Length: 3 nights / 4 days, You can choose to extend
Group Size: Flexible – you tell us how many in your party
Location: Masai Mara National Game Reserve, Kenya
Departure Dates: Between July and September 2019
Transport from Nairobi: Domestic flight
About the great Migration
The Great Wildebeest Migration rightfully deserves its standing as one of the natural world’s most astonishing spectacles. Comprising more than 1.5 million wildebeest, zebras, and antelopes, the Great Migration constitutes the last surviving multi-species migration on the planet. From the end of June onwards, millions of freshly arrived brown and black dots scatter the great plains of the Mara, making this Natural Wonder of the World even more wondrous.
This brief and intense Big 5 safari will get you front-row seat action as the Great Wildebeest Migration makes it’s way across the border from Serengeti, where most of the great migration occurs. Our chosen dates and camps are to maximise on sightings, based on where the herds are at the time.
We recommend a minimum of 4 days to enjoy the spectacle of the greatest show on earth, and can tailor your safari to include more days, and to combine it with other sensational wildlife encounters in the region. Your Serengeti safari will begin and end in the airport town of Arusha, where you will be met and escorted to your short flight to and from the national park. You will be met at the national park airfield by your lodge guide.
More about the great wildebeest migration:
The Greatest Show on Earth is in fact an ongoing process and not an event. 1,5 to 2 million wildebeest, zebras and various antelope species form the largest land mammal migration on Earth as they continuously follow the rains and good grazing across the vast plains of Serengeti in Tanzania and the Maasai Mara in Kenya.
Along the way they cross many rivers, a sometimes chaotic and dramatic process if the river banks are steep and the water deep and fast flowing. Crocodiles trawl the murky waters and lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas line the banks as they too make the most of the situation.
The great migration follows a clockwise direction, with exact timing varying every year, depending on the rains. January and February usually sees most of the herds giving birth in the southern Serengeti, when the grass is green and highly nutritious. During March and April, the grasses have dried up and the herds start moving northwards through the Serengeti, ending up in the Maasai Mara area in July. The herds move continually back and forth between the northern Serengeti in Tanzania and Masai Mara in Kenya until late September – with the regular river crossings across the often-treacherous Mara River being a focal point for tourists. After September, the herds start to move back south through the Serengeti, although stragglers will still be seen in the Masai Mara into October.