If you stay between April and November, you can fly over the bush on a complimentary 30-minute helicopter ride.
Back at camp, there’s a small pool surrounded by loungers. The open-plan main lodge area has comfortable sofas where you can play board games. This is also where you’ll find battery-charging facilities.
We like the generous size and privacy of the tents here; it’s easy to while away an afternoon on your private deck or by the pool. The surrounding marshes and woodland are popular with a wide range of animals and birds, and you’ll see few other vehicles.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Camp Linyanti is located in the Linyanti Area of Chobe National Park and has a fabulous outlook across the Linyanti Wetlands and its lush green reed beds and waterways.
Duma Tau, meaning ‘lion roars’, stands overlooking reed beds and a wide stretch of the Linyanti River. The diversity of habitats makes for wonderful game and bird viewing and the area is well known for the large numbers of elephant which are frequently seen crossing the river.
The Kings Pool is a very luxurious camp and is perfect for those that want good game viewing (especially of elephant) and total luxury in the bush.
Stretching along the banks of the Kwando River within a private concession, Lagoon Camp offers a range of activities year-round. Its exceptionally spacious rooms and main thatched area are beautifully presented, and staff deliver a highly personal service.
Enjoying a secluded location within the private Kwando Concession, Lebala Camp offers just eight tents looking out over the Linyanti floodplains. Each day, game drives and bush walks get you close to animals big and small.
Situated in the private Chobe Enclave area of the Linyanti Wetlands, this family friendly camp offers just four authentic canvas tents overlooking wildlife-rich marshland.
This camp provides an authentic experience with an emphasis on exploring the wilds of the bush on foot. Be transported to a bygone era of safari in explorer-style tents with a friendly and attentive service.
Savuti Camp has seven tents and overlooks a waterhole in the dry Savuti Channel. There are game drives, walks and night-drives from camp and a superb 'log pile' hide where guests can observe animals (mostly elephants) from extremely close quarters.
Selinda Camp is located on a palm island with views of the Selinda Spillway, yellow floodplains and gray termite mounds and palm tree islands in the distance.
Zarafa Camp is probably our personal favorite in Botswana and has a beautiful location looking towards the Zibadianja Lagoon. Activities from Zarafa focus on game drives and night drives, but walks from the camp are also possible with experienced guides.