Unlike the lion which rules supreme, leopards are a little more elusive and therefore harder to spot. They are skilled in nocturnal hunting and can sneak up on their unsuspecting prey in the dark of the night. As they don’t have the stamina for long, drawn out chases, they work with stealth and artfulness instead. Being nocturnal creatures by nature, the leopard is somewhat shy and retiring in the day. Their favourite places to hide are tucked into the shadows of large trees or behind big boulders and crags.
It’s been repeatedly named the “best safari in Africa” by various travel books and with the Okavango Delta, it’s easy to see why Botswana is such as key destination. It’s thriving in wildlife of every kind and leopards are no different here. Additionally, you can find great leopard sightings in the Linyanti Region in northern Botswana.
Both the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area are worth visiting if you want to spot the elusive leopard. Generally, the ‘Big Five’ can be easily seen in the Ngorongoro Conservation but the leopards in the crater are actually few in numbers. However, you might be lucky if you head to Lerai Forest in the south or Munge River in the north.