Do you dream of discovering wild animals such as lions, rhinos, wildebeest, zebras or even gazelles, in their natural environment? Why not opt for an African safari? In the east of the continent, two countries are particularly famous for this kind of excursions: Tanzania and Kenya.
What are the advantages of one and the other? Here are some tips to help you choose your next trip.
Choose your safari according to the season
The first criterion to take into account is the season of your trip: in both cases, it is better to favor the period which goes from May to November and which corresponds to winter in this region.
In Tanzania, there are two ideal periods for a safari: first, the dry season, between May and October, during which there is little rain. In addition, temperatures are pleasant in most parts of the country. Then, the “little rainy season” can lend itself to a safari in Tanzania, in November or December: it is always hot and there is rainfall only for short periods. During these rather dry months, you will be more likely to observe animals near water points, such as rivers.
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In Kenya, temperatures are relatively high all year round, and animals can be seen there regardless of the season. If you want to go there, be aware that winter, between June and November, is often the period when we find the most tourists in Kenya.
Where to go on safari in Kenya and Tanzania?
Another criterion that can help you decide between Kenya and Tanzania: the length of your stay. Indeed, the parks of northern Tanzania are more accessible and closer to each other than the Kenyan parks. So, if you have few days or if you are traveling with small children, for example, it would be better to go on a safari in Tanzania.
You can then go and meet wildlife in the national parks of the North – Tarangire or Serengeti, but also in the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara – and in the center, such as Ruaha National Park. Another advantage of Tanzania: the proximity of parks to Arusha and its airport.
In Kenya, it is especially in the South that travelers go for safaris, thanks in particular to the presence of Kilimanjaro in the background, in the national park of Amboseli, for example. In general, the distances to travel to reach the parks are longer in Kenya, which can be a disadvantage if you are on a short stay. Nevertheless, as it is not only the destination that counts but also the way to get there, you will cross breathtaking landscapes in Kenya by rallying the parks.
Observing the Great Migration in Tanzania and Kenya
Whether you opt for Tanzania or Kenya, rest assured: you will see animals, and especially if you are there at the time of the “great migration”. This expression designates an annual event during which 2 million wildebeest and several hundred thousand zebras – even gazelles – migrate from the South to the North to find water and food.
If you want to witness this unique spectacle, you will have to look at where the animals are located according to the month: from December to March, they are concentrated in the vast plains of the Serengeti, in Tanzania, before moving further north in April -may. In July, they can be found along the Mara River, where crocodiles await them: this is their last stop before moving on to Kenya. Indeed, from July to October, most of the animals are in the Masai Mara National Reserve, in southwestern Kenya.
Other observable animals in Tanzania and Kenya
It’s not just wildebeest and zebras to observe, the national parks of Tanzania and Kenya are home to many other animal species. Starting with the “Big Five”, which includes the African lion, the African leopard, the African elephant, the black rhinoceros and the African buffalo.
In Tanzania, it is in particular in the Serengeti Park and the Ngorongoro crater that you will be able to meet them, while in Kenya, it is in the Masai Mara and in the Lake Nakuru Park that you will surely have the chance to observe them. . Among the other animals that you can find in Tanzania and Kenya, let’s finally mention the rhinoceros, which is particularly present in Kenya, the lions in the Serengeti and the Masai Mara or even the leopards. Elephants are mostly found in Amboseli Park in Kenya and in Tarangire Park in Tanzania.
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