Even if you’ve been on a safari before, choosing the best safari spot might be difficult. On the surface, distinguishing Kenya from Tanzania, for example, can be challenging. Take a look at our comparison of two safari destinations in East Africa that we are familiar with to assist you in making your decision.
Safaris in Kenya
Kenya is a great place to visit if you’ve never been on a safari before or if you’ve been on one before. Most people begin their journey at the Masai Mara, where they can see the Big Five and witness the Great Migration herds between July and October. Then go north to places like the Laikipia Plateau, Samburu National Reserve, and Meru National Park, where the arid habitat attracts rarer sub-species like the reticulated giraffes, Somali ostriches, and Beisa oryx. Alternatively, you may go to Kenya’s long length of tropical coastline and sunbathe on silky white sands while snorkeling among coral reefs.
Aside from the wildlife, you can visit a Maasai settlement near the Masai Mara or go on walks with the Samburu, a semi-nomadic people from Kenya’s northern regions. Tribesmen will lead you to the ‘singing wells,’ which the Samburu have dug and brought their animals to for decades. They entice their herds to drink by singing lullaby-like tunes that are unique to each family. Hearing their shouts and seeing the cattle arriving in a cloud of dust makes you feel like you’re in the middle of a thousand-year-old scene.
Why should you travel to Kenya?
- In the Masai Mara, you may witness the Great Migration (July to October)
- The diversity of landscapes draws a wider range of animal species, including the Big Five.
- Local training schools and initiatives provide the guides.
- Camps and resorts provide excellent service.
- Potential to interact with local communities
- It’s easy to combine a safari with a beach vacation.
Safaris in Tanzania
It’s quite simple to drift out of the contemporary world here, just like it is in Kenya. This is especially true in the far-flung southern parks and reserves such as Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park, which can only be reached by light aircraft. It’s not unusual to spend a whole day on a game drive without seeing another person. Walking safaris are available in Selous and Ruaha, while boat safaris along the Rufiji River, which runs through Selous, are popular. Meanwhile, in the west, Mahale Mountains National Park allows visitors to track chimps on foot.
Because of its participation in the Great Migration, the north is busier. Driving between parks and reserves is also allowed, making it more accessible than the south. The Serengeti is the most important wildlife habitat because of the Great Migration, which brings wildebeest and zebra herds from the Masai Mara into the park in November and stays until July (visit between January and March to see them with their newborn). The Serengeti, which means “endless plains,” is a vast area where you may see lions, leopards, cheetahs, and elephants on twice-daily game drives.
The north’s spectacular natural landscapes, which include volcanic features such as the Ngorongoro Crater, the Great Rift Valley, hot springs, and soda lakes, complement the region’s typically wide grasslands.
Why should you travel to Tanzania?
- Experience the Serengeti’s Great Migration (November to July)
- In the south, a true wilderness safari experience is available.
- Volcanic landscapes are dramatic.
- One of the best spots in Africa to track chimps.
- Zanzibar is easily accessible, allowing you to combine a safari with a beach vacation.
Cheers & Stay Safe!