Great Migration African Safari - Tanzania and Kenya - Follow the Route with Experts

A 12 day trip to Africa, Kenya & Tanzania 
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Of all African safari experiences, the Great Migration is a unique trip of a lifetime to view millions of animals migrating in East Africa.

Dubbed the "greatest show on Earth," this safari follows the route of the Great Migration, maximizing viewing of animals as they move. See spectacular wildlife in the shadows of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater. Visit an authentic Maasai village. Hike to the Elephant caves of Karatu. This is a journey like no other!

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Detailed Itinerary

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: NAIROBI - Kenya 

After clearing airport formalities, you are greeted by a big smile from the our airport host. Then you are off on a short drive to the hotel for a night of rest before your safari adventure begins. The hotel has excellent restaurants that are available for dinner or a light snack.

Fairview Hotel


Drive time: 2 hours

Wake up in beautiful Kenya. Meet our guide and head out along the Mombasa Highway to Amboseli National Park. The majestic snow-capped peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,352 feet) dominates the area and makes a great photographic background!

Ol Tukai or Amboseli Serena (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


You're up just before dawn with a fresh cup of tea or coffee, and then off on an early morning game drive, the best time to see the majestic peak of Kilimanjaro. You'll then return back to the lodge for a delicious breakfast before additional game drives throughout the day.

Ol Tukai Lodge or Amboseli Serena (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Drive time – longest day – 2 to 3 hours Amboseli to Arusha – stop for break – then 2 hours to Manyara District

Up early this morning for a delicious breakfast. Leave Amboseli and head to the Tanzania border, where you will meet our Tanzania specialist guide. Stop in Arusha town for lunch. There is time to experience a bit of the local villages with a visit to a cheese cooperative formed and run by local women. It provides a way for the women to achieve some financial independence, and helps to provide new schools. Continue on towards the Great Rift Valley escarpment, where refreshments and smiling faces greet you. Sit by the open lounge area, relaxing before dinner - or perhaps you would like to take an easy nature walk to hear about the unique flora and fauna of the area. The lodge sits beneath the escarpment, which looms 1, 950 feet high and is in a key location to begin your Tanzania safari.

Manyara Wildlife Safari Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Drive time to park: 30 minutes

Breakfast on the open terrace before a short 35 minute drive takes you to Manyara. Ernest Hemingway called this “the loveliest place I have seen in Africa”. The lake attracts considerable birdlife, and its surrounding terrain contains such a rich mosaic of different habitats that it supports a large number of animals. There is always good resident game such as elephants, hippos, baboons and giraffe. During the time between January and April, part of the Migration will extend into this general area, with calving of zebra and wildebeest common. Head up the Great Rift Valley Wall passing one of the largest baobab trees in Tanzania. The scenery is magnificent and ever changing. Stops can be made along the way at little 'handicraft' kiosks to try your hand at bargaining and pick up a local treasure. Arrive in the late afternoon in the town of Karatu.

Ngorongoro Serena/Sopa Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Drive time: 40 minutes to Ngorongoro Crater floor

Today holds more excitement, after passing through the park gate with your guide; descend down onto the Ngorongoro Crater floor. The area was originally part of the Serengeti National Park, but was split off and declared a Conservation Area in 1959. Ngorongoro is one of the most spectacular game haunts in Africa and has been designated a World Heritage site. Nearly 10 X 12 square miles in size, it contains an impressive variety of wildlife including lions with black manes, the highly endangered black rhino, herds of wildebeest, zebra, elephants, hippo, and hyena. The bird life is also prolific, with flocks of flamingos on the soda lake, plus other species of water and plains birds. Return to the rim of Ngorongoro where there is time to sit and enjoy the sunset from the lounge area.

Ngorongoro Serena/Sopa Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Lodge locations and drive time will change according to seasonal movement of the game. This is to give you the shortest drive time to access the large herds of wildebeest and zebra and hopefully catch the actual migration. With UNLIMITED GAME VIEWING your safari time will be maximized. This is the Africa you’ve been imagining. The 10,000 square mile Serengeti is the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world. The name comes from the local Masai tribe’s word “siringiti”, for “endless plains” – although the types of terrain are as varied as the animals that live here. Massive islands of granite, grassy plains, an acacia savannah, woodlands, and a range of mountains support the thousands of species you may encounter. Take morning and afternoon game drives in the Serengeti. The lodge offers a spectacular view of the Serengeti Plains and the Mbalageti River, which attracts the migration of wildebeest and zebra.

Contact us for the property that will be used on your trip. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Full day unlimited game viewing in the Serengeti. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Full day unlimited game viewing in the Serengeti. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


This morning, bid farewell to your Tanzania guide and board a connecting flight direct to Kenya and the Maasai Mara, the northern extension of the Serengeti Plains. Maasai Mara is one of the greatest wildlife habitats in the world. In one sweep of binoculars you can see a hundred elephants, lion, impala, zebra, and wildebeest. The plains are gold and the silhouettes of elephant, giraffe, and lion can be seen. Become a part of the life in the Mara - birth, feeding, death and life, an incredible experience that you will never forget. Accommodations in the Mara have been selected for their proximity to the river where the wildebeest and zebra generally cross from the Serengeti. Morning and afternoon game drives in open sided camp vehicles.

Kichwa Tembo Tented Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Morning and afternoon game drives in open sided camp vehicles.

Kichwa Tembo Tented Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)



Bid sad farewell to the inspiring African bush and board a short flight back to Nairobi. Upon arrival you will then connect to your international departure. (Breakfast) 

If you are not ready to say goodbye, consider adding on to your trip. Take a look at the reviews for Tanzania safari page for additional ideas and travel reviews.


Starting Price 

This trip is customizable for your private travel.

What's Included 

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all guided tours and activities (dependent on season)
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.

What's Not Included 

International airfare; travel insurance; passport and visa fees; airport departure taxes, unless noted; excess baggage charges; meals and beverages other than those specified in the itinerary; optional activities; personal expenses such as laundry and communication charges. Gratuities are not included for local guides and are at the traveler’s discretion; gratuities should be based on the level of satisfaction of the services received. Recommended guidelines for each safari will be provided with our pre-tour documentation.