Exceedingly good Big Game viewing opportunities abound in locations peripheral to the Delta. Chief’s Island, the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, and the Linyanti Swamp – north of Maun – are good examples of such areas.
Farther north, with access provided through Kasane, is the CHOBE NATIONAL PARK. Though Chobe extends far to the south, during the driest season its most spectacular area is narrow strip of land west of Kasane on the southern bank of the Chobe River. During the dry winter months elephants migrate north to drink and browse around the river. The assembled multitude of elephants is an extraordinary sight. It is a public park, not a private game reserve. You will be viewing from a land rover, or riverboat, with other visitors. In our experience, the power of the spectacle far outweighs any distraction from other vehicles in the vicinity. Other animals including predators and antelope are also in the vicinity.
KINGS POOL CAMP – Linyanti River
A neat spot. Another one! Behind you, to the horizon south, is Chobe National Park. At your feet, the lush Kings Pool Lagoon -- teeming with life. To the north, across the Lagoon and Linyanti River, are the flood plains of Namibia’s eastern Caprivi Strip. To paraphrase, you're sitting between heaven and a nice place. You need go no farther -- and yet you haven't left the private deck of your safari tent. Resist the temptation to sit. There are more than 300,000 acres of wilderness to explore: open grassland, riverine forest, wooded savanna. By boat, by land rover, on foot, or from a lounge chair on your private deck. Anyway you like it. Emphasis on elephant, and the cats, and hippo, and croc's... The list goes on. http://www.wilderness-safaris.com/botswana_linyanti_selinda/kings_pool_camp
SELINDA – Linyanti River
A gem in the wilderness -- and a place where you need an aircraft. Otherwise you’d never get here. We put up in the raised, tented camp while other guests set out for what they’d really come for – a guided, two-night trek into the bush and flood plains. They were rewarded with hundreds of buffalo and other wild encounters. We were rewarded with one of the most serene settings imaginable – and game of all sorts that moved across our view. Small, intimate, and rewarding. http://www.wilderness-safaris.com/botswana_linyanti_selinda/selinda_camp
CHOBE CHILWERO – northern Chobe National Park
In the Setswana language, the word "chilwero" refers to the vista before you. No lack of appreciation here. See over the Chobe River... far... past the flood plain and grasslands, and behold the Big Sky exploding sunset. In the dry season (August - November) this is where thirsty animals come. Particularly elephants. Dinner, a convivial affair, brings guests and hosts together around a single table in a cozy candle-lit room downstairs. Have an after-dinner drink around the campfire and retire for the evening to your spacious bungalow set around the manicured grounds. http://www.sanctuaryretreats.com/botswana-lodges-chobe-chilwero
SAVUTI LODGE – Savuti Channel, North of Okavango Delta
The camp faces the watery savuti channel. Accommodation is in seven large canvas and thatch rooms raised off the ground with ensuite bathrooms. The camp has a thatched dining area, pub and plunge pool, all on raised wooden decks. There is a waterhole close to camp that attracts large numbers of animals that guests see from the camp. Activities include game drives in open 4x4 Land Rovers, hides, night drives and walks with an armed guard. Game in the area includes all of Botswana's big game. This is an excellent area to see predators. www.wilderness-safaris.com
KWANDO LAGOON or LEBALA CAMP, Kwando River, just North of Okavango Delta, Botswana. Private airstrip
Lagoon Camp lies on the shady banks of the Kwando River studded with tall Ebony and Marula trees. Accommodation is in 6 Safari tents with ensuite facilities. Day and night game drives. A double deck boat is also used for game viewing. Excellent area to catch tiger fish. Lebala Camp located a few kilometers away is surrounded by the Linyanti marshes. Accommodation is in 8 Safari tents with ensuite facilities. The area surrounding Lagoon and Lebala is home to large herds of elephant and buffalo as well as many antelope species. Predators including lions, leopard cheetah and wild dog are in this area. http://www.kwando.co.za/kwandoexperience.html