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  • 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
The Botswana Leopard Trail & Kalahari tour starts in Maun and ends in Victoria Falls. The Botswana Leopard Trail & Kalahari is a Wildlife Safaris And Game Drives tour that takes 17 days taking you from Maun to Victoria Falls and through other destinations in Africa.

Explore the best of Botswana from the Kalahari to Chobe National Park plus Victoria Falls on a semi-participation safari. 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 canoe) 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.
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 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 Bushmen trackers. They will share their intricate bush knowledge and give you an insight into their unique and intriguing culture.
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  • Lunch and Dinner
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. 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.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
After our final morning game drive in the Kalahari we break camp and return to Maun or its outskirts 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 125 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.
Meals
  • Breakfast and Lunch
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 canoe) 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.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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.
Meals
  • Breakfast and Lunch
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, canoeing on the upper Zambezi and helicopter flights over the Victoria Falls, please ask your guide for further details.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
Meals
  • 16 breakfasts, 16 lunches and 14 dinners
Transport
  • Private transport in specialised safari vehicle
Guide
  • English speaking local guide and camp assistant
Others
  • 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)
  • Game drives, walks and river excursions as listed in itinerary
  • National park and conservation fees
what’s excluded
  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers
  • Sleeping bag and small pillow on all camping sectors
  • Restaurant meals in Maun, Victoria Falls and Livingstone
  • Entrance to Victoria Falls
  • Visas
  • Tips
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Optional excursions eg. scenic flight over the Delta and activities in Victoria Falls/Livingstone
  • Beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water)
  • Travel insurance
Tour details
Duration 17 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 12 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Maun, Botswana/ Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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A deposit of 500 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 69 days before departure. For any departures within 03 September 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Botswana Leopard Trail & Kalahari tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Botswana Leopard Trail & Kalahari tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Botswana Leopard Trail & Kalahari tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.
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