As far as African safaris go, Tanzania and Kenya lead the pack. Both offer two types—walking safaris and game drives. Whichever country you choose, your safari experience will leave a mark on you for life.

Here’s a brief rundown of the safari experience in Tanzania and Kenya.

Walk On The Wild Side In Tanzania

Tanzania is home to one of Motherland’s most celebrated national parks: the Serengeti. The Great Migration is the star spectacle, but this ecosystem offers so much more.

A walking safari is arguably the most authentic. Instead of looking at nature from a vehicle, you become part of it. You’ll have access to remote areas that are off-limits to vehicles. An expert guide will be with you every step of the way, but this doesn’t eliminate the risks.

Give yourself a few days between your arrival in Tanzania and when the safari starts. You’ll need all the energy you can muster. Bring cash to tip your guides. Stay hydrated; the sun is no joke. Be mindful of your volume around animals so as not to startle them.

Tanzanian safaris are also offered in Lake Manyara National Park, Ruaha National Park, and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Kenya: The King of Safari Destinations

Some say that Kenya is the ultimate safari destination. The wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles thundering across the Serengeti, also pass through Kenya’s Masaai Mara. Your guide can advise on the best viewing points, but there’s no guarantee of catching the action.

A game drive ranges from a few hours to several days. There’s even the option of driving your own 4×4, but this is best suited for those with experience on safari.

Your tour company can advise what to pack depending on the season. Experts suggest bug spray, sunglasses, earth-toned clothing, and sturdy, waterproof shoes. Check out Samburu National Park and Meru National Park for more Kenyan safari adventures.