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Leopard safaris, holidays & tours

This elusive and beautiful cat is the pinnacle of an African safari experience

Leopard safaris, holidays & tours available in Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Zambia

This elusive and beautiful cat is the pinnacle of an African safari experience

The leopard stirs something in everyone. Not only are they strikingly beautiful, but their golden spotted coats give them a remarkable camouflage ability. The fact that they're so difficult to spot puts them at the top of most safari lists. Nothing beats seeing these beauties in the wild.

It's vital to be in the right area to spot a leopard, but there are also specialised leopard parks and reserves where these cats flourish. This is because leopards are highly effective and versatile cats. They have a diverse diet and can survive in a broad vegetation. Leopards are the only big cats whose numbers have actually increased despite shrinking habitat, pressure from poaching and leopard skin trade.

Popular Leopard safaris in Africa

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Two weeks in South Africa - a luxury rail safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Two weeks in South Africa - a luxury rail safari

Experience the best that South Africa has to offer: it's white-sand beaches, lush green wine-lands and find the Big Five wildlife in the Kruger National Park.

per person

14 days

The Uganda Hills

The Complete East Africa Experience (13 days)

Enjoy East Africa's most celebrated highlights, from a snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, to sailing above the Serengeti in a hot-air balloon and meeting mountain gorillas

Price on request

per person

13 days

Exterior view of Ngala Tented Camp

Delightful Cape Town and Kruger Luxury Safari (12 days)

Combine Cape Town and the surrounding Cape Winelands with a safari in the Kruger National Park for a relaxing and exhilarating South African safari

per person

12 days

June to July Great Migration Safari in Tanzania with HerdTracker (9 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

June to July Great Migration Safari in Tanzania with HerdTracker (9 days)

HerdTracker invites you to join them on a migration safari in Tanzania's Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park.

per person

9 days

Guests going on a Bush Walk

HerdTracker and Kicheche Camps Safari (7 days)

The best of Mara North and Olare Orok Conservancies with Kicheche

per person

7 days

Romantic view

Deluxe Honeymoon Safari in Cape Town, Kruger and Victoria Falls (10 days)

Combine three of Southern Africa's most loved destinations into one romantic getaway and you'll share the memories forever

per person

10 days

South African Bush to Mozambican Beach Holiday (9 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

South African Bush to Mozambican Beach Holiday (9 days)

In this exciting safari holiday, you'll get to experience both Southern Africa's bush and beach beauty

per person

9 days

City and Safari in Southern Africa (14 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

City and Safari in Southern Africa (14 days)

Majestic wildlife and the riches of Africa.

per person

14 days

Masai Mara Safari Adventure (6 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Masai Mara Safari Adventure (6 days)

Explore the jewel in Kenya's crown; the wildlife-rich Masai Mara National Reserve

per person

6 days

Big Five Safari in the Kruger National Park (3 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Big Five Safari in the Kruger National Park (3 days)

Encounter the Big Five safari and discover the elusive leopard

per person

3 days

More on Leopard safaris in Africa

South Africa’s Sabi Sands and Mala Mala private concessions are probably the best places to see leopard, sometimes with five different individual leopards during a single game drive. The cats have become used to vehicles and humans and don’t mind safari goers getting close at all.

The Masai Mara and more specifically the Mara confluence (Mara and Talek Rivers) as well as the famous leopard gorge nearby are two incredible leopard areas. Both guarantee daily sightings. The considerable lion numbers may impact the daily movement of leopards, but the Mara North and Olara Orok conservancies that border the Masai Mara give night and off-road driving options that will increase the chances of leopard sightings.

Botswana’s Moremi and Khwai concessions are key leopard areas. Derek and Beverly Joubert did most of their filming of leopards in this area as well as the Delta itself. The Khwai concession allows off-road and night drives, increasing chances of seeing these elusive cats.

Northern Kenya’s Matthew’s range is a wonderful leopard sanctuary. Both the Millennium and Swinging Well guarantee daily sightings. These sightings are not as well managed as in the Sabi Sands but, the Samburu guides know exactly where to go to see these cats. The arid landscape and vegetation also give the Laikipia leopard some size and mass compared to their southern relatives.

Zambia’s south Luangwa valley is wonderful for leopard during the dry season, specifically the Chinzombo and Kaingo Camps. Chances of seeing a few different leopards in a single day is good.

Frequently Asked Questions about Leopard safaris in Africa

How does the weather influence a safari?

While a safari holiday can be at any time of year, it is worth noting that seasonality will impact the type of experience you’re likely to have as well as the cost of your safari. During the dry season, the wildlife tends to congregate… go there.

What is a typical day on safari like?

Life on safari has a rhythm of its own, largely dictated by the animal's movements. Generally, the most rewarding times for game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and also late in the afternoons when the animals are most active. A… go there.

When is the best time to visit Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve?

During the dry season of May to September is the best time to visit Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve. go there.

Will I be able to use my smartphone during my safari?

Wi-Fi is the best option when planning on using your smartphone during your African safari. Using apps such as Skype for Android and iOS, Viber for Android and iOS as well as Google Hangouts for Android is the best way to stay in touch with… go there.

What happens if the weather affects my hot air balloon safari?

If the weather causes unforeseen problems on the day of your hot air balloon safari, we will try to move it to another day or you will be refunded. go there.

What research should one do when thinking of travelling through Africa?

Africa for centuries has captured the imagination of explorers hence there really is a lot of information out there available on the continent from guide books to novels. go there.

Where is the best place to go for wildlife viewing in Tanzania?

Northern Tanzania! Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site, has some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in the world as well as the Serengeti, but don't forget about the southern circuit. go there.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

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Reviews on our Leopard safaris in Africa

This was my first safari. I didn’t expect to be so pampered. Everything was first class. We had everything provided for us before even asking. We had a dedicated team at our service. Megan was on call whenever we needed something and she…

Saada

from Nigeria

Tanya was an absolute delight to deal with. From the first phone call she was extremely polite, professional and very eager to facilitate my requests regarding our safari. Our 3 nights at the V & A Hotel were fabulous and Motswari Game…

Debbie

from Australia

Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.

Henrik Wetterstrand

from Sweden

Living afar and trusting in an organisation with whom you have no previous knowledge can lead to feeling of mistrust and wondering whether what we have paid for actually exists. A little more proactive communication would have eased those…

Tony Russell

I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…

Margaret Dean

Planning the trip was managed extremely well especially since travel was at a busy time of year and not much notice was given. All communication was by email, and was responded to promptly and efficiently. Different options were provided…

Suzanne McKeen

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