The reserve has a high population of animals, lion and spotted hyena as the principal predators, with leopard being sighted primarily on night drives. Game densities improve as the season progresses into the drier months and the wildlife migratory species move closer to the water source of the Linyanti River. Herds of elephants can be seen congregating at waterholes and rivers. Zebra also stay in the Linyanti region during winter before moving on to Savuti around October and November.
A prime dry game viewing area between June and October, this remote concession incorporates the Linyanti River and its shady mopane forests, wetlands and open savannahs. Elephant viewing is particularly strong and at points offers the world’s highest density, although a myriad other wildlife congregates here, including red lechwe, kudu, sable, impala, zebra, wild dog, waterbuck and giraffe. Four of the main camps in this area include Linyanti Tented Camp (an old style safari camp with simple, modest comforts), King's Pool (a Wilderness Safaris Camp and one of the most luxurious in Botswana), Duma Tau (luxurious tents on wooden platforms) and Savuti Camp (located alongside the Savuti Channel with Meru style tents). The Savuti Linyanti is the site of an annual zebra migration, with unbeatable wildlife viewing.
Including a significant section of the Selinda Spillway that links the Okavango with the abundant wildlife of the Linyanti Marshes, Selinda covers an area of 1,350 square kilometres in northern Botswana, sitting adjacent to Linyanti. Its topography is similar to that of Linyanti, but offers more floodplains in addition to its waterways and dry woodland areas. The spillway that winds through the area is a magnet for wildlife, as the waters from the Okavango pour in, and during the winter months elephant herds can be numerous, along with wildebeest, zebra and giraffe, as well as predators such as wild dog, cheetah, lion and leopard. Selinda Camp is a luxurious camp with tents on raised platforms offering superb game viewing within the heart of the concession.
The Linyanti region has the benefit of having a private and exclusive feel, with accommodation being shared between a very small number of camps, which means that guests are able to experience the wildlife in relative seclusion, adding to the authenticity of the safari experience.