Leopard Safari

The Leopard Safari provides a comprehensive and broad traveling experience throughout Botswana: discover the vastness of the Kalahari, before enjoying the magical Okavango Delta and exploring Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park. This safari ends in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, where you have the opportunity to visit the great Victoria Falls!

Accommodation type: 
Duration: 
16 nights/17 days
Country: 

Botswana, Zimbabwe

Minimum age: 
12
Activity: 
Type: 

Highlights

  • 4 nights Central Kalahari Game Reserve 
  • 1 night at a comfortable lodge in Maun
  • Optional Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta 
  • 2 nights Okavango Delta
  • mokoro excursions (wooden dugout canoe)
  • 3 nights Moremi Game Reserve 
  • 3 nights Chobe National Park
  • Optional visit to the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (entrance fee US$ 20, subject to change)
  • 1 night at a comfortable lodge in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Please note:

  • As the safari starts at 07h30 on Day 1, you will need to pre-night in Maun and purchase drinks for your safari the day before your safari starts. YŪGEN tours can assist with pre-safari arrangements (accommodation, transfers).
  • All tours and prices are subject to availability. Please check with YŪGEN tours before booking your flights.

Itinerary

This safari starts in Maun, Botswana and takes you to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. You will be enchanted by the wild Kalahari desert, the magic of the Okavango Delta, and the great wilderness area's of Moremi and Chobe. To top it all off, you have the opportunity to visit the famous Victoria Falls.

 

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 180km 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: Maun – Game Farm in Hainaveld area (northern border CKGR): 180km, 4h - lunch & dinner included

PLEASE NOTE: As the safari starts at 07h30 on Day 1, you will need to pre-night in Maun and purchase drinks for your safari the day before your safari starts. YŪGEN tours can assist with pre-safari arrangements (accommodation, transfers).

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. Enjoy 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 bush ablutions. 

Day 2: Game Farm in Hainaveld area – Central Kalahari Game Reserve: 120km, 4-5h (including game drive) - breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Days 3-5: Extended game drives - breakfast, lunch & dinner included

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 – to be booked during the safari, payment in cash only). 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: Deception Valley, Central Kalahari – Maun: 340km, 5-6h - breakfast & lunch included

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 mokoros (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. 
 
Day 7: Maun – Okavango Delta: 60km, 1.5-2h - breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Day 9: Okavango Delta – community campsite outside Moremi 50km, 1.5-2h  - breakfast, lunch & dinner included

 

PLEASE 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 (mokoros) 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.

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 (2 nights in Western Moremi and 1 night in Eastern Moremi). 

Day 10: Community campsite outside Moremi – Western Moremi: 80km, 3-4h (transfer and game drive) - breakfast, lunch & dinner included on all days

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). 

Day 13: Eastern Moremi – Savuti: 120km, 7-8h (transfer and game drive) - breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Day 14: Savuti - Chobe River: 170km, 5-6h (transfer and game drive) - breakfast, lunch & dinner included

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 at the lodge.

Day 16: Chobe River – Victoria Falls: 100km, 2-3h (including border crossing) - breakfast & lunch included

PLEASE NOTE that a visa is required for the border crossing into Zimbabwe. There are several types of visa available. Please contact the embassy well before departure to inquire about the right visa for your nationality and according to your travel plans.

Day 17: The end

The safari officially ends at 10h00 on Day 17.

YŪGEN tours is happy to arrange post-tour accommodation and transfers to Victoria Falls airport or lodges at an additional cost.  

Day 17 : breakfast included

Prices 2019*

Low season (January – June & November – December): 2570 € per person

High Season (July – October): 2770 € per person

(*) All prices include tax, and are subject to changes in exchange fluctuations, government taxes, change in Park fees or levies.  Prices on our website are no “as of” prices but changes may occur before we can adapt the website. Therefor we ask our providers to always confirm the price at the moment we check availability with them. We ask you to fill out our contact form in order to inquire about availability and to verify if any price changes have occurred very recently.

The safari price includes

Camping equipment and accommodation (spacious bow tents with mattresses), rooms at comfortable lodge in Maun and Victoria Falls as per itinerary & all transfers and activities as per the itinerary, all meals that are indicated as included, and tea/coffees, services of a Professional Guide and Camp Assistant, all Botswana park fees for activities included on itinerary and transport in specialized safari vehicles.

The safari price does not include

Flights to the tour starting point and flights back home, Restaurant meals (Maun & Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe), entrance to the Falls, visas, airport transfers, tips, curios, optional excursions (scenic flight over the Delta and activities in 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), any increase in National Park Fees.

Price indications for extra services and options

Single supplement: 110 € for single use of a tent

As a single traveler you are very welcome to join our safari. We only charge a single supplement for our camping safaris if you wish to guarantee a tent by yourself. If you are willing to share with another guest of the same gender there is no supplement charged, even if it eventually turns out that there is no other guest of the same gender to share with.

Sleeping bag hire: 20 € per person

You can bring your own sleeping bag. In case you would prefer to rent one, we do have sleeping bags, and a small pillow, available for rent at 20 € per person per safari. Please advise us at the time of booking.

Extra mattress hire: 10 € per person

A mattress of 5 cm high density foam is included. In case you would prefer to rent an extra mattress, this is available for 10 € per person per safari and subject to availability.

Optional excursions

During the Leopard Safari, on day 6: optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta:

This can only be booked during your safari and payment can only be made in cash. The flight takes off and lands in Maun. The duration is approximately 45 minutes. The price is to be established, according to how many participants there will be.

The Leopard Safari ends in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.  In Victoria Falls several activities can be booked at the reception desk of the lodge.

Extra transfers and accommodation

Transfers to Victoria Falls airport or lodges can be arranged at an additional cost. All depends on your personal schedule and flight schedule.

Extra pre-night, before the start of the Leopard Safari

As the Leopard safari already starts at 7.30 AM on day 1, you will need to pre-night in Maun. In case you would like us to book your pre-night for you, YŪGEN tours will be more than happy to advise and assist. If you let us know before the time of booking, we can include the additional price of a pre-night in the tour order form. 

Okavango Air Rescue: 15 € / 17 USD

Okavango Air Rescue transports medical assistance directly to their members, by helicopter, if they have a medical emergency. OAR provides a fully equipped helicopter with an emergency Doctor to treat and stabilize the patient on the spot and takes them to the nearest appropriate location from where further arrangements will be made. Okavango Air Rescue aims to provide around the clock Maun-based service. Their current radius of operation is Northern Botswana and the Central Kalahari.

OAR is a private organization. It is financed by the annual subscriptions of its Patrons. The Patron’s contribution is not an insurance premium, but a contribution which helps keeping the helicopter airborne. Additional funds will be sourced, on invoice, from a Patron’s insurance company after medically necessitated rescue is complete.

As the Patronage System has not been created to work free of charge for insurances, but is purely here to eliminate financial worries and provide fast assistance during an emergency, the Patron will never be invoiced by OAR.

If Patrons who have received the assistance of the OAR do have an insurance, OAR will deal directly with the insurers regarding any payments. This will be the responsibility of the OAR and not the Patron.

YŪGEN tours can assist you to become a Patron of Okavango Air Rescue.

The patronage is valid for one year (the validity will start on the date of your choice). It entitles you to one free medical necessitated rescue annually. If the patronage is not renewed it will expire 12 months after your initial payment. Every Patron will be issued with an identifying personal patronage card on receipt of payment. For more information please visit http://www.okavangorescue.com/

Important information

Travel insurance

  • For all our safaris, it is COMPULSORY to take out travel insurance, covering for: cancellation and curtailment, medical situations, baggage, emergency evacuation.
  • YŪGEN tours does not provide travel insurance
  • Please note that you will be required to provide your insurance details at the time of booking 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 from Botswana – USA 800 numbers do not work from Botswana).

Medical Precautions

  • Check with your local immunization authority, travel clinic, public health facility or personal physician
  • Visit the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION website for up to date information www.who.int
  • Botswana is considered a malaria area and preventative medications should be taken
  • 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. Therefor we do advise to make sure you have a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate with you.

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 traveling. 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.bw, www.zambiatourism.com, www.zimbabwetourism.co.zw and www.namibiatourism.com.na
  • Valid visas – it is your responsibility to arrange visas. For up-to-date visa requirements, check with your 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 minors traveling through all Botswana ports of entry: Effective from the 1st of October 2016 minors traveling 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 traveling with the child, the other parent’s affidavit consenting 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.
  • It was announced that of 1st of June 2017, all travelers to Botswana would be required to pay a Tourism Development Levy of USD 30 per person to enter the country. However, on December 7th 2017 it was not applied yet. For more up-to-date information please check:  http://www.botswanatourism.co.bw/info/tourism-levy

Luggage restrictions

  • 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 with us 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 less clothes than you think so bear this in mind when packing

Food

  • You will enjoy a wide variety of meals during your safari and we attempt to include an ‘African’ flavor in our safari menus
  • All meals are cooked on an open fire
  • It is possible for us to cater for specific dietary requirements, provided we are notified when making your booking. Please note that specialist gluten free/vegan foods are not always available in Botswana. Therefor, if you require any specialist food please bring it on safari with you.
  • All food is pre-ordered and supplied from either Maun or Kasane base which means there is good consistency of quality as well as minimizing any time wasted if your guide had to visit the supermarket.
  • It is important to advise us if you are a vegetarian, or have any allergies or intolerances prior to coming on safari so we can plan for and accommodate your dietary requirements.

Safari Drinks

  • Drinks ( water, softs 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, or, on the day if your safari starts at noon.
  • 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 liters of drinking water is recommended per person per day
  • At all hotel/lodge accommodation drinks are on a cash bar basis
  • Please find below the approximate prices for drinks in Botswana (note that these are subject to change)
    Water 5 l Pula 20-25
    Water 1 l Pula 7-10
    6 cans of beer Pula 70-80
    6 cans of Coke/Fanta/etc Pula 50
    2 l Red wine (box) Pula 115
    5 l Red wine (box) Pula 215
    2 l White wine (box) Pula 115
    5 l White wine (box) Pula 215
    1 l Fruit juice Pula 25
    330 ml fruit juice Pula 17
    6 cans of Tonic Water/Dry Lemon/Lemonade Pula 50

 

On November 9th, 2018, 1 euro was about 12 Pula. However, the rates are subject to change, and, the exchange rates change constantly. We advise you to check the most current exchange rate before your departure to have an indication of prices.