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.


Popular Kenya Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

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Migration Safari in Kenya and Tanzania

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Gorillas

Rwanda gorillas and the migration, both sides of the Mara River

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Africa's biggest elephant and the endangered Hunter's hartebeest

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