A trip to the Masai Mara or the Serengeti is certainly the jewel in the safari crown. We would recommend a minimum of 3-4 nights in either park, but the longer you can stay, the better as it allows you to experience more wildlife sightings, camp experiences, and get to know the place a lot better. It’s worth staying a longer period of time in one camp however if you would like to experience different camps, guiding and areas, then combining camps inside and outside of the national park is a nice combination.
For example in Kenya, you can stay inside the Masai Mara Reserve (in somewhere like Governors Camp) and then head further out to the Masai Mara Greater Conservancies to stay in a camp there. The benefit of this is that you can enjoy different areas and game viewing activities. While the reserve is usually denser in terms of wildlife numbers, the conservancies allow you to do bush walks and night drives, which are not permitted inside the reserve. This combination is easier to do in Kenya. While there are private reserves bordering the Serengeti (such as Grumeti and Maswa in the west and south respectively), the majority of camps are located inside the national park.
Images: Tortilis Elewana (left) and Legendary Serengeti Maswa (right)