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Reviewed 9 September 2019

Linyanti Bush Camp overlooks the Linyanti River which affords visitors the opportunity to have hippos and elephants sleep and snort just feet away from the breakfast fire circle and nightly cocktail area. It is a tented camp BUT to a standard of elegance that is breathtaking, witness the white clawfoot bathtub on the open porch of the tent platform. One is greeted by the staff singing a traditional welcome song and warm towels…Wow. And it is the staff that makes this camp such a treasure…our guide, James “007”, as he is known, is as knowledgeable as he is personable and I would say his knowledge of all aspects of every “ology” (zoology, ornithology, biology, etc) is at a Ph.D level. I interviewed him for over two hours and plan to get the interview published to illustrate the incredible depth of this and other tracker/guides’ knowledge. Every tree, bush, animal, scat, bird, track or rock on the concession was an integral part of 007’s world. His collegue Morgan was similarly gifted with immense knowledge and skill. I was impressed with the great structure, regulation, and professional development that makes up the Botswana guide community. All is designed to insure the safety and edification of the traveler client.

We were served by Cassie and Abigail who made every breakfast lunch and dinner a matter of high style. Food was served on a beautifully decorated table with artistically folded napkins, lots of great South African wine and multiple courses of fresh, colorful, delicious, food . High teas were also like groaning tables of sweet and savory treats. After a peaceful ride in a morokane poled boat, a special evening was spent riverside in the bush with all local dishes prepared in Dutch ovens over a wood fire. Because it was our 50th anniversary the kitchen prepared an anniversary cake for all to share. As my wife said, “She could have just burst with joy.” That night the great South African Wine and spirits flowed freely to aid the communal sense of joy and delight.

The camp has wifi and a small but select shop for quality items from locals. We had an individual solar heater for our hot water so we never ran out or had to skimp.
If we were to adjust our itinerary, it would include at least 4 nights at Linyanti Bush Camp and several days at their mobile expedition camp just a bit away from the original camp. The mobile camp has almost everything the main camp has except it is more remote and has the capacity to be moved in the rainy season.
The people at this camp, the tender care we received and the abundant wildlife will always be fixed in our mind. We are serious about returning and we know we will enjoy the experiences even more. And I will have even more jokes for “007”.

Date of stay: July 2019
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Gemma H, Public Relations Manager at Linyanti Bushcamp, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2019

This is too beautiful for words. Thank you for such a detailed and inspiring review of what we as a team seek to achieve. I truly feel inspired after reading this. I will be sure to share this lovely piece with our entire team at African Bush Camps. They will be as thrilled as I am to read it.

The delights of the African Bush tailored to your needs by our beautiful, hard-working team. If you do have your experience published please send us a copy, I can be reached at gemma@africanbushcamps.com living your experience through your writing has been fabulous. Thank you.

When we do meet again our team will be sure to welcome you with all their passion and pride until then stay well and congratulations on your 50th anniversary what an achievement.

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Reviewed 2 September 2019

We had originally planned to go to Linyanti Bush Camp, but due to some scheduling difficulties later on in our trip, we ended up going to Linyanti Ebony. And we are so happy that we did. The camp itself is lovely: small, very well appointed, and nicely situated on what would have been a river and marsh had it not been so dry. The camp is managed by Evelyn who tended to every detail in a timely, accurate and gracious manner. She had originally trained as a chef but was moved to the “front office” when management saw how good she was with operations, and what a good choice that was.

Our guide, Dutch, was fantastic. He’s a young man who has an interesting combination of traits: playfulness with a great sense of humor along with an expansive knowledge of flora and fauna, including birds, and a deep sense of responsibility for his clients. We had many wonderful sightings including the elusive sable antelope and lots of great interactions with elephants.

Date of stay: August 2019
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Gemma H, Public Relations Manager at Linyanti Bushcamp, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2019

Thank you for this lovely comprehensive review. It is fabulous to read. Thank you for the kind acknowledgement of our wonderful team. I will be sure to share this valuable feedback with our entire team especially Evelyn and Dutch, they will be thrilled to receive it.

Sables are so majestic how special that you were able to spot them. I do hope to welcome you back in the near future until then stay well.

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Reviewed 28 August 2019

We had great service and food at Linyanti Bush Camp and a wonderful helicopter experience. Make sure you stay 3 nights if you visit this camp because your stay then includes a 30 minute sight-seeing helicopter flight. The mokoro trip with Ask as our guide was wonderful, too! This camp is good for seeing elephants, buffalo, giraffe, baboon, and lots of neat birds including ostrich, Verreaux;s Eagle-Owls, Kori Bustard, and Hamercop. We liked seeing African wild cats and serval on our night drive and were lucky to see sable antelope on a game drive as well. However, no lions, leopards, hyenas, or other predators were seen and do not seem to be seen often at this camp.

Date of stay: August 2019
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Gemma H, Public Relations Manager at Linyanti Bushcamp, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2019

Thank you for this lovely feedback. It certainly sounds like you made the most of your time with us. I do appreciate the kind acknowledgement of our guide, Ask.

It is unfortunate that you did not spot some predators it is the nature of the wild, unfortunately. A good reason to come back next time. They are definitely around.

All the best.

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Reviewed 27 August 2019

In 2018, we spent 3 nights with friends at Linyanti Ebony Camp, adjacent to Linyanti Bush Camp. Both camps fall in the African Bush Camps portfolio. We had the privilege of being guided by Maitapiso Mosiiwa (Mighty) and immediately hit it off with him. He was kind, gentle, knowledgeable, open to learning and lots and lots of fun! It was my 60th birthday and he even delivered a spectacular meteor explosion that very evening! We saw plenty of wildlife of all descriptions and spent many happy hours pouring over our bird books, honing our knowledge. An extra special event that was included in the deal (we didn't know this) was a 30 minute flight over the Linyanti marsh, which was spectacular. We were very happy with the accommodation, food, staff and management. So happy, in fact, that we booked again in 2019 to stay at Linyanti Expeditions Camp - a temporary walking camp in the same concesssion. We requested Mighty again and were delighted that he was flown in from his posting at Khwai to guide us. What great customer relations! What makes African Bush Camps stand out from the rest is the management's support and training of their guides. Again, we saw a wide variety of wildlife, including many honey badgers (unusual) and vast herds of buffalo. Continue with the wonderful work Mighty and African Bush Camps. We will be back!

Date of stay: July 2019
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Gemma H, Public Relations Manager at Linyanti Bushcamp, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2019

Please keep coming. So wonderful to read this fabulous feedback. Thank you for such kind acknowledgement of our team as individuals and a whole. The guiding experience is the essence of our offering I am happy you were able to enjoy the quality that is Mighty. Such a fabulous all-round individual.

Looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

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Reviewed 16 August 2019

What makes Linyanti Bush Camp stand out above all the other places we visited in Botswana was how personal and intimate our experience there was. Evelyn, our hostess, coordinated everything and took care of our every need seamlessly. She truly was a *hostess* in that she not only arranged our schedule, including our walking safari and helicopter ride (amazing), but she was like--Hmm, the entire camp was like visiting distant cousins who welcome you to their home. And Evelyn is the lady of the house, your hostess and your cousin. We had a number of relaxed talks with her, over the fire at breakfast, at dinner, when we relaxed, not just about what we were doing and seeing, but about her life and ours. Getting to know each other.

Des, our guide, knew so much about the animals and the environment. He was a joy. And again, we talked with him casually about life things like he was someone we were visiting at home, not like someone with whom we had a mostly professional relationship. He joked with us (my wimpy inability to tolerate the hot chili) and we felt really as if we had made a friend, as well admired not only his knowledge but his passion for the wildlife of the area.

While the people made this camp one of the best experiences of our entire trip to Botswana, I have to also mention the food. This is the ONLY place we stayed where we were able to sample local dishes at most meals and OMG were they delicious! I want to find a Botswana cookbook! (We had gotten some African cookbooks before our trip, but they were mostly Nigerian/West African, and the food in Southern/Eastern Africa is different.) Of course I ate entirely too much, but it was SOOOO good. I did mostly skip tea (a rather substantial meal) because I just couldn't face that much food--we stopped for coffee hour in the morning and for happy hour at sunset when we were out in the brush, too.

Side note--I thought I would be afraid in the helicopter because it has no doors, but it was loads of fun and we got to see the animals from a completely different perspective. Don't worry or be afraid, just do it! The pilot, Bri, is delightful and a good guide.

The only only downside at Linyanti Bush Camp is a natural possible outcome of the warm family style of this intimate situation. There are only 4? 5? tents in the entire group and everyone eats dinner (and usually lunch) together. For our first days there, the other folk were delightful. After they left, the next group were--less so. Fortunately, they took no interest in us, so we got to have a great time with Evelyn and Des. So we got the better end of the deal in any case.

If you are wondering about whether to go here, do NOT wonder, just book it. You will be very happy. Oh, and make sure you are there on a Wednesday or Sunday night when they have the Boma fire and music. Super special and you don't want to miss it!

Date of stay: July 2019
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Gemma H, Public Relations Manager at Linyanti Bushcamp, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2019

This is too beautiful to read, thank you for the kind acknowledgement of our wonderful team. They are truly the heart of what we do and I am so thrilled that you felt their warmth and all the hard work that they put in.

I have shared this lovely feedback with our entire organisation, they will love reading it. We do encourage social interaction and it is a pity your second lot of companions weren't so forthcoming.

We do hope to welcome you back in the near future. Until then stay well.

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