Kenya vs South Africa

cheetahs in makanyane safari lodge madikwe game reserve Credit: Makanyane Safari Lodge

Kenya is more of a dedicated wildlife destination than South Africa. A far greater proportion of the country is given over to national parks and other wildlife reserves, and these tend to have a wilder and more untrammelled feel than their fenced-in South African counterparts and their asphalt-roads and village-like rest camps. Kenya would thus be the better destination for people seeking a safari-dominated wilderness itinerary. That said, Kenya’s safari circuit is far less suited to budget-conscious travellers, or to DIY self-drivers, than the likes of South Africa’s Kruger National Park or Pilanesberg.

South Africa offers a far lower risk of contracting malaria, bilharzia and other tropical diseases makes it a safer bet for families, first-time safari goers, and other health-conscious travellers (indeed, South Africa also the only country in Africa to boast several malaria-free safari destinations). South Africa is a far more family-friendly destination than Kenya. Both countries have a superb coastline, but South Africa’s beach resorts tend to be better developed for families and children, while the ancient ports of Kenya have a interesting cultural dimension provided by the Swahili people and some amazing ruins dating back to medieval times.


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Southern Kenya Sojourn (10 days)

day 1

Nairobi your arrival
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day 2

Chyulu Hills, what a wonderful start
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day 3

Amboseli, go down to the swamps

day 4

Rift valley lakes, flamingo and Loldia comfort

day 5

Rhino, Rothchild's giraffe and more

day 6

Into the Mara itself

day 7

Explore the confluence of the rivers
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day 8

Olare Orok, more big cats and off-road driving
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day 9

Utilise the evening drives

day 10

Fly Home

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