Leopard camping safari

30 Jan

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. 

map of camp safari
Okavango delta & Chobe area map

Itinerary          Leopard camping safari slideshow

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 ends at 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. 

Price includes:
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

Departures  2018 – starts Maun Botswana / ends Livingstone Zambia 

code

Safari dates

season

BWP 1800

04 – 20 january

low

BWP 1801

25 jan – 10 february

low

BWP 1802

15 feb – 03 march

low

BWP 1803

08 – 24 march

low

BWP 1805

05 – 21 april

low

BWP 1807

03 – 19 may

low

BWP 1808

24 may – 09 june

low

BWP 1810

17 jun – 03 july

low

BWP 1811

01 – 17 july

high

BWP 1812

15 – 31 july

high

BWP 1813

29 jul – 14 august

high

BWP 1815

26 august – 11 september

high

BWP 1817

23 september – 09 october

high

BWP 1818

07 – 23 october

high

BWP 1819

08 – 24 november

low

BWP 1820

22 november – 08 december

low

BWP 1821

13 – 29 december

low

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