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Combined Kenya and Tanzania Safaris

There is no better place to go on safari than Kenya and Tanzania, and a safari that combines both is one of the best trips you can take. These two countries are where the whole idea of the safari was born, and their incredible wildlife, beautiful landscapes and a safari industry with unrivaled experience make this an outstanding combination. On your Kenya and Tanzania safari, you can see most of Africa’s charismatic megafauna, its highest mountains and some of its most desirable beaches. So get ready for the safari of a lifetime.

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7 Questions About Combined Kenya & Tanzania Safaris


7 Questions About Combined Kenya & Tanzania Safaris

Answered by Anthony Ham

Why is Kenya and Tanzania an ideal combination?

“Kenya and Tanzania go very well together for a number of reasons. Partly it’s geography. An international border may separate southern Kenya from Tanzania’s north, but together they form one of the most prolific wildlife territories on earth. In Kenya’s south you have the Masai Mara, Amboseli and the two Tsavos. Not far away across the border is Tanzania’s Northern safari circuit of the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire and Lake Manyara, not to mention Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. And both countries have stunning Indian Ocean beaches. Making it all so much easier is the regular schedule of commercial and charter flights that connect Nairobi (Kenya) and Arusha (Tanzania), or the airstrips in Kenya’s parks with those in Tanzania: it couldn’t be easier to get between the two. This allows you to pick and choose between some of Africa’s best parks and reserves, safe in the knowledge that there are many excellent safari tour operators ready to take you there.”


What can I expect from a trip to Kenya and Tanzania?

“On a Kenya and Tanzania safari, you can expect to see lots of wild animals against a backdrop of numerous beautiful landscapes. This is some of the richest wildlife terrain on the planet. Which wildlife you see will depend on where you decide to go, but commonly seen animals on both sides of the border include big cats, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, numerous antelope species and, in some cases, rhinos. Landscape highlights include some of Africa’s highest mountains (Kilimanjaro and Meru), the peerless Ngorongoro Crater, the vast savannah grasslands of the Masai Mara and Serengeti, and superb beaches. While on safari you can also expect to stay in or close to the national parks or reserves you visit, sleeping in lodges or in safari tents in tented camps. You’ll also have a guide who will show you around and help you to understand more about what you’re seeing.”


How much does a safari to Kenya and Tanzania cost?

“Safari tours to Kenya and Tanzania vary greatly when it comes to cost. As a very rough estimate, expect the cheapest budget camping safaris to start from around US$150 per person per day, while top-end luxury trips can cost US$500 per person per day or even much higher. There are a number of different variables to consider when calculating the cost of your safari. First, there’s the accommodation. If you’re staying in simple camping tents you can, of course, expect to pay significantly less than if you’re staying in five-star rooms or luxury safari tents. The season in which you’re traveling can also play a role: high-season prices can be double the prices you’ll pay in low season, or even more. Then there’s the type of safari you choose. If you go on a private safari (where you’ll have the guide, vehicle and other services all for yourself), you can expect to pay much more than if you travel on a group safari (where these services and their costs are shared). A third option is a self-drive safari, where you pay more for transport in return for having greater independence, although accommodation costs can vary, depending on whether you’re camping or staying in lodges or tented camps.”


What is the ideal holiday length for a trip to Kenya and Tanzania?

“There are as many different answers to this question as there are tours, trips and packages. The ideal length of your Kenya and Tanzania safari will depend on numerous factors. One of these is, of course, how much time and money you can dedicate to your holidays. Once you have decided this, you can begin to plan how long you devote to each country and each destination within those countries. A minimum to at least get a taste of what Tanzania and Kenya have to offer is two weeks. With two weeks you could spend a week in each country or divide it up differently depending on what you want to see. Flying between the two countries, and even between the various parks and reserves, may increase the cost of your safari, but it will cut down on traveling time and enable you to see more.”


What is the best time to visit Kenya and Tanzania?

“The best time to go on your Kenya and Tanzania safari is from June to October. This is the Dry season, which has two advantages. First, this is when you can generally expect clear skies and fine weather: rain is very unlikely to disrupt your safari. The second benefit is that these months are when the animals are easiest to see: as the landscape dries out, animals are drawn to the diminishing number of water sources, which makes them easier to see. If you’re a birder, you may want to consider going sometime between November (when millions of migratory birds arrive in East Africa) and April (when most of them return). If spending time at the beach is an important part of why you’re here, the Kenyan and Tanzanian coastlines are year-round destinations, although some rains are a little more likely from November to April or May. It’s certainly warm enough to enjoy the beach lifestyle all through the year.”


Which parks and reserves should I visit on a Kenya-Tanzania safari?

“There are so many choices when it comes to parks and reserves that choosing which ones to visit could be one of the most difficult things about planning your Kenya and Tanzania safari. In fact, you could go on several trips or holidays and still not even come close to seeing everything. In Kenya, the most rewarding safari destinations for both wildlife and landscapes are the Masai Mara and Samburu National Reserves, and Amboseli, Tsavo East, Tsavo West and Lake Nakuru National Parks. In Kenya far more than in Tanzania, it also pays to look beyond the national parks and reserves, especially around the Masai Mara where there are numerous community-run conservancies that allow far fewer tourists and permit night drives, off-road game drives and plenty of community engagement. In Tanzania, the main parks and conservation areas of the Northern safari circuit (Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara and Tarangire) are all exceptional wildlife destinations. You could visit any of these on their own and you would have an excellent safari, so to visit more than one would be a real treat. These northern parks work especially well if you’re also visiting Kenya. Out in Tanzania’s east, Gombe and Mahale Mountains National Parks are first-rate chimp tracking spots, while Mikumi, Ruaha and Nyerere (formerly Selous) National Parks in the south are also outstanding.”


Will I see the Big Five?

“You might see the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) on your Kenya and Tanzania safari, but doing so requires careful planning. Few parks have all five but you could easily combine neighboring or nearby parks or reserves to make up the full complement. For example, there’s a good chance that you’ll see all five if you visit Ngorongoro and the Serengeti on the same trip, or Nairobi National Park and Amboseli. Both the Masai Mara and Serengeti have the Big Five within their boundaries, but in both cases, rhinos can be hard to see. Far more reliable is Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya’s north. It’s also worth remembering that the ‘Big Five’ was actually invented by hunters in early 20th-century Kenya. They chose these animals as the most dangerous big animals for them to hunt. Sightings of other species in Kenya and Tanzania can be just as thrilling, including cheetah, African wild dog, wildebeest, giraffe, zebra and so many more.”


Tanzania Reviews

4.8/5 1401 Reviews
Mary Fitzpatrick  –  
United States US

Mary is an acclaimed travel writer and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including South Africa, Tanzania, East Africa and Africa.

Tanzania – Classic African Safari Destination

Few areas of the continent offer the amount, variety and accessibility of wildlife that Tanzania does, against such a scenic backdrop. Wildlife is abundant, species diversity excellent, and evocative acacia- and baobab-studded landscapes...

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Christopher Clark  –  
United Kingdom UK

Christopher is a British travel writer and has contributed to various Fodor's guidebooks and a range of travel magazines.

The capital of safari in word and deed

If I think about everything that I imagined safari to be before I moved to South Africa and began travelling Africa, it turns out that what I imagined was Tanzania. For me, the striking variety of landscapes and the staggering density of...

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Melanie Lau  –  
Germany DE
Reviewed: Sep 21, 2023
A dream comes true

Tanzania is amazing. The people was really friendly and helpful. The landscape are wonderful and every National Park are really different. We visited Serengeti, Ngongoro Crater and Tarangire NP. To see and hear all the animals (incl. Big 5)...

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Melina-Filiz & Fatih  –  
Germany DE
Reviewed: Sep 20, 2023
Absolutely Amazing!

I had an amazing safari tour with my husband in July 2022 in Tanzania. Despite our flight being delayed for over an hour, it was not a problem at all as Justin was always available and reachable. Our driver, Salum, was fantastic! He...

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Boukheffa Adnane  –  
France FR
Reviewed: Sep 19, 2023
Experienced and attentive company. Very professional, experienced and friendly guide

Very pleasant experience that exceeded our expectations. An unforgettable 3-day Safari with our very organized, attentive guide Benni who always took the time even with a busy schedule. We were able to see 31 different animals, including...

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Martine and Charles  –  
Canada CA
Reviewed: Sep 16, 2023
Amazing safaris!

We visited Tarangire, Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti parks. All were so wonderful, wildlife and scenery was amazing. So many different animal and birds! We witnessed the wildebeest migration, and had the opportunity to see a wildebeest...

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