South Africa is best during the U.S. winter and spring months, while East Africa is beautiful during our summer and fall months, largely due to rainfall. Kenya is where the famous film Out of Africa was produced. Colonial British roots are the fabric of Kenya, as is traditional Maasai culture. A trip to South Africa, by contrast, includes more varied and active endeavors like stand-up paddle boarding around penguin colonies, cage diving amongst great whites, plus biking (and tasting!) through breathtaking local vineyards.
Tangulia Mara Tented Camp is the only Maasai-owned property. One of the owners and guides is the famous Jackson Looseyia. He grew up among the animals and became a safari guide turned BBC documentary presenter. Mara Plains Camp (Kenya) is located in the concession. Expect less vehicles and people than in the park. Rooms are stunning, with canvas roofs perched on wooden platforms. A Relais and Chateaux property, it’s also food focused.
Visit traditional Maasai Villages and shop handcrafted wares and beaded designs by local women and children. This ancient tribe is the heartbeat of East African history.