Both Kenya and Tanzania feature vast lands divided into private concessions and government-managed national parks. The upside to private concessions? A feeling of exclusivity afforded by limited vehicles at sightings, the ability to enjoy night game drives, and a wild, remote feel. Conversely, at the Maasai Mara National Reserve, density is nearly guaranteed (both with wildlife and people). The park is teeming with The Big 5—yet expect an often-jarring amount of safari vehicles and tourists. Parks may promise more action, but for those that enjoy the thrill of the search, private concessions offer a more intimate safari experience.
At Alex Walker’s Serian, every guest has their own private vehicle, which means dedicated, knowledgeable local guides and no time table—set your own schedule for sunset sundowners.
The Big 5! Whether opting for private concessions, national parks, or a mix of both, expect to see lion, leopard, rhinoceros (both black and white), elephant, and Cape buffalo.