The great wildebeest migration in one of the greatest spectacles in nature as two million animals are on the move across the Serengeti. From June to August, track the herds and watch the drama unfold from a mobile camp that follows the migration. This luxury itinerary immerses you in all the intimate wonders, from the dramatic river crossings to the thrilling predatory scenes, complemented by an evocative safari in three other fabled national parks.
Arusha – Relaxed First Night in Tanzania
With a late evening arrival to Kilimanjaro, you won't be able to see any wildlife, but you will be able to hear it. Bushbabies chirp from the trees around your lodge; distant monkey calls echo through the trees, and an exotic soundtrack tweets softly through the night. Through the darkness, you can sense the wild, and you anticipate the world that stretches out across the slopes of Northern Tanzania. You will be picked up at the airport for a short transfer to the lodge which lies on the fertile lower slopes of Mount Meru, outside the town of Arusha. Rest and relax; the safari starts tomorrow.
Lake Manyara – Tranquil Safari Introductions in Lake Manyara
Lake Manyara – Exploring the Safari Surrealism of Ngorongoro Crater
Serengeti – Indelible Impressions of Nature's Greatest Spectacle
Day 5 - 7
Serengeti – Mobile-Tented Camp Safari Following the Great Migration
Day 8 - 9
Maasai Mara – Following the Migration Trail Into Kenya
Maasai Mara to Nairobi – Departure
- Track the great wildebeest migration with four days of safari adventure in the Serengeti
- Marvel at the galloping herds and admire the raw-hunting scenes that play out on the Serengeti plains.
- Stay in a luxury mobile tented camp that's positioned to be among the migration, regardless of when you visit from June - August
- Game drive to crocodile-infested rivers that the wildebeest must cross to continue their migration
- Follow the migratory trail by as you cross into Kenya and spend your final two nights at a luxury camp in the Masai Mara
- Start your safari experience with an idyllic day driving through Lake Manyara, one of Africa's most picturesque parks
- Journey across the remarkable Ngorongoro Crater floor, where tens of thousands of diverse mammals congregate in nature's lost Eden
- Fly across the Serengeti in a light aircraft and admire the stunning scale of the famous grass plains
Dust swirls and you can hear the hooves as hundreds of thousands are on the move when the enormous wildebeest herds cross the grass plains of the Serengeti. Hyenas follow their trail to scurry along to feast on the weak and injured. Cross a ridge, and a black and white mass slowly ripples out into tens of thousands of zebra. Lionesses are on their tails to seek a weak link in the huddled herds. Leopards, cheetahs, and jackals abound, and the scent of danger is everywhere, an unmistakable part of the migration's atmosphere. Every year the cycle plays out as up to two million mammals journey across the uninterrupted grass plains of the Serengeti to head towards the grazing lands of the Masai Mara. Drama always unfolds as you follow the spectacle with the clash between predator and prey unceasing.
This handcrafted safari itinerary places you center stage among this phenomenal theater to give you the ultimate access to nature's greatest show. The wildebeest migrate in their large herds from April to August to graze as they cross the Serengeti, though the heavy rain of April mean June to August is a more realistic timetable for an uninterrupted great migration experience. Regardless of what traditional migration maps may indicate, this is not a static or predictable movement as the herds move in clusters, perhaps up to half a million on the move together. The path of the migration is dictated by the rains and the grass, and while the routes do follow patterns, they are rarely the same. A luxury mobile camp is the premier way to track the migration as the camp is erected among the herds, constantly moving dependent on where the wildebeest are.
Spend your first days tracking the migration to admire the emotion that swirls with the dust. Wildebeest gallop and rut as strong males showcase their strength and virility. The weak and injured are quickly set upon, a menagerie of predators have their carnivorous feast as jaws crunch through the black and white stripes. Dozens of lion pride are seen and spotted cats lurk menacingly in the grass. Every moment seems to bring another intimate scene, another personal piece of the migration that's only seen by you. Your days keep you submerged in the baffling scale; when there are two million mammals it often feels that the great migration never ends.
To complement the great wildebeest migration, this luxury safari also includes three very diverse national parks. Admire the scenic beauty of Lake Manyara, a pristine expanse of lake and forested hills that make an easy introduction to safari. Explore Ngorongoro Crater, where a surreal amount of mammals congregate on a utopian landscape. Your next days are spent in the Serengeti, an experience that starts with a thrilling micro flight over the wildebeest-dappled plains. Then continue north to cross into the Masai Mara for days of opulent safari in one of Africa's most abundant destinations. On a rolling grass valley, find the predators expectant and waiting for the wildebeest to follow you over the river.
The great wildebeest migration continues through the year and follows an ancient annual cycle that's dictated by the rains. The month of your visit dictates which part of the spectacle you will see. June to August is the time of great herds on the move and incredible river crossings. If your Serengeti safari is earlier in the year, a handcrafted itinerary can focus on wildebeest calving in the southeast of the park.
$11,045 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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