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Botswana Leopard Trail & Kalahari

This camping trip provides a complete overview of Botswana for those with an adventurous spirit looking to see the wild side of Africa. Few trips can offer such a diverse and stimulating experience as we traverse the country from the vast Kalahari, home to the San Bushmen, to the magnificent game reserves in the north. In the world famous Okavango Delta we explore this wildlife-rich region by traditional mokoro (dug-out can) and on foot. Whether you are a wildlife enthusiast or on your first African safari, there are few places on earth that are as impressive as Moremi Game Reserve and the Chobe National Park, where huge herds of elephants roam. We conclude this spectacular adventure with time to visit the thunderous Victoria Falls.

Inclusions

16 breakfasts, 16 lunches and 14 dinners
2 nights in safari lodge on a twinshare basis
14 nights limited participation camping on a twinshare tent basis
group camping equipment including spacious dome tent and mattress (sleeping bag and pillow not included)
English speaking local guide and camp assistant
game drives, walks and river excursions as listed in itinerary
national park and conservation fees
private transport in specialised safari vehicle
Hightlights
Explore the Okavango Delta on mokoro and motorboat excursions
Search for wildlife in the Moremi Game Reserve
Marvel at the huge herds of elephants in Chobe National Park
Learn about the fascinating San Bushman culture
Traverse the dunes and salt pans in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
17
Price From
AUD $4,590
Start Location
Maun, Botswana
End Location
Botswana
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
2 to 12
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Slow paced
Physical Rating
Easy
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
08 Nov 201824 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $4,590
22 Nov 201808 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $4,590
13 Dec 201829 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $4,590
03 Jan 201919 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $4,590
24 Jan 201909 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $4,590
14 Feb 201902 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $4,590
07 Mar 201923 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $4,590
04 Apr 201920 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $4,590
02 May 201918 May 2019AvailableAUD $4,590
23 May 201908 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $4,590
16 Jun 201902 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $4,590
30 Jun 201916 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $4,900
14 Jul 201930 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $4,900
28 Jul 201913 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $4,900
11 Aug 201927 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $4,900
25 Aug 201910 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $4,900
22 Sep 201908 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $4,900
20 Oct 201905 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $4,900
14 Nov 201930 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $4,590
12 Dec 201928 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $4,590
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
The safari begins in Maun, where your guide will meet you at 07h30 at a pre-arranged meeting point. You will travel 300km to a game farm on the western side 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. In the evening you will be treated to a traditional Bushman dance around the campfire.
Days 2-5
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 exploring the undeveloped wilderness of the northern region of the Kalahari, moving from camp to camp. You will visit Pipers Pan, Tau Pan 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. 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.
Day 6
After our final morning game drive in the Kalahari we break camp and return to Maun where tonight will be enjoyed in the comfort of a lodge. In the afternoon, you will have the option of taking a scenic flight over the Delta (45 mins scenic flight is approx EUR 120 per person, min. 3 guests to guarantee the flight). This magical experience provides another perspective of the Okavango Delta's unique water system. Dinner is at your own expense at the lodge.
Days 7-8
Your adventure will take you in a north westerly direction from Maun to the western side of the Okavango Delta, a special corner of paradise. Once you have reached the edge of the Delta, you will transfer your equipment to motorboats and cruise along the narrow papyrus-lined channels enjoying the exquisite birdlife of the region as well as the stunning landscape. Deeper in the Delta you will meet the local polers with their mokoro (a traditional dugout can) and enjoy a tranquil transfer to an island. You will spend two days exploring this beautiful area on mokoro excursions and taking guided walks on the islands and floodplains of the Okavango. You will camp wild with bush ablutions.
Day 9
Inspired by the beauty of the Okavango, you will start making your way towards a concession located outside Moremi Game Reserve. Overnight community campsite with permanent ablution facilities.
Days 10-12
In the early morning, we will drive through to Moremi Game Reserve (80km, 3-4h), 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 drive 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 (2 nights in Western Moremi and 1 night in Eastern Moremi). Camping will be in private designated areas with bush ablutions.
Days 13-15
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 (120km, 7-8h). 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 (170km, 5-6h). Camping will be in private designated areas with bush ablutions.
Day 16
After a 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 at the lodge.
Day 17
The safari officially ends at 10:00am today. We are happy to arrange post-tour accommodation, activities and transfers to Victoria Falls Airport or lodges, Livingstone airport or lodges or Kasane, Botswana, at an additional cost. Activities in Victoria Falls include white water rafting down the Zambezi Gorge, caning on the upper Zambezi and helicopter flights over the Victoria Falls, please ask your guide for further details.