Herd of wildebeests crossing a river

Wildebeests in migration

The annual migration of wildebeests across the Serengeti ecosystem is one of the world's great wildlife spectacles. Their movements coincide with the annual pattern of rainfall and grass growth.  They are often accompanied by large herds of migrating zebras as they cross the open savannas. Staying in large groups reduces their predation risk.

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The Great Migration Safari

Samburu, Masai Mara, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire

The Great Migration Safari route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $9195  
Length: 14 days
Arrive: Nairobi, Kenya
Depart: Arusha, Tanzania
Lodging: 2 nights hotels, 3 nights private mobile camps, 8 nights delightful tented camps
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Safaris, Walking
Trip Level: 4WD gameviewing, easy walking


  • Witness the great migration in the Masai Mara
  • The best wildlife spots of Kenya and Tanzania, Masai and Samburu encounters
  • Superb naturalist guides, maximum gameviewing opportunities
  • Tarangire, with its huge baobab trees and concentrations of wildlife
  • Tented camps with full amenities and amazing access to wildlife

Thank you for the trip of a lifetime (yet again).Lou K.—Houston, TX

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Pre-Departure Information

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

Experience the best of Kenya and Tanzania on this epic safari! Our seamless itinerary hits all the top spots: the unique wildlife of austerely beautiful Samburu, Eden-like Ngorongoro Crater, and the great herds of the Masai Mara and Tarangire, seasonal sites of the great migration, one of the most awe-inspiring wildlife spectacles on the planet. This is Africa as you’ve always imagined it: thrilling gameviewing, genuine connections with the Masai and Samburu, and the delights of safari life to savor in camp—sundowners at day’s end, superb meals by candlelight, crackling campfires, and a sky filled with sparkling stars.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Nairobi / Samburu National Reserve (Summer Departure)

In Samburu, game drives bring you to trumpeting elephants, shy impalas feeding at water’s edge, and baboons and vervet monkeys swinging through the tree canopy.

Days 4-8
Mount Kenya Safari Club / Masai Mara National Reserve

After a stay at the celebrated Mount Kenya Safari Club, head to the mile-high Masai Mara, whose spectacular beauty is complemented by its renowned abundance of wildlife. Huge year-round populations of plains game guarantee great sightings of the dominant predators: lion, leopard, and cheetah. A balloon safari here (with champagne breakfast!) is a wonderful option.

Days 9-10
Ngorongoro Crater

In breathtaking Ngorongoro, enjoy an unforgettable safari on the crater floor. You're likely to see elephant, zebra, wildebeest, and buffalo, and there’s hardly a better place on earth for observing lions. This is also one of the best places to see the endangered black rhino—about a dozen have been introduced into the crater environment and they are carefully monitored by biologists.

Days 11-14

The thousand-square-mile Tarangire region is a magnet for migrating herds during the rainless summer months, when the Tarangire River becomes a lifeline for wildlife. Between July and October, the grasslands and wooded bush country are home to enormous herds of lively elephants and migrating plains game. In addition to traditional game drives, we offer game walks accompanied by our own armed walking guide and a specialist walking guide with extensive knowledge of wild animal behavior and the ability to track any animal of interest that we encounter during the walk. Depart on Day 14 via Arusha.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated Level 2+, moderate. This is a deluxe camping and lodge safari with gameviewing by 4WD vehicle and nature walks that can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health. There are a few long driving days over rough roads and rugged dirt tracks. Although this is not a particularly rigorous trip, we recommend that each participant undertake a preparatory program of physical conditioning. Daily walking or regular hiking, jogging, and stair-climbing are excellent for preparing for the trip. Any African safari is an adventure, and the traveler to Africa should bring along flexibility, a sense of humor, curiosity about new peoples and places, and an openness to the unexpected.

Game Drives and Wild Animals
During drives, we can at times get quite close to wild animals. Being very quiet improves everybody’s chances of observation. In the interest of safety, your Trip Leader explains limitations on movement while on game drives, in the safari vehicles, and around camp. Incidents with wild animals are extremely rare on safaris, but no camping safari can guarantee immunity from such incidents. Wilderness Travel is not to be held responsible for incidents involving the behavior of wildlife.

Explanation of Trip Levels



Future dates have not been set for this itinerary. Please contact us if you would like to be notified of trip dates once they are available.

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$9195 (10-12 members)
$9495 (5-9 members)
Single supplement: $2150
Forced single supplement: $2150
Internal airfare: $1495 (subject to change)
High season surcharge (July): $300
Park fees for Kenya and Tanzania: $1225
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Extension Costs
Gorilla Tracking In Rwanda's Parc Des Volcans
   from: $1995

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
90-46 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations, based on double occupancy
  • Guaranteed window seating in safari Land Cruisers
  • All meals included
  • Safari camp staff
  • Land transportation and airport transfers, baggage handling
  • Membership in Flying Doctor Society for emergency medical assistance
  • Non Alcoholic and Alcoholic beverages at Mara Ngenche Camp
  • Beer/ wine and soft drinks at Private Mobile camp in Tanzania
  • Laundry at Private mobile Camp in Tanzania
  • Bottled water throughout

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, park entrance fees, transfers for independent arrival or departure, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights made necessary by airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature, laundry services in Kenya, alcoholic beverages/ soft drinks at the Norfolk Hotel, Elephant Bedroom Camp, Mount Kenya Safari Club & Serena Ngorongoro Serena Lodge,

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation arriving to Nairobi, Kenya, and departing from Arusha, Tanzania. For more detailed information, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip and have reviewed your proposed air schedule with our office. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule so we can reserve your airport transfers.

Nairobi, Kenya
Date: Day 1

Suggested Arrival Airport:

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Kenya (airport code NBO)
Suggested arrival time: anytime

Arusha, Tanzania
Date: Day 14

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Kilimanjaro Airport, Arusha, Tanzania (airport code JRO)
Suggested departure time: after 2:00 pm

Norfolk Hotel

Norfolk Hotel

Day 1 (1 night), Nairobi, Kenya

First the town, then later the modern city of Nairobi literally grew around the Norfolk, East Africa’s first high standard hotel. In the early ...
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Elephant Bedroom Camp

Elephant Bedroom Camp

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Samburu, Kenya

Located at the edge of the Ewaso Nyiro River in Samburu National Reserve and surrounded by doum palms and other indigenous trees, this small and ...
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Mount Kenya Safari Club

Mount Kenya Safari Club

Day 4 (1 night), Nanyuki, Kenya

Nestled in the foothills of snow-capped Mount Kenya, Africa’s second-highest mountain, the Mount Kenya Safari Club is a snapshot of Africa ...
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Mara Ngenche Camp

Mara Ngenche Camp

Days 5 to 8 (4 nights), Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

This intimate camp has a spectacular location in the heart of the Mara at the convergence of its two main rivers—the Mara and the Talek, home ...
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Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Days 9 to 10 (2 nights), Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

This 75-room international-style hotel enjoys a spectacular setting on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Built from local river stone, the lodge ...
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Ndutu Private Camp

Ndutu Private Camp

Days 11 to 13 (3 nights), Serengeti, Tanzania

February Departure
Our Private Wilderness Travel Camp at Ndutu features tents secluded in the shade of acacia trees. The camp is ...
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Osunyai Private Camp

Osunyai Private Camp

Days 11 to 13 (3 nights), Tarangire, Tanzania

Our private camp at Osunyai is perched along the banks of a sand river where elephants come to excavate for water. It features large, walk-in tents ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:


Gorilla Tracking In Rwanda's Parc Des Volcans

One of the World’s Most Thrilling Wildlife Experiences

Hiking / Trekking, Wildlife & Natural History
4 days  -  Level 4


zanzibar tanzania indian ocean beach

Zanzibar Extension

Tropical Island Beauty and Indian Ocean Snorkeling

Cultural Adventures, Sea Kayaking, Snorkeling
4 days  -  Level 2

Client Comments

Thank you for the trip of a lifetime (yet again). Lou K., Houston, TX This was a wonderful, once in a lifetime type of trip. All went smoothly and the viewing of animal life exceeded expectations Dick S., Pound Ridge, NY This was a great trip. Lots of animals to see, varied topography and geography, and wonderful trip leaders and guides. Jim D., Glendale, CA
Our accommodations were very comfortable, clean, and very luxurious. We liked that our camps weren't fenced off, and the animals could freely move around, if they wanted to. Yet we always felt protected by the staff, who were incredibly attentive, helpful, and friendly. We truly enjoyed our stay and our experience! Ksenia D., Glendale, CA