Hi, this is Lindah again and I would like to start this conversation by saying that, as a Kenyan, I love of course my country, like anyone will probably say that his or her country is the best and most beautiful country in the world.
Though, as a safari business, while our focus is of course Kenya, we cater to both countries as both have great safari experiences to offer and both countries have great coasts.
But still there is this question… of where should I go to?
The answer is quite simple: GO TO BOTH. But more realistically, the choice of either one or either both will depend on the timing of your travel and not so much on your budget or what you want to experience. The great migration of Wildebeest depends a lot on the rainfall and is best to be experienced in Kenya in the late summer months, especially when the herds are crossing the Mara River. While December to March may be the best months to observe the herds in Tanzania. Either way, combining Masai Mara with Serengeti National Park in one Safari is the best you can do to get to experience wildlife in both countries.
While the drier season from June to October in Kenya attracts most visitors, the rainy season will give you best experiences viewing wildlife and incredible skies while also prices may drop from November to end of March.
Price difference in Kenya and Tanzania are minimal, while Kenya may have a better travel infrastructure and overall a larger tourism infrastructure.
In both countries, one can combine a safari with beach holiday. In Tanzania, Zanzibar is the place to be while in Kenya, the white sandy beaches South of Mombasa and the ancient town of Lamu should be in your bucket list.
So what is your experience?… and what would you recommend so that we can eventually adapt our packages to you, our valued travelers.
With Love and dedication.
Thank you for sharing some really useful information when it comes to choosing a safari trip in Kenya or Tanzania and I’m happy you say, though you’re Kenyan, to go explore both and combine the 2 countries in one single trip, which we considered and ultimately did. It was an awesome experience though I must say that my heart goes to Kenya. because of the diversity in landscapes and also did we find the accommodations better in Kenya, but that may be personal. What can be a bit annoying though are the formalities at the border crossing points. And I would like to say to anyone reading this and planning to do Masai Mara and Serengeti: Don’t forget your vaccination card showing your Yellow Fever immunization status. In Tanzania, they are really very strict about it. Of course make sure also you have your visas for both countries (online), which now you cannot obtain it any more on arrival. A single entry tourist visa for Kenya will permit you to enter again the country coming back from Serengeti. So no need to get a multiple entry visa for Kenya. To conclude, at least for us: The combined Masai Mara – Serengeti trip was unforgettable and I would recommend it everyone to do it… of course with Vespers Safaris.