Where to see Leopards in Africa

April 20, 2018

leopard in Botswana

Masters of camouflage and stealth, leopards are the most elusive of the Big Five and are notoriously difficult to spot while on safari.

The undeniable beauty, visible strength and feline grace of leopards, combined with their sneaky ability to avoid being seen, makes leopard sightings one of the most exciting wildlife sightings you can experience in Africa.

While there’s never any guarantee that you’ll find one of these incredible creatures, the best way of increasing your odds is to visit their prime habitat areas where concentrations are greatest.

Here are 3 places to visit for the best chance of seeing leopards in Africa:

South Luangwa, Zambia: 

Marking the end of the Great Rift Valley in Zambia, South Luangwa National Park is one of the last true wilderness sanctuaries in the world and is perfect leopard territory. So perfect, in fact, that it is believed to be home to Africa’s largest population of leopards. Previously, the park did not have great accessibility, but this has changed in recent years, making South Luangwa Park one of the premier destinations for leopard spotting in Africa.

Leopard in south luangwaPhoto © Robin Pope Safaris

Sabi Sands, South Africa:

Sabi Sands is a collection of private reserves on the Kruger National Park’s western boundary that is renowned for its thriving leopard population. Not only is the landscape and vegetation ideal for these elegant big cats, but the leopards have also become quite habituated to game vehicles, so leopard sightings in the area are a fairly regular occurrence in the area. In some places, the guides are also allowed to drive off-road, which allows you to get right into the thick of the bush in search of leopards.

Leopard in Sabi SandsPhoto © Brendon Cremer

Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana:

Protecting the core of Botswana’s wildlife showpiece, the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve is arguably the country’s finest safari destination and is yet another excellent area for leopard spotting. Similarly to the Sabi Sands, the leopards in Moremi have also become accustomed to the presence of game vehicles, allowing travellers a much better chance of being able to spend time watching the leopards, rather than just catching a passing glimpse of one.


Solitary, stealthy and beguilingly beautiful. Seeing a leopard in the natural habitat is an experience you’ll never forget. For help planning your safari to Africa, get in touch with us.

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