Set Departure Safari

The Leopard Safari – Participation Camping Safari in Botswana

“A very affordable 16-night camping safari covering the best of Botswana”

Price $3110 USD (See price tab)
Country
Botswana
Duration
16 Nights
Safari Type
Camping, Mobile Safari
Location
Central Kalahari, Northern Botswana, Victoria Falls

The Leopard Safari provides a comprehensive and broad travelling experience throughout Botswana – introducing you to one of the tribes in Botswana the Wayeyi, before enjoying the magical Okavango Delta and exploring Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park.

This incredibly 16-night safari is perfect for those travellers whom want a broad Botswana experience on a more affordable level and whom don’t mind helping out with the camping aspect of the tour.

The Leopard safari is semi-participation, meaning that guests will have to pitching their own tents and help with other camp duties whilst on this safari, which is actually quite fun! It brings a great sense of comradery and accomplishment to be out camping in true wilderness with like-minded people! Due to the tour being more affordable, it can take a max of 12 guests in the one custom safari vehicle.

The safari starts from Maun south to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, stopping for a cultural experience on route. Spend 4 nights exploring the vast open grasslands of the Kalahari in search of cheetah, black-maned lions, oryx and springbok on twice daily game drive activities. After the Kalahari you will head back to Maun for 1 night where you have the option to do a scenic flight over the delta. The following day you will set off to the Southern Okavango Delta where you will embark on mokoro and bush walks with local guides from the nearby community. Exploring this wetland paradise is a must when visiting Botswana! From there, heading to Moremi Game Reserve & Chobe National Park for the next 7 nights of incredible game viewing and camping in true wilderness! The wildlife and diversity of habitat covered on this section of the tour is sure to blow your mind, so ensure you bring a camera with many spare batteries! You then cross over to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe for a night in a comfortable lodge where this part of your safari then ends.

We are able to extend your trip before or after the tour if you wish to stay longer. Extending your stay at Victoria Falls is highly recommended as there are many fun activities to be experienced in the area!

Safari Rating

adventure
wilderness
wildlife
comfort
photographic
guiding

highlights

  • Cultural Experience
  • 4 nights Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  • Optional Scenic flight over the Delta
  • Okavango Delta & mokoro excursions
  • 3 nights Moremi Game Reserve
  • 3 nights Chobe National Park
  • Optional visit to the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (extra charges apply)
  • 1 night at a comfortable lodge in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

map and overview

  • Day 1: Hainaveld region – nature walk with the San Bushmen
  • Day 2: Central Kalahari Game Reserve – Passarge Valley – game drives
  • Day 3: Central Kalahari Game Reserve – Passarge Valley – game drives
  • Day 4: Central Kalahari Game Reserve – Deception Valley – game drives
  • Day 5: Central Kalahari Game Reserve – Deception Valley – game drives
  • Day 6: Maun – room or chalet at Maun Lodge or similar – Optional scenic flight over the Delta
  • Day 7: Southern Okavango Delta – Mokoro safari & nature walks
  • Day 8: Southern Okavango Delta – Mokoro safari & nature walks
  • Day 9: Community campsite outside Moremi Game Reserve (Kazikini) – game drive
  • Day 10: Western Moremi Game Reserve – game drives
  • Day 11: Western Moremi Game Reserve – game drives
  • Day 12: Eastern Moremi Game Reserve / Khwai Concession – game drives
  • Day 13: Southern Chobe National Park (Savute / Zwei Zwei) – game drives
  • Day 14: Northern Chobe National Park (floodplain) – game drives
  • Day 15: Northern Chobe National Park (floodplain) – game drives
  • Day 16: Victoria Falls – comfortable lodge – optional visit of The Victoria Falls
  • Day 17: END of the safari at the lodge after breakfast

start dates

7 January 2021 - 23 January 2021
4 February 2021 - 20 February 2021
1 April 2021 - 17 April 2021
29 April 2021 - 15 May 2021
20 May 2021 - 5 June 2021
13 June 2021 - 29 June 2021
4 July 2021 - 20 July 2021
18 July 2021 - 3 August 2021
1 August 2021 - 17 August 2021
15 August 2021 - 31 August 2021
29 August 2021 - 14 September 2021
12 September 2021 - 28 September 2021
26 September 2021 - 12 October 2021
10 October 2021 - 26 October 2021
24 October 2021 - 9 November 2021
7 November 2021 - 23 November 2021
9 December 2021 - 25 December 2021

detailed itinerary

Pre Safari:

Please note: As the safari starts at 08h00 on Day 1, you will need to pre-night in Maun and purchase drinks for your safari the day before your safari starts. We can assist with pre-safari arrangements (accommodation, transfers).

Day 1: Boteti River Camp – Cultural Experience, camping

The safari begins in Maun where your guide will meet you at 08h00 at a pre-arranged meeting point. You will travel 180km to Boteti River Camp which borders Makgadikgadi National Park, set up camp and enjoy traditional African cuisine for your lunch. In the afternoon you will participate in a village walk lead by a local from the Wayeyi tribe. They will share their intricate knowledge and give you an insight into their unique and intriguing culture. That evening you will be entrained through song and dance by the Wayeyi one of Botswana’s interesting tribes. Camping at a lodge campsite with fixed ablutions. (L, D)

Maun – Makgadikgadi area: 180km, 2.5h

Day 2: Central Kalahari Game Reserve, camping in Passarge Valley

You will wake up as the sun rises and head toward 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. 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 private designated campsite with fixed bush ablutions. (B, L, D)

Boteti River Camp – Central Kalahari Game Reserve: 180km, 4-5h

Days 3: Central Kalahari Game Reserve, camping in Passarge Valley

Game drives to explore the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Passarge Valley and surroundings. Camping is in a private designated campsite with fixed bush ablutions. (B, L, D)

Days 4: Central Kalahari Game Reserve, camping in Deception Valley

Transfer / game drive from Passarge Valley to Deception Valley. Game drives to explore the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Deception Valley and surroundings. Camping is in a private designated campsite with bush ablutions. (B, L, D)

Days 5: Central Kalahari Game Reserve, camping in Deception Valley

Game drives to explore the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Deception Valley and surroundings. Camping is in a private designated campsite with bush ablutions. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Maun, comfortable lodge

After our final morning game drive in the Kalahari we return to the Maun area where your accommodation will either be in Maun or its outskirts. In the afternoon, you will have the option of taking an amazing scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. You could either do a 30min flight in a helicopter with no windows and doors, allowing magnificent views from above for EUR 173 for minimum 6pax! Alternatively you could opt for a 45 min flight in a light aircraft to enjoy this wetland for EUR 125 min 3pax. This experience has to be booked during the safari, and payment made in cash only. 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.  (B, L, D)

Deception Valley, Central Kalahari – Maun: 370km, 5-6h

Day 7: 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 mekoro (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. (B, L, D)

Maun – Okavango Delta: 60km, 1.5-2h

 

NOTE: 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 (mekoro) 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 8: Okavango Delta, camping

Mokoro excursions and nature walks to explore the islands and waterways of the Okavango Delta. (B, L, D)

Days 9: Campsite at the edge of Moremi Game Reserve

Leaving the channels of the Okavango Delta, you will start making your way towards the drier regions of the delta where you will camp and refresh before proceeding into the reserve the next day. (B, L, D)

Okavango Delta – campsite outside Moremi 50km, 1.5-2h

Day 10: Western Moremi Game Reserve (3rd Bridge / Xakanaxa area), 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. (B, L, D)

Community campsite outside Moremi – Western Moremi: 80km, 3-4h (transfer and game drive)

Day 11: Western Moremi Game Reserve (3rd Bridge / Xakanaxa area), camping

Game drives to explore the Moremi Game Reserve around the 3rd Bridge / Xakanaxa areas.  (B, L, D)

Day 12: North-East Moremi Game Reserve / Khwai Concession, camping

Transfer / game drive from Western Moremi to the region surrounding the Khwai River (North-east Moremi / Khwai Concession). Game drives to explore the areas. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Southern Chobe National Park (Savuti / Zwei Zwei), 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)

Eastern Moremi – Savuti: 120km, 7-8h (transfer and game drive)

Day 14: Northern Chobe National Park (floodplain), camping

Transfer / game drive from Southern Chobe National Park to the Chobe river floodplain. Game drives to explore Northern Chobe National Park. (B, L, D)

Savuti – Chobe River: 170km, 5-6h (transfer and game drive)

Day 15: Northern Chobe National Park (floodplain), camping

Game drives to explore Northern Chobe and floodplain. (B, L, D)

Day 16: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe comfortable lodge

After a short morning game drive you will then drive to Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side (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. (B, L)

Chobe River – Victoria Falls: 100km, 2-3h (including border crossing)

Day 17: END OF THE SAFARI

The safari officially ends after breakfast on Day 17, at the lodge.

safariFRANK is happy to arrange post-tour accommodation, activities and transfers to Victoria Falls airport or lodges or Kasane, Botswana, at an additional cost.  Activities in Victoria Falls include White Water Rafting down the Zambezi Gorge, Canoeing on the upper Zambezi and Helicopter Flights over the Victoria Falls, please ask your guide for further details. (B)

accommodation

DESCRIPTION

Camping safari requiring a minimum participation from the guests, i.e.: setting up the tent and packing it / carrying their bag from/to the vehicle at campsites. The rest of the camp chores are carried out by our team made up of one guide and one camp assistant.

EQUIPMENT

Tents are 2.1m x 2.1m x 1.75m. A 5cm high-density foam mattress is provided for each guest. Ablutions are shared and bush ablutions set up by our team when staying in game reserves and national park campsites.

VEHICLE

4×4 safari vehicles custom-built – custom built trailers.
# of guests: Max 12 guests – departure is guaranteed as soon as we have confirmed 1 guest

price

2021 Price:

  • Low Season = €2630
  • High Season = €2825
  • Single Supplement = €130

LOW SEASON: Jan to Jun, Nov & Dec / HIGH SEASON: Jul to Oct

(Any price indicated in any currency other than Euro is merely indicative)

Price includes:

Camping equipment and accommodation (spacious bow tents with mattresses), rooms at comfortable lodges in Maun and Victoria Falls, all transfers and activities as per the itinerary, all meals that are indicated (B – breakfast, L –lunch, D – dinner) and filtered drinking water, 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 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe), entrance to the Falls, visas, airport transfers, tips, curios, optional excursions (scenic flight over the Delta and activities in Victoria Falls/Livingstone), beverages (alcohol and soft drinks), 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.

additional information

LUGGAGE

  • One large kit bag (preferably a rucksack or a bag with soft sides – Please do not bring hard suitcases as they are very difficult to pack in our trailers and can pose a problem for any light aircraft flights you may take as part of your safari. Semi-hard suitcases should be avoided as well.
  • One item of hand luggage (e.g. a small backpack) – there will be room for this at your feet
  • Main luggage: max weight = 12kg, max. size = 700mm x 350mm x 350mm
  • The sleeping bag can be carried outside the main luggage.
  • If you are travelling to the Delta we request that you take only what you need for the 2/3 nights in a smaller pack. You can leave the large bag with the vehicle which will be locked in a secured area while you will be staying on a small island, with transfers by traditional dugout canoes.
  • Remember that on safari you need far fewer clothes than you think so bear this in mind when packing

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

  • Sleeping bag (note that nights can be chilly all year round and cold in winter, therefore, a warm sleeping bag is advised). A sleeping bag and small pillow can be hired (EUR 20 for the duration of the safari, please book this in advance)
  • Torch with spare batteries and bulbs – a head torch is a good idea
  • Hat/cap
  • Scarf and gloves (especially for winter months – note that if you also have gardening or working gloves, they can be convenient to set up & pack your tent)
  • Warm jacket/fleece/jumper – windproof in winter months (May – Sept), waterproof in summer months (Nov – Mar)
  • Swimming costume
  • Towel
  • Natural clothing (i.e. no bright colours and no white), t-shirts, shorts, a pair of lightweight long trousers and a lightweight long sleeve shirt (long sleeves are extremely useful for sun protection during the day and mosquito protection during the evening)
  • Please note that camouflage printed clothing is fine for the bush but please do not to wear in towns or when crossing borders.
  • Comfortable walking shoes and flip-flops/sandals
  • Camera equipment, binoculars, lots of spare films, batteries and spare memory cards for digital cameras are essential as the opportunity to download photos is limited.
  • Adapters for cables, chargers, USB, etc.: note that we recommend you label them to avoid confusion on the vehicle charging station
  • Water bottle and a small daypack for walks

TOILETRIES AND FIRST AID

  • Personal toiletries and medications in small bag, not a vanity case
  • Sunscreen
  • Malaria prophylaxis (see below section “medical precautions” for further information)
  • Mosquito repellents/lotion/spray
  • Toilet paper (this is only necessary if you prefer 2 or 3 ply toilet paper)
  • Waterproof/zip lock bags for storing personal items to keep dust free and/or dry.
  • Personal First Aid Kit
    Please note: A First Aid Kit will be present throughout the safari but personal medicines must be brought for the duration of the safari.

MEDICAL PRECAUTIONS

  • Check with your local immunisation authority, travel clinic, public health facility or personal physician
  • Visit the WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION website for up to date information www.who.int
  • Botswana is considered a malaria area -consult your medical professional.
  • Between 2012 and 2015, both South Africa and Botswana required that all travelers coming from / going to Zambia should have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Beginning of 2015, both South Africa and Botswana officially communicated that they shall not require the yellow fever vaccination certificate for travelers coming from / going to Zambia. However, beware that regulations could change again without prior notice.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION

  • Valid passport: your passport must be valid at least 6 months after the end date of your trip and there must be at least 6 blank visa pages.
  • Many nationalities are able to obtain tourist visas for Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe at the border posts HOWEVER citizens of certain countries are required to obtain a visa before travelling. Please note that certain visas can take up to 3 months to be processed so please consider this when booking.
  • For more information see www.botswanatourism.co.bwwww.zambiatourism.comwww.zimbabwetourism.co.zw and www.namibiatourism.com.na
  • Valid visas – it is your responsibility to arrange visas
  • For up-to-date visa requirements please check with your travel consultant and/or Embassy
  • If you need to get a visa for one of the countries visited during your safari, please check when and where the visa can be obtained, and which currency is required for its payment.
  • Requirements for minor traveling through all Botswana ports of entry
    Effective from the 1st October 2016 minors travelling through the country’s borders will be required to produce certified copies of unabridged birth certificates in addition to their valid passports. In the event that one parent is not travelling with the child, the other parent’s affidavit consenting to such travel should be availed. However, an affidavit will not be required if the father’s name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

  • For all our safaris, it is COMPULSORY to take out travel insurance covering for: cancellation and curtailment, medical situations, baggage, emergency evacuation.
  • We can assist you to sign up for the Okavango Air Rescue membership. The service provides medical evacuation from isolated areas of the bush by a medically equipped helicopter and emergency doctor, ensuring smooth and swift operations. International insurance companies are not always familiar with the practicalities of dealing with emergencies in the Botswana bush, which can add to delays in obtaining medical care. Although the OAR membership is not compulsory and does not replace an international medical insurance and evacuation (which remains compulsory with or without OAR membership), we highly recommend to sign up for the OAR membership which is only BWP175 / USD 17 / EUR 15.
  • Please note that you will be required to provide your insurance details prior to your arrival so we can liaise with your insurance company in the shortest amount of time in case of an emergency. Required details include: medical evacuation insurer’s Name, medical evacuation policy number, 24-hour contact number of Medical evacuation insurer (must be able to phone it from Botswana – USA 800 numbers don’t work from here).

SAFARI DRINKS

  • Drinks (soft drinks and alcohol) are not included on all our camping safaris and are to be bought the day prior if your safari leaves early on day 1.
  • We provide filtered drinking water during the entire duration of the safari
  • Please note that our safari teams do not sell drinks during the safari and drinks can only be bought in town prior to and/or during the safari.
  • A minimum 3 litres of drinking water is recommended per person per day
  • At all hotel/lodge accommodation drinks are on a cash bar basis

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