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Written by: AK on 6 February 2019

Crossing the border: on safari in Tanzania and Kenya

Kenya - Tanzania Safari

You are making plans to travel to East Africa, but you can’t quite decide whether to go on safari in Tanzania or in Kenya? Well, that’s a difficult one indeed!

Both countries are known for their large herds of animals, spectacular landscapes, unique locations and stunning accommodations. Safari equals Tanzania, safari equals Kenya.

The best thing though: you don’t have to decide between the two. Visit both!

On our crossing-border safaris, you visit the best-known highlights of both Tanzania and Kenya.

Here is what to expect:

Serengeti National Park and Masai Mara Game Reserve

When you think of “safari”, chances are you are thinking of the Serengeti. Or the Masai Mara. Both are world-famous wildlife parks, known for iconic sunsets across the vast acacia tree-dotted savannah, and of course the Great Migration. The Serengeti in Tanzania and the Masai Mara in Kenya share a border and form one ecosystem.

Why should you visit both, you ask? The much larger Serengeti is characterised by wide open plains, dotted with kopjes or inselbergs, while you will find rivers and mountain ranges in the smaller Masai Mara. During the Great Migration, the Mara River is a popular spot to watch a river crossing of wildebeest and zebras. If you want to see the Great Migration, visiting both Tanzania and Kenya is the best bet for you to witness this natural spectacle.

Most of all however: expect unparalleled wildlife encounters in both parks – something you will never see enough of.

Tarangire National Park and Amboseli National Park

The Tarangire National Park in Tanzania as well as the Amboseli National Park in Kenya are well-known for their large elephant populations. If you come to Tanzania and Kenya hoping to see an elephant, rest assured you will see many elephants in these two national parks.

While you can watch elephants drink from a dry riverbed in Tarangire, you can see them march against the backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world, in Amboseli. Kilimanjaro itself is in Tanzania, but the iconic view of mountain and elephants is viewed from Kenya.

Culture, Customs, and Traditions

A crossing-border safari in Tanzania and Kenya is a great opportunity to learn about the culture, customs, and traditions of the region. Both countries share a language, Swahili, and are home to the semi-nomadic people of the Masai. In conversation with your guide, you will acquire a lot of local knowledge about the two neighbouring countries, what they have in common and how they are different.

A chance to see your surroundings in Tanzania and Kenya in context and beyond picture-perfect sunsets.

If you can’t decide whether to go on safari in Tanzania or in Kenya, join us on our lodge safaris to these safari paradises in East Africa. Get in touch and we’ll plan your safari in Tanzania and Kenya together.

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