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

Masai Mara, Greater Serengeti, Samburu, Lake Nakuru, and Ngorongoro Crater

The Great Migration Safari route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $8495  
Length: 14 days
Arrive: Nairobi, Kenya
Depart: Arusha, Tanzania
Lodging: 3 nights hotels, 10 nights delightful wildlife camps
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Safaris, Walking
Trip Level: 4WD gameviewing, easy walking
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Highlights

  • See the Great Migration in the Serengeti (winter) or Masai Mara (summer)
  • Classic East Africa safari in Kenya and Tanzania, Masai encounters
  • Superb naturalist guides, maximum gameviewing opportunities
  • Samburu National Reserve, Lake Nakuru, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire (summer departures)
  • 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.

References

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.

Departure Notes

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

Explore the best of Kenya and Tanzania on this fantastic safari! This is the Africa of the imagination: thrilling gameviewing each day and the delights of safari life to savor in camp—superb meals by candlelight, crackling campfires, and a million stars overhead. The unique wildlife of austerely beautiful Samburu, flamingo-thronged Lake Nakuru, Eden-like Ngorongoro Crater, and the great herds of the Masai Mara and the Serengeti, site of the Great Migration, one of the most awe-inspiring wildlife spectacles on the planet—it all adds up to an epic safari.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Nairobi / Samburu National Reserve (Winter Departures)

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

Days 4-5
Lake Nakuru National Park

Tucked away in the Great Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru is famed for its thousands of flamingos and offers excellent lion- and rhino-viewing.

Days 6-8
Masai Mara National Reserve

Everything about the Mara is spectacular, from its sheer beauty to 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 is a wonderful option.

Days 9-14
Ngorongoro Crater / Serengeti Plains Migration

In breathtaking Ngorongoro, we enjoy an unforgettable safari on the crater floor. Heading to our private mobile camp in the Ndutu plains of the southern Serengeti, we witness an age-old wildlife spectacle as massive herds of wildebeest, gazelles, and zebra play out a battle of life and death with their predators as they migrate across the endless plains. Depart via Arusha on Day 14.

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Special Perspectives on East Africa Symposium Departure!

Join us for an extraordinary symposium and safari program featuring a remarkable group of world-renowned wildlife experts and conservationists.

Hemingway’s Africa
Jun 25-Jul 10, 2014

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

 

Departures

2014
Jul 18-31, 2014
2015
Feb 23-Mar 8, 2015
Jul 17-30, 2015

Special Perspectives on East Africa Symposium departure!
Hemingway’s Africa
Jun 25-Jul 10, 2014

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2014
$8495 (10-12 members)
$8695 (5-9 members)
Single supplement: $1695
Forced single supplement: $1495
Internal airfare: $1495 (subject to change)
High season surcharge: $400
Park fees for Kenya and Tanzania: $1295
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Extension Costs
Zanzibar Extension: Mnemba Island
   from: $5095
Zanzibar Extension: Serena Inn, Breezes or Palms Resort
   from: $1495
Gorilla Tracking In Rwanda's Parc Des Volcans
   from: $1995

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

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 (alcoholic beverages, laundry, and so on).

Trip Payment Schedule

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

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Minimum fee: None per person
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

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 luxury hotel. In the early 1900s, ...
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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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Mbweha Camp

Mbweha Camp

Days 4 to 5 (2 nights), Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Tucked away in the spectacular vastness of the Great Rift Valley on the private 6,400-acre Congreve Conservancy, Mbweha Camp is in the southern ...
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Mara Ngenche Camp

Mara Ngenche Camp

Days 6 to 8 (3 nights), Masai Mara, Kenya

This intimate camp offers tents that each have a 4-poster king-size bed, hot/cold running water, flush toilet, bathtub, and a private outdoor ...
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Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

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

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is an international-style hotel with a spectacular setting on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater at 6,000 feet. The ...
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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:

Rwanda

mountain gorillas silverback rwanda parc des volcans

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

Tanzania

mnemba island zanzibar

Zanzibar Extension: Mnemba Island

Snorkeling and Diving in a Magnificent Aquatic World

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

zanzibar tanzania indian ocean beach

Zanzibar Extension: Serena Inn, Breezes or Palms Resort

Tropical Island Beauty and Indian Ocean Snorkeling

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