Board a light aircraft for a birds-eye view on your flight to the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, a private 308,000-acre conservation concession bordering the western boundary of Chobe National Park. Our northern Botswana safari base is DumaTau Camp, a ten-room luxury tented camp situated close to the source of the Savuti Channel on one of the many lagoons within the Linyanti ecosystem that attracts so much wildlife, making wildlife viewing so abundant during our stay here.
We explore all three ecosystems of the Linyanti Concession: the Linyanti River, the Mopane woodlands, and the Savute Channel. After drying up in 1980, the channel is now flowing once again attracting large herds of elephant and a wide variety of animals drawn to the water and lush vegetation. With two-thirds of the Savute Channel located in the concession, guests of DumaTau share access to its abundant game with only two other small camps in the area. Wildlife viewing from DumaTau Camp includes day and night game drives, walking safaris with specialist bush guides and by boat on the water (water levels permitting). There are also a number of platforms and hides from which to view and photograph mammals and birds.
The diverse protected habitat assures healthy numbers of predators, an especially critical stronghold for more critically endangered species like wild dog, lion, cheetah and spotted hyena. Abundant plains game and other wildlife includes the roan, red lechwe, Burchell's zebra, blue wildebeest, impala, common waterbuck, sable, eland, giraffe, chacma baboon, vervet monkey, warthog, hippo and Cape buffalo. Nocturnal species often seen are lesser bushbaby, spring hare, aardwolf, serval, large spotted genet and if you are extremely lucky the elusive pangolin!
Birding in the green season is outstanding here featuring Okavango species such as slaty egret, Hartlaub's babbler, African skimmer, and wattled crane, to the drier Mopane woodland species like racket-tailed roller, Bradfield's hornbill and swallow-tailed bee-eater. This area is also excellent for kori bustard, ostrich, secretary bird, and ground hornbill with southern carmine bee-eaters in summer. The Savuti Channel is known for its high concentrations of eagles and raptors and is internationally recognized as an IBA (Important Bird Area) particularly for birds of prey like Dickinson's kestrel and many aquatic species. There are also various owl species to be seen here such as Verreaux's (giant) eagle-owl and African scops-owl. Overnights DumaTau Camp.