East Africa Vs Southern Africa Safari : The majority of people think of East Africa as a rolling savannah, similar to what you find in Tanzania’s Serengeti and Kenya’s Maasai Mara national reserve. Indeed, East Africa boasts a wide diversity of habitats, including lush mixed bushveld, wide dry plains, deep equatorial forests, rolling savannahs, mountain kingdoms, and river floodplains. Along with a broad array of diverse ecosystems and tourist safari attractions, Southern Africa boasts a Mediterranean coastline, mixed bushveld, wide rivers with towering waterfalls, and vast desert salt pans.

Both areas provide amazing safari experiences; many of our devoted safari customers want to visit both and occasionally combine their visits into a single safari.

More detail when comparing East and Southern Africa safaris:


Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Ethiopia comprise East Africa.

Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Mozambique comprise Southern Africa.

East Africa Vs Southern Africa Safari : Landscapes.

East Africa.

Classic African landscapes of huge rolling grass plains with isolated flat-topped trees like umbrella thorn acacias and Balanites can be found in the Maasai Mara National Reserve (Kenya) and Serengeti national park (Tanzania). There are deep equatorial lowland rainforests in Semliki, Uganda, and Kahuzi Biega, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Albertine Rift montane mist belt forests of Rwanda, Uganda, and eastern DRC. Then there are Ethiopia’s dry southern regions and high highland kingdoms. You might travel to treasures like the mixed bushveld of Queen Elizabeth NP by travelling along the expansive Nile River in Uganda, which is home to enormous lakes and breathtaking waterfalls. The immense parched plains of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya, the lakeside forests and grasslands of Akagera National Park in Rwanda, and the diversified Laikipia County in Kenya are just a few of the many captivating, rewarding jewels that exist. These are but a handful of the choices; inquire further with our safari specialists.

East Africa Vs Southern Africa Safari
East Africa Land Scape

Southern African

From the wetlands of Botswana’s Okavango Delta to Namibia’s Sossusvlei desert dunes, the warm waters of Mozambique’s coast, and the forested savannah of South Africa’s Greater Kruger, Southern Africa offers an equally wide range of landscapes. South Africa’s Western Cape offers a Mediterranean lifestyle, Zambia’s Luangwa Valley boasts gorgeous oxbow lakes along the calm Luangwa River, and Victoria Falls offers the dramatic’smoke that thunders’. Next up are the serene Lake Malawi, the enormous Etosha Pan in Namibia, the well-known Kalahari Desert in South Africa, and the Botswana salt pans. Remember, these are only a handful of the choices; inquire further with our safari specialists.

Wildlife experiences and game drives.

While Big 5 encounters are possible in both locations, the Greater Kruger in South Africa offers the best possibility of sighting all  the big five species in one park. The opportunity to witness the Big 5 in one park is also available in Ol Pejeta (Kenya) and the Sand River region of Maasai Mara/Serengeti. One chances of seeing the Big 5 will rise if you combine many parks into one safari.

The Maasai Mara and Serengeti in East Africa are well known for their abundant animal life, particularly during the Great Wildebeest Migration.

In terms of animal migrations, the Great Wildebeest Migration takes place all year round in East Africa. Smaller migrations take place throughout the year in Southern Africa: zebras in Botswana, wildebeest in Liuwa Plain, bats in Kasanka, Southern Right, and Humpback whales in South Africa.

Viewing wildlife in Southern Africa is typically closer to hand because many of the animals are accustomed to game-drive vehicles.

In East Africa, you must return to your camp by dusk, while in Southern Africa, night drives are frequently allowed. While night drives are offered in some East African private concessions that border national parks, this is more of a “thing” in Southern Africa.

While morning and afternoon game drives are more prevalent in Southern Africa, where the middle of the day is spent lounging during the heat of the day, all-day game drives are very common in East Africa due to the region’s warm weather and longer distances covered.

In East Africa, safari vehicles are typically (but not always) closed 4x4s with three rows of seats, pop-up roofs, and roll-up canvas sides. The vehicles in Southern Africa are open 4x4s with three rows of tiered seats, and some have canvas roofs.

East Africa is the clear winner if your main goals for your African safari are to see gorillas, chimpanzees, strange geladas, or an abundance of monkeys and other primate species. Exciting activities for all tastes abound in the tropical forests and mountains of Rwanda, Uganda, the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Ethiopia.

East Africa’s vast terrain and moderate climate make it an excellent place to see wildlife all year round. The dry season (May to October) in Southern Africa provides great opportunities for observing wildlife because the foliage is transparent and the animals congregate near the few available water sources. Nov–Apr is the wet summer season in Southern Africa, when the bushveld deepens and animals have access to more surface water. This implies that although you will have to put in more effort to observe animals, a four to five day safari still has a decent chance of yielding the Big 5.


East Africa Vs Southern Africa Safari : Cultural experiences.

Engaging with indigenous Maasai or Samburu tribes in Kenya, Hadza people in Tanzania, Batwa people in Uganda, and Omo tribes in Ethiopia are just a few examples of the authentic cultural experiences that are more easily accessed in East Africa.

Cultural encounters in Southern Africa are rarely as genuine as those in East Africa.

Lodge styles.

The majority of lodges in East Africa are canvas tented camps that are authentic and traditional.

Modern and opulent, Southern African lodges and tented camps abound, however there are outliers to every norm.

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