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Tanzania vs Kenya

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Tanzania vs Kenya

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By Diane Du Plessis

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Are you planning a safari to Tanzania or Kenya where your time will be spent in nature, game viewing some of the best wildlife Africa has to offer, enjoying the radiant sunshine and building everlasting relationships with your fellow African travellers?

Samburu Tribe Kenya, Kenya vs Tanzania

I am often asked to compare Kenya vs Tanzania safaris and tours, to see which would offer the best African experience. This is a great but difficult question as both Kenya and Tanzania are captivating safari destinations with an abundance of wildlife, where you can have a Big Five Safari Experience.

Great Migration

Below you can find some destination comparisons, which will help you to choose the best Tanzania or Kenya safari option for you.

  • When it comes to the quantity of wildlife, a Tanzania safari wins. One reason for this is that it’s the larger country when comparing a safari in Kenya vs Tanzania.
  • More of the Great Migration takes place in Tanzania than in Kenya meaning that you have a greater chance of seeing the great migration during more months of the year when comparing safari in Tanzania vs Kenya.
  • Tanzania has fewer visitors than Kenya meaning less crowded game parks and safaris which is especially great considering covid-19 protocals.
  • Accommodation on a Tanzania Safari is a bit more expensive than a Kenya Safari when comparing a Tanzania Safari vs Kenya Safari.
  • There are very few large hotels or resorts, so lodges and camps fill up very quickly over peak season.
  • Vehicles used for safari drives in game reserves are closed vehicles.
  • More iconic natural landmarks can be found in Tanzania, like Mount Kilimanjaro, Serengeti National park, Ngorongoro Crater and The Great Rift Valley Escarpment
  • A Tanzania Safari is a safe destination for safari.
  • National Parks are bigger and game drives will take longer to spot animals when comparing Tanzania vs Kenya safaris.
  • Visa and Yellow Fever certificate is required.
  • A Kenya Safari is also bursting with African wildlife and hosts the great migration river crossings of the wildebeest.
  • Kenya is wealthier than Tanzania and has a more developed infrastructure and tourism infrastructure when comparing Kenya vs Tanzania.
  • You have a choice of more Hotels and Lodges in Kenya than in Tanzania.
  • Game parks are more accessible. Nairobi is the capital and the hub of all flights.
  • Attractions in Kenya are Amboseli, The Masai Mara with the Mara River, and Lake Nakuru.
  • Accommodation in Kenya is less expensive than in Tanzania and offers more budget-friendly safaris when comparing Kenya vs Tanzania.
  • Accommodation can vary from walk-in Meru tents to luxury African lodges.
  • Vehicles used for safari drives are closed vehicles.
  • National Parks are smaller and it is easier and faster to spot animals when comparing a Kenya Safari vs Tanzania Safari.
  • Kenya is a safe destination for your safari.
  • More safari activities are offered in Kenya, which include walking safaris, boat cruises and, village tours.
  • Visa and Yellow Fever certificate is required.

Both countries are in East Africa and have coastlines along the warm Indian Ocean. This being said, it is always a good idea to end your safari with a couple of days relaxing and enjoying one of the Zanzibar beach resorts along its pristine coastline.

When finding the best safari in Tanzania or Kenya both Tanzania and Kenya are known for their expansive savannah and golden grasslands. The wide-open bushveld terrain offers plentiful grazing and, where there are grazers, predators such as lions and leopards are to be found.

Kenya walking safari

In a nutshell, Kenya is smaller and better equipped with more airports, lodges, and transport options. Tanzania has more land and more national parks and some jaw-dropping destinations such as Lake Manyara or Lake Victoria which should not be missed.

In general, your Tanzania safari will be more expensive than your Kenya safari when comparing a Kenya Safari vs a Tanzania Safari.

So Kenya is the better-known safari destination, but consequently, most of its prime national parks and game reserves are considerably busier than across the border in Tanzania. With a safari tourism model that tends to prioritise quantity over quality, Kenya has followed the route of low value and high impact tourism.

The Great Wildebeest Migration occurs in both Tanzania and Kenya

By contrast, Tanzania subscribes more to the model of high value and low impact tourism, which means you might have to pay somewhat more to gain access to explore many of its protected areas and prime attractions, but the upside is that very few of these areas will feel completely overrun by tourists.

The Maasai people of Kenya

In fact, many of Tanzania’s protected areas feel downright wild and remote. When comparing the best safari in Tanzania or Kenya, Tanzania would get our vote over Kenya if one is looking for a wild, relatively quieter safari experience, although both have their attractions in equal (but different) measures.

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