On safari-- wildlife and nature photos

*Sundowner timeSafari country  Click to enlargeZibalianja Lagoon

Introducing the Linyanti

It has been one of Africa's best safari areas**, challenging such high profile wildernesses as the Serengeti and the Okavango Delta. Sandwiched between the delta and Namibia's Caprivi Strip, the Linyanti is a land of lions and other predators and huge herds of elephant and buffalo. It's also a land of contrast, from the paradise of the permanent waters of the Kwando & Linyanti Rivers and their lagoons to the parched back country of mopane woodland

**A cautionary note: In recent years, with a change of ownership, the accommodation emphasis of one of the Linyanti's safari concessions, Selinda, has moved from what I would call 'simple, intimate comfort' to 'luxurious'. Prices have moved accordingly. The small and hugely popular Zibalianja camp has been replaced in a new location by something more grand.

*Morning break
Morning break on safari

Point to the small images for captions, click to enlarge

Selinda spillway Selinda and Kwando are neighbouring private safari reserves. Selinda's artery is the Selinda spillway, connecting the Kwando/Linyanti to the delta's panhandle Selinda spillway

The spillway was mostly dry for two decades, but 2004 saw the start of big changes. Good rains in the Angolan highlands boosted the flow of the Okavango and Kwando Rivers into both ends of the spillway, and the water has continued to advance- possibly aided by tectonic activity. It has attracted growing numbers of elephant, as well as buffalo herds from the Kwando area

Buffalo in Kwando      Cattle egret   Linyanti wetland

The wildlife of Kwando concentrates on the beautiful woodland and lagoons lining the river, while the focus of Selinda is on the spillway and Zibalianja lagoon, set in a world of floodplain grassland dotted with islands of ivory palms and other trees

Zibalianja lagoon

The image above and the middle image in the row below are used in a video exhibit for the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History: Take a Walk with Homo Erectus

* Selinda hippo pools   Selinda spillway ©Yvonne Milbank   *Selinda hippo pools

Palm island at sunset

*Rain trees   *Knobthorn tree   *Strangler fig, Selinda spillway

Walking at Selinda

Walking safari  Elephant encounter #1  Elephant encounter #2

The grasslands of the Linyanti region are ideal for walking safaris, though care still has to be taken when encountering dangerous animals

Next page, the Lions of Selinda. Go to the links below for my other African and Australian pages. Walking safari experiences are a feature of the Zimbabwe page

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Where the photos were takenMap of Selinda

The Maplink on the left will show you where Selinda and Kwando are; the link on the right takes you to a map of Selinda itself. You'll need to click on the map to enlarge it and scroll to view it all


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    ©2000-2013 Copyright photographs, graphics and text: John Milbank, except where otherwise denoted. Original Selinda map (modified for this site), courtesy Linyanti Explorations. The photographs preceded by * on this page were taken with a medium format camera, a Fuji GS645S Wide 60, using Velvia 100F and E100VS film. All but two of the others were taken with a Canon EOS 1n camera with 300/2.8 IS lens and Sensia 100 film. The palm island illuminated by the setting sun was photographed with an EOS 5 camera and 100-400 IS lens. Yvonne's photograph of the spillway was taken with an EOS1D Mark 2 with a 100-400 IS lens at 100mm