This large, shallow lake is located between the Linyanti and Chobe rivers. When full, it covers some 10,000ha, although it has been dry (something of a dustbowl) since 1985. People and cattle now populate its bed.
Lake Liambezi's main source of water used to be the Linyanti River. However, even in recent years of good rain it has been unable to fill the lake after filtering through the Linyanti Swamps (which themselves are very dry). Despite good water levels in the Kwando-Linyanti system in the 2001/2 rainy season, it didn't break through as far as Liambezi.
Although over recent decades there has been a trend towards less and less water, and more villages, in the lake and the marshes around it, in early 2002 there was sign of a possible change. For the first time in many years Lake Liambezi has a few inches of water on it, due to good rains and possibly some flow-back from the Chobe River.