Zimbabwe vs Botswana

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Botswana is a high-end safari destination, with a lot of luxury camps and lodges and a policy of low-impact tourism, limiting the number of tourists staying in conservation areas, which means that safaris there can be a bit pricey.

On the other hand, Zimbabwe also has abundant game and beautiful wilderness areas (and a low density of visitors) – but with a lower price tag. Some of Zimbabwe’s parks, such as Hwange, are particularly easy to explore on your own (even in a two-wheel drive vehicle) and offer affordable lodging options, including campsites and self-catering cottages inside the park.


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Botswana and Zimbabwe’s World Wonders (7 days)

day 1 to 2

Welcome to your Botswana safari
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day 3 to 4

Track the Big Five
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day 5 to 6

Explore the thundering Victoria Falls
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day 7

Fly home

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