Botswana versus Zambia Safari Lodges: Which to Choose?

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If you’re looking to go on a safari, there are a few different countries you can choose from. One of those countries is Botswana, and the other is Zambia. Which country should you choose? That’s a question on many people’s minds lately, and the answer is a little bit complicated. So let’s take a look at each country in a little more detail and see what sets them apart.


Botswana is a country located in southern Africa. It’s a beautiful country with a lot of wildlife, including elephants, lions, and cheetahs. The weather is relatively warm all year round, and the scenery is absolutely stunning.

Botswana lions safari

When it comes to safari lodges, Botswana reigns supreme. Not only does the country have some of the most beautiful scenery on earth, but it also has a wealth of wildlife to see. There are plenty of elephant herds to spot, as well as lions and cheetahs. Zambia is also home to some great wildlife, but it doesn’t have quite the same variety as Botswana. This means that you might not see as many big cats as you would in Botswana, but you will still find plenty of animals to enjoy.

Jack’s Camp

Jacks Lodge Botswana Safari

Jack’s Camp pays homage to the property’s enduring and much-loved 1940s campaign style. The guest tents, seven twins and two doubles, are much larger and each is 270 square meters in size. The iconic interiors remain and are embellished with rich textiles from around the world, Natural History Museum cabinets, and an overhead bed cooling system. Ensuite bathrooms have both indoor and outdoor showers and outside, each veranda has a private plunge pool.

Savute Elephant Lodge

Guests can enjoy the best of being in the middle of an actual wilderness environment, in a Belmond Lodge designed with exemplary eco-friendly and sustainable practices in mind, and still enjoying the finer luxuries in life such as eco-friendly air-conditioning in the tented rooms.

Belmond Safari Savute Elephant Lodge

Xigera Safari Lodge

Every aspect is handcrafted to beguile guests’ senses and stir their souls – from the evocative interiors to one-of-a-kind encounters. Transformed by Africa’s life-enhancing beauty, it is a story of remarkable renewal. Of rebirth and family legacy, and of the pioneering spirit that drives us to seek out Africa’s wild spaces. The same spirit that inspired this remarkable reimagining, perhaps a complete reinvention, of an Okavango Delta safari. This is Xigera (pronounced ‘kee-jera’), named for the Pied Kingfisher that makes its home amid the watery channels of Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve. The culmination of a lifelong dream of the Tollman family, drawing on six decades of devotion to unparalleled luxury in service.

Xigera Safari Lodge Botswana Safari


Zambia is a beautiful country with a lot of wildlife. It’s located just south of Botswana, so you can see a lot of the same animals in Zambia as you would in Botswana. The animals here are generally more wild and free, so you may see more lions, elephants, and giraffes. Zambia also has some amazing caves and waterfalls that you won’t find in Botswana.

The Royal Livingstone Anantara

Stretching luxuriously along the banks of the Zambezi River, and only a stone’s throw away from the mighty Victoria Falls, the Royal Livingstone overlooks the smooth waters just before it plunges over the legendary waterfall creating a permanent water spray. The Hotel consists of a series of 17 colonial-style buildings, with deep verandas, set amidst indigenous trees and plants. The main hotel is a sequence of thatch-roofed buildings, most African in their influence, and incorporates the lounge, restaurant, and bar.

Royal Livinstone Antara Safari Lodge

Toka Leya

Toka Leya overlooks the mighty Zambezi River where hippos, crocodiles, and elephants are often seen, as well as an incredible diversity of birdlife. It is also centrally located in the Mosi-oa-Tunya Park which hosts species such as buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, and white rhino.

Toka Leya Safari Camp

Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference. If you’re looking for a unique and exciting safari experience, choose Botswana. If you’re just looking for a relaxing vacation with plenty of wildlife, choose Zambia. Either way (or if you need more help deciding), reach out to me today to help you with all your safari needs.