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“Regalness and Soulful in The Bush”
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Linyanti Bush Camp
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New York City, New York
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“Regalness and Soulful in The Bush”
Reviewed 18 June 2012

I am sorry to say that this review has been 9 months coming. We were there in October, 2011.

There is a serenity to this particular camp. This is the bushcamp to come to be restored. We were at this camp for 2 nites, but you need 3 nites if not more.

This is where I came "to just be" in Africa, this was my dream of Africa. This is it guys, AUTHENTICITY, and I mean it. You must be prepared to come away from this place knowing that you are changed because of the experience of this environment, the animals, the people, and the great beauty of the bush and all that that entails.

Our guide, Gally was a quiet, diligent guide who miraculously found wild dogs. We had the honorable priviledge of observing wild dogs for an hour at twilight, which is incredibly rare, and all by ourselves.

Clara, oh Clara, (there should be one for every one's life on a safari) is a calm presence. When we entered our tented suite, I held my breath, as it had a lovely design of flowers on the bed, and then the tent is HUGE, and the view of the swamp tremendous. This spaciousness in such a remote area helps you to unwind from our modern lives, as there is no TV, internet, phone.

The food wonderful, french press in the morning. They bring you a hot thermos to make it. The moroko a must to see wildlife, the flowers, and the calm of the water.

Issac the camp manager will make sure that everything is taken care of for you. This camp was intimate, as the staff ate with you, and you got to know them if you wanted to. After dinner, you would go down to the fire and sit and talk some more. Here we were in Africa, with the magnificent stars, animal noises close and far away, few people, conversation wide and deep from great food, wine, books, music, etc. and (of course "keep the bush going" ) to how we were all in our own way going to save the world, and this is with people you have just met!!!!!!!!!

But you could have easily just been on your own here too if you need more time to yourselves, as they are extremely aware of a guest's needs.


Oh Linyanti, Linyanti, I long to go back.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Mill Valley, California
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

our family of 5 stayed at LEC for 4 nights in mid december. we had the good fortune to have the entire camp to ourselves! the family tent was very comfortable for us. the rains had been heavy, so game was scarce in the area and the bush was thick and green. all the cats had moved away with the buffalo so the game viewing was not as good as it could have been. the food was amazingly great, hot water abundant. we had an amazing guide was Esa who knew everything. Issac the camp manager made sure we were happy and comfortable. the only thing i could say is that some type of solar powered fans would have been nice to have for the very hot nights. the beds were super cozy!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Kabul, Afghanistan
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Reviewed 3 September 2011

I stayed at Linyanti Bush Camp for two nights in August 2011. I was traveling alone for leisure. This was the second camp I stayed at on my first-ever African/safari vacation. My first camp was Xakanaxa Camp in the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta, which was also great.

But I wanted to add a night or two in Chobe, and I wanted to try a camp in a private reserve, so that I could have the off-road and night drive experiences. Linyanti Bush Camp far exceeded my expectations on all counts. The game viewing here was even better than in the delta, and our guide, Isaac, was by far the best safari guide of the three or four I encountered on this vacation. His English skills and customer service level are a cut above the rest, but, more important than that, his encyclopedic knowledge and clear passion for the land and the wildlife really shine through at every moment. At one point, he managed to take us to a watering hole right in time to see huge herds of buffalo, zebra, and elephants all at once. Then a radio call came in that there had been a leopard sighting on the other side of the reserve. He got us there, fixing a flat tire en route, in time to see the leopard. When we wanted to start our morning game drive extra early the following day to try to see the leopard again, Isaac was more than happy to accommodate, and indeed we had another incredible sighting. Also saw lions, kudu, other antelope, lots of birds, and more elephants than we knew what to do with. Ask for Isaac by name. He made the trip.

I was also very glad about my decision to try a private concession camp for the off-roading and night drives -- those were really unique, special experiences. And, after constantly passing other camp vehicles and self-drivers in Moremi, it was nice to have the entire concession to ourselves at Linyanti. On our game drives, we would go hours without seeing another soul. Isaac also took us on a brief walking safari where we got to pursue some elephants up-close-and-personal. Unforgettable!

The camp is also very unfenced. Elephants and hippos literally walked by my tent all night long. One morning, I turned on my electric toothbrush and heard an elephant just on the other side of the tent wall get startled! And one afternoon we got to see them in the water right in front of my tent, at a distance of less than 20 yards.

The accommodations and the rest of the staff were great, too. From the outside, the common area dining/lounge tent and the sleeping tents here look a little more basic than some other camps. And they are somewhat less elaborate than Xakanaxa. (It's just a tent itself set up on concrete pavement, rather than being on a raised wooden platform with a wooden roof over the tent. And there's no division inside the tent between the bed and the bathroom area, other than a closet, and no electrical outlets inside the sleeping tents.) But, inside, they have very comfortable amenities and a nice, casual, "African-chic" décor. The common area is smallish, but the camp only accommodates up to 12 guests, so it's adequate. Very nice space to sit and read or have a drink. Good selection of wines and beverages. The food was not quite as elaborate or formal as at Xakanaxa Camp, but was probably actually tastier. They had a chicken curry pie that was DELICIOUS! Staff eat meals with you, which is a nice chance to get to know them. Clara, Patrick, and Oko(?) were very gracious. The small size makes it feel they're invitign you into their family for a few days.

I thought the outdoor pool area was a little dirty, but that's hard to avoid with falling leaves and lots of birds leaving their mess on the pool deck. Other guests said they spent an afternoon in the pool and thought it was perfectly fine, so it's no major problem.

Would kill to go back some day.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 August 2011

We stayed at the Linyanti Ebony Camp, a recently opened intimate camp with just four tents close to the main Linyanti Bush Camp. Clara, Ese and their team gave us a warm welcome to Botswana and really made us feel at home.
It was the perfect location for an authentic wild safari experience as it was far away from the main tourist routes.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Vienna
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Reviewed 27 October 2010

As there are only 6 tents at Linyanti you really feel at home the minute you arrive. The staff are very happy and jolly, a lovely atmosphere. The tents are the real thing with zipper and petroleum light at night which makes it very romantic. All the mod cons are in the tent including shower and toilet and the beds are very comfortable.
Dinner with Issac, Lynette and Winna was really enjoyable. We also enjoyed the dancing and singing afterwards. The food was great but the only problem with home cooking is that you just can’t refuse a second helping. Absolutely delicious.
Game is scarcer in this area and you have to look for it but it was very adventurous and we had lots of sightings. As it is a private concession you can go off road and after tracking a lioness for nearly 2 hours we finally spotted her but as it was getting dark soon lost her in the bush. The following morning we were back on her trail and found her resting under a tree. Fantastic. We always knew when it was getting serious as Issac would stand on the hood of the jeep and direct Winna with his foot. Also had a flat tyre on a night game drive which added to the excitement. Issac is a true chieftain with an outstanding personality. His activities with board of environment protection, guide training and excellent skills in tracking are something very special.
Thank you for giving us such a wonderful time at your camp.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 October 2010

Small, initimate, relaxed. From the moment we were welcomed by the team singing we knew would enjoy Linyanti. It may be slightly harder to find the big cats but dont let that put you off. We went to sleep with the elephant quietly eating at the back of the tent and the hippos roaring immediately outside the front. And Isaac the guide is a star. This is the closest we got to wild animals. The rest of the team are brilliant as well. Food is really good and nothing was too much trouble. As for the tents, they were nothing like I expected. Showers, flush toilet, exquisitely decorated. When we go back to Botswana this will be the first place we ink in.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Den Haag
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Reviewed 10 October 2010

One of the best camps we ever stayed in!!
In the other reviews you can read a perfect description of the place.
It was really that good.
And about the wildlife: We witnessed a lioness killing a buffalo about 20 meters away from our car! An incredible experience.
Indeed ellies and hippo's are to be found around your tent at night. We really loved it!!
Just go there and enjoy!!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Linyanti Bush Camp
Address: Linyanti Marshes, Linyanti Reserve, Botswana
Region: Botswana > North-West District > Linyanti Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Linyanti Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Linyanti Bush Camp 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Linyanti Bush Camp offers the perfect setting for an authentic and wild safari experience. As the only source of water in the dry months, the Linyanti marshes are one of the most sought after destinations in Northern Botswana, boasting a great diversity of game and a peaceful atmosphere. The area offers spectacular birding all year round and is best known for its large herds of elephants that move down to the Linyanti River at the start of the winter months and only move back inland once the main rains arrive. Lion, sable, roan, leopard, and wild dog are also frequent visitors to Linyanti as is the elusive sitatunga antelope, red lechwe, hippo and crocodile. Bordering the western boundary of Chobe in the Chobe Enclave, the Linyanti Bush Camp is an intimate 12-bedded tented camp on the banks of the Linyanti marshes in a private reserve. Activities from the camp include game drives, walking safaris, game viewing from hides, spot-lighting, bird watching, boating and fishing safaris as well as guided mokoro safaris, when water levels permit. Accommodation at the Linyanti Bush Camp is far from primitive with spacious tents, comfortable beds, and en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets, fixed showers and hot water. ... more   less 
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