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Kenya or kenya-Tanzania

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Kenya or kenya-Tanzania

We will be going to Kenya for the later half of August. Shall we just do a Kenya safari, or a Kenya-Tanzania safari? Some say all the animals would have gone to Kenya from Tanzania.

Also, which safari tour operator you would recommend?

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Hi Warren

This depends a bit on how long you have, how much you want to spend, what you want to get out of your trip, and how much travelling you're prepared to do. While the wildebeest migration does move, there's still a tremendous amount of resident game in the Masai Mara, and the migration would be likely to still be in the Mara in late August anyway. Are you talking about August this year? If so, a huge number of places are very fully booked indeed so that may well be a determining factor. If next year, you have plenty of time.

Again- safari tour operator depends rather on the above, there are a number of excellent operators at different levels of the market, so if you can give us more of an idea what you're looking for we can help a bit more easily.

Alexandra Matts- Travel Director- Extraordinary Africa

Edited: 06 August 2014, 16:55
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Thanks. We are going this year, spending about 8 to 12 days. But is it worth going to Tanzania too?

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Again- it really depends on what you want to get out of the experience. In my book, the more things you can see and do, the better- but not at the expense of utterly exhausting yourselves. With 8 days I'd definitely stick with 1 country, with 12 you could do 2 if you flew around, but whether it's worth it sort of depends on if you have the budget to chuck at flying around rather than driving, which will make the transition less painful, and on what you want to get out of your safari. If you only want to see the migration Kenya should be fine, but if you have other priorities Tanzania might be worth including. I have travelled extensively in both countries and adore them both- so it's more down to each individuals priorities rather than one or the other being fundamentally more or less worth of visiting.

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I think even with 12 days you are better off sticking with one country. There is more than enough to fill the time in either country. Kenya is the obvious candidate for August due to the migration unless you have a compelling reason to want to cover Tanzania also?

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With 8/days you only have time for Kenya; if 12/days and planned properly with a flight you might be able to get Ngo in, but that would be 1/day yet you need 3/days to accomplish this. 1/day to get to TNZ, 1/day NGO, 1/day to return to KEN.

Know that August is the busiest month in Kenya, so that seems to be telling me something - it's the place to be.

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I have been on safari many times in both countries and loved each trip. If this is your first time you might want to do both - but my experience is that there is enough to see in one country. In August I would tend to favour Kenya as the main wildebeest migration will have moved there.

I would suggest you spend at least 4 days in the Greater Mara area. I am an out fan of the Conservancies - particularly in August when the main parks can get quite crowded and there are just too many vehicles around. The reason why I prefer conservancies is explained in some of my other posts

See tripadvisor.co.uk/…59070168

My friends and I always use Gamewathchers www.porini.com and we have never been dissapointed. They have their own camps in conservancies but can also get great rates at other places and really look after their clients.

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I would recommend Kenya ..the migration is such a fantastic scene . although the lodges and campsites are quite crowded you will always get a space . due to the terror attacks witnessed recently most tourist cancelled their bookings or diverted to other destinations . its just crowded by the river for those waiting to see migration but for the plains its just fine . so many animals and birds to see in Masai Mara

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