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Premium Luxury Botswana Safari

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A premium luxury African safari epitomised by exceptional wildlife viewing in exclusive private reserves, coupled with luxurious properties, world-class safari guiding and impeccable service throughout.

Prices: On request

Duration: 12 nights

Availability: Year round

Destinations: Vumbura Concession (Okavango Delta), Kwedi Concession (Okavango Delta), Moremi Game Reserve, Linyanti Reserve


i) Exclusive and authentic safari experience in private game reserves.

ii) World-class educational guiding and tracking by the highest qualified safari guides in Africa

iii) Enjoy 5-star service and food in Botswana’s finest luxury camps

iii) Interact with wildlife from a huge range of perspectives including from the air, on land and on the water

iv) Learn about the African elephant and the plight of these magnificent animals at Abu Camp’s elephant experience

v) Observe a plethora of wildlife species, including the Big 5

All about Premium Luxury Botswana Safari.

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Northern Botswana is renowned in the safari world for its low volume, premium quality safari experiences. Botswana’s safari industry is built around exclusivity and authenticity. Here, you will find vast private concessions populated with huge numbers of game and very few other tourists. Camps are of the highest quality and are driven by world-class safari guides delivering educational safari activities, chefs delivering standards of food unimaginable in these remote parts and staff ensuring service is at all times no less than impeccable. Welcome to your premium luxury African safari. Over this 12 nights itinerary we have chosen camps and private reserves which offer the best of Botswana. We are sure you will enjoy this trip of a lifetime. Ideal for honeymooners, special celebrations, families and couples.

Best time to visit?

So when is the best time of year to take this trip to maximise your overall experience? Without knowing you yet this is a difficult question to answer. With so many variables to consider we need to know what is important to you before we advise on the preferable time for you.

There are many variables to consider when attempting to recommend the best time to visit. Specific considerations include the whereabouts of migratory animals, the effect the density of the vegetation and height of the grass has on wildlife viewing, special wildlife moments such as the birth of baby animals, and the effect weather patterns has on wildlife behaviour. Other factors to consider are the variation in prices at different times of the year, visitor traffic, whether you prefer a lush or relatively arid environment and of course the annual climate, namely temperature and rainfall values.

For this reason we present detailed information for each individual destination in the locations section to help you understand what may work best for you. We will of course have an in-depth discussion with you prior to making a booking so you are completely happy with the time of year you decide to travel.

Included activities:

  • Game drives (including off-road driving)
  • Night drives
  • Abu Elephant Experience
  • Makoro safari
  • Boating safaris
  • Catch & release fishing (except January & February)
  • Walking safaris
  • Birding
  • Olympus photographic hub
  • Star beds sleep out (Abu Camp & Duma Tau Camp)
  • Water barge safaris
  • Viewing hides (Little Mombo Camp)
  • Star gazing
  • San Bushman educational nature walks

Optional activities:

  • San Bushmen Tsodilo Hills excursion
  • Hot air ballooning (Vumbura Plains only)
  • Scenic helicopter flight
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the tour price.

Cheetah sighting on a Botswana Safari- Ultimate Wildlife Adventures

  • Domestic flights as per the daily itinerary
  • Airstrip return transfers throughout Botswana as per daily itinerary
  • 12 night’s accommodation as stated
  • All meals and drinks as stated
  • All included safari activities as above
  • All relevant taxes and surcharges
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the tour price.

Lion sighting on a game drive

  • International flights to and from Botswana
  • Airport transfers in home country
  • Premium brand alcoholic beverages and champagne
  • Optional activities as above
  • Applicable VISAS
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Health vaccinations and medications
  1. Day 1 Your Ultimate Wildlife Adventure Begins

    Today you will board your overnight international flight to Maun, Botswana.

  2. Days 2-4 Vumbura Plains, Vumbura Concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana

    On arrival in Maun you will be met by one of our ground team and welcomed to Botswana. They will help with preparing you for your onward light aircraft flight to the Vumbura Concession in the Okavango Delta.

    On arrival at the small Vumbura Airstrip you will be greeted by one of the camp guides and transferred to camp. The transfer takes approximately 35 minutes but may take much longer if you are lucky enough to observe game on the way. The final leg of the journey is a short 5 minutes boat ride to camp.

    You will be oriented into camp and then free to enjoy the facilities on offer before heading back out into the bush for your first game activity. Vumbura Plains has exceptional wildlife diversity and is a haven for a wide variety of antelope species, especially the usually elusive sable antelope.

    The following 2 days are dedicated to safari in this vast private concession. At over 600km² and with no more than 40 guests in the private concession at any one time you will feel like you have the place to yourself. You will be spoilt for choice when choosing which activities to do. The camp offers game drives, mokoro safaris, motorboat safaris, walking safaris, birding and catch and release fishing by day. After dark you may wish to head out into the bush in an attempt to observe nocturnal species such as African civet, African genet, or Cape porcupine. For those with a head for heights the camp offers hot air ballooning and scenic helicopter flights, both at an extra cost.

  3. Days 5-7 Abu Camp, Kwedi Concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana

    After 3 days in the Vumbura Concession you will take a short light aircraft flight to the Kwedi Concession where you will stay at Abu Camp. Abu Camp is a simple camp with only 6 tents, offering exclusivity and authenticity in the middle of the African wilderness.

    You will have 3 days to explore this beautiful concession. The activities are equally as varied and as abundant as at Vumbura Plains but the main attraction at Abu Camp is the herd of semi-wild elephants who stay at the camp. The purpose of the experience is to demonstrate to guests the plight of the African elephants and how, with conservation, these iconic African giants can escape the very real dangers of species extinction. As a guest you will be able to spend time with the elephants as they leave the camp and interact with the bush as any other wild elephant would. To get this close to the elephants is a truly magical experience and one you will treasure forever.

    The after dark scene is also excellent at Abu Camp. Night drives are permitted on the private concession and you will have the opportunity to spend the night on the Abu star beds, a double bed on an elevated platform within the elephant boma. Finish a perfect day on safari looking at the African night sky whilst listening to the elephants fall asleep below you.

  4. Days 8-10 Little Mombo Camp, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

    Today you will make the short hop over to Little Mombo Camp in the Moremi Game Reserve. Your camp for the next 3 nights, Little Mombo Camp, is one of the premier camps in Botswana and is located in an area renowned as ’the land of plenty’. This name is a reference to the huge variety and volumes of wildlife that can be seen in the vicinity of the camp. Predator sightings of lions, leopards, spotted hyena, African wild dogs and cheetah are all possible.

    The camp and its owners Wilderness Safaris are responsible for a huge conservation success in the area after reintroducing white rhinoceros into the reserve after poaching reduced the species to local extinction. Although still low on numbers the white rhino numbers are once again slowly starting to recover, making the Moremi Game Reserve a big 5 destination once again.

    Little Mombo is a small camp accommodating only 8 guests. Enjoy the tranquility and exclusivity of this famous camp. Although low on number of guests it is packed with amenities such as a pool, small gym and even spa where you can enjoy a massage or other spa treatments.

    Game activities such as off-road driving, night safaris and walking safaris are unfortunately not permitted due to game reserve restrictions. However, Little Mombo offers different activities such as the use of 2 excellent wildlife hides, perfect for photographers wanting to shoot from a different perspective. At an extra cost there is also the possibility to visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Tsodilo Hills to learn about the San Bushmen.

  5. Days 11-13 Duma Tau Camp, Linyanti Reserve, Botswana

    The final leg of your journey sees you move east into what is known as the Linyanti. Nestled between the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park, the Linyanti provides a corridor of protection and unique habitat for a variety of African species.

    On arrival at Chobe Airstrip you will be transferred to camp which will take approximately 40 minutes but likely longer as you will no doubt stop for wildlife sightings. On arrival at Duma Tau you will appreciate the beauty of the location overlooking the Osprey Lagoon of the Linyanti River.

    The river acts as a real magnet for wildlife in the dry months when water is scarce elsewhere. Safari is very much centred around the river, whether on land or on water. Duma Tau has access to a beautiful 8 persons barge which comes with waiter service. There is no better way to enjoy wildlife viewing than with a glass of champagne in your hand.

    As the Linyanti is also in a private concession the regulations of national parks are dropped ensuring night safaris and walking safaris can again be enjoyed, as well as the customary game drives.

  6. Day 14 End of Your Ultimate Wildlife Adventure

    Today marks the end of your amazing experience in Botswana. No doubt your time in Africa will have served up some unforgettable memories as you reflect on the amazing sightings and exciting activities you were fortunate enough to experience. The exclusivity and lack of other tourists will no doubt have been a highlight and you will tell friends and family back home how you still don’t know how food of the standard you were served could be produced in the middle of nowhere.

Our Recommendations

Vumbura Plains
Kwedi Private Concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Overview: Vumbura Plains Camp is divided into two separate camps, Vumbura Plains North and Vumbura Plains South. Along with Little Vumbura they are the only accommodations in the huge 600km² private concession, Vumbura Plains. Both camps enjoy a prime location surrounded by vast floodplains of the Okavango Delta. The concession is particularly exceptional for antelope diversity, especially sable sightings.

Accommodation: Vumbura Plains South Camp is the smaller of the 2 satellite camps comprising 6 suites and able to accommodate 12 guests. Vumbura Plains North Camp comprises 7 suites and 1 family unit accommodating 16 guests and 2 children sharing. All suites are luxurious with full access to hot running water in the bath, shower and water basins.

Facilities & Amenities: Each suite has a large double bed with mosquito net, sunken lounge area and an outdoor deck with plunge pool. Public areas include a library, lounge, bar and restaurant and an outdoor sunken lounge with fire pit.

Power & communication: 100% solar powered with emergency back-up generator. 220v multi-plug adaptor in the room for charging devices. Complimentary in tent Wi-Fi is available.

Activities: Game drives, night drives, mekoro safaris, motorboat safaris, walking safaris, birding, catch and release fishing (except January & February), Olympus photographic hub, hot air ballooning (extra cost), scenic helicopter flights (extra cost)

Children: Children aged 6 and over are welcome. Private activities must be booked for those travelling with children aged 6-12 years. Activity age restrictions apply as follows, hot air ballooning (7+ years) and walking and makoro (13+ years).

Access: Fly to Vumbura Airstrip followed by a 35 minutes road transfer and 5 minutes boat ride to camp.

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Abu Camp
Abu Concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Overview: Abu Camp is a unique place, established with the purpose of elephant conservation and raising awareness of the plight of this iconic African species. Elephant lovers flock to Abu to interact with the herd of semi-habituated elephants who call Abu home. Named after a very special bull elephant, Abu is set in a pristine riverine forest and blends in seamlessly with the magnificent surrounding hardwood trees. Looking out over a large lagoon, an imaginative use of canvas has created a unique and luxurious style of tent.

Accommodation:  Abu’s six luxurious, explorer-style tents blend seamlessly into their natural surroundings. Each has a tree-shaded deck with a private plunge pool overlooking a lagoon. The main area features a well-stocked library and study. There is a gym for the energetic. Abu’s one-of-a-kind Star Bed is set over the Abu Herd’s boma and guests can spend a night here, being lulled to sleep listening to the elephants’ rumbling snores below

Facilities & Amenities: Pool in main area, lounge, dining and bar areas on raised wooden platforms with a tiered deck, curio corner and library. Gym (equipment includes a rowing machine, treadmill, stationary exercise bicycle, yoga mats and a range of free weights (between 2.5 kg and 20.0 kg). Camp fire. Pizza oven. In-tent massage treatments (at an additional cost), entertainment area (for private dining, watching wildlife documentaries, hosting lectures). Elephant Boma.

Power & Communication: 100% solar powered with emergency back-up generator. 220v multi-plug adaptor in the room for charging devices. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available for guests in The Elephant Library – including a laptop connected to the internet.

Activities: Elephant Conservation experience, Game drives, night drives, mekoro safaris, motorboat safaris, walking safaris, birding, catch and release fishing (except January & February), scenic helicopter flights (extra cost), Tsodilo Hills excursion to learn about the San Bushmen (extra cost), Olympus photographic hub, Abu star beds.

Children: Children aged 6 and over are welcome. Private activities must be booked for those travelling with children aged 6-12 years. Activity age restrictions apply as follows, hot air ballooning (7+ years) and walking and makoro (13+ years).

Access: Fly-in to Abu Airstrip followed by a 20 minutes road transfer to camp.

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Little Mombo Camp
Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Overview: Little Mombo Camp is located in the Mombo Traversing Area within the Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Renowned as “the Place of Plenty,” the enormous number and variety of wildlife around Little Mombo makes it a hugely sought-after wildlife-viewing destination. The camp itself is built under a shady canopy of jackalberry and sausage trees, and overlooks a floodplain that is host to an astonishing variety of wildlife. Little Mombo is a celebration of conservation success and together with Mombo, is the spiritual home of the Botswana Rhino Reintroduction Project.

Accommodation: 4 tents accommodating 8 guests. En-suite facilities with a double indoor shower, outdoor shower, indoor bath, double basin vanity and separate toilet, as well as a well-lit dressing table/vanity area. Private viewing deck with shaded outdoor lounge area and private plunge pool.

Facilities & Amenities: Pool in main area. Lounge, dining and bar areas under canvas on a raised wooden deck. Fireplace in the main lounge/dining area. Open-air lounge area and deck. Gym [(equipment includes one stationary exercise bicycle, two treadmills, a rowing machine, exercise mats, Pilates balls, medicine balls, skipping ropes, a range of free weights and kettle bells), fridge in gym with isotonic drinks, e.g. coconut water, airconditioned gym/spa areas with conveniently located shower rooms off both areas as well.
Library. Traditional boma for dining under the stars. Fire deck. Spa with two in-house spa therapists (extra cost). Shared butler service. Little Mombo is connected by a raised wooden deck to Mombo Camp and shares several facilities such as the lap pool and gym, spa and Safari Boutique, as well as pizza oven.

Power & Communication: 100% solar powered with emergency back-up generator. 220v multi-plug adaptor in the room for charging devices. Complimentary in tent Wi-Fi is available.

Activities: Game drives into the early evening, birding, star gazing with laser pointer, full day safari excursions with picnic basket, 2 wildlife viewing hides, Olympus photographic hub, rhino conservation presentations, scenic helicopter flights (extra cost), Tsodilo Hills excursion to learn about the San Bushmen (extra cost)

Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Those aged 12 years and younger will require the booking of a private vehicle. Those travelling with children aged 13-16 years do not require a private vehicle.

Access: Fly-in to Mombo Airstrip followed by a 15 minutes road transfer to camp.

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Duma Tau Camp
The Linyanti, Botswana

Overview: DumaTau, on the banks of the Linyanti River’s Osprey Lagoon, is located close to the source of the Savute Channel, between two elephant corridors, offering an exclusive combination of land and river experiences. DumaTau seeks to ensure the continued protection of a piece of land within the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, an enormous area that spans borders and is thus pivotal for the conservation of the greater populations of elephant, wild dog and other species.

Accommodation: 8 tented suites in total. 7 double or twin occupancy and 1 family unit. The camp accommodates 16 adults and 2 children at any one time. En-suite facilities with indoor shower, outdoor shower, double basin vanity and separate toilet.

Facilities & Amenities: Lap pool in the wellness centre area with partially shaded deck. Lounge, dining and bar areas under canvas and on a raised wooden deck with wide-open views overlooking the Zibadianja
Lagoon. “Curiosity Room” where guests can explore, browse, read and be enveloped by the wealth of wildlife and rich history of research across the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve (shared between both camps). Wellness centre with spa and gym nestled into the bush for privacy, includes a snack deli area and Safari Boutique. Fire pit and floating fire deck. Star-deck for pre-dinner drinks and/or private dining. In-tent massage treatments.

Power & Communication: 100% solar powered with emergency back-up generator. 220v multi-plug adaptor in the room for charging devices. Complimentary in tent Wi-Fi is available.

Activities: Game drives, night drives, motorboat safaris, water barge safaris, walking safaris, birding, catch and release fishing (except January & February), Olympus photographic hub, Duma Tau Star Bed experience, scenic helicopter flights (extra cost)

Children: Children aged 6 and over are welcome. Private activities must be booked for those travelling with children aged 6-12 years. Activity age restrictions apply as follows, walking (13+ years).

Access: Fly-in to Chobe Airstrip followed by a 40 minutes road transfer to camp.

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Vumbura Plains
Kwedi Private Concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Vumbura Plains, Wilderness Safaris- Ultimate Wildlife Adventures Premium Luxury Safari


Vumbura Plains, Wilderness Safaris- Ultimate Wildlife Adventures Premium Luxury Safari


Vumbura Plains, Wilderness Safaris- Ultimate Wildlife Adventures Premium Luxury Safari


Abu Camp
Abu Private Concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Abu Camp, The Best Elephant Experience in Botswana- Ultimate Wildlife Adventures


Abu Camp, The Best Elephant Experience in Botswana- Ultimate Wildlife Adventures


Abu Camp, The Best Elephant Experience in Botswana- Ultimate Wildlife Adventures


Little Mombo Camp
Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Little Mombo Camp, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana- Ultimate Wildlife Adventures African Safari


Little Mombo Camp, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana- Ultimate Wildlife Adventures African Safari


Little Mombo Camp, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana- Ultimate Wildlife Adventures African Safari

Duma Tau Camp
The Linyanti, Botswana

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Duma Tau Camp, Wilderness Safaris- Ultimate Wildlife Adventures African Safaris


Duma Tau Camp, Wilderness Safaris- Ultimate Wildlife Adventures African Safaris

Quick Facts

  • Special Status: UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Location: Northern Botswana
  • Land mass: 15,000-22,000 km²
  • Mammal species: 160
  • Bird species: 530
  • Big 5 reserve: Yes


  • Game drives
  • Night drives
  • Makoro safaris
  • Motorboat safaris
  • Walking safaris
  • Catch and release fishing
  • Hot air balloon safari
  • Helicopter flights
  • Horseback safaris


  • Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful destinations in Africa
  • A true, unspoilt African wilderness
  • The epitome of authenticity and exclusivity
  • Huge abundance and diversity of wildlife
  • Arguably the most varied safari activity programmes in the whole of Africa

The Okavango Delta is undoubtedly one of the most magical wildlife sanctuaries on earth and is a must visit destination for any person interested in the natural world.

It is the largest inland delta on earth. Its very existence begins as heavy rainfall in the highlands of Angola in the months of January and February. This rainfall is drained by the Okavango River and surges an astonishing 1200 kilometres over the space of a month. The water reaches the Okavango panhandle by April and with no sea or ocean to drain into it subsequently spills into the Okavango Delta flooding an area of 6,000- 15,000 square kilometres over the course of the next 4 months. The peak flood is between the months of June and August and sees the Delta swell to 3 times its permanent size. Water levels recede following the peak through evaporation and transpiration leaving water levels relatively low until the process begins again the following April.

During the peak flood the Okavango Delta swells to an impressive 22,000 km² making it a hefty wildlife sanctuary. To provide perspective this is an inland swamp that is comfortably larger than the country of Israel. The Okavango Delta is not a single reserve or national park in its entirety. The Botswana Government has sliced it up and divided it into several private concessions. Renowned safari operators have been given responsibility to conserve their particular patch and have the authority to conduct safari activities. Therefore, each concession has its own special character. We treat every concession like a separate game reserve and recommend them to you based on your desires and their ability to meet these.

The Delta is like an exclusive playground. With very few other tourists around you may feel like you have your own piece of African wilderness to yourself. The activities on offer are arguably the most diverse on the continent. As the concessions are privately owned they have the authority to conduct safari activities without the stifling regulations exacted on national parks. Guests can enjoy game drives, night drives, makoro and motorboat safaris, walking safaris, catch and release fishing, hot air balloon safari as well as helicopter rides and horseback safari. However, it must be noted whilst the majority of these activities are standard in most concessions and camps some are limited to certain concessions or camps. We will always discuss your requirements so we can provide you with the exact safari you desire.

The Okavango Delta has a phenomenal diversity of wildlife, resident and migratory. With 530 recorded species of birds and a phenomenal 160 species of mammals, without mentioning the reptile and amphibian count, you begin to see why this is such a special place to visit. Diversity is matched by the immense abundance of animals. The area is renowned for large herds of cape buffalo and elephants totalling around 30,000 individuals. It is estimated the area supports 200,000 large mammals.

Other herbivores, to name only a few, include wildebeest, hartebeestsitatungaspringbokelandgreater kududuikersteenbokgemsboksableroan, impala, zebra and red lechwe. Other ungulates include hippopotamus in abundance and reintroduced black and white rhinoceros although these remain elusive at present.

Predators are well represented in the shape of lion, leopard, brown hyena, spotted hyena, nile crocodile, African wild dog and cheetah, as well as smaller carnivores such as serval and caracal. Bird species include the iconic African fish eaglePel’s fishing owlhamerkop and beautiful lilac-breasted roller.

The Okavango Delta has that unusual knack of being able to support almost any traveller from the solo traveller to a family group, experienced safari goer to first timer and wildlife enthusiast to casual holiday maker. Its unique selling point lies in its exclusivity, superb concentrations and variety of game, exceptional camps and natural outstanding beauty. In an ideal world we would recommend it as a destination to almost everybody if it wasn’t for the sticking point of the price. All this luxury, world-class guiding and exclusivity comes at a price, a significant one. Travelling in April, May and November is a way of maximising game viewing opportunities without paying premium prices.

The Delta is well linked by air to Chobe, the Linyanti, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Nxai Pan and Makgadikgadi Pan via the central hub of Maun ensuring all areas can be combined effortlessly as part of a safari package.

The Okavango is such a diverse place to visit with each concession and indeed each camp offering a slightly different experience. We recommend staying in at least a couple of camps in order to experience the best of the area. Combining a wet camp and dry camp is ideal to gain a rounded experience.


Best Time To Visit

The climate of the Okavango Delta can be divided into the dry season and wet season. However, the Okavango Delta is a very complex area, and does not always follow the same rules as one would expect from a typical dry season/ wet season destination. Therefore, care is needed when recommending and advising the perfect time to visit. Each season, and indeed the months within each season, offers you a different experience. As always there is no time of year that offers you the best of everything. We provide you with a balanced account throughout the year so you are able to make an informed decision on the best time to visit based on your preferences.

The dry season is considered the months from April to October. This time of the year is characterised by almost no rain, with no actual rain in the months of May to September. Temperatures begin to fall and bottom out at average lows of only 6 degrees Celsius in the winter months of June to August. Warm clothing is recommended for early morning activities during these months. Temperatures soon recover under the sun to a comfortable 25 degrees Celsius by late morning. Temperatures rise drastically after August and top out during October at an average high of 35 degrees Celsius.

The wet season begins in November when the first rains break and runs through to March. Rainfall increases month on month with December to February being the wettest months. This is summer in Botswana so is therefore characterised by hot days as well as the rain. Expect daily average highs in excess of 30 degrees Celsius. Do not let this put you off though as it rarely rains all day and occurs in the form of thunderstorms that last for an hour or so.

Wildlife viewing is good year round but is generally considered better in the dry season. The abundance of standing water following the deluge of flood water into the reserve attracts animals back from the parched desert. Wildlife abundance and densities are at their greatest at this time of year. However, as always the wet season is the time of year migratory birds are in greater abundance and baby animals are being born at this time of year. The herds migrate out of the Okavango Delta in the wet season in search of fresh grazing in the now lush Kalahari Desert. Resident game can also be difficult to spot at this time of year due to the thick bush concealing them.

The Okavango Delta has plentiful activities, however the water based activities are seasonal in all areas except those with the deepest channels. If water based activities such as boating or makoro safaris are important to you then it is advisable to travel when water levels are at their highest. Now, conventional thinking would direct you to believing the highest water levels are in the wet season and lowest in the dry season. This would be correct almost anywhere except the Okavango Delta. Water levels are dictated by the annual flood and not the local rains. Therefore, the water is actually at its highest in the months of June to September. Lower water levels occur during the wet season and render the above mentioned water based activities difficult or impossible.

Prices are ultimately highest in the peak dry season months of July to October. The couple of months either side of this, namely April, May, November and December see reductions of around 50% with the wet months of January to March literally offering half price accommodation. If you choose your camp carefully you could be in with a real bargain at this time of year.

The Okavango Delta, and Botswana on a whole, is excellent at delivering high quality low impact safari experiences. With tourist numbers limited in each private concession and densities being as low as 1 tourist per 125 km² it isn’t difficult to imagine the exclusivity you will enjoy here. Therefore, even in peak season tourist traffic is not a concern.

For those interested in the scenery and environment April and May are a beautiful time to visit as the flood water arrives and the bush bursts into life with a myriad of beautiful flowers decorating the plains and water channels.

Quick Facts

  • Special Status: Private Game Reserves
  • Location: Northern Botswana
  • Land mass: 8420 km²
  • Mammal species: 160
  • Bird species: 530
  • Big 5 reserve: Yes


  • Vehicle safari (including off-road driving)
  • Night drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Fishing (seasonal)
  • Sundowner cruises


  • Exceptional game viewing
  • Premier destination for wild dog denning
  • Big 5 private game reserves
  • Outstanding biodiversity
  • Varied safari activity programme
  • Vast wilderness area
  • Premium exclusivity destination

The area of Botswana often referred to as the Linyanti isn’t actually a game reserve in its own right but four separate private game reserves. These reserves being, the Chobe Enclave, Kwando Concession, Selinda Concession and the aptly named Linyanti Concession.

Each individual concession is unique in its own right, offering guests a distinctive experience. Collectively they are amongst Africa’s most exclusive private reserves. All the reserves are unfenced and completely open, providing a huge wildlife corridor not only between each reserve but from the Okavango Delta in the west through to Chobe National Park in the east.

The Kwando Concession is one of the largest private wildlife concessions in Botswana covering an impressive 2300 km². It has a varied topography ranging from dense mopane forest in the west to lush riverine forest along the Kwando River. Ebony and marula trees punctuate the scenery. The permanent river acts as a magnet for thirsty animals in the dry season.

The Linyanti Concession, although only half the size of Kwando, remains an impressive sized private game reserve. With an area covering 1250 km² it is almost 3 times the size of Los Angeles. The best tourist spots are in the north along the Linyanti River. Here there are open floodplains and a band of riverine forest adjacent to the river. The south of the reserve is covered in dense mopane forest which can make wildlife viewing a little more difficult.

The Selinda Reserve protects the Selinda Spillway, a channel which links the Okavango and Linyanti river systems. The environment is characterised by wide, dry grasslands dotted with small palm-forest islands. With a land mass of 3200 km² it really is a huge private concession.

The Chobe Enclave is the eastern most reserve located north of the Chobe National Park. It occupies 1690 km² of pristine African wilderness. Its position on the periphery of the Linyanti Marshes ensures it is an attraction to large concentrations of game, especially in the dry season. This marshland had been dry for decades until during the heavy summer rains of 2008, combined with shifting fault lines, the Linyanti River began to flow into the marshes. This provides the life giving water for thousands of migratory wildlife.

Wildlife viewing at all the reserves varies from exceptional to very reasonable year round but the Linyanti would be considered a dry season destination. At this time of year it is simply world-class. As the rains cease and the area begins to dry wildlife moves out of the safety of the forests and congregates around the permanent water holes in each of the concessions. This makes wildlife viewing easy due to the predictability of the wildlife’s whereabouts. The area is renowned for huge herds of elephants and buffalo who migrate into the reserves in search of life-giving water and fresh vegetation. Herbivores are well represented in the form of wildebeest, greater kudu and lesser kudu, impala, tsessebe, giraffe and zebra, as well as rarer ungulates such as roan, eland and sable. The presence of permanent water provides habitat for elusive semi-aquatic antelope species such as lechwe and sitatunga, as well as crocodiles and hippopotamus. Predators are numerous with lions being especially common, leopards can be spotted in the riverine forests, and cheetahs are naturally seen hunting in the open plains. For those wanting to especially see African wild dogs the Linyanti is as reliable as any place in Africa to observe these charismatic but critically endangered canines. Reliable dog denning occurs year on year. Unfortunately both black and white rhinoceros have been hunted to extinction.

The Linyanti benefits from being a private reserve so is not affected by the sometimes limiting regulations that arguably stifle the experience in some national parks. Activities in each reserve are as diverse as they are abundant. Game drives are enhanced as off-road driving is permitted. This allows guests to follow animals hunting or get up close for better photographic opportunities. Night drives are also permitted. A drive in the darkness of the African bush is undoubtedly exhilarating but it also provides an opportunity to observe nocturnal species such as Cape porcupine, aardwolf, pangolin, genet and African civet. The availability of permanent water plays a huge role in safari activities with makoro, canoeing and boating being available at the majority of camps. Excellent walking safari is also conducted as are more elaborate activities such as helicopter rides.

All the Linyanti private reserves are underpinned by exceptional wildlife viewing, superlative guiding, an array of activities offering a varied perspective and tremendous camps with the highest levels of service. The only drawback is the price but if your budget does stretch this far then there are few better places to enjoy a safari of a lifetime.

We often recommend combining one of the Linyanti Reserves with one or two concessions or camps in the Okavango Delta and possibly Nxai Pan, Makgadikgadi Pan or the Central Kalahari Game Reserve to gain a full appreciation of wild Botswana.

Best Time To Visit

The climate of the Linyanti can be simplified by dividing it into the dry season and wet season. Each season, and indeed the months within each season, offers you a different experience. There is no time of year that offers you the best of everything so we provide you with a balanced account throughout the year so you are able to make an informed decision based on your preferences.

The dry season runs from April to October although expect the last of the rains to fall in April. Temperatures remain high in April with average lows of 15 degrees Celsius and highs of 30 degrees Celsius. However, as winter closes in temperatures plummet at night and remain low early in the morning. Expect average lows to fall below 10 degrees Celsius from May through August. It is advisable to bring warm clothing for early morning activities at this time of year. The clear skies and African sun soon warm the plains to a very comfortable 25 degrees Celsius by late morning. As is common in Southern Africa temperatures rise sharply in September and peak in October. This month can be uncomfortable for some as daily highs average 35 degrees Celsius. Rainfall throughout the dry season is almost non-existent so expect uninterrupted blue skies with plenty of sunshine.

The wet season begins as the first rains fall in November and lasts until March. Also expect a few showers to occur into April. January and February are the wettest months followed by December. Rainfall is usually characterised by short showers and afternoon thunderstorms so very rarely will your safari be interrupted for an entire day. Temperatures immediately fall with the first rains but this time of year is summer so expect temperatures to exceed 30 degrees on average throughout the entire season.

The Linyanti is very much recognised as a dry season area, this meaning wildlife viewing in the dry season is significantly better than in the wet season. Wildlife viewing in the Linyanti is dominated by wildlife congregating around the permanent water sources. This works in the dry season as water is sparse elsewhere. However, as the rains fall wildlife retreats from the river frontage and heads into the woodland. This is not to say the area is void of any animals but the densities are much reduced. The wet season is however better for birding as migratory species descend on the area.

Unsurprisingly, prices are highest in the peak season from June through October. The rest of the year sees a significant reduction in rates, as much as half the price at some camps. May and November are good times to travel to take advantage of the reduced rates whilst still enjoying excellent game viewing.

The Linyanti is amongst the most exclusive safari destinations in Africa. Tourists are only permitted to enter the reserve if they have a pre-booked reservation at one of the few camps. This ensures tourist densities are low even in the peak dry season.

The final consideration is the beauty of the bush. This is where the wet season comes into its own. The parched appearance of the bush in the dry season is replaced by lush, verdant vegetation following the rains.