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Updated by Vishal Subramanyan on Mar 19, 2016
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Most Remote African Safari Destinations

As safaris in Africa are becoming increasingly popular, many of the popular parks like Serengeti, Kruger, Masai Mara are becoming very crowded with mobs of people at every predator sightings. Here are some of the quieter African Parks in which you can enjoy predator sightings without crowds.


Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a massive park located in the Kalahari Desert. It is located in Botswana and South Africa(only talking about the South Africa side). The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park has two main highlights; watching cheetahs hunting on the Auob Riverbed and watching the magnificent and majestic black-maned Kalahari lion.

Cheetahs are very abundant on the Auob riverbed Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Many claim this area to be the best place in the world to see cheetah to take down prey. During the springbok lambing season, people have reported multiple sightings a day including 3-5 hunts of springbok in a single day. Outside of the lambing season, cheetahs are still spotted very frequently, and many people spot them every day outside of the lambing season. You can also see hunts outside of the lambing season. here are several cheetah on the riverbed with lots of cubs. Some can be far, but lots of the sightings are up-close and personal. It should be noted that you only have very high chances of spotting them in ct-Jan. While other times are also good, they are less reliable. Also, the Auob greatly outweighs Nossob when it comes to cheetah, and if you want consistent sightings you will have to drive up the Auob Riverbed.

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park also has the magnificent , beautiful, and famous Kalahari black-maned lions. The lions that live in Kgalagadi and other areas of the Kalahari are bigger than most other lions and have huge black manes. The manes are very beautiful and many wildlife enthusiasts got to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park just to see this emblem of the wild.

Other than lions and cheetah, Kgalagadi has leopards, mainly around Urikaruus and Grootkolk. They are fairly low in number and you do not have a very high chance of seeing them. There are also tons of raptors in Kgalagadi, and many go there just to see these raptors.

Kgalagadi is very remote. This means few visitors and you can be by yourself at lots of predator sightings.


Lions, Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

Lions, Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

Lions are one of the most enchanting and beautiful big cats on the planet. There graceful stride and large size make them one of the most sought-out animals on the planet. If you are going to one place to see these animals, it should be the Ruaha National Park in Tanzania.

The Ruaha National Park lies in the remote southern part of Tanzania. It has a great amount of lion sightings. It contains 10% of the worlds remaining lion population, making sightings very easy. There are lion prides here of up to 30+ lions, some of the largest prides on the planet. Many people in Ruaha spot lions on every game drive, and one person saw 52 different lions on one game drive.

Other highlights of Ruaha include its remoteness and diversity of predators. Ruaha lies in the remote Southern Circuit of Tanzania, meaning there are not very many visitors there. This means you often get many predator sightings all to yourself or with very little vehicles around you.

Ruaha also contains a rich diversity of predators other than lions. One of the main highlights of the area is the chance to see wild dogs. Ruaha contains one of the most viable dog populations in the world. Sightings are most common from late Sep to early May, when dogs are done denning. Ruaha has one of the highest if not highest leopard population in east Africa. People have reported 6 sightings in 3 days and 11 in 6. Sightings are very relaked and close-up. Ruaha also has a good population of cheetah. People have reported daily sightings including up-close views of hunts.


South Luangwa National Park, ZAmbia

South Luangwa National Park, ZAmbia

South Luangwa National Park is Zambia's flagship park and one of the best places to see the elusive leopard in the wild. Leopards, are most frequently stooped here on the park's famous night drives. The night drives in South Luangwa often let you see tons of these nocturnal predators.

You can have very relaxed leopard sightings around the Mfuwe gate, where the animals are very habituated to people. Nsefu Sector lso has really great leopard sightings, as most of the cub sightings occur here. Chindeni Camp in the southern part of the park has really succesful leopard sightings on night drives, the record being seven spotted on one night drive there. South Luangwa has a shocking density of one leopard every square mile, double the density than the world-famous Kruger National Park.

Other than leopards, South Luangwa has a shocking density of lions, particularly around the Lion Camp/Kaingo Camp area. That is where the famous Hollywood Pride was filmed. The park also has a high population of the endangered African wild dog. Sightings are common from Late Sep to early May when they stop denning and start travelling around the park. South Luangwa is a fairly expensive park, with lodges inside the gate's price typically being $600-$1000. Lodges outside the gate are cheaper, around $350-$550 a night.

South Luangwa is very remote. Many people come to the park to experience the remoteness and quiet. There will be little vehicles at all your good leopard and lion sightings.


Tubu Tree Camp

Tubu Tree Camp

Tubu Tree Camp us part of Wilderness Safaris, a string of remote camps located in the pristine Okavango Delta in Botswana. The camp is a luxurious and very intimate one.

Tubu Tree lies on Hunda Island, an area long known for leopard sightings. The guiding is very good and the guides can easily spot leopard spoor and tracks.The cats are very prevalent here due to a lack of lions and not much competition with other predators except hyenas. Mothers with cubs are also a big hit here. It is not uncommon to see leopards one every game drive.

Other than leopards, hyenas are common here along with general game. Lions in Tubu Tree are more hit and miss. There have been reports of up to eight leopard sightings in three days. The only downside is the expensive rates, going over 1,500$ a night in the high season.

The fact that there are no other camps nearby means you get to enjoy all your leopard and other animal sightings with little to no crowds at all.


Duba Plains Camp

Duba Plains Camp

Though lions are not common everywhere in the Botswana, they are more than common in the Duba Plains Camp. It is a camp on an island in the heart of the delta, and there are tons of lion prides in the area. The lions have been accustomed to hunting buffalo here, and even better, they hunt it during the day. People have seen several buffalo hunts on a single game drive. There are several large prides with cubs in the area along with coalitions of magnificent males. There us virtually no competition for the lions, so the population keeps on growing. The animals are very habituated to the vehicles, meaning you can watch the prides, cubs, and hunts from a distance of a few meters.

You will spend pretty much all your time in this camp watching lions, and you are pretty much confirmed to spot lions on every game drive. This camp is considered by most to be the best camp in Botswana to spot lions. It is also considered by many to be the best place in the world to spot lions on safari.Unfortunately, due to the large number of lions, other predator sightings are slim.

Duba Plains is located in a very remote area of the Okavango Delta. This means there is no other camps nearby, meaning you get to enjoy the lion sightings with few other vehicles.