Botswana - 17 Day - Leopard Safari
|Safari Type:||Scheduled Guided Safari|
|Duration:||17 Days / 16 Nights|
|Departure Days:||Thursdays (view departure dates on PDF below)|
|Departure Location:||Maun - Botswana|
|Tour ends:||Livingstone - Victoria Falls - Zambia|
|Countries:||BOTSWANA - ZAMBIA|
|Vehicle:||Specially equipped safari vehicles|
Routing Highlights:Maun - Central Kalahari Game Reserve - Maun - Okavango Delta - Mokoro Excursion - Maun - Moremi Game Reserve - Chobe National Park - Savuti - Chobe River - Livingstone - Zambia
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 Bushmen, before enjoying the magical Okavango Delta and exploring Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park.
• San “Bushman” Experience
• 4 nights Central Kalahari Game Reserve
• 1 night at a comfortable lodge in Maun
• Optional Scenic flight over the Delta (rate TBA)
• Okavango Delta & mokoro excursions
• 3 nights Moremi Game Reserve
• 3 nights Chobe National Park
• Optional visit to the Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia (US$ 20, subject to change)
• 1 night at a comfortable lodge in Livingstone, Zambia
This Group Safari itinerary can easily be converted into a Private Safari
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 San 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
Day 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. 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 (Day 2 and 3) and Deception Valley (Day 4 & 5) in your exploration of the Kalahari. Savour the vast open spaces, clear night skies and uninterrupted beauty on game drives and at camp. 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)
Day 2: Game Farm in Hainaveld area – Central Kalahari Game Reserve: 120km, 4-5h (including game drive)
Days 3-5: Extended game drives
Maun, comfortable lodge
After our final morning game drive in the Kalahari we return to Maun. In the afternoon, you will have the option of taking a scenic flight over the Delta (45 min. Maun to Maun scenic flight, rate TBA). This magical experience provides another perspective of the Okavango Delta’s distinctive water system. During the flight it is even possible to spot large game animals such as Elephant, Giraffe and Hippopotami.
The night will be enjoyed in the comfort of a lodge. Dinner is at your own expense. (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: 60km, 1.5-2h
Day 9: Okavango Delta – community campsite outside Moremi 50km, 1.5-2h
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.
Day 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)
Day 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)
Day 16 - 17
Livingstone, Zambia, comfortable lodge
After a morning game drive you will cross the Zambezi River by ferry and 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.
Bush Ways is happy to 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.
(Day 16 – B, L & Day 17 - B)
Day 16: Chobe River – Livingstone: 100km, 2-3h (including border crossing)
As the safari starts at 07h30 on Day 1 it is a requirement that you pre-night in Maun and purchase drinks for your safari the day before your safari starts. We can assist with pre-safari arrangements.
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.
Transfers and pre/post nights at additional cost.
SLEEPING BAG HIRE
Sleeping bags including a small pillow are available for hire - please advise us at the time of booking.
What you might not know is that we only charge this if the guest wishes to guarantee a tent / room by themselves. If a single guest is willing to share with another guest of the same gender there is no supplement charged.
SCENIC FLIGHT OVER THE DELTA
A scenic flight is offered on the Elephant, Lion, Leopard, and Fish Eagle Safaris.
Clients can choose to either fly or drive back from the Delta (a minimum of 3 flying guests is required).
PASSPORTS must be carried with you at all times whilst on safari and in the vehicle. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your safari finishes/you leaving the country. We cannot accept any responsibility should you not comply.
VISA REQUIREMENTS - Visas are your own responsibility; persons arriving without the relevant visa for their safari will not be refunded in this scenario.
PERSONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE is not included but is compulsory when travelling on any safari. Travel insurance is for your own protection and we consider it to be an essential part of modern international travel. Please consult your travel agent prior to leaving home or contact us.
LUGGAGE - Safari luggage should be maximum weight of 12 kg’s with a maximum size of 700mm x 350mm x 350mm. It should be packed in a soft bag (no hard suitcases or bags with frames and wheels).