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Kenya vs South Africa: What’s New to Experience in 2023

A safari trip to Africa is always an adventure of a lifetime. There are numerous fun activities to engage in during your trip whether you are alone, with your spouse on a honeymoon or with family. This article looks at two of the most popular African safari destinations – Kenya and South Africa.

Kenya is one of Africa’s finest safari destinations boasting an abundance of wildlife, picturesque landscapes, and rich cultures. Every moment holds its magic when it comes to Kenya safari tours. On the other hand, South Africa mesmerizes you with its array of undisturbed natural beauty spots and varied wildlife. A South African safari tour is designed to make every second count.

With 2023 fast approaching, what activities are there to experience in these amazing countries? Check out our top picks below, and know which wins for you between Kenya vs South Africa safari.

SAFARI ACTIVITIES TO LOOK FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR

Great migration in kenya crossing the mara river
  • THE GREAT MIGRATION

Renowned as the world cup of wildlife, you get to witness wildebeest, zebras and Thomson gazelles in the millions migrating for greener pastures from Kenya’s Masai Mara into the Serengeti in Tanzania.

  • HOT AIR BALLOON SAFARIS

Get a bird’s eye view of various wildlife and the jaw-dropping landscapes below as you rise with the sun and gently bob through the skies. Truly unforgettable!

  • BEACH TOURS

Kenya and South Africa boast some of the most dazzling beaches in Africa and there is no shortage of thrilling experiences.

  • WILDLIFE SAFARIS

Wildlife viewing is certainly a must-do on your trip. You don’t want to miss out on the viewing of the big five and other interesting wildlife creatures.

  • HONEYMOON

If you just said “I do” and seeking out a perfect place to enjoy your honeymoon then Kanya and South Africa can provide you and your partner with the time of your lives. Dine under the starlit African night sky, take romantic walks on the beach, participate in exhilarating game drives together and enjoy luxurious accommodations that guarantee utmost comfort and privacy.

TOP PLACES TO SEE IN KENYA

Tons of pink flamingos in Lake Nakuru

Kenya is home to some of the best wildlife safari destinations on the planet. Here are some parks that you should not miss on your Kenya safari trip

  • MAASAI MARA NATIONAL PARK

A Masai Mara safari is like no other. The park is famous for its large population of wild cats and the annual migration of over two million wildebeest, zebras and Thomson’s gazelles. You can also spot giraffe, baboons, warthogs, bat-eared foxes, grey jackals, spotted hyena impala and hartebeest. The vast Savannah plains of the Mara are shared with the Maasai people whose unique cultural identity has been preserved for centuries, and you can go on cultural visits to their communities

  • LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

This is one of the finest National Parks in Kenya. Characterized by rocky escarpments and pockets of acacia forest with a waterfall, the park is an amazing place to see all year round. It is home to both white and black rhinos, lions, leopards, hippos and endangered Rothschild’s giraffes, as well as large populations of pink flamingos.

  • AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Another interesting safari location to see in Kenya is the Amboseli National park. Located in the southern parts of Kenya, the park is home to large herds of elephants and hosts other animals such as giraffes, zebras, cheetahs and hundreds of different bird species. You also get to enjoy an interesting view of the immense Mount Kilimanjaro across the border in Tanzania.

TOP PLACES TO SEE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Elephants hanging out by the lake in South Africa

South Africa boasts one of the largest game reserves in Africa. With lots of scenic city views, beach resorts, exquisite hotel accommodations, the country pretty much takes your breath away.

  • KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Kruger National Park is one of the largest and most renowned safari parks in Africa. The high density of wildlife includes the Big 5 (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalos). You can also spot a variety of birdlife like storks, vultures, and eagles. Sprawling tropical forests, mountains, and wild bush plains are all part of the Kruger park landscape.

  • MALA MALA GAME RESERVE

This private game reserve borders the Kruger National Park without any fences. At Mala Mala, you are guaranteed a superb viewing of the big five, day and night safaris and walking safaris, standard accommodation and also affordable.

  • PHINDA GAME RESERVE

Phinda Game Reserve offers excellent game viewing and other thrilling safari activities. There are also excellent lodging accommodations available.

CONCLUSION

Kenya and South Africa stand out when it comes to top-notch wildlife safari, beach safari and other holiday preferences for 2023. So it’s up to you to decide which one to plan for in the coming year. While on the subject of amazing safari destinations, Tanzania also deserves to be in the running for what to experience in 2023, thanks to renowned places like the Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, and the Ngorongoro Crater. In any case, you can look forward to the time of your life.

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August 8, 2023
Asante Gosheni and espacially Hassan Nous tenons à recommander Hassan car nous venons de passer un séjour mémorable avec lui. Grâce à son expérience, sa connaissance parfaite du monde animal et des parcs, Hassan nous a permis de voir de nombreux animaux en étant extrêmement bien placé.
Bien évidemment les big five (même le rhinocéros!), la traversée de la rivière par les gnous et bien d'autres animaux.
En faisant un safari avec Hassan vous trouverez tout ce que vous êtes venus chercher.
A l'avenir si nous décidons de refaire un safari, nous voudrions repartir avec Hassan.
Myriam D
Myriam D
August 8, 2023
Hassan is the best guide !!!! Nous avons eu la chance de faire un safari de 8 jours dans les parcs nationaux du nord de la Tanzanie avec Hassan comme guide. Hassan est un guide très expérimenté.
Grâce à lui et sa grande expérience nous avons découvert et appris énormément de choses sur la Tanzanie, les animaux, les végétaux etc. Hassan est un véritable passionné qui aime transmettre son savoir.
En plus de ses connaissances, Hassan a un véritable œil de lynx et sais débusquer le moindre animal caché.
Grâce à Hassan nous avons eu la chance de voir beaucoup d’animaux et tous ceux du « Big Five ».
Parmi tous les véhicules présents lors des safaris, Hassan sait se frayer un chemin pour nous permettre d’avoir toujours le meilleur point de vue.
Hassan sait où se placer pour nous permettre d’avoir une vue sans égal sur les animaux, en les observant de très près.
Hassan est également un excellent conducteur. La route n’a aucun secret pour lui.
C’est également un guide très attentionné, toujours aux petits soins pour nous et d’une extrême gentillesse.
Nous recommandons Hassan les yeux fermés et si nous devions refaire un safari, nous demanderons d’être guidés par Hassan sans hésitation.
Merci encore à Hassan pour ces merveilleux moments qui resterons gravés dans notre mémoire !!
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bonny l
August 6, 2023
amazing Safari experience wiz gosheni nice trip wiz our amazing guide Samir We saw all the wild animals during Safari
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FENG Y
August 6, 2023
愉快的非洲之旅 幸运的选择了gosheni Safari,我们的向导samir服务非常好,小朋友们都很喜欢他,非洲五霸除了犀牛没有看到外,其他都替我们找到了,寻找动物经验丰富,在超远的地方就能看到目标。可以在众多的车子中抢到一个很好的观赏位,办事灵活。
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Vladimir T
August 6, 2023
Great experience! Great experience! Starting from the trip planning the communications were very clear and smooth to organize the tour and select itinerary. In the end we opted for 5 days/4 nights route including the Tarangire, Serengeti and Lake Manyara nations parks as well as a visit to the Ngorongoro crater. The tour itself was excellent and very punctual, here kudos to our guide Wilson who is very experienced and knowledgeable about his job and also went well beyond his duty and gave us a nice summary of country’s history. It was really a pleasure to spend time with him and we managed to see the big 5:) Accommodations were superb: great camps, an amazing farmhouse close to Ngorongoro, meals were also good and picnic lunches well organized.
In summary the experience was highly satisfying, I sincerely recommend Gosheni Safaris and to ask for Wilson as a guide.
Allison B
Allison B
August 5, 2023
Great Taste of Tanzania Had a great 5-day tour. Our guide James was very dedicated to making sure we saw amazing sights. He asked us our favorite animals to see and made it his mission to help us spot them. The food was good, the lodging was very pleasant, and enjoying a glass of wine on lunches was a nice touch. Favorite lodging was definitely the Farmhouse by Ngorongoro. Beautiful landscapes along the entire tour, covered a lot of ground and got a great introduction to Tanzania.
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Sukhraj S
August 5, 2023
Gosheni number 1 What an unforgettable 6 days, courtesy of Gosheni Safari and our guide/driver Zadock!!!
I booked this holiday back in 2020 but then had to cancel due to Covid. That was after a lot of research of tour companies and finally picking Ghosheni. The time was right to get this once in a lifetime trip set up again, so working via email with William at Gosheni we compiled the agenda…he was so helpful and we settled on one day in Tarangire, one day in Lake Manyara, three days in Serengeti and one day in Ngorongoro Crater…I’m now on the way to Zanzibar after an amazing experience, Gosheni took care of the whole package for my wife, three teenage sons and I.

Our guide and driver was Zadock, a humble, honest, genuine, proud and generous man. He did absolutely everything for us, answered every question and took us to all the places to see the big five up close, hunts and more.

The food was served every lunch time as a picnic, with plates, blanket, wtc whilst others had lunch boxes. The Jeep was cleaned daily, and was extremely comfortable along the difficult rough terrain…a credit to Zadock.

Zadock had so much knowledge not only of the animal kingdom’s hundreds of species but also the history of Tanzania, Africa, politics, and social customs, we felt as though he was part of our family.

Thankyou Zadock and Gosheni, I very rarely write reviews after holidays and I have travelled extensively around the world, but these guys are special and have made this so memorable for my family and I….I recommend to everyone if you are unsure about who, how, what, these guys will sort out the whole trip and at a very reasonable price.

Well done William, Gosheni and Zadock, and I really hope you get to be recognised as the number one tour company in Tanzania!
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August 4, 2023
Extraordinary Safari with Gosheni I am so glad to have Gosheni as our tour operator. They provide excellent service starting from arranging the tour till the end of our safari.
As our city had quarantine arrangement due to COVID-19, we were so worry about our trip. Luckily, Gosheni is so considerate and try their best endeavors to rearrange our scedule. With their assistance, everything is set and we feel comfortable for all of their kind arrangements.

During the safari, we have a terrific tour guide, Edward! He takes care of all the stuff and administration including liaison with hotels, lunch packing, other add-on safaris so that we can fully enjoy the trip.

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Edwward is definitely experienced and propose the best programme during the safari, e.g. he tries to maximise our time for the game drive in different locations and tribe visit. We fully trust his expertise and professionalism.

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Amazing Safari with Gosheni and Ombeni Our guide, Ombeni, was the best part of our trip. He is really knowledgeable, friendly, and we trusted his expertise for the whole 9 days across Tarangire, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro. We were lucky to see some amazing things on our game drives. Having grown up in Kenya, I have been lucky to go on many safaris, and this is one of the best I've been on.
The food was excellent, and even on the all-day game drives we had a cooked, sit-down meal for lunch which was a big plus point. All the accommodation was excellent as well.

We had a bespoke itinerary which we planned in advance with William from Gosheni, and he was extremely helpful in answering our questions and accommodating our requests.

I would highly recommend Gosheni and especially Ombeni for future travels.
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August 4, 2023
Dreams come true!!! Thanks to best guide Hassani I have been dreaming Serengeti Safari tour for a long time and Gosheni Safaris made my dreams come true. We completed our 5 days safari at the end of July and it was wonderful. We visited Central Serengeti, North Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
The company is very professional from beginning to end. Peter the owner of Gosheni Safaris helped us a lot about planning our itinary. I asked too many questions and he replied all of them everytime. Sometimes he can be in the bush and has no internet connection but be sure he always will reply your questions. Just be sure that you are in safe hands and Hakuna Matata☺️

Our guide was Hassani who is a perfect guide, safari driver, friend and everything. He always did his best to show us as much as possible. We always felt safe and witnessed lots of amazing moments by help of Hassani. Beside being a perfect safari guide, he prepared very nice lunch tables every afternoon. He is very funny person and makes lots of jokes during the safari. I higly recommend Gosheni Safaris which is best one and Hassani who is a very good guide. I want to thank Hassani in person for making our safari perfect and looking forward to meet again🙏🏻

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