Safari pros and cons
The richness of safari opportunities in Kenya and Tanzania make these two East African nations popular with both the first-time safari-goer and the veteran traveller seeking something a little different. The safari tradition dates back further here than in most other countries, and it shows. These two safari powerhouses are neighbours and thus share a lot in common, including similar wildlife, landscapes and weather patterns. As a result, the choice between Kenya and Tanzania is a more subtle one than, say, between Botswana and Namibia.
As the more affluent nation, Kenya boasts a better tourist infrastructure, as well as a broader catalogue of camps and lodges. More choice translates to a better chance of finding a place that suits you, all the way from budget-conscious families to solo travellers who are looking to spare no expense. Kenya has better roads, making car transfers easier, as well as a higher number of airstrips for those looking to pay a little more for scenic light aircraft transfers.
Kenya is also more amenable to international flights – Nairobi is a major air traffic hub and sits around 125 miles from the Masai Mara. Contrast this to Tanzania’s largest city, Dar es Salaam, which takes in fewer flights from abroad and is around 350 miles from the Serengeti, on the coast. Many travellers whose final destination is Tanzania choose to transit through Nairobi before taking a short flight across the border.