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Leopard Safari

Victoria Falls, Botswana and Cape Town – a classic southern African itinerary combining luxury, wilderness, safari and culture. We can't think of a better way to spend two weeks.

Leopard Safari: Summary

Leopard Safari in a nutshell

Beginning your trip in Zimbabwe your first stop is in the Zambezi National Park. Overlooking the mighty Zambezi river, Old Drift lodge offers wildlife watching and boat trips including fishing. However, the real highlight of a stay here is visiting the eponymous Victoria Falls, just 45-minutes away. When you aren't busy on activities the lodge is also a fabulous place to relax and soak in your spectacular surroundings.

Leaving Victoria Falls your cross into Botswana by vehicle before a short light aircraft hop into Savute area of Chobe National Park followed by three nights in the Okavango. Both camps are small and intimate with superb food, high levels of service and fairly simple but very comfortable tents. These locations are known for their variety of wildlife and a combination of the two camps should deliver top quality viewing of Botswana’s most iconic species.

Finally, the safari section of your trip over it is time of a change of pace as you head to Cape Town. This buzzy city is bursting with culture, history, excellent restaurants and superb wine - where better to relax and unwind after your safari.

At a glance

Starts: Victoria Falls Airport
3 nights Old Drift Lodge - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Full Board & Activities
3 nights Savute Under Canvas - Chobe National Park, Botswana Full Board & Activities
3 nights Gomoti Plains Camp - Okavango Delta Safari Reserves, Botswana Full Board & Activities
4 nights Cape Grace - Cape Town, South Africa Bed & Breakfast
Ends: Cape Town International Airport

Old Drift Lodge

Days 1-4

On the banks of the Zambezi River, 7km upstream of the Victoria Falls, the stylish Old Drift Lodge opened in mid-May 2018. It is one of a handful of camps within Zimbabwe’s Zambezi National Park, with regular visits from elephants to the lodge, especially later into the dry season.

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Savute Under Canvas

Days 4-7

Savute Under Canvas offers an authentic mobile-camping experience, without forgoing many of the comforts of a semi-permanent tented camp. The camp utilises a number of different private campsites in the Savuti area of Botswana’s Chobe National Park, moving every five days in accordance with national-park regulations.

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Gomoti Plains Camp

Days 7-10

Opened in April 2017, Gomoti Plains Camp is located in a private, community-run concession (NG32) in the south-east of Botswana's Okavango Delta. Overlooking a tributary of the nearby Gomoti River, and surrounded by riverine forest with tall, elegant fan palms, leadwoods and knobthorn trees, this classic safari camp is in a beautiful location and has a good diversity of wildlife.

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Cape Grace

Days 10-14

The Cape Grace is set right in the heart of Cape Town's Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, on its very own quay. It's an ideal location if you want to be very close to the shops, restaurants and nightlife to be found in this area.

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Old Drift Lodge

Old Drift Lodge

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Savute Under Canvas

Savute Under Canvas

Chobe National Park, Botswana

Gomoti Plains Camp

Gomoti Plains Camp

Okavango Delta Safari Reserves, Botswana

Cape Grace

Cape Grace

Cape Town, South Africa

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Highlights

Our thoughts on five of the top experiences of this Leopard Safari.

  • Marvel at the mighty Victoria Falls
  • Explore the Okavango by 4WD, boat and mokoro canoe
  • Escape from it all in the wilderness of the Savuti marshes
  • Visit the penguins at Boulders Beach
  • Discover Cape Town's buzzing restaurant scene

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Leopard Safari: talk to us about those which interest you.

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Boat trip

  • Canoeing

  • Cultural excursion

  • Dune-boarding

  • Elephant encounter

  • Fishing

  • Guided walking safari

  • Helicopter

  • Horse-riding

  • Hot air ballooning

  • Kayaking

  • Microlight

  • Mokoro

  • Mountain biking

  • Night drive

  • Quad-biking

  • Scuba-diving

  • Self-guided walking

  • Snorkelling

  • Watersports

  • White-water rafting

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Key species to see on the Leopard Safari

Based on our travellers' observations, we’ve estimated the likelihood of seeing these species during the Leopard Safari. Click on the animals and our wildlife surveys page for more info.


Lion

100% chance

Leopard

100% chance

Cheetah

100% chance

Buffalo

100% chance

Elephant

100% chance

Giraffe

100% chance

Hippo

100% chance

Spotted Hyena

100% chance

Wildebeest

100% chance

Zebra

100% chance

Wild dog

83% chance

Eland

81% chance

Sable antelope

41% chance

White Rhino

33% chance

Roan antelope

24% chance

Aardvark

8% chance

Black Rhino

8% chance

Pangolin

5% chance

Brown Hyena

0% chance

Sitatunga

0% chance

Side-trips whilst on this holiday

We may be able to build in some of these optional excursions from the Leopard Safari. Talk to us: they’re usually best arranged when you book.


Rhino Walk

Rhino Walk

Around four hours - mornings only

Spend an unforgettable morning on a walking safari tracking Mosi-oa-Tunya’s small population of white rhino, with a strong chance of being able to approach these endangered creatures on foot.

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90% (2 reviews)
Chobe Day Trip

Chobe Day Trip

Full day - typically around 11 hours

For a top safari experience while visiting the Victoria Falls, don’t miss a day trip to Botswana’s Chobe National Park. Easily reachable from Livingstone, Zambia or Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Chobe boasts some of the best wildlife densities in southern Africa, with exceptional numbers of elephant drawn by the permanent waters of the Chobe River.

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Helicopter Flight - Zimbabwe

Helicopter Flight - Zimbabwe

Shortest flight is 12-25 minutes

While viewing the Victoria Falls from the ground is a stunning experience, seen the world’s largest waterfall from the air allows for a completely different perspective, historically said to have been so beautiful as to have been seen by ‘angels in flight’.

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94% (7 reviews)
Ra-Ikane River Cruise

Ra-Ikane River Cruise

Two hours minimum

Cruising the upper sections of the Zambezi reveals another dimension to the river's beauty, adding a sense of serenity to the thrill of watching it cascade over the Victoria Falls. On a Ra-Ikane river cruise, experience the river’s islands and channels, keeping an eye out for wildlife, and the spray from the Falls.

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97% (12 reviews)
Elephant Encounter

Elephant Encounter

Three hours

For a very personal encounter with elephants, head to The Elephant Camp near Victoria Falls. From its sanctuary for orphaned elephants, it offers close interaction with one of Africa's most iconic species, including the chance to feed the elephants by hand, and talk to the guides who have raised and trained them.

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100% (2 reviews)
Elephant Art Experience

Elephant Art Experience

Three hours

The Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary and Art of Africa have teamed up to create a unique experience in the bush, with private tutors running painting workshops and habituated elephants provision impressive models, standing just metres away from your easel.

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Zambezi Explorer River Cruise

Zambezi Explorer River Cruise

Two hours

Watching the sunset from the middle of the Zambezi River, with the spray of the falls behind you, is an incredibly popular activity. A large variety of cruises are on offer, ranging from cheap and boozy directed towards the backpacker crowd, to much more luxurious and serene experiences. A great option for the latter style is the Zambezi Explorer.

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100% (2 reviews)
Winelands Private Tour

Winelands Private Tour

Full day

Spend a day exploring the beautiful vineyards, mountains and valleys of the Cape Winelands and sample some of the well-known wines they have to offer

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100% (2 reviews)
Cape Point and Peninsula Tour

Cape Point and Peninsula Tour

Full day - normally nine hours

Get your camera ready for one of South Africa’s most breathtaking coastal drives in the company of an informative guide. Take in magnificent beaches, stunning scenery, wildlife on land and at sea, and the meeting of two great oceans, then round off your day in the tranquillity of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

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92% (5 reviews)
City and Table Mountain Tour

City and Table Mountain Tour

Approximately four hours - AM or PM

From atop the iconic Table Mountain, the panoramic views of Cape Town can be breathtaking – and if the cable car isn’t operating, they’re just as good from nearby Signal Hill. Back at sea level, explore the highlights of this fascinating and pretty city, including the South African Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and the Houses of Parliament.

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93% (3 reviews)
Microlight Flight

Microlight Flight

15 or 30 minutes

For pure exhilaration, it's hard to find something better than flying in a microlight, swooping through the spray that crashes up and off the Victoria Falls, with rainbows shimmering below. If you don't like heights, then this isn't for you! For those looking for a different way to see the Falls, the microlight flights offer a stunning birds eye view of this spectacular natural wonder.

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100% (1 reviews)
Livingstone Island & Devil's Pool

Livingstone Island & Devil's Pool

Three hours

Victoria Falls is one of the world's natural wonders, and a huge attraction for many visitors to southern Africa. We're often asked if the waterfall is best viewed from the Zambian or Zimbabwean side, but we think the best way to experience the full majesty of the falls is from the middle with a visit to Livingstone Island.

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100% (5 reviews)
Historical Bridge Tour

Historical Bridge Tour

Two hours - AM & PM departures

A feat of engineering the Victoria Falls Bridge was built in 1905 as part of Cecil Rhodes' vision to link the Cape to Cairo. With an expert guide and the appropriate safety equipment you'll not only discover the wonders of this Victorian marvel but also gain a unique perspective of the Victoria Falls themselves.

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Guided tour of Victoria Falls

Guided tour of Victoria Falls

Two hours - AM & PM departures

One of the seven Natural Wonders of the World, the mighty Victoria Falls has to be seen to be believed. Why not take an expertly guided trip to learn about the history, geology, flora and fauna of one of Africa's most spectacular sites?

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Tram & Bridge Tour

Tram & Bridge Tour

Two hours - generally 12pm-2pm

Starting with lunch at the historic Victoria Falls Station your tram journey takes you through Victoria Falls National Park to the iconic bridge. After a brief stop, you’ll cross to the bridge museum for an informative talk by a local historian. This is followed by snacks and drinks soaking in the views before returning to the station.

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Cookery Course & Activity

Cookery Course & Activity

Six hours - afternoon activity

Make a traditional Southern African ‘potjie dinner’ on the banks of the Zambezi River. You’ll be guided through the preparation process by professional chefs before embarking on an afternoon activity while your dinner cooks. The activity is followed by a 3-course meal, including your self-made Pot as the main course.

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Bushtracks Express

Bushtracks Express

Generally four and a half hours

The Bushtracks Express Train starts its journey at Zimbabwe’s iconic Victoria Falls Station before departing on its route through Victoria Falls National Park the Victoria Falls Bridge, where guests enjoy the stunning view of the Falls. Afterwards, the train will depart for a siding out of town, for dinner.

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