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The Linyanti Reserve is one of three reserves (including Kwando and Selinda) that lie between Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta. These three concessions form what essentially is a “mini Okavango Delta,” but with the addition of abundant big game that is emblematic of Chobe National Park. This is especially true of elephants, as this entire region has been the center of some of the highest densities of African elephants during August, September, and October each year. These concessions are home to a variety of other animals, including crocodile, hippo, sitatunga, lechwe, southern giraffe, buffalo, lion, wild dog and spotted hyena.
Now that the Savute Channel and Selinda Spillway routinely flow after more than 25 years, much of this big game remains in the reserve or nearby at the Savute Marsh during the dry season (May to November). Linyanti’s natural boundaries are defined by the Linyanti River to its north and the Savute Channel to its west. After flowing southeast, the Kwando River intersects the Selinda Spillway and Savute Channel, which forms the natural boundaries of the Selinda Reserve. The river then abruptly begins to flow to the northeast, renamed as the Linyanti River and onto to the Chobe River.
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