Hard up against the border with Namibia, the Linyanti River spreads into a 900-sq-km flooded plain that attracts stunning concentrations of wildlife during the dry season. On the Namibian side of the river, this well-watered wildlife paradise is protected by the Mudumu and Nkasa Rupara National Parks, which mirror the 7km of frontage along the northwestern edge of Chobe National Park.
Wildlife trails run along the marsh shoreline and sightings of the marshes’ stable populations of elephants, lions, cheetahs and leopards are fairly common, although you’ll need to be patient, especially for big cats. The Linyanti region is widely considered one of the best places in Africa for African wild dogs, but sightings are by no means guaranteed. Given that most of the luxury lodges are outside the national park, night drives are another highlight.