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Safari with Leopard Specialist Graham Cooke - a once in a lifetime opportunity!


A once in a lifetime Safari to The South Luangwa in Zambia led by Graham Cooke – Safari Guide and Leopard Specialist Extraordinaire.

Graham Cooke started out life guiding at the renowned Londolozi Game Reserve in the Kruger National Park. Whilst working as a game ranger there, he was given the opportunity to release two leopard cubs that had come from a circus into the wild.

Graham’s heart rending story was finally documented by author Fransje van Riel in the book My Life with Leopards. Graham took his beloved leopard cubs and released them in the south Luangwa Reserve in Zambia – and it was Fransje who felt that Graham, 20 years on, should revisit the spot for the first time and allow others to share this very special experience.

He will be returning to the exact spot where he released them, which will be an emotional experience for Graham. Graham’s extraordinary experience has allowed him to have a unique insight into the behaviour of leopards which makes him so perfect to lead this very special safari accompanied by Fransje van Riel.


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This truly is a once in a lifetime safari that Graham will be sharing with a very small and select group of others. Share this very special experience and incredible knowledge that he gained in this very unique situation, of living with these cubs for almost two years, raising them and then finally experiencing the heart wrenching release into the wild.

Luangwa is renowned for having one of the greatest concentrations of leopard in Africa. You spend 10 days split six nights in the South Luangwa at a beautiful owner managed camp called Kaingo and 3 nights in the Lower Zambezi.

Kaingo is very special and perfect for those who are interested in photography too, as the owner of the camp, Jules Shenton is a professional photographer.

In addition, a number of hides have been erected so that you can spend time in them, literally just feet away from the animals, allowing you to take that perfect photograph!

It is also the time of the beautiful, highly coloured carmine bee eater who nests in the river banks. Again, there is a carmine hide on a boat where you can observe and photograph them from.

You then drive to Island Bush Camp where Graham lived and released his leopards. Here you relive the whole story of Graham raising his cubs.

You end off in the gorgeous region of the Lower Zambezi at one of our favourite camps of all time, Old Mondoro.  There is a mixture of walking, boating and game drives on this safari.

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