Wildlife of Linyanti and Savuti

The remote wilderness of the Linyanti and Savuti regions makes for an astoundingly high and diverse concentration of wildlife.  Linyanti and Savuti form a natural link between Chobe National Park to the north and the Okavango Delta to the south with the Savuti Channel running into the Chobe River.

The landscape ranges from grasslands and savannah woodlands to marshes and swamps. The diverse areas of Linyanti and Savuti attract predator and prey including elephant, lion, zebra, leopard, spotted hyena, wild dog, wildebeest, sable, eland, roan, hippo, buffalo, crocodile, as well as a huge amount of birdlife.

Savuti is famous for its prides of lions which have been known to hunt elephant during the dry months. Botswana at large is famous for having the largest concentration of elephants on the African continent, and Linyanti boasts huge numbers of elephant especially during the dry season.

Rainy season (November- April)

During the rainy season, wildlife searches for new grazing grounds. One of the most famous of these movements is the natural spectacle of the Zebra Migration. From November to December, thousands of Zebra migrate south from Linyanti, through Savuti to rich new grasslands in the Mababe Depression. In February , they begin the trip back north.

Dry Season (May- October)

As the rain begins to slow, wildlife activity increases making it an ideal time for game viewing. The dryer weather causes animals to congregate near artificial waterholes in search of hydration.  This creates a higher chance of seeing both predator and prey in close vicinity.

In the past, one of the greatest spectacles to witness during the dry season was Savuti’s famous pride of lions becoming elephant hunters. The Linyati and Savuti area was notorious for its habit of drying up for long periods of time. Before 2008, there was an almost 30 year drought. The lack of rain meant that the lions’ usual source of prey started to dwindle. In the face of the drought, the lions adapted, choosing elephant as their new target. The rains have since become more frequent bringing back smaller prey but the lions still retain the great skill needed to bring down Africa’s giants.  

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