The Linyanti Concession covers 1,250km2 of the northern Kalahari, dominated by large areas of mopane woodlands. However, its northern edge is bounded by the waters of the Linyanti River, complete with a string of lagoons and marshes. Adjacent to this is a narrow band of highly varied riparian forests which is the focus of most safari activities.
Cutting from west to east, through the centre of the concession, is the bed of the Savuti Channel. This is usually a dry sand river, where a number of waterholes attract game during the dry season.
Getting there and away
Getting to any of the camps in the Linyanti Concession is simple: you fly. Wilderness Safaris (who run all four camps) include light aircraft flights with their trips into these camps, and it's very easy to fly here from Maun, Kasane, or another camp in northern Botswana.
There are two main airstrips in the concession; one on the river's floodplain near to King's Pool (GPS:KINAIR), and another cleared from the bush between Duma Tau and Savuti Camp (GPS:DUMAIR).
All these camps work on the basis that the logistics are worked out well in advance. Everybody who arrives has a prior reservation (most made months ago) and everyone arrives and leaves by light aircraft.
No self-driving visitors are allowed into these camps, even by prior arrangement. So if you just drive in, you can expect to be escorted off the property and pointed in the direction of a public road!
When to visit
Game concentrates around here when it needs the water, and spreads out when it can easily drink elsewhere.
This means that the game will be better here when it's drier, although you'll find a wider variety of bird species here in the wet season, many of which will be in their breeding plumage.