Kenya or Tanzania? The Safari Debate

Given the shared terrain of the safari circuit in Kenya and Tanzania, the variety of experiences in common are daunting.

Endless grasslands overlooking the poking peak of the Kilimanjaro rising over the horizon. Lush plains and valleys occasionally separated by snaking streams, towering crater lakes, and beautiful hills dotted with thorny acacia shelter some of Africa’s wildlife as they cool-off a hard days forage.

In the Eastern part of the continent, Tanzania and Kenya remain the ‘titleholders’ to the concept of an African safari.

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The Kenya experience

Move away from the urban Nairobi metropolis marking the landscapes and get to discover more about the wildlife experiences.

Kenyan national park carries the entire package from swampy marshlands, bushy landscapes, woodland acacias, and a flurry of several semi-arid vegetation.

Most national parks contain the highest concentration of wild game and predators, given their relatively small to medium sizes and high levels of conservation.

Grasslands below Mount Kenya offer spectacular buffalo sightings on the grasslands below the mount Kenya, green pastures that nourish the Amboseli elephants and hunting grounds that feed the lions and cheetahs on the Tsavo East.

The Maasai Mara remains the priced jewel, providing the perfect opportunity to spot Africa’s big five in action.

The Kenyan safari holiday starts in the North, concentrating the niceties along the Great Rift Valley. Part of the highlights is pink swam of flamingoes that flock to the lake Bogoria as the other grazers casually skirt the shoreline.

Enjoy the rugged, hilly terrain that marks Laikipia. Marvel at the giraffes, elephants, and endangered rhinos going about their business without a care in the world.

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Tanzania experience

When describing raw untouched African wildlife terrain, Tanzania is the heart and soul.

A few miles outside Dar Es Salaam metropolis, are the largest national parks in the continent. Neatly tucked below the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru are in Arusha, often opined as Northern Tanzania’s safari capital.

Closeby, the huge baobab of the Tarangire harbors the enormous herds of hippo, elephants, rhino, and warthogs who seek refuge from the unforgiving sun soaking up the African plains.

These grasslands are home to hundreds of creatures who never make it to the first pages of tour magazines but play a vital role in the savannah ecosystem.

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Tanzania's private islands

Settled in the bowels of the Great Rift Valley, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara Park, accommodate a unique ecosystem accomodating the largest cluster of predators in the continent.

Ngorongoro is a prime archeological destination where human fossils dating three million years ago were unearthed, earning the title “cradle of mankind”.

Lake Manyara is also revered for over 400 bird species and the unique brand of lions who gained fame for their tree climbing habits.

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