Two of the major safari areas in the world are Kruger National Park and Serengeti National Park. Both of these areas allow tourists to see the Big Five and experience the African flora and fauna. However, there is a big debate over the pros and cons of both and ultimately, which is the better location to safari.
One major difference between the two national parks is in location, and with that, what the geography offers.
Kruger National Park:
Kruger National Park, about 7,500 square miles, is located at the north-east end of South Africa across the Mpumalanga and Limpopo regions in a bush environment.
Serengeti National Park:
Serengeti National Park, about 5,700 square miles, is located in the Mara Region along the northern border of Tanzania and Kenya in an open plain area.
Kruger National Park – This park allows vehicles that are not 4WD as everyone has to stay on the paved road, making it a great spot for independent safaris and travel. For those on more of a budget who would feel comfortable self-driving and teaching, Kruger is a fantastic option. The terrain in this region is super dense and green. However, this sometimes makes it a bit more challenging to spot the wildlife, so make sure to bring binoculars. Tourists will most often see herds of impala roaming the sides of the road, as well as Kudu and Bushbuck.
Serengeti National Park – In order to go on a safari in this region, you will need a 4WD vehicle, making it easier and safer to travel with a safari outfitter. In this region, the terrain is super open, creating a great space to see lion prides. Additionally, you might see leopards sleeping in the trees. Tanzania offers the annual migration, which is a sight to be seen as over 2 million wildebeest and zebras begin to migrate. The Serengeti is known for its variety and volume of wildlife.
TIME OF YEAR
Both Kruger and the Serengeti are considered year-round destinations so it is always a good time to go on a safari!
So which one is better?
Preferences between these two national parks are up to personal taste and travel personality. Not only are the parks located in different countries, but also different ecosystems and landscapes. Both parks offer the Big Five; however, it will be much harder to spot the animals in Kruger due to the layout of the park with the paved roads. Animals often stay far from the roads. If you want a more adventurous safari with multiple animal sightings, Serengeti National Park is the way to go.
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