Linyanti and Chobe Area - Seasonal Information

Linyanti and Chobe Area

Linyanti and Chobe Area
Linyanti and Chobe Area

The area offers spectacular birding all year round and is best known for its large herds of elephants that move down to the Linyanti River at the start of the winter months and only move back inland once the main rains arrive.
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January

Januar

Rainy Season: 20° - 30°
Rate Category: Green Season

February

Februar

Rainy Season: 20° - 30°
Rate Category: Green Season

January Information
January is traditionally the raining season in the Linyanti area, but this should not be seen as a negative as the rains bring life to the wilderness. Migrant birds are in full breeding plumage, there are lots of baby animals around and the vegetation is bright and green making it ideal for photographers. The larger herds of elephants and buffalo have moved further into the Mopane woodlands, but the older bulls remain in the area where there is good food and lots of water. Predators also remain as they are territorial and so the chances of seeing leopard and lion are still fairly good, especially if staying for 3 or more nights. Wild dogs have huge home ranges and so will occasionally move through the concession feeding on the young antelope that were born the month before. January can be a hot month, although with the afternoon thunderstorms it does cool the temperature down. Generally when it rains it is in the form of an afternoon thunderstorm that lasts around an hour before clearing up to bright blue skies. In general this is a great time for birders and photographers. The Linyanti marsh is at its lowest as the floods recede. This makes water activities difficult as the channels dry up. With the vegetation being ticker at this time of the year walking safaris can be dangerous and so it is at the discretion of the managers in camp. Mokoros, morning, afternoon and evening game drives are still possible.
Wildlife Sightings
Great birding
Vibrant colours and clear visibility for photography
Good predator sightings
No large herds of elephants or buffalo
Lots of young antelope
February Information
February is very similar to January with high day time temperatures and afternoon thunderstorms. The migrant birds are still around after the breeding season, so this is still a good time for birders as they are now nesting. The young antelope and other mammals are growing and becoming wiser making it slightly more difficult for the predators, but it can still be quite an exciting time. Leopard and lion are territorial and so remain in the area, so if you are staying for 3 or more nights you have a good chance of seeing the big cats. Wild dogs have huge home ranges and so there is a chance they will move through the concession in search of prey. The large herds of buffalo and elephant have moved deeper in the Mopane woodlands, but the older bulls remain in the marsh area where there is still plenty of food and water. This a great time for photographers as the air is clear, skies are blue and the vegetation is bright and green. It takes patience to find the animals, but once you have sighted them you are able to see more of their natural habits, as they are likely to remain there. The Linyanti marsh is at its lowest as the floods recede. This makes water activities difficult as the channels dry up. With the vegetation being ticker at this time of the year walking safaris can be dangerous and so it is at the discretion of the managers in camp. Mokoros, morning, afternoon and evening game drives are still possible.
Wildlife Sightings
Great birding
Vibrant colours and clear visibility for photography
Good predator sightings
No large herds of elephants or buffalo
March

März

Mid Season: 20° - 30°
Rate Category: Green Season

April

April

Mid Season: 17° - 30°
Rate Category: Shoulder Season

March Information
March is nearing the end of the rainy season. The migrant birds start to make their way back to Europe and northern Africa. The skies are still clear and bright blue and the vegetation still green. With the rains and surface water the herds have generally moved further into the Mopane woodlands, but the older bulls and plains game remain behind. Lion and leopard sightings can be good as they are territorial and so remain in the area throughout the year. Wild dogs occasionally move through the concession in search of prey, but sightings are still fairly rare as they move huge distances every day. March and April are known as the rutting season as impala and other antelope start to fight and find a mate for the season. This is still a good time for birders and photographers with a little patience to look for the animals. Day time temperatures can reach into the 30’s, but evenings and mornings can still be chilly, especially when you are in an open vehicle, so warm clothes are recommended. The Linyanti marsh is at its lowest as the floods recede. This makes water activities difficult as the channels dry up. With the vegetation being ticker at this time of the year walking safaris can be dangerous and so it is at the discretion of the managers in camp. Mokoros, morning, afternoon and evening game drives are still possible.
Wildlife Sightings
Good birding
Vibrant colours and clear visibility for photography
No large herds of elephants or buffalo
April Information
April is a bit of a transitional month as it is the end of the rainy season and start of the dry season. The later you go in the month the less chance you have of rain. The vegetation is still green, the skies blue and the air clear making it ideal for photographers. Day time temperatures can be a comfortable 20°, but evenings and mornings can be rather chilly as we move towards winter, so warmer clothes are recommended for open game drives. Towards the end of the month family herds of elephants and buffalo may be seen as the inland surface waters start to dry up. Predator sightings are still good for those spending 3 nights or more in camp. Lion and leopard are territorial and so do not leave the area. Wild dogs move through the concession in search of prey and so are seen occasionally. March and April are known as the rutting season as impala and other antelope start to fight and find a mate for the season. Birders are always rewarded in Linyanti. With its mixed habitats comes a good variety of bird species, from grasslands, woodlands to wetlands and marshes. The Linyanti marsh starts to fill up again as the floods from the catchment areas make their way towards Botswana. Boating trips will depend on the arrival of the floods and so may not be possible. Walking safaris may also be tricky especially at the start of the month when the bush is still too thick. Mokoros, morning, afternoon and evening game drives are still possible.
Wildlife Sightings
Still good for photography
Good predator sightings
No large herds of elephants or buffalo
May

Mai

Dry Season: 12° - 28°
Rate Category: Shoulder Season

June

Juni

Dry Season: 5° - 25°
Rate Category: Shoulder Season

May Information
May is traditionally the start of the dry winter months with cold evenings and mornings with clear skies and comfortable temperatures during the day. Warm clothes are highly recommended for those early morning and evening game drives in open vehicles where blankets and hot water bottles are often needed! As the surface water inland starts to dry up, so we start to see more and more family herds of elephants and buffalo, especially towards the end of the month. The waters of the Linyanti Marsh are at their highest as the floods arrive from Angola and Zambia catchment areas. Birding in Linyanti is excellent throughout the year with mixed habitats including woodlands, Mopane forests, grasslands, wetlands and marshes. Predator sightings get better as the vegetation starts to dry up making it slightly easier to see the animals. Leopard and lion are territorial and so do not leave the area. Wild dogs start to look for a den site and so may be seen more frequently as they move less. If the den is on the concession then sightings can be more frequent. Plains game are still very much present and make up most of the animals seen. As the vegetation starts to dry up it becomes safer to offer walking safaris. The waters of the marsh are also at their highest and so boating trips are also possible.
Wildlife Sightings
Still good for photography
Wild dog denning season
June Information
As the dry months set in the vegetation dries up even more, making it easier to see the animals. Daytime temperatures are comfortable, but evenings and early mornings are cold and so warm layers are highly recommended for game drives. The water levels of the Linyanti Marsh are at their highest making boating and mokoro trips possible. With the dry vegetation walking safaris are a fantastic and exciting way to experience the area. As the inland surface water dries up, so the herds of elephants and buffalo start to grow as they move towards the permanent waters of the marsh. If the wild dogs have denned on the concession then sightings can be more frequently as the adults do not move too far from the puppies. Lion and leopard are territorial and so do not move from their areas and so for guests staying 3 or more nights they have an excellent chance of seeing the big cats. This is a great time of year for everyone looking for an exciting safari. Photographers are still blessed with clear air and blue skies, although the vegetation starts to dry up. Birding in Linyanti is excellent throughout the year.
Wildlife Sightings
Still good for photography
Herds start to form
Wild dogs emerge from dens
July

Juli

Dry Season: 5° - 25°
Rate Category: High Season

August

August

Dry Season: 10° - 28°
Rate Category: High Season

July Information
As we move further into the dry season the game viewing improves as the larger herds start to gather along the marsh, having moved from the inland Mopane woodlands. Large family herds of buffalo and elephant are often seen in the mornings and afternoons as they make their way from the Mopane woodlands to the marsh areas where there is water and food. Leopard and lion are seen more often as the vegetation dries up. Wild dog still remain close to the den site and so if they are on the concession then sightings can be good. As the puppies grow they start to venture out of the den and so can make for some cute wildlife moments. Day time temperatures are comfortable, but evenings and mornings can be chilly, especially for morning and afternoon game drives, so warm layers are highly recommended. Boating and walking are both possible in July and make for exciting and different safari experiences. July is a great time of year for a safari in Linyanti as game sightings can be excellent. It is recommended to spend at least 3 nights on safari to fully appreciate the area and the different activities on offer. The Linyanti is a great area for birders. This is due to the mixed habitats that attract a variety of birds.
Wildlife Sightings
Herds start to form
Wild dogs emerge from dens
August Information
We are now midway through the dry season and the vegetation is drying more and more each day. Larger herds of buffalo and elephant make their way to the marshes in the mornings making for some fantastic wildlife encounters. Lion and leopard are seen more often because of the thinner vegetation which means you can see further. Wild dogs will start to leave the den, making it harder to see them as they move huge distances each day. All activities are on offer including boating, mokoros and walking safaris. Walking safaris can be a very exciting way to experience the African bush as you get closer to the ground and really experience it with all your senses! The day time temperatures start to rise and can get to high 20’s, but evenings and mornings can still be chilly and so it is recommended you are prepared for this. August is one of the busiest times in Linyanti as it offers excellent wildlife viewing in comfortable and dry weather. Spending 3 nights in the area is recommended to give you the best chance to see a variety of animals as well as enjoy the various activities on offer.
Wildlife Sightings
Herds get bigger
Wild dogs emerge from dens
September

September

Dry Season: 15° - 34°
Rate Category: High Season

October

Oktober

Dry Season: 19° - 35°
Rate Category: High Season

September Information
September has to be one of the best times of the year to experience the Linyanti. The day time temperatures can get hot with highs of 30 , especially towards the end of the month. This is one of the driest times of the year and by now the vegetation is brown and very thin making it easier to spot the animals. Large herds of elephant and buffalo make their way to the marshes in search of permanent water and food. Leopard and lion are seen more often as it is easier to see them in the dry vegetation. Wild dog are seen occasionally as they move through the concession in search of food. The air starts to become dustier and so is not as good for photography, although it does mean the sunsets are spectacular! The water levels of the marsh are still high enough for boating. Walking safaris are excellent now as guides can see further through the bush making it easier to see the wildlife. The Linyanti is excellent throughout the year for birders as it offers many different habitats including woodlands, grasslands, Mopane forests, wetlands and marshes. If you are looking for large herds of elephants and buffalo as well as good predator sightings then September is a good time of year for you to go on safari in Linyanti.
Wildlife Sightings
Herds get bigger
Wild dogs no longer dependent on dens
Good for predator sightings
October Information
October is the peak of the dry season and is also the hottest month with daytime temperatures reaching the 40’s at its peak. There is little wind and so this can make things uncomfortable, BUT the game viewing at this time of the year can be spectacular with large herds of buffalo and elephant. The vegetation is at its thinnest and the air is quite smoggy with dust and smoke from bush fires, making for some of the best sunsets in Africa. Lion and leopard are seen more often as the bush thins out. Wild dogs move through the concession in search of prey and so are seen occasionally. Water levels start to drop off in the marsh, but they are still high enough to offer boating. October is perfect for walking safaris as the thin bush allows guides to see animals further away, often meaning you can sneak up and get a closer view. If you can stand the heat, then October is a perfect time of year for wildlife viewing as it offers some of the biggest herds.
Wildlife Sightings
VERY HOT
Herds get bigger
Best time for wildlife sightings
November

November

Dry/Rainy Season: 20° - 35°
Rate Category: Shoulder Season

December

Dezember

Rainy Season: 20° - 35°
Rate Category: Green Season

November Information
November is usually the start of the rainy season which typically starts around the 2nd week of the month. This makes November an excellent time of year to go to the Linyanti as you still have amazing game viewing, but rates are reduced. The game viewing before the rains is very similar to that of October with large herds of buffalo and elephant. The daytime temperatures can get very hot topping at over 40°C, but as the rains start this can drop to a more comfortable temperature. When the rains do start, it usually consists of an afternoon thunderstorm that lasts no more than an hour, clearing up to bright blue skies. The rains clear the air and transform the vegetation to a bright green as new leaves start to blossom. As the rains start, so the larger herds of elephants and buffalo start to move back to the Mopane woodlands further inland. This is a gradual process and so there are always herds that remain. Lion and leopard are resident and so remain in the area. Guests staying 3 or more nights are often rewarded with great big cat sightings. Wild dogs are more difficult to see as the move huge distances each day as they go in search of prey. Towards the end of the month the impala and other antelope will start to give birth. With the many baby animals around it means easier prey for the carnivores and so this can be an exciting time of year to be in the Linyanti. Birding is fantastic throughout the year, but in late November the migrant birds start to move in. As the waters of the Linyanti Marsh start to dry up it makes boating excursions more difficult and so these may not always be possible. With the thicker bush walking safaris can become dangerous and so these are at the discretion of the management in camp. Game drives and mokoros are possible throughout the year.
Wildlife Sightings
Herds start to disperse after the rains
Vibrant colours and clear visibility for photography due to the rains
Baby impala are born towards the end of the month
December Information
December is the start of the rainy season as the thunderstorms become more frequent. This means there is more surface water around and so the family herds of elephant and buffalo move into the thicker Mopane woodlands. With the onset of the rains the impala and other antelope start to give birth (this could be at the end of November as well). With lots of inexperienced antelope around the predators make the most of it and so this can be an exciting time to be on safari. Lion and leopard are resident and so do not move far as they still patrol their territories to prevent intruders. Wild dogs move huge distances every day and so sightings are rare, unless they are on the concession hunting the plentiful baby impala. Birders are in their element as migrants and locals are in full breeding plumage to attract a mate. Day time temperatures can reach into the mid 30’s, but if there is rain it can drop quite significantly. When it does rain, it is usually an afternoon thunderstorm that last no more than an hour. The air is clear of dust, the skies are bright blue and the vegetation is lush and green making it an ideal time for photographers. You may have to work a little harder to find the animals, but they are there and when you do see them you generally spend more time with them which means you get to see more of their natural habits!
Wildlife Sightings
Herds have dispersed
Vibrant colours and clear visibility for photography
Young herbivore offspring emerge
Good for predators
Good for birding

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