Last Updated on March 12, 2022 by Jim Ferri
A visit to an exotic area of the world to view wildlife in their natural habitat is a dream trip for many of us. It’s a great experience for anyone from child to grandparent.
When I joined a two-week safari in Kenya and Tanzania that dream came true. Here’s a sampling of my experience.
A visit to an exotic area of the world to view wildlife is a dream trip. It’s a great experience for anyone from child to grandparent.
When I joined a two-week safari in Kenya and Tanzania, that dream came true.
Neighbors in East Africa’s safari belt, Kenya and Tanzania are nirvana for travelers. That’s especially so for those who seek an authentic African wildlife experience.
Both are blessed with large populations of the most magnificent animals in the world. On a safari in Kenya you’ll see elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards, and Cape Buffalo, the legendary Big Five.
All move freely across their shared border. It’s the same for wildebeest during their legendary migrations. That happens around July and October when millions migrate at one time.
Kenya and Tanzania – A Wealth of Animals
Kenya and Tanzania have a wealth of shared animal species. Still though, some species still exist only in one country. And each country is uniquely beautiful with differing terrains. On your safari in Kenya you’ll see them mostly on the savannah. In Tanzania though they’re in the caldera of an extinct volcano.
But, one might wonder, is it worth traipsing halfway around the world for a safari in Kenya and Tanzania experience?
In a word, yes. It’s always exciting to see something new. In this case, animals, you’ll see nowhere else. But the real thrill of a safari, however, is just how you see the animals.
In most national parks in the U.S. and Canada, you stay primarily on the road and see animals near you. Conversely, on a safari in Kenya and Tanzania, it’s the animals that stay put. You drive into their natural habitat to find them – and it’s all up close and exhilarating.
The drives on safari are usually in pop-top vehicles, which provided excellent views for everyone. Since most animals don’t fear the vehicles, the driver-guides can get incredibly close to them. That’s not to suggest you should ditch that telephoto lens, however.
After all, you must always remain at a comfortable distance.