Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs – oh my!

If you dream of going on safari and sitting face to face with big cats of all kinds, this itinerary is for you. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to see Lions, Leopards and Cheetah during your time in the Kalahari and Sabi Sands. In addition to the African lion, you will also likely spot the less common black maned lion.

Your trip begins with an overnight stay in Johannesburg or Cape Town. For those with more time, ask us about our tailor-made Cape Town and Johannesburg itineraries inclusive of private guides and experiences.

Begin by flying via scheduled or private charter flight to your lodge on the South African side of the Kalahari desert and enjoy 4 nights exploring the largest private game reserve in South Africa consisting of over 250,000 acres of  ‘green’ Kalahari grasslands home to 340 varieties of bird and 80 mammal species and including black rhino, Kalahari lions, meerkats, cheetah, antelope, hyena, giraffe, zebra, jackal, cape fox and more. Activities include game drives, horseback riding, bush walks, community visits and excursions to ancient archaeological sites


Next, fly by scheduled or private charter to the Sabi Sands Private Reserve bordering Kruger National Park. Enjoy 4 nights at your luxury lodge inclusive of morning and afternoon game drives, guided walks and activities. For those looking to relax, spend an afternoon at the spa or sip a refreshing cocktail in your en-suite heated pool. This area is home to the “Big 5” including rhino, lion, buffalo, elephant, and leopard as well as wild dog, giraffe, antelope, zebra and a variety of other species that inhabit the Kruger’s riverine woodland habitat.

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