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The Linyanti

The Linyanti

Like so many of Botswana’s regions, the Linyanti boasts an astounding concentration and diversity of wildlife. The Linyanti River (downstream called the Chobe River) forms a natural border between Botswana and Namibia, and on its southern side (in Botswana) are the picturesque lagoons, flowing rivers, open grasslands, riverine forests, and inland forests of the Linyanti—an environment where wildlife abounds.

Especially in Botswana’s dry winter months, herds of Africa’s large land mammals congregate at the Linyanti’s rivers and lagoons. Zebra, antelope, red lechwe, and sitatunga migrated through these wetlands, always followed closely by lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, and hyaena. Hippo and elephant also roam these lands but are in no danger from the predators. And of course, this oasis is also home to hundreds of bird species, announcing the dawn with their magnificent chorus.

The last stretches of Africa’s Great Rift Valley here divide the forests from the river floodplains, and it is these ridges that provide not only breathtaking vistas but also unmatched wildlife observation opportunities. The unique landscape distinguishes it from the nearby Okavango Delta and Chobe River areas, and requires that the serious visitor include this region in their tour of Botswana in order to fully appreciate the country’s diversity.

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