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Ultimate Botswana Big Cat Safari


A fantastic 10 day tailor-made big cat safari - from £6,485 per person excluding international flights.

What makes this trip extraordinary
  • Visit Linyanti Concession, one of the best places to see African leopards in the wild.
  • Spot the infamous black-maned lions of the Kalahari.
  • Excellent chances of seeing wild dog and large herds of elephant.
  • Lion on buffalo action at Duba Plains.
The experience

Experience the highlights of Botswana in 10 short days. Starting in the Kalahari Game Reserve you maximise your chances of seeing cheetah in their element as well as spending time with the native Bushmen - a truly inspirational experience. Moving onto the Delta you enjoy time at two of the most rewarding camps, Duma Tau and Duba Plains.

Ultimate Botswana big cat safari

Trip details

This is a tailor made wildlife safari with a focus on seeing Botswana’s big cats. The safari can be edited or restructured to suit your needs; your time of travel, interests and budget. We have chosen the accommodation based on being in the right place at the right time to maximise your wildlife opportunities. All accommodation is of a very high standard throughout the trip. 

Travel details

  • Travel: May – mid-November
  • Destination: Botswana (Kalahari, Linyanti Concession, Kwedi Concession)
  • Style: tailor-made wildlife safari

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Day 1 Maun - Central Kalahari Game Reserve
On arrival into Maun International Airport you will be met by one of our representatives who will assist you with your onward flight south. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Tau Pan Camp in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, one of the largest reserves in Africa. This afternoon enjoy your first game drive in search of the wildlife.

Overnight: Tau Pan Camp – (D)

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Day 2-3 Central Kalahari Game Reserve
You have two full days to explore this vast region with morning and afternoon game drives. The area is home to specialised wildlife including oryx, springbok, red hartebeest, honey badgers, ground squirrels and steenbok as well as numerous birds. This is also one of the best areas to see cheetah who take advantage of the open spaces to hunt springbok, wildebeest, steenbok and on occasions, oryx. If you are lucky you may get to see the famous black maned lions which are larger than their cousins in the rest of the country. One of the highlights of Tau Pan Camp is the Bushman walk where you get to learn more about their fascinating culture.

Overnight: Tau Pan Camp - (B/L/D)

Day 4 Linyanti Concession
Today you will fly north to the Linyanti Marsh area of northern Botswana. This afternoon you will be able to enjoy a game drive with your guide as you go in search of the plentiful wildlife of this area.

Overnight: Duma Tau – (B/L/D)

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Day 5-6 Linyanti Concession
Duma Tau is one of the best areas in Botswana to see leopards in the wild. The area along the river is the ideal habitat for these elusive cats so sightings are usually good, although they are never guaranteed. During the dry season this area attracts large herds of breeding elephants and on our last visit we spent three days with a pack of wild dogs who had recently moved into the area.

Overnight: Duma Tau - (B/L/D)

Day 7 Kwedi Concession
From Duma Tau you will fly west to the Duba Plains for the final leg of your safari. Duba Plains is renowned for its lion and buffalo interaction and there have been many documentaries made about this ongoing “war”.

Overnight: Duba Plains – (B/L/D)

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Day 8-9 Kwedi Concession
After an exciting drive across the river (with the water coming over the bonnet of the Land Rover) you will arrive at the famed “Duba Plains”; the large open plains with marshes, rivers, anthills and forested islands. The main focus here is the lion and buffalo interaction, but the general game is also very good with large herds of elephants, tssebbe, impala and red lechwe. It is also a fantastic destination for birds with many different habitats attracting a wide range of species. On the morning game drive you will locate the herd of about 1,000 buffalo to see where the lions are. If they are in tow, you are in for some exciting game viewing that day!

Overnight: Duba Plains - (B/L/D)

Day 10 Kwedi Concession - Maun

From the Okavango Delta you will fly back to Maun in time for your onward flight - (B)

Tau Pan Camp, Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Tau Pan Camp, Botswana Accommodation, Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Tau Pan Camp is located inside the infamous Central Kalahari Game Reserve, renowned for its abundance of predators and thousands of migratory zebra and wildebeest. Built in an environmentally sensitive area, this solar powered camp has been designed to blend in with its environment. A unique safari... read more

Duma Tau Camp, Linyanti
Duma Tau Camp, Botswana Accommodation

Duma Tau Camp is located within the Linyanti Concession, close to the source of the Savute Channel. Overlooking a hippo-filled lagoon, the surrounding waterways attract an abundance of wildlife. In addition to game drives, the camp’s many hides offer excellent opportunities for game viewing, photography... read more

Duba Plains, Okavango Delta
Duba Plains, Botswana Accommodation

Located on an island in one of the most remote areas of the Okavango Delta, Duba Plains is situated in an area renowned for its lion and buffalo populations. Games drives often begin by searching for one of the enormous herds of buffalo found here, whilst looking out for lions on the prowl. Birdlife... read more

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Highlights of this trip

NWS Orange Pointer Black-maned Kalahari lions.
NWS Orange Pointer Witness wild dogs.
NWS Orange Pointer Leopard spotting.

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