Zimbabwe vs South Africa

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South Africa has it all: cultural cities with excellent attractions, restaurants, hotels, museums and shopping, Big Five game reserves and beautiful beaches, desert, mountain and forests, and all the outdoors activities you could dream of. Landlocked Zimbabwe can’t compete with South Africa in terms of this diversity, but what it does have is some truly wild and rugged national parks and far fewer tourists, so if getting away from it all is your priority, then Zimbabwe may be just what you’re looking for.

Most of South Africa’s national parks and reserves are fairly easily accessible, with easy roads and lots of accommodation options, while many of Zimbabwe’s parks are less developed and more difficult to reach, but the 4x4 adventures and wild camping in Zimbabwe are superb.


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Luxurious Cape Town and Victoria Falls

day 1 to 4

Welcome to the scenic city of Cape Town

day 5 to 7

Experience the power of the mighty Victoria Falls

day 8

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