Our Packages

All our safaris are selectively conducted in the untamed free range African wilderness. We operate in numerous Government concessions plus several private properties, predominantly in the country Mozambique. As we are constantly sourcing prime leopard habitat, we range the vast area between the powerful Zambezi river and her substantial tributaries and deltas South to the renowned Limpopo river, famous for her huge Leopard. The many ancient mountain ranges that direct these epic river courses form pristine habitat for the African Leopard and constantly produce good cats for the determined sportsman.

All the areas we task our skills to are expansive wilderness blocks accounting for hundreds of thousands of unfenced, sustainably used acres. Free roaming Elephant, Lion and Buffalo contribute to the old-style atmosphere of our traditional African safari. Camps are resourcefully constructed from available materials and purposefully shy from the 5-star luxury of the modern photo-safari industry. We engage avidly in hunting Africa on foot by means of tracking, pursuing and selectively harvesting mature animals only. Hunting Safaris are the prime income generator in all our areas where anti-poaching, scientific study and calculated game management are the only artillery for preserving the natural environment and her wild inhabitants.

This, the most authentic conservation model, is the playing field on which we pursue the cunning Leopard - the most elusive of African dangerous game.

14-DAY LEOPARD OVER HOUNDS TREE & FREE SAFARI

$7 950

Fully inclusive.

Excludes International and Domestic flights, pre/post hotel accommodation and staff gratuities.
This package caters to the active hunter that is not satisfied with just treeing 1 Leopard. 14 days of exhilarating tracking, trailing and treeing the elusive solitary Leopard delivers an experience comparable to the life of a full-time hunting guide. Pure adventure as we stay mobile on the tracks of the cats, bouncing from camp to camp.
As many Leopard as possible are TREED & FREED over the course of the adventure where memories and photographs replace a physical trophy skin and skull.

10-DAY LEOPARD OVER HOUNDS DARTED SAFARI

$15 700

Fully inclusive.

Excludes International and Domestic flights, pre/post hotel accommodation and staff gratuities.

Supporting scientific data is crucial for the continuance of the sustainable utilization model and modern technology now facilitates the gathering of such by citizen scientists, previously only accessible to studied individuals. This permits landowners, concessionaires and local communities to independently conserve their surrounding wildlife more effectively.

Hunters, the active custodians of wildlife and the wilderness they inhabit, have the opportunity to participate in this process more vigorously by effecting a BIOPSY dart hunt or a TRANQUILIZER dart hunt.

The model follows the same storyline as a HARVEST hunt except the male or female Leopard is either darted with a Biopsy dart designed to gather a genetic sample, or darted with a Tranquiliser dart effecting the temporary immobilisation required for fitment of a GPS tracking collar.
The darted hunts are equally as exhilarating as a harvest hunt…without the hefty price tag.

14-DAY LEOPARD OVER HOUNDS TROPHY SAFARI

$28 900

Fully inclusive plus trophy fee.

Excludes International and Domestic flights, pre/post-hotel accommodation, firearm temporary import licence, staff gratuities, dip/pack and trophy freight/transport.

One adult male Leopard is harvested during the course of a traditional 14-day safari.

EVERY MANS LIFE ENDS THE SAME WAY.
IT IS ONLY THE DETAILS OF HOW HE LIVED AND HOW HE DIED THAT DISTINGUISH ONE MAN FROM ANOTHER.
- Ernest Hemmingway

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Panthera Pardus

The Scientific name for the leopard is Panthera Pardus.

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The most observed solitary big cat comprehensively also enjoys the widest range of Africa’s big cats and hunting prospects are available across most of the Southern African countries.
Realistic body weights of male leopards range from 60 kg / 132lbs to 85kg / 188lbs however in rare instances a brute is encountered that can tip the scales.

Crepuscular behaviour, defined as primarily active during twilight best describes the Leopards heightened periods of activity, although a stricter nocturnal movement is more commonly adopted in areas of greater persecution. This adds to the challenging nature of hunting the big cat as sign and scent is often aged by the time daylight permits effective tracking.

Since the leopard does not restrict its feeding behaviour to live kills only, it is possible to lure the big cat to presented bait. Leopard scent is relatively ‘heavy’ and expert hounds are able to track the nocturnal travels of the elusive cat. Therefore, the leopard is hunted either OVER hounds or OVER bait. Never – with dogs – which describes the method known as coursing.

Regarded as the fiercest of the solitary big cats, the leopard is also accepted as the least likely to inflict a fatal attack.

Selective and limited harvest have proven to supply critical funding for the system and infrastructure which protects and manages biodiversity. In Leopard conservation terms this means hunting tourism based on discerning trophy selection.

Historically, quotas have been determined using the proposed sustainable population-based calculation which is designed to not exceed a harvest of 3.8% of total population. However more recent science recommends an age-based harvest system. Provided age-limits are strictly adhered to, in a balanced population the number of ≥7-year-old males available to hunt can comprise 8% of the total population.

The ≥7-year-old age bracket also comprises the wisest and most elusive section of the population. This individual represents the true Trophy Leopard.

Many travelling sportsmen will agree that the leopard is the most elusive of all African big game and that a successful hunt often requires more than one attempt. While we cannot guarantee a perfect record, we can however assure that the probability of harvesting a large mature male is high as we possess a extensive experience, superb hounds plus access to some of Africa’s premier Leopard hunting areas.

GPS Collars

GPS Collars

with a remote drop off function means the leopard doesn’t have to be recaptured.

Leopard Tracking

Tracking

The spoor of the leopard can be followed visually by the trail of disturbance to soil and vegetation.

Camera Traps for Leopards

Camera Traps

are used as a remote, constant observation which gathers various data and is non invasive.

Modern Dart Guns

Dart Gun

Modern dart guns operate most effectively using a .22 charge, accurate well up to 40 yards.

Scent tracking Hounds

African Leopard Researchers

Scent tracking hounds are a valuable tool for following leopard where visual sign is absent

Leopard Tracks

Leopard Tracks

Leopard tracks are an accurate indicator of the sex and size of the individual that laid them.

Conservation

The contribution of recognised science to the understanding of the ecology of Panthera Pardus across its entire range is currently incomplete. There has historically been a focus of research in controlled areas due to the low anthropologic impact. However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that protected areas are impacted on by the effects of their surrounding land use methods. Movement of large carnivores has been repetitively proven to ignore park boundaries. The importance of managing large carnivore populations outside of protected park parameters is not only important for genetic integrity but also for species distribution. A prime example is Mozambique’s Gorongoza National Park and the vast wild lands to its east. Land use models on the eastern border include indigenous hard woods forestry, sustenance agriculture, sustenance hunting, trophy hunting and eco-tourism. Understanding the effect of these industries on the wildlife is core to the management thereof. Modern technology permits citizen scientists to add to a knowledge cloud through submissions of valuable collected data. Under guidance of our competent scientist, volunteers can participate in the collection, processing and distribution of credible data that can directly assist with the conservation of these wild lands and all the flora and fauna that inhabit them.

The expansive wilderness north of the town Beira, Mozambique reaching up to the Southern banks of the mighty Zambezi River and incorporating all the land stretching from the ocean westwards to the boundary with the epic Gorongoza National Park is the current research area.

The Leopard research project offers to a restricted number of volunteers the wonderful activity of spending 14 days in the life of the elusive forest Leopard. The prime data collection method is BIOPSY DARTING – a technique used to gather genetic information with a negligible intrusion trade-off. The treed leopard is darted with a specific projectile designed to harvest a small sample of skin, hair and flesh. Simultaneously the capture/recapture method using remote camera traps is used to supplement the genetic data by gauging territoriality and movement. The modern GPS collars that are favoured by the research team provide the most accurate monitoring plus a remote 'drop off' feature that eliminates the necessity to recapture the leopard to remove the collar. Occasionally an adult female is captured and fitted with a GPS tracking collar that produces intricate details of the territoriality of this feline’s little-known ecology.

All collection methods, processing and interpretation of data are supervised by Dr Lourens Swanepoel, a highly recognised and experienced ecologist.

About Us

Gavin Lipjes

Of all the dangerous African game, the Leopard most regularly checks its reputation for being the utmost elusive trophy to acquire. Many travelling hunters have been skunked by the big cat, often resulting in a more determined resolve to successfully harvest Africa’s silent killer.

In 2004 Panther Trackers was established by Gavin Lipjes, a veteran Houndsman who has hunted Leopard across most of its Southern range – from East coast Mozambique transversely to West coast Namibia. Panther Trackers seasonally  prove to be a top choice for an old-style African safari conducted in epic unfenced wilderness. We possess access to a network of prime leopard country, seasoned hounds, skilled trackers and modern equipment, all meshed to present a professional service in line with modern game conservation principles without losing an emphasis on traditional business values.

Panther Trackers principle resolve is to act sustainably based on a deep respect and admiration for nature.

Sustainable use means the use of components of biological diversity in a way and at a rate that does not lead to the long-term decline of biological diversity, thereby maintaining its potential to meet the needs and aspirations of present and future generations.
~ Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) 1992 ~

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THE RIVER LINE SAND IS A PERFECT MEDIUM
FOR DISCOVERING LEOPARD TRACKS

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