Wildebeest jumping into Mara River in Kenya

Great Migration Safaris

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<p>Witness the power of a massive stampede along vast plains that epitomizes the majesty of the world’s largest mammal migration. During a Great Migration safari, you can spot over 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra, and antelope, covering nearly 1,000 miles as you embark on an essential part of the journey with them. Whether visiting Tanzania or Kenya, you can find inspiration for your Great Migration safari in these trips and speak with one of our specialists to plan your custom Great Migration experience.</p>

Witness the power of a massive stampede along vast plains that epitomizes the...

Witness the power of a massive stampede along vast plains that epitomizes the majesty of the world’s largest mammal migration. During a Great Migration safari, you can spot over 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra, and antelope, covering nearly 1,000 miles as you embark on an essential part of the journey with them. Whether visiting Tanzania or Kenya, you can find inspiration for your Great Migration safari in these trips and speak with one of our specialists to plan your custom Great Migration experience.

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Wildebeests crossing the Mara river in Tanzania
Serengeti Great Migration Safari: January to March

10 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $5,825

This Serengeti itinerary will immerse you in nature's greatest drama. The great migration cycle starts in January to March, and more than a million wildebeest will congregate and calve. The abundance of defenseless young attracts tens of thousands of predators and no other time or place in Africa can reveal as many hunting scenes. This 10-day great migration safari showcases the wild at its most raw and vehement and takes you off road among the thrills and emotion of a complete predatory cycle.

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Great Wildebeest Migration, Masai Mara, Kenya
Signature Masai Mara & Serengeti Great Migration Safari

9 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $5,260

The iconic Mara River divides the grasslands to separate the Masai Mara from the Serengeti. From June to October, both sides of the river teem with wildlife as the resident mammals are joined by the marauding millions of the great wildebeest migration. Such abundance creates Africa's greatest wildlife spectacle and the signature cycle of predator and prey. Much like the ungulates, this 9-day safari intimately explores both sides of the Mara and East Africa's flagship experience.

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The Great Wildebeest Migration is one of nature's greatest spectacles as two million animals cross the Serengeti.
Serengeti Great Migration Safari: Nature's Greatest Spectacle

10 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $11,045

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.

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Great Migration, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Rwanda Gorillas & Masai Mara Great Migration Itinerary

8 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $10,603

Combine two of East Africa’s most iconic experiences during your one week tour of Kenya and Rwanda. Follow wildebeest during the Great Migration as they travel through the Maasai Mara accentuated by the surrounding theater of wildlife. Trek through volcanic forests to discover the beauty of active gorilla troops. Your immersive luxury safari will be tailored to your goals to uncover the marvels of East Africa’s untouched wilderness.

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Admire the herd's stunning patchwork quilt from above on a hot air balloon safari at sunrise.
Masai Mara Great Migration Safari: July to October

11 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $14,009

From July to October, the great wildebeest migration is in the Masai Mara as the rumbling herds dramatically crossing the Mara River to feast on the fresh grasslands. Over a million mammals arrive, and this safari provides the best seats in the theater. Stay at three exceptional camps and spend eight days on big game safari to surround yourself with all the charms of nature's greatest show. Exhilarating and enchanting, this is one of Africa's ultimate experiences.

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Great Migration, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
The Great Migration Photo Safari to Tanzania

13 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $8,445

Experience the visual euphoria of Northern Tanzania on this 13-day safari adventure. Tailor-made for photo enthusiasts, this itinerary will bring indelible close-ups, unforgettable panoramas, and inspiring natural scenes. Explore six different national parks and gently succumb to the natural charms of Tanzania's untamed wildernesses. Then relive it all on your camera roll.

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What is the Great Migration?

The Great Migration is one of the most phenomenal wildlife spectacles on earth. Every year, over 2 million wildebeest, zebra, and antelope migrate in a circular pattern across the Serengeti plains in Tanzania and the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya in search of fresh grazing grounds. Great Migration safaris are excellent opportunities to see the top animals of Tanzania and Kenya’s iconic wildlife.

Where can I see the Great Migration?

The Great Migration takes place across the sweeping Serengeti in Tanzania and the vast Masai Mara in Kenya. Most of the migration occurs within the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. This is where the wildebeest breed and birth their young before departing for greener pastures.

The herds enter Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve around July, crossing the Sand River and sometimes the Mara River from Tanzania in search of fresh grasses nourished by the rainfall. The river crossings around this time are a highlight, as the herds racing across the rivers hope to elude Nile crocodiles and big cats. The Masai Mara offers excellent viewing from July through October when the herds cluster on the open plains.

For the full migration experience, visiting both the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is best. A longer safari allows you to follow the herds as they circle through the ecosystems. Combining the Serengeti for the calving season and the Masai Mara for the river crossings lets you see the enormity of the migration from start to finish.

When can I see the Great Migration?

The Great Migration is a year-round event, but the most dramatic action happens during the dry season from July through October.

During these months, you can witness the jaw-dropping river crossings. Early in the season, wildebeest congregate in the Serengeti's Western Corridor before crossing the Grumeti River. As the plains dry out, the herds move north towards the Mara River. By August, the migration is in full swing in Kenya's Masai Mara.

As the rains return in November, the herds begin moving south again back to the Serengeti plains, where the freshly sprouted grass provides plentiful grazing for calving season. You can learn more from our guides on the best time to visit Tanzania and the best time to visit Kenya on safari.

How can I experience the Great Migration?

The best way to experience the Great Migration is on a safari with expert guides who know the patterns of wildlife movement and can position you in the heart of the action.

Mobile tented camps are ideal for following the wildebeest and providing front-row seats as the drama unfolds. With concession-based campsites in both the Serengeti and Masai Mara, you can follow the migration between Tanzania and Kenya.

Game drives deliver close encounters with the wildlife as open-top 4x4 vehicles get you near the teeming herds. Or, you could witness the migration in a hot air balloon floating gently over the Mara River. For the ultimate perspective, take a helicopter flight over the migration during peak river crossings.

Regardless of the safari experiences you choose for your trip, the Great Migration is sure to exceed your wildest expectations.

What else should I know about how to plan a Great Migration safari?

Explore more information in our comprehensive guide on the Great Migration in Africa or inspiration in our African safari travel guide.

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