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African Safari Adventure

A Camping Safari into the African wilderness. Explore the Vast Kalahari Desert, Experience Ancient Bushman Culture, and the Stunning Game Parks of Moremi, Chobe, and the Victoria Falls.

 

The Leopard Safari: A 17 Day Camping Adventure

The Leopard Safari

The Leopard Safari provides incomparable value and affordability. This 17 day safari adventure offers a comprehensive traveling experience throughout Botswana, introducing you to one of the oldest cultures in the world, the San Bushman.

After spending four nights in the Kalahari Desert, you will travel to the magical Okavango Delta, explore Moremi Game Reserve, and visit Chobe National Park. While in the Okavango Delta you will explore the Delta's expansive floodplains by traditional mokoro or dugout canoe for 2 days.  At Moremi a fascinating adventure awaits you in this reserve,  Moremi supports an astonishing amount and variety of wildlife including over 400 species of birds.  In Chobe National Park you will find wilderness that provides a major sanctuary for northern Botswana's wildlife and supports vast herds of game, including the largest elephant herds in Africa.

The Leopard Safari is a "participation mobile camping safari" because guests "participate" by setting up their own tent, carrying their luggage from the vehicle to the tent, and sleeping on a mattress pad (not a bed or cot).  The safari runs with one vehicle and a trailer to haul all the supplies as you move from camp to camp.  Many guests will also pitch in with the cooking, though this is not required.  Each safari is accompanied by a professional guide and a camp assistant who will ensure your safari is safe, educational, and fun.

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2018 Rates

  • $3285.00 (July-Oct)
  • $3045.00 (Nov-June)
  • Single Supplement: $130

Rates per person sharing and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.

Length: 16 nights/17 days

Route:  Starts in Maun, Botswana, ends in Livingstone, Zambia (in purple on map).

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BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 1: Hainaveld area - 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 110 miles 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. (Day 1: Lunch, Dinner).

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. 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. Savor 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. (Days 2-5: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: 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. (Day 6: Breakfast, Lunch)

Days 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. (Days 7-9: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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.  Spend 2 nights in Western Moremi and 1 night in Eastern Moremi. (Days 10-12: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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 (Savute Main or Zwei Zwei Pan) (Day 13), then in the northern part of the park closer to the riverfront (Days 14 & 15).  (Days 13-15: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Days 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.

GrassTrack Safaris 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: Breakfast, Lunch; (Day 17: Breakfast)

 

2018 Departures

Departs Maun

Ends Livingstone

Season

Jan 4

Jan 20

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Jan 25

Feb 10

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Feb 15

Mar 3

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Mar 8

Mar 24

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Apr 5

Apr 21

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May 3

May 19

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May 24

Jun 9

Low

Jun 17

Jul 3

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Jul 1

Jul 17

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Jul 15

Jul 31

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Jul 29

Aug 14

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Aug 26

Sep 11

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Sep 23

Oct 9

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Oct 7

Oct 23

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Nov 8

Nov 24

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Nov 22

Dec 8

Low

Dec 13

Dec 29

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All safaris are equipped with the luxuries required for travel comfort and peaceful relaxation (custom-built safari vehicles, a mobile kitchen serving good wholesome food with an African flavor and ice-cold drinks for that tropical sundowner) while still maintaining the exhilarating spirit of the adventurous traveler.

All our vehicles are customized, tough, reliable Safari Land Rovers.  Vehicles are extra wide with more seating space and have:


Folding windscreenRemovable canvas roof; Perspex windows for the cold and rain; Fridge for cold beverages,;  Folding side door;  Comfortable coil spring suspension; 120L water tank with tap;  Open sides for unobstructed views.

Our trailers are also custom-built on Land Rover chassis:

Chair box for easy access;  Easy modular packing system – saves time;  Folding side table complete with full kitchen behind.

The tents are large and comfortable, the showers are private and hot and the bush toilets are clean and private.

Meals are served in a tranquil setting next to the campfire in the African bush. Traditional meals are prepared on the open fire by the camp assistant.

  

 

GROUP SIZE:  Departures guaranteed with 2 people minimum.  Maximum group size is 12.

INCLUDED:  Accommodation as specified in itinerary; Dome style tents with mattress (sleeping pad); Services of a professional guide and camp assistant; Transport in customized safari vehicles; Camping in private campsites within the national parks and reserves; Lodge accommodation in Livingstone and on Day 6 in Maun; All entrance fees and camping fees within Botswana national parks and reserves; Meals, tea/coffee only, as specified in itinerary (rate does not include any other beverages); All activities as specified in the itinerary; Airport transfers in Maun only.

EXCLUDED:  All international flights and departure taxes; Entry visas; Travel insurance (required); Accommodation not specified in the itinerary (i.e. pre-night in Maun); Victoria Falls entry fee; Optional activities/excursions; Staff gratuities; All beverages (alcohol, soft drinks, and bottled mineral water); Meals in Livingstone; Sleeping bag/pillow; Livingstone Airport transfer; Items of personal nature and toiletries; Increases in park fees.

PAYMENT: A non-refundable, 20% deposit is required to confirm booking.  Balance is due 7 weeks before departure.  Safari rate can change based on currency fluctuations and we reserve the right to change the rate accordingly.  Rate will be locked in upon confirmation.

Other terms & conditions apply.

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The African Leopard

The African Leopard (Panthera pardus) is the most elusive large cat in Africa.  Much smaller than the lion, an average male leopard weighs about 130 pounds.  Its beautifully patterned coat of black rosettes provide excellent camouflage for hunting.  Leopards occupy a wide range of habitats including woodlands, grasslands, and arid deserts.

Basically solitary animals, leopards are mainly nocturnal and are most likely encountered during dawn or dusk.  Their broad diet includes small antelopes, birds, rodents, baboons, and fish.  These powerful cats can kill prey larger than themselves and drag the kill up trees to protect it from scavenging hyenas or lions. 

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