Unlike the lion which live mostly in prides, leopards are far more solitary animals and therefore harder to spot. They are skilled in nocturnal hunting and can sneak up on their unsuspecting prey relatively undetected. 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 amongst the branches of large trees and often the first thing you may spot or indeed smell! is the remains of their last kill, which often gets dragged up with them for safety from scavengers.
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 popular safari option. It’s thriving in wildlife of every kind and leopards are no different here. As well as the Delta you can find great leopard sightings in the Savute and Linyanti Regions in northern Botswana.
The Kruger National Park and in particular the Sabi Sands concession is famous for its prolific leopard population. You may not get the same sense of wilderness or true bush feel of a safari elsewhere in Africa but if you want more of a mix of safari and other experiences on your trip, plus very high likelhood of a leopard sighting then South Africa would be the number one option.