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11 Days Leopard Trail Safari in Botswana

Savuti, Chobe National Park, North-West District, Botswana

Authentic Botswana Safari

Come experience this leopard safari trail with African Big Five Tours and Safaris in Botswana! This leopard safari trail is the trail that will provide an authentic experience of witnessing the animals and their natural habitat. Spend your time camping in the great outdoors with chances of encountering wild animals roaming free around the campsite. See the wildlife first-hand during game drives through the game parks and capture the unforgettable moments.

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Mompati Partner
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Highlights

  • Game drives and activities
  • Chances to see leopards and lions
  • Exploring Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve
  • Service of a professional guide
  • 4x4 game drive vehicle
  • 10 nights' lodging
  • Daily meals

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10 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
Airport transfer available:
Kasane Airport (US$500 per person)
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Accommodation

The type of accommodation for your safari is specialty camping (mobile tent). The camp will consist of a dining tent as well as dome tents with bedrolls with toilet and bucket shower cubicles to share. You will spend three nights in Savuti, three nights in Khwai, two nights in Moremi Game Reserve, and two nights in Xakanaxa, Moremi Game Reserve. The minimum occupancy per campsite is one to two persons, with the average of eight persons.

Program

Arrive at Kasane

Arrive at Kasane and meet your guide who will take you through orientation of the trip and then eventually transfer you on 4x4 wheel drive vehicle to the first destination of your trip. Enjoy your trip as you drive to Savuti.

Day 1, 2, and 3: 3 Nights Savuti

Savuti is a suitable place that no one would like to miss on a holiday trip. It is popularly known for its unique experience of abundance in wildlife species and the beautiful landscape covered with a mash of grass. Amazing sighting of cats such as lions and leopards has been a memorable experience since the place existed. Old bull elephants are notable and permanently residing in the area. Secretary bird, kori bustard, carmine bee-eaters, and fish eagle are the common highlights of birding species in Savuti.

All daily meals will be served every day as planned with your tour leader.

Day 4, 5, and 6: 3 nights Khwai

For another safari experience, you will drive in the northeast tip of Moremi for another camping site at Khwai. This area is rich in evergreen trees and wildlife such as predators and prey. Lions and leopards sighting are some of the common game-viewing highlights in the area, as well as exceptional birding such as kingfishers and wattled crane amongst many. This area encompasses wetlands where water-based activities are the best to experience the floodplains formed by the presently listed heritage site, the Okavango Delta. Your trips are conducted by qualified professional guides who are well equipped with the knowledge of the wildlife, culture, and history of the attractions as well as the country. For good photographic pictures, your guides are enthusiastic and eager to help the guest to take quality pictures that will create everlasting memories of the trip.

Day 7 and 8: 2 nights Moremi Game Reserve (2nd bridge)

Moremi Game Reserve is located in the eastern part of the Okavango Delta. It covers up to one-third of the Okavango Delta. The reserve is popularly known for its diverse concentration of wildlife species, birds, and rich vegetation throughout the year. The wetlands give an incredible view and spectacular game sighting. The highlights include; the rare sitatunga, lechwe, lions, and leopards. Large herds of impala, zebra, and buffalo normally flock to the beautiful floodplains to drink water. The papyrus along the waterways is normally a home to the lechwe and is suitable for boat cruise; therefore, a boat cruise is vital to experience more of the uniqueness of delta channels.

Day 9 and 10: 2 nights Xakanaxa

The final destination will be in the Xakanaxa region where you explore the surrounding wilderness on morning and afternoon game drive excursions. Xakanaxa is situated in the heart of Moremi Game Reserve. It is concentrated with vast wildlife and vegetation species. Every type of mopane habitat is well represented in this drive from the towering cathedral woodlands Xakanaxa to the classic climax mopane woodland and in the drier and harsher habitats, extensive stretches of scrub mopane.

Xakanaxa is a good birding place. A good day for raptors with African hawk-eagles, gabar goshawks, shikras, little sparrowhawks, dark chanting goshawks, tawny eagles, lesser spotted eagles, and steppe eagles all inhabiting the mopane and adjacent woodlands. Other birds common along this route includes most of Botswana’s hornbills including red-billed, southern yellow-billed, African grey, Bradfield’s and the southern ground hornbills. A large number of brood parasites may also be seen.

Day 11

Depart from Xakanaxa.

Guides

Mompati Partner Kadisa

Location

Savuti

Located in the southern part of Chobe National Park, which is mainly the arid region and a landscape that consists of sand veld, mopane forest, acacia savanna, marshland, and rocky outcrops. The main channel (Savuti channel) gives life and the connection between the marshland and the Linyanti River. Savuti is famous for its predators (lions, leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, and wild dogs). It is again a home for a wide range of bull elephants’ herd and many antelopes. Bushmen paintings are still visible in this area.

Moremi Game Reserve

It Is a game reserve in Botswana. It rests on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta and was named after Chief Moremi of the BaTawana tribe. Moremi was designated as a game reserve, and not a national park when it was created. This designation meant local people, the BaSarwa or Bushmen that lived there were allowed to stay in the reserve.

The Moremi Game Reserve covers much of the eastern side of the Okavango Delta and combines permanent water with drier areas, which create some startling and unexpected contrasts. Some prominent geographical features of the reserve are Chiefs Island and the Moremi Tongue. In the Moremi Game Reserve, one can experience excellent views of savannah game as well as bird-watching on the lagoons. There are also thickly wooded areas, which are home to the rare African wild dog and leopard. To the northeast lies the Chobe National Park which borders the Moremi Game Reserve.

Although just fewer than 5,000 square kilometers (1,900 square miles) in extent, it is a surprisingly diverse reserve, combining mopane woodland and acacia forests, floodplains, and lagoons. Only about 30% of the reserve is mainland, with the bulk being within the Okavango Delta itself.

The Moremi Game Reserve, although not one of the largest parks, presents insights and views even for the most experienced of travelers. It is home to nearly 500 species of bird (from water birds to forest dwellers), and a vast array of other species of wildlife, including buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, impala, and red lechwe. African wild dog, Lycaon pictus, is resident and has been the subject of a project run in the area since 1989; thus this species is often seen wearing collars emplaced by researchers. The Moremi area contains one of the most significant extant habitat areas for the Painted Wolves of Africa (wild dogs).

Chobe National Park

Famous for the high concentration of elephants, Chobe National Park covers almost 4,250 square miles (11,000 square kilometers). It is situated about 80 kilometers from Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe and Zambia). Lions are seen fairly here. A variety of wildlife can be witnessed or seen here, including hippos, red lechwes, Chobe bushbucks, warthogs, and many more.

Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is a large low gradient alluvial fan or ‘inland delta’ located in north-western Botswana. The area includes permanent swamps which cover approximately 600,000 hectares along with up to 1.2 hectares of seasonally flooded grassland.

The inscribed World Heritage property encompasses an area of 2,023,590 hectares with a buffer zone of 2,286,630 hectares. The Okavango Delta is one of a very few large inland delta systems without an outlet to the sea, known as an endorheic delta, its waters drain instead of into the desert sands of the Kalahari Basin. It is Africa’s third largest alluvial fan and the continent’s largest endorheic delta.

Furthermore, it is in a nearly pristine state being a largely untransformed wetland system. The biota has uniquely adapted their growth and reproductive behavior, particularly the flooded grassland biota, to be timed with the arrival of floodwater in the dry, winter season of Botswana.

Food

During the safari, you will have daily lunch, high tea, and dinner.

Day 1

  • Lunch: vegetable samosa, green salad, tomato mozzarella, cheese board, fruit platter and fresh bread
  • High tea: poppy seed cake, roasted mushroom / onion tart
  • Dinner: lamb stew, brown rice, cumin spiced carrots, green beans, apple crumble, and custard

Day 2

  • Lunch: chicken kebabs, Greek salad, red cabbage salad, cheese board, fruit platter, and brown bread
  • High tea: poppy seed cake, roasted mushroom / onion tart, sour cream cinnamon cake, and Hawaii pizza
  • Dinner: pork chops, roast potato wedges, cauliflower, baby marrow, and Malva pudding

Day 3

  • Lunch: vegetable lasagna, sweet potato salad, green salad, cheese board, fruit skewers, and onion bread
  • High tea: Banana loaf and chicken sharma
  • Dinner: Chicken roast, savory rice, mixed vegetables, and poached pears in red wine sauce

Day 4

  • Lunch: spaghetti bolognaise, green salad, potato salad, cheese board, fruit platter, and seed bread
  • High tea: ginger cake and tuna roll
  • Dinner: sirloin beef steak, mashed potatoes, assorted vegetables, and sticking date pudding

Day 5

  • Lunch: bobotie meat, Greek salad, coleslaw salad, spiced rice salad, cheese board, fruit platter, and herd bread
  • High tea: scones and cheese straws
  • Dinner: leg of lamb roast, savory couscous, carrots, snow peas, and baked banana

Day 6

  • Lunch: chicken / beef stir-fry, green salad, three bean salad, cheese board, fruit salad, and focaccia bread
  • High tea: carrot cake and meat balls
  • Dinner: t-bone steak beef, beans casserole, broccoli, and lemon / orange pudding

Day 7

  • Lunch: macaroni cheese, green salad, beetroot salad, cheese board, fruit platter, and fresh bread
  • High tea: chocolate cake and vegetable quiche
  • Dinner: traditional food, seswaa, ox tail, chicken pieces, papa, jacket potatoes, fried cabbage, creamed spinach, tomato and onion salsa, and fruit salad

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Boat cruise
  • Mokoro trip
  • Scenic flights
  • Seeing meerkats
  • Village / cultural tours

What's included

  • Game drives / activities
  • Service of a professional guide with 4x4 game drive vehicle
  • Mineral water, cold drinks
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Daily meals
  • 10 nights' accommodation
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee
  • Camping fee
  • Park fee

What's not included

  • Optional extras / activities / items not specified
  • Travel insurance
  • Laundry
  • Telephone calls
  • Airport tax

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kasane Airport (BBK). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Transfers cost 500 USD per person.

Airport: Kasane Airport Airport transfer available: Kasane Airport (US$500 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Pricing information

The prices for seven or more pax are 370 USD per person per day in peak season and 350 USD per person per day in low season.

 

Special discount

Children on this safari will get a special discount. Baby (one to three years old) will get 100% discount, a child (four to eight years old) will get 50% discount, and a child (9 - 12 years old) will get 25% discount.

 

Availability

This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season

 

  • January - May

 

Peak season

 

  • June - December

 

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