The Linyanti is one of the most remote, wild and pristine regions of Botswana. The wildlife reserve has the Linyanti River as its northern border and the Linyanti Swamp as its heart, and is the primary attraction for one of Africa’s largest elephant populations. In the early evening, breeding herds of elephant gather at the pools and mudholes to socialise, drink, wallow and play. The Linyanti's waters meander to form a myriad of pools and lagoons, favoured by hippos, crocodiles and overwhelming numbers of water bird.
Two thirds of the Savute channel is situated within the Linyanti reserve. “The Stolen River” as it is chronicled by the Joubert’s documentary, was a dry "waterway" until 2008, previously flowing from 1967 to 1981. A phenomenon that has occurred over centuries, this cyclical and changing feature of wet and dry is not completely understood, though tectonic activity deep below the Kalahari sandbed is believed to be at least partially responsible.
The Selinda Spillway is a shallow channel connecting the Panhandle region of the Okavango Delta with the Chobe River system. The Spillway flows only in years of high waters and contrary to popular belief, flows in one direction, from the Okavango to the Chobe. Abundant birdlife is particularly vocal with a magnificent dawn chorus giving way to the diurnal noises of incessantly grunting hippos and trumpeting elephant.
Inland are spectacular mixed woodlands - cathedral and scrub mopane, ancient leadwood and jackalberry forests which conceal elephant, giraffe and the less common sable and roan antelope. Seasonal floodplains transform into open grasslands in the dry season, inviting a congregation of plains game which seduce a following of lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and hyena. Activities are diverse, with game viewing possible by boat, open 4x4, canoe and on foot.
The Linyanti ensures privacy and exclusivity, a wonderful diversity of habitat and a haven for wildlife.