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Elusive Destinations For Leopard Safaris in Africa (2023)

Leopard safaris in Africa are a popular way to observe one of the most elusive and magnificent big cats in their natural habitat. These guys are the holy grail of the Big 5 due to the fact that they are solitary and much harder to find than the other 4 members.

It’s important to note that leopard sightings are not guaranteed on any safari, as these animals are very elusive and can be difficult to spot. However, by visiting one of the below destinations, you increase your chances of seeing these beautiful cats in the wild and of course, Moriti will be with you all the way!

Leopard Safaris in South Africa

South Africa is home to some of the most iconic wildlife, including the enigmatic leopard, and many safari options allow our safari family to observe these elusive animals in their natural habitat.

Game reserves that Moriti operates in both privately and commercially include Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Timbavati Private Game Reserve, Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and Phinda Private Game Reserve.

These reserves offer the best opportunity to find our spotted prince of the bush and, coupled with a private guide, will almost guarantee a chance of spotting (yes, we used a pun again) one of these stunning creatures.

Here are some popular leopard safari options in South Africa:

Southern Tip of Africa

Kruger to Cape Town Safari

Two South African safari titans come together in everyone's favourite safari combo. Rates start from ZAR 7,500 per person.
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Tsowa Safari Island, part of a Cape Town, Kruger, Victoria Falls Package

Cape Town, Kruger, Victoria Falls Safari

Come with us on our epic 12-day 'safari triangle' safari and visit Africa's favourite destinations. Rates start from ZAR 10,550 per person per night.
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The leopard is a cruel lover. His tenderness breaks the gazelle’s heart – Aleksandr Voinov

Leopard Safaris in Botswana

Botswana is known for its astonishing wildlife and is home to a large population of leopards.

Some of the best ‘leopardy’ destinations Moriti operate in are The Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Central Kalahari Game Reserve and Savuti Marsh which is located in Chobe National Park. Visitors can take game drives to observe these big cats in their natural environment. Safari walks to look for leopards often are not fruitful due to their extremely secretive nature. They know you’re there before you even know there is a leopard in the area! Sounds like a good horror movie script doesn’t it?

When planning a leopard safari in Botswana, it’s important to research the different options and choose a reputable safari operator or lodge that prioritizes responsible and sustainable tourism practices.

Here are some popular leopard safari options in Botswana. These are most suited to couples, families and groups of friends:

Leopard waking up on safari

Okavango & Linyanti Safari

A 7-day safari exploring Botswana's garden of Eden . It's wild, it's beautiful! Rates start from USD 1,500 per person per night.
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Leopard Safaris in Zimbabwe and Zambia

Zimbabwe and Zambia are both home to some of the most unrestricted wildlife in Africa, including the secretive spotted cat in question, leopard.

Moriti operates extensively in Zimbabwe & Zambia and offer safaris in some of the countries most iconic reserves such as Hwange National Park (Zimbabwe), Mana Pools National Park (Zimbabwe) and Kafue National Park (Zambia).

Due to the size of the reserves and the peace and quiet that the animals are used to, leopard spotting (last pun, we promise) can be difficult and requires dedicated guides and game drives to find them. Due to this, we suggest combining Zimbabwe and Botswana to ‘up the ante’ so to speak. Of course, we can make that happen for you.

Below are our best leopard safaris in Zimbabwe and Zambia. All can be built around your needs and in fact, we prefer it that way because it means you get your very own safari to brag about!

Family Safari Coffee Stop

Best Of Zimbabwe Safari

This 10-day safari explores Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park and Victoria Falls. Rates start from USD 1,050 per person per day.
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Lion jumping over water on a 7 day Zambia safari

Kafue National Park and Victoria Falls Safari

A safari with a difference visiting Victoria Falls and the wildlife paradise that is Kafue National Park. Rates for this safari start from USD 1,550 per person per night.
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Best destinations to view leopards in Africa…

South Africa

3 Day Kruger Safari

South Africa’s biggest national park is home to the country’s greatest diversity of wildlife. Kruger’s real draw is an almost guaranteed encounter with the super-celebrities of the safari circuit: Africa’s iconic Big 5. You can expect sightings of them all year round.

Male Lions Phinda

This reserve encompasses an impressive 286 km² (110 mi²) of protected wildlife land. It offers some of Africa’s finest game viewing experiences, as well as 436 bird species. The reserve is particularly well known for close-up sightings of the elegant yet elusive cheetah, as well as the rare black rhino.

Botswana

Kalahari Plains Camp, Wilderness Safaris

Wild, mysterious and just unthinkably vast, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is a true wilderness that will give you the impression that you are exploring Africa on your own. Rich grasslands surround you by day whilst the skies at night are as clear as you could ever imagine.

Elephant Crossing The Linyanti River

This is a vast area of pristine wilderness located in the north of Botswana. The entire area is superb for elephants. There are a few rival prides of lion and this is also an excellent area for spotting the elusive leopard and rare wild dog.

Pek's Fishing Owl At Xigera Camp Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is one of the most inspiring wilderness locations in Africa, if not the entire planet. The Delta is a truly unspoiled wilderness with terrain ranging from dry grasslands to swamps. Possible animals to be sighted include cheetahs, lion prides, leopards on the prowl, zebra, giraffes and elephants.

Zimbabwe & Zambia

Walking Safari In Hwange National Park

This most famous park in Zimbabwe provides a haven for 107 mammal species and more than 400 recorded types of birds. If it’s elephants you want to see (there are between 45,000 and 60,000 living in Hwange), then this is the place. Hwange is most commonly combined with Victoria Falls.

Lion Jumping Over Water On A 7 Day Zambia Safari

Kafue National Park covers a massive 22,400 km². It remains little-known and largely unexplored with vast tracts of its virgin bush still untouched. Thanks to its size and variety of habitat types the it holds a fantastic diversity of wildlife. The Busanga Plains is famed for its prides of lions.

Elephants In Mana Pools

Mana Pools is considered one of the prettiest reserves in the world. Its location near the Zambezi River gives it large pools that support an amazing collection of wildlifeCanoe safaris, a terrific way to see animals. It’s also one of the best places in Southern Africa to see endangered wild dogs.

Moriti will tailor something specifically for you to go leopard adventuring on. Check out our tailor-made safari enquiry form

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Beach & Bush Heritage Safari

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This 10-day safari explores Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park and Victoria Falls. Rates start from USD 1,050 per person per day.
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