KENYA & TANZANIA
A Treasure under Canvas
Kenya and Tanzania are somewhat interrelated ito safari destinations and planning. They are located in East Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Somalia and Mozambique. Its capitals are Nairobi and Dar es Salaam respectively. The languages spoken are both English and Ki-Swahili, as well as numerous indigenous languages. The Maasai nomads and tribesmen are particularly prominent in this area. A cultural visit to their villages will truly add value to your safari experience.
Together with Botswana, both countries are Africa's most popular remote wildlife safari destinations with each boasting a number of spectacular remote National Parks. Two of Africa’s most remarkable mountains - Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) and Mount Kenya (Kenya) - are situated in this area with the Great Rift Valley that runs through Kenya from north to south into Tanzania.
Experience the Great Migration
Every year, Tanzania and Kenya provide the backdrop for one of the world's most breath-taking wildlife spectacles – the Great Wildebeest Migration which is one of the 2018 Seven Wonders of the World. Millions of wildebeest and zebra start the year in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, not far from the Ngorongoro Crater, then gradually make their way northwards to the grazing grounds of the Masa Mara National Park in Kenya, crossing the crocodile infested Mara River. If you want to witness this holy grail of the Great Migration, the best time to travel is basically in August. In September and November, the animals that survive this treacherous crossing fill the Mara plains and then eventually migrate back to the Serengeti Plains in Tanzania. This is the most reliable time to see the herds, and the predators that follow in their wake.
How to get there
Local and Charter flights from Nairobi or Dar es Salaam
The Best Time to Go on Safari
While both countries are located on or close to the equator, there is no real summer and winter. In general July to October are ideal months for safaris and beach holidays. February and August are ideal months to climb Mount Kenya or the Kilimanjaro.
If you're not trying to catch the Great Migration, and rather want to spend your time in one of the other great National Parks and Game Reserves like the Tarangire and/or the Ngorongora Crater Area in Tanzania; or the Tsavo, Amboseli or Abedare Parks in Kenya, you have more choice in terms of the peak safari season. Generally, the best time to travel is during the short dry season (January to February) or from June to October). At these times, animals are easier to spot not only because the bush is less dense, but because the scarcity of water means that they spend much of their time around the waterholes. It's best to avoid the March to May wet season because it comes with plenty of rain.
The best (and safest) time to climb Mount Kenya or Kilimanjaro is during the dry seasons.
The beautiful spice island of Zanzibar, with its spectacular white sandy beaches and secluded luxury beach lodges and hotels, lies just off the coast of Tanzania and is definitely a must to visit, or to combine with your safari to experience a relaxed coastal holiday in a superb island setting.
Generally, the best way to decide on when to visit the coast is to prioritize your wildlife trip first. We strongly advise to plan your safari by combining a 7- 10 days trip to the various National Parks, ending with a relaxed siesta holiday in Zanzibar exploring its coastline and all the exciting tours on offer.
Depending on your interest and available time,travel specialist will design the perfect safari itinerary and budget for you.