Botswana vs Zambia vs Zimbabwe – which safari destination is best?

Posted on January 27, 2020 by - Africa FAQs, Interesting Reads

This is part of our occasional series when we compare one region to a “competing” one. However this time I am doing a three-way comparison between Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

These countries have a lot in common for visitors. And so it is sometimes tricky for people to identify which one they are most interested in.

So it tends to be a case that the strongest brand (Botswana) often gets the lion’s share.

So before I focus on the differences, let’s briefly mention why they are comparable.

  • Broadly the same climate – sub-tropical with summer rainfall
  • Same peak safari season, basically being the dry season peaking between July to October
  • Same extreme heat in October
  • All priced in US dollars
  • All offer excellent game-viewing
  • A broader range of safari activities on offer than in either South Africa or East Africa (with game drives, bush walks, boating, fishing, canoeing or mokoros, sometimes horse-riding)
  • Easy access to Victoria Falls to add to the start or end of your safari
  • Nearly all nights are “fully inclusive” of all meals, safari activities and a wide selection of soft and alcohol drinks

With all the above in common, no wonder it’s difficult to tell your Linyanti from your Lower Zambezi or your South Luangwa from Savute…


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When is the best time to visit Malawi

Posted on October 21, 2019 by - Africa FAQs

Malawi is an almost year-round destination. But due to the varied landscape, the weather does change from region to region… so when it’s heating up on the lakeshore at the end of September, it’s likely to be lovely and cool at the Nyika Plateau. If it’s a straight up answer you are looking for, the best time to visit Malawi for game viewing is during the drier winter months from May to October.

Lake Malawi

The added bonus of these months is that it’s a great time for a beach holiday as well. So you can easily combine bush and beach with Liwonde and Lake Malawi  (See our Mvuu & Mumbo Island safari).


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What does a Botswana safari cost?

Posted on October 8, 2019 by - Africa FAQs

So what does a Botswana safari cost?

Botswana is probably the single-most expensive safari destination in Africa. There – I’ve said it. Yes it is an amazing, once in a lifetime destination. But it comes at a cost.

When someone tells us that they want to do an “affordable safari in Botswana” in peak season, we give a little inward sigh. As they’ll either need to look at a participation mobile camping safari. Which is not what we do. Or they’ll need to rethink…

Below I give you an idea (based on 2020 pricing) of typical per night prices for a Botswana safari. If you look at the chart and gasp, then you may need to go back to the drawing board. There are other safari destinations which may work better for you. Think South Africa or Zimbabwe. Don’t try to make Botswana what it is not. The country has a low impact, low density, high value tourism model. So don’t try to fight it!

What is a typical Botswana safari price, Okavango delta sunset


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