The Great Migration
Watching two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle crossing the Serengeti and Mara plains is a once in a lifetime experience. Immense herds plunge chaotically into crocodile infested rivers then cover the vast grassy plains in their thousands. Africa Exclusive will tailor your Tanzania safari or your Kenya safari to show you the migration with expert guides at any time of year wherever it is. The important thing is to do this in a way which avoids large numbers of other tourists.
We do this by using small luxury camps like Migration Camp and Cottars which are located on private reserves in the Serengeti and Masai Mara. We also use mobile camps which are still very comfortable and which move as the migration progresses. If you want a really private experience, you can even have your own luxury camp – perfect for families or a small group of friends. Top guide Alex Walker’s private Nkorombo Camp can be set up anywhere in the Mara giving you the ultimate migration adventure.
He recently sent us a report from his camp in the northern Serengeti saying “Wow, mega herds moving everywhere, north to the Mara, south across the river, west back across the river. wildebeest, more wildebeest and yet more wildebeest!... The river here is totally different with a far greater concentration of crocodile, hundreds of hippo and elephant all over”. Even though Alex has spent years in the bush, you can sense his raw excitement.
The migration moves clockwise in a great circle beginning deep in the Southern Serengeti from December to March. As the rains arrive, they move north west through the Serengeti reaching the crocodile infested Grumeti River around May. Then they continue north crossing more rivers into Kenya’s Masai Mara during July. They roam the great Mara plains before crossing back into the Serengeti in late October, returning to the south to begin again. Of course, a migration safari also shows you elephants, giraffe, buffalo, antelope and many other animals. The passage of the migration is also the highlight for the local predators and lion, leopard and cheetah are frequently seen.
Contact us now to join the great migration.