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Leopard in Tanzania

One of Africa’s most secretive big cats, leopards can be found throughout Tanzania’s safari areas. For your best chance of seeing them, head to the central Serengeti.


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Quick facts about Leopard

Scientific name: Panthera pardus Habitat: Savanna, woodland, forest, mountains
IUCN status: Vulnerable Adult weight: 30–90kg

Africa has just one subspecies of leopard, Panthera pardus pardus (the others being Asian). While numbers are in decline by as much as 8% per year, the leopard is still Africa’s most numerous big cat and is widespread across Tanzania. Although they can live in a range of habitats, leopards favour open bush, dotted with large trees and rocky kopjes.

They formerly lived on Zanzibar, where an endemic race persisted in the forested interior until 2002, when hunting and habitat caused its extinction. A camera trap sighting in 2018 gave hope for their continued presence on the island, however on review it was determined to most likely be a civet cat.

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Tanzania's top camps for seeing leopards

Based on 131 reports since May 2018, the camps below have the best chance of seeing leopards. Simply follow the key below.


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Where to see leopards in Tanzania

Leopards are solitary and shy, so they can be challenging to find. The central Serengeti is probably the best location for them in Tanzania, and roughly three-quarters of our travellers see leopards there.


Top tips for viewing leopards in Tanzania

The Seronera Valley in the central Serengeti can be a good leopard location, though you may need patience. To increase your chances of seeing a leopard, combine the Serengeti with Tarangire, where the chance of seeing leopards is also generally good.

In southern Tanzania head to the riverine bushland of Ruaha National Park, which is famed for good sightings. Leopards are found here in relatively small numbers, but the locations of individual cats are often known by guides, and consequently you may have to share sightings (around 60 per cent of Expert Africa travellers report sightings here) with other vehicles. Look out for giveaway tails dangling from tree branches or the alarm calls of prey, giving away their presence.

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Holiday ideas to see leopards in Tanzania

These trip ideas include places that will give you a chance of seeing leopards in Tanzania


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Marabou Stork Fly-in Safari

13 days • 5 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT

Four luxurious camps enable exploration of Tanzania’s north and southern regions. With a range of land and water-based activities available throughout, decidedly comfortable accommodation and applicable long-stay discounts, this adventurous safari is excellent value.

US$13,390 - US$18,440 per person

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Firefinch Drive-Fly Safari

9 days • 3 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Enjoy a combination of privately guided and shared game drives during this good-value exploration of Northern Tanzania. Explore game-dense regions from three comfortable bases where there are a variety of activities on offer.

US$7,790 - US$10,280 per person

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Gorillas and migration

9 days • 3 locations
KIGALI AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

This luxury safari combines two iconic wildlife experiences, firstly trekking the mountain gorillas in Rwanda, then flying to the northern Serengeti in search of the wildebeest migration and spectacular river crossings.

US$14,770 - US$19,300 per person

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Chimpanzee Fly-in Safari

8 days • 3 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Combining two of the remotest parks in Tanzania, this safari can deliver extraordinary wildlife viewing in Katavi, and East Africa's best chimp treks, on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

US$8,450 - US$11,770 per person

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Tinkerbird Fly-in Safari

8 days • 4 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Explore Tanzania’s famous northern circuit with safari in Tarangire National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park. Four smart sister camps offer a high level of care, first-class guiding and wide range of activities.

US$8,630 - US$12,000 per person

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Fringe-eared Oryx Fly-in Safari

7 days • 3 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Stay in three superbly positioned camps during this exploration of Tanzania’s famous Northern circuit. Excellent views over the surrounding area, remoter locations and game-rich habitat make for an exciting and varied safari experience.

US$6,520 - US$10,870 per person

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Avocet Fly-in Safari

7 days • 3 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

This luxurious safari explores three iconic African reserves from exclusive lodges in unbeatable locations. A very high standard of food, care and guiding ensure that you can focus on the amazing experience.

US$7,740 - US$11,660 per person

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Longclaw Fly-in Safari

7 days • 3 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Explore the varied habitats of Tarangire National Park and the Serengeti from three luxurious and remote bush-camps. Enjoy bush walks and night drives, and keep watch for the great migration as you explore the iconic grasslands.

US$8,080 - US$10,470 per person

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Hadeda Ibis Guided Safari

7 days • 3 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

This great-value safari, led by your own naturalist guide, journeys through the stunning landscapes of Northern Tanzania’s Great Rift Valley in a private 4WD, focusing on its three top national parks.

US$4,860 - US$5,190 per person

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Yellow Baboon Fly-In Safari

7 days • 2 locations
DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT TO DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT

Two authentic bushcamps offer access to Ruaha’s remote wildernesses. Explore the heart of the park’s best game-viewing as well as its largely untouched eastern fringes in almost utter isolation. Walking safaris, day and night 4WD drives, fly-camping and superb guiding heighten your immersion in nature.

US$6,630 - US$7,320 per person

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