Leopard Camping Safari Botswana
17 day- Kalahari, Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve & Chobe Park
The Leopard Safari provides a comprehensive and broad travelling experience throughout Botswana – introducing you to one of the oldest cultures in the world, the San Bushman, before enjoying the magical Okavango Delta and exploring Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park.
Itinerary Leopard camping safari
Day 1: Hainaveld – Bushman Experience, camping
The safari begins in Maun, where your guide will meet you at 07h30 at a pre-arranged meeting point.
You will travel 170km to a game farm on the northern border of the Central Kalahari Game reserve, set up camp and have a safari briefing.
In the afternoon you will participate in a nature walk led by local Bushmen trackers.
They will share their intricate bush knowledge and give you an insight into their unique and intriguing culture. (L, D)
Day 1: Maun –game farm in Hainaveld area (northern border CKGR) : 180km, 4h
Days 2-5: Central Kalahari Game Reserve, camping
You will wake up as the sun rises and enter the pristine wilderness of the largest game reserve in Botswana. (45km).
The next four days will be spent exploring the undeveloped wilderness of the northern region of the Kalahari, moving from camp to camp.
You will visit Passarge Valley and Deception Valley in your exploration of the Kalahari.
Savour the vast open spaces, clear night skies and uninterrupted beauty on game drives and at camp.
Day 2: Game Farm in Hainaveld area – Central Kalahari Game Reserve: 120km, 4 – 5h (including game drive)
Day 6: Maun, comfortable lodge
After our final morning game drive in the Kalahari we break camp and return to Maun where one night will be enjoyed in the comfort of a lodge.
Dinner is at your own expense at the lodge. (B, L)
Deception Valley, Central Kalahari – Maun: 340km, 5-6h
Day 7-9 : Okavango Delta, camping
Your adventure will take you to the southern tip of the Okavango Delta, a special corner of paradise. Once you have reached the edge of the Delta, you will meet your polers from the local community with their mekoros (traditional dugout canoes).
Quietly cruising along reed lined channels and floodplains, you will enjoy the spectacular landscape of this unique region during the tranquil transfer taking you deeper inside the Delta.
You will spend two days exploring this beautiful area with mokoro excursions and guided nature walks on the islands and floodplains of the Okavango, camping wild with bush ablutions on a small island for two nights.
On day 9, you will start making your way towards the drier regions of the delta and camp in a concession outside the Moremi Game Reserve. (B, L, D)
Day 7 : Maun – Okavango Delta: 320km, 4h
Day 9 : Okavango delta – community campsite outside Moremi : 50 kms – 1.5 – 2 h
NOTE: on day 7 you will leave your main luggage in the trailer and will need to pack a smaller bag (small backpack, hand luggage) with what you need for the 2 days on the island. Transfers from the mainland to the island where you will stay are done on traditional dugout canoes (mekoros) which cannot accommodate large bags. Your main luggage will safely remain in the vehicle that will be parked in a secured area while you are on the island.
Days 10 – 12 : Moremi Game Reserve, camping
Early morning of Day 10, you will enter Moremi Game Reserve, one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana which covers swamp and dry areas. The next three days will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area is renowned for while absorbing the sounds and beauty of this region. Game drives in the early morning as the sun rises and in the late afternoon as the sun sets will be the norm. After your morning game drives, you will return to camp for lunch and a siesta
On Day 12 you will move campsites to explore a different area of this diverse park. Camping will be in private designated campsites with bush ablutions (2 nights in Western Moremi and 1 night in Eastern Moremi). (B, L, D)
Day 10: Community campsite outside Moremi – Western Moremi: 80km, 3-4h (transfer and game drive)
Days 13 – 15 : Chobe National Park, camping
Chobe National Park, with its diverse and striking landscapes, will be your next destination. As you continue your search for wildlife, you will traverse the drier region of Savuti where bull elephants dot the plains. You will then head northwards to the Chobe River where your game drives will meander along the banks of the river, followed by the call of the majestic African Fish Eagle.
Camping will be in private designated areas with bush ablutions, first in the Savuti area (Day 13), then in the northern part of the park closer to the riverfront
(Days 14 & 15). (B, L, D)
Day 13: Eastern Moremi – Savuti: 120km, 7-8h (transfer and game drive)
Day 14: Savuti – Chobe River: 170km, 5-6h (transfer and game drive)
Days 16-17 A comfortable lodge in Livingstone
After a morning game drive you will cross the Zambezi River by ferry & then drive to Livingstone on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls (Visa required), where you will spend the night at a comfortable lodge.
In the afternoon there will be time to visit the thunderous Victoria Falls and shop for curios.Dinner will be at your own expense at the lodge.
The safari officially endsat 10h00 on Day 17
Day 16 – B, L & Day 17 B only
Day 16: Chobe River – Livingstone: 100km, 2-3h (including transition of the border)
This is adventure camping in its purest form as water and communications are limited and we travel as a self-sufficient group.
Camping is in a designated campsite with fixed/bush ablutions. (B, L, D)
We can arrange post-tour accommodation, activities and transfers to Livingstone airport or lodges, Victoria Falls airport or lodges or Kasane, Botswana, at an additional cost.
Activities in Livingstone include White Water Rafting down the Zambezi Gorge, Canoeing on the upper Zambezi, Elephant rides and Helicopter Flights over the Victoria Falls, please ask your guide for further details.
Camping equipment and accommodation (spacious bow tents with mattresses), rooms at comfortable lodges in Maun and Livingstone, all transfers and activities as per the itinerary, all meals that are indicated (B – breakfast, L –lunch, D – dinner) and tea/coffees, services of a Professional Guide and Camp Assistant, all Botswana park fees for activities included on itinerary and transport in specialised safari vehicles.
Does not include:
Restaurant meals (Maun or Livingstone, Zambia), entrance to the Falls, visas, airport transfers, tips, curios, optional excursions (scenic flight over the Delta and activities in Livingstone/Victoria Falls), beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water), insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, emergency evacuation, sleeping bag (and small pillow) on all camping sectors, any increase in National Park Fees.
Leopard Safari – Departure Dates 2018
CODE Safari Dates 2018 SEASON
BWP 1807 03-May – 19-May Low
BWP 1808 24-May – 09-Jun Low
BWP 1810 17-Jun – 03-Jul Low
BWP 1811 01-Jul – 17-Jul High
BWP 1812 15-Jul – 31-Jul High
BWP 1813 29-Jul – 14-Aug High
BWP 1815 26-Aug – 11-Sep High
BWP 1817 23-Sep – 09-Oct High
BWP 1818 07-Oct – 23-Oct High
BWP 1819 08-Nov – 24-Nov Low
BWP 1820 22-Nov – 08-Dec Low
BWP 1821 13-Dec – 29-Dec Low