We visited Linyanti Bush Camp in September 2019 as a group of four and it was a fantastic experience. Lebo was a superb hostess who was extremely kind to my friend who found the safari experience quite difficult. The staff were fun and attentive and we loved listening to their stories. The barbecue around the campfire and the singing by the staff were highlights . Esse’s knowledge was extraordinary and he was extremely patient with our endless questions. We saw all the animals on our wish list and tracked a leopard after a kill. Although this camp was less luxurious than our previous camp ( a ceiling fan in the room would have been appreciated as the days were very hot), it was still very comfortable. This was by far our best experience in Africa. Botswana is an incredible country.
African Bush Camps you have done it again. Linyanti Ebony is the perfect bush camp placed in the perfect setting. This wasn’t our first visit to an African Bush Camp but it was our first visit to Botswana. Let me just say we were not disappointed in either the Linyanti Ebony or Botswana.
Travelling through Africa can sometime be a bit difficult when travelling with 2 kids, but Linyanti Ebony made it effortless. The boys (11 & 13) just loved being greeted with warm smiles, singing, dancing and a giant elephant right at the front entrance. It is like the elephant was placed there just for us. Linyanti Ebony is set in a beautiful location, right on the edge of the Linyanti marsh. The animals roam freely throughout the camp which creates a lot of excitement with the kids and even us adults. We didn’t have to move far to see Elephants, Buffalo, Warthogs, Wildebeest, Zebras, Baboons and cheeky squirrels.
We stay 4 nights in the 2 bedroom family tent which had plenty of room for all of us to stretch out and relax. Our boys loved that plunge pool was just out the front of our tent, it meant they didn’t have to walk far to cool off in the hot afternoon. Cassie, Chef Yum Yum, TH and the whole team do a fantastic job. We were made to feel right at home and nothing it too hard for them. Our boys loved getting to know you all, learning some dance moves, trying new foods and beating you at cards. They never once felt like they should not be there or that it was adult time and they had to be quiet.
Esse – What an adventure you gave us. We saw almost everything we were hoping to see and much much more (except that dam cheetah). Essi showed us animals that I never thought we would be that interested in and now they have become some of our favorites – the Honey badger and Roan. Esse was very patient with the boys and not only listen to their jokes but also laughed with them. He answered every question no matter how silly or how many times they asked. Esse has had a massive impact on them and our youngest was extremely upset to say goodbye. He is already busy planning our next trip back to visit the Great ESSE.
Linyanti Ebony you should be very proud of yourselves. You have created a magical place in the middle of the hot African bush.
We were told once when visiting another African Bush Camp location – You arrive as strangers and leave like family. That exactly how we felt.
My fiancé and I loved our stay at Linyanti Bushcamp! We enjoyed that this camp felt remote, but great accommodations. The tent was nice, had a couch, bathroom, and nice room. It wasn’t overly fancy, but very comfortable. The lodge was very nice and had a great view of the marsh where we often saw herds of elephants and buffalo. The food was excellent, and never went hungry! We really felt at home here. The staff was so nice and friendly, especially Lebo, she was great!
Our guide Des was amazing! He’s into photography and taught us a lot, as well as made sure we got great photos (good angles, lighting). We really enjoyed our game rides. We saw lots of elephants and buffalo, large herds. We saw lots of zebra, hippo, impalas, etc. while there wasn’t a pride of lions that had claimed that territory there are some that come through often and we were lucky to see male and female lions, and mating as well! Maybe they stuck around! Saw leopard as well.
We stayed 3 nights and got a 30 min helicopter ride with Liam, which was AWESOME! Such a great way to see the terrain and animals.
This might have been one of our favorite stops on our 3 week trip, just great overall experience.
Thanks team Linyanti for a great experience!
Linyanti Bush Camp
A very remote camp close to the edge of the marsh where you can see all kinds of animals and birds and no signs of other people. Our room was large and comfortable with a huge front window and deck looking out over the marsh.
Our guide, Des, helped us find and photograph some wonderful birds including owls and eagles. This is a spectacular place to take a mokoro ride. The edge of the marsh is beautiful and loaded with wading birds. The game walk with guide Esse was wonderful. He showed us all the ways elephants change the landscape while keeping us safe from hidden buffalo. We loved the scenic flight (Included in our dry season stay) over the marsh in a tiny helicopter with the doors off. Gave us a chance to take in the enormous sprawling herds of elephants and buffalo grazing on the edge of the marshes. The next day we were lucky to find the chopper free for a quick ferry ride to our next camp (Kwai Tented Camp) eliminating a couple of hours of dusty bumpy driving.
It was extremely hot while we were there but the staff more than made up for the heat. The food was wonderful and the night of singing and dancing around the campfire was unforgettable.
My wife and I stayed at Linyanti Bush Camp (LBC) for 4 nights on our honeymoon recently. We had just come from Khwai River Lodge in Moremi Game Reserve, which set a very high standard for us. It was admittedly a long (one hour) and bumpy 4x4 drive from the airstrip to the camp, however LBC is known for its remoteness so this was part of the package, so to speak. A choir of singers, and our host 'Boy', welcomed us upon arrival.
The camp is set nicely on a rise overlooking the Linyanti marshes. The rooms are well furnished, and our suite had an outdoor bath/shower which was 100% necessary due to the lack of air conditioning in the room. There is a portable cooler but it is not very effective. However, this was part of the African bush experience so if you don't like being hot, maybe Africa in October isn't for you!
We had several guides throughout our stay. Esse was our favourite, we really connected with him and he was very knowledgeable, patient and engaged with us. On the game drives we saw a number of different species, some more abundant than others. There are plenty of elephants, impala, giraffes and buffalo, however Linyanti is not the best place for predators like lions and leopards, so keep this in mind. Having said that, we were lucky enough to track down the resident male Leopard (Big Boy), and seeing him prowl around (and roar!) at night was probably the highlight of our honeymoon. Truly amazing and unforgettable, and Esse was the perfect guide for this experience. The night drive we did with our guide Action was quite long, but worth it because we saw the mysterious Aardvark (Action had not seen one in 15 years of being a guide), among other enigmatic nocturnal creatures like springhares (very common), wild cats, honey badgers, civets and genets. Another high point of our stay was the Mokorro (dugout canoe) rides, led by our guide Kem3. Kem3 had a soft and peaceful demeanour, and was very humble and knowledgable. The mokorro rides were so serene and therapeutic. Sundowners overlooking the marsh were magical. Of course, the complimentary helicopter joy ride has to be mentioned - Liam the pilot gave us a great tour over the marshes, what an adrenaline rush!
Although the wildlife was not as abundant and varied as Moremi, there was still wildlife on offer if you looked hard enough. I would say, however, that the strength of LBC over other venues we visited, was the people and cultural experience. Guests would dine in the company of Boy (the host) and other guides, which we thought was very egalitarian but also special, because we got to chat to local people with so much insight and experiences. It was Botswana's independence day while we were there, and huge celebrations were held - you could really see the passion these people had for their nation. The cultural and personal experience at LBC was what set it apart from other places we stayed, and my wife and I cherished the time we got to spend with Boy and the guides, getting to know them and learn from them.
Our stay at LBC was memorable for many reasons, with such a welcoming and personal experience. We wish Boy and the team all the best for the future (and good luck to Kem3 for his exams to become a professional guide!). Thank you for making our stay special (including the romantic dinner on the final night)!!