Kenya vs South Africa

lion kruger national park South Africa’s Kruger National Park also offers Big Five safaris

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 more sanitised ‘westernised’ introduction to Africa than Kenya, with 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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day 1

Johannesburg, arrival
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day 2

Okavango, straight into the Delta
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day 3

Find your lions
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day 4

Time with the lions
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day 5

Lion, buffalo interaction
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day 6

Johannesburg for the night
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day 7

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day 8

Your first Gorilla trek
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day 9

Your second Gorilla trek and Kigali
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day 10

Into the Serengeti
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day 11

Moru and its big cats
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day 12

Lets go and find the migration

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Southern Serengeti or Ndutu

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Western Serengeti corridor

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Mara River in the northern Serengeti

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North-Eastern Serengeti


day 13

With the herds

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Southern Serengeti or Ndutu

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Western Serengeti corridor

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Mara River in the northern Serengeti 

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North-Eastern Serengeti


day 14

Both sides of the Mara River
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day 15

Encounter the Masai Mara
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day 16

Fly Home

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