The Chobe-Linyanti region (comprising Chobe National Park and the adjacent private reserves of the Linyanti) is a striking contrast to the Okavango Delta, and adds a new dimension to a visit to Botswana. The terrain includes riverine forests and open savannah, and is dominated by the presence of the great rivers -- the Chobe, the Kwando, and the Linyanti. The region is undergoing a fascinating transitional period as the Savuti Channel and Selinda Spillway, predominantly dry for the past twenty years, have started to flow once more.

Game-viewing in this region is highly seasonal, with game much more concentrated during the dry African winter months (June-October - seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are the opposite of those in the North). As the pans in the back country dry up, animals are drawn to the rivers and enormous concentrations of elephant and buffalo can be seen. Predator viewing is superb as the bush dies back making animals easier to see, and the big cats stalk the herds as they gather round permanent water sources. This is also the best time of year to catch a glimpse of the rare and highly endangered African wild dogs who make their home in the private Linyanti reserves, as these normally far-ranging predators are denning and stay close to the den site. The pups usually emerge from the dens in August or September, and many veteran safari-goers plan their trips around the opportunity to see them. The Linyanti is also known for some of the best cheetah sightings in Southern Africa.

 During the African summer, also known as the green season, game is more widely dispersed but the landscape comes to life in striking hues of green. The antelope and other plains game are in top condition, and from December - February there are many baby animals to see. Predator viewing is more challenging than in the dry season but is still very good. It's a great time for birding as many migrants from Europe arrive to join the local endemics, many of them in breeding plumage.  Dramatic (but brief) thunderstorms make for spectacular photographic opportunities. There are many fewer visitors during the green season, making it a favourite of old Africa hands. 

Visitors to the Linyanti region virtually always fly into the small, intimate tented luxury camps in the private reserves. Reservations should be made well in advance to secure a room (especially in the dry season) as the camps are very small and fill up quickly! Because the Linyanti is a private area, off-road driving, night drives, and bush walks are available as well as morning and afternoon game drives. A minimum 3-night stay is highly recommended to fully experience the Linyanti.

Visitors to Chobe National Park can either fly or drive into the park, where there is a wide range of accommodation ranging from five-star lodges to self-catering campsites (camping gear can be hired in Kasane). National parks rules mean that off-road driving is prohibited and you must be back in camp by sunset. While the area of the park nearest to Victoria Falls can become quite crowded by Botswana standards (though still much less crowded than East African parks) the areas deeper inside the park offer a more private safari experience. The Savute Marsh offers the best game-viewing in the park -- however, many people prefer to stay closer to the river to experience the boating safaris which are a unique highlight of a stay at Chobe. 

Whilst staying in the Chobe-Linyanti region is ideal in order to fully experience its wildlife and environment, it is also possible to visit the park on a day trip from Victoria Falls (Zambian or Zimbabwean sides). This is a full-day excursion and provides a tantalizing taste of Botswana's wonders. 

 The Chobe-Linyanti area can easily be combined with a visit to the Okavango Delta, a short 30 - 45 minute flight away by light aircraft.