Tanzania versus Kenya – which country is best for YOUR safari?

Posted on July 29, 2020 by - African Travel Tips

Choosing between Tanzania or Kenya for your safari isn’t as clear-cut as you might think. But one thing is for sure. It is surprisingly difficult to combine both countries on one trip. On the map it looks like you can just hop across the border from the Serengeti into the Masai Mara. But in reality it’s not possible by road, only if you’re doing a private fly-in safari. If you have enough time (at least 2 weeks) you can opt to visit some Kenyan highlights, return to Nairobi to fly to Arusha and then do a few days in Tanzania which can end up being a lot of travelling.

Thus most people have to choose between Tanzania or Kenya…

Side Note

Even before choosing between Tanzania or Kenya, you may also be wondering whether to go to Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Zambia & so on) or East Africa (Tanzania, Kenya). To help you with this, you might be interested in reading our article that outlines the differences between East Africa and Southern Africa safaris.

Great wildebeest migration

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Best time to visit Rwanda or Uganda?

Posted on July 23, 2020 by - African Travel Tips

Many articles about the best time to visit Rwanda or Uganda for gorilla trekking say that the only time you should come in during the short dry season. Given Rwanda is a mountainous rainforest climate, that only means June to August. So it doesn”t give you much time!

We feel this is misguided. You can easily visit Rwanda throughout most of the year, with the exception of  the two rainy periods of mid March to mid May and early November. These are the time of the major rains. See our climate chart below…

Gorilla family party in Volcanoes National Park

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What does a Gorilla trekking safari cost in Rwanda or Uganda?

Posted on July 20, 2020 by - African Travel Tips

These countries don’t really follow the peak season pricing surge of some other safari destinations which I have talked about. One of the main reasons is the massive growth in interest in gorilla trekking which can ONLY be done in Rwanda, Uganda (and, in future, the Congo.) This has both increased prices overall. And also flattened the typical safari seasonality in pricing.

You still have some seasonality. But the difference are pretty moderate in terms of price.

Mountain gorilla & baby in Volcanoes National Park

Guide to Typical Nightly Safari Costs in Uganda or Rwanda

Below we give some typical prices per night for the safari including the cost of in-country travel, park fees, game drives. It is priced in dollars as that’s the currency used in Uganda and Rwanda for tourism. Obviously these exclude the international flights. And they exclude the gorilla trekking fees. More on that later…

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