Ultimate Great Migration Safari & Zanzibar
An expert and extensive great migration safari experience of the Masaai Mara & Serengeti, with a relaxing finale on Zanzibar's exotic beaches
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- Return international flights from the UK
- All internal flights
- All private ground transfers
- All accommodation with breakfast (some hotels may include further meals)
- All tours specified in the itinerary description
At a glance
This epic African safari trip encompasses an exhilarating and luxurious week-long migration experience at two of the most exclusive and game-rich areas of the neighbouring Maasai Mara and Serengeti reserves. Giving you a safari shared with little else than the animals you encounter. After this you can unwind on the exotic white beaches of Zanzibar.
Beginning with the grand wilderness, spend your days stalking game as huge herds of wildebeest perform their annual migration – with the predators following close in their shadows. We can organise private, personalised safari activities for you, while your luxury accommodation provides both exclusive space and comfort.
Conclude your trip in a haven of relaxation in the Indian Ocean’s azure waters. With rainbow coloured reefs, a rich history and fine white sands, we can tailor this part of the trip to you, giving you the freedom to do as much or as little as you like.
Example Trip Itinerary
On arrival at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, clear Kenyan customs and immigration formalities and proceed to the arrivals hall where you will be met by your Jacada representative and assisted with your luggage to your waiting private vehicle.
Private transfer from Nairobi international airport to Wilson airport
Light aircraft flight from Wilson airport to nearest Mara Conservancy airstrip
Camps in the Mara Conservancies
- 4 Luxury Tents
- 1 Luxury Family Tent
Alex Walker has been guiding and organizing expert safaris throughout East Africa for over 25 years and this camp was the first of many, hence, ‘The Original’. Serian, meaning ‘peaceful, calm, serene’ in the Maasai language, perfectly captures the essence of this camp, perched on the edge of Mara River in the Mara North Conservancy There are five vast marquees atop beautiful hardwood decking, including one family suite. Each is unique and all are furnished with elegant simplicity and homely touches. Beautiful bush bathrooms offer views over the river valley from the bathtub, with an airy feeling blending the divide between indoors and out. The thatched mess area and its stunning view sit at the camp’s heart. Here you’ll enjoy wonderful dishes created with ingredients from the manager’s own organic garden, and get cosy around the fire as the night cools. Of course, the main focus is the safari experience and each group has their own custom safari vehicle with a dedicated guide and spotter, giving you the freedom to spend your drives seeking out what you want and more flexibility with times. On night drives, spot animals with red-filtered bulbs before watching active predators on the hunt through special infrared cameras, meaning you are essentially invisible. Walking here is also a speciality, and you can head out with a guide in to a private no-vehicle zone where you are likely to have close encounters with elephant, buffalo, hippo as well as more rare species like Chandler’s mountain reedbuck, klipspringer and oribi.
- 14 canvas pavilions
- Swimming pool
- Organic gardens
- Mini spa
- Kids club
Olonana is located on a private section of the Mara River, offering you spectacular views of the animals as they wander down the banks each day. What makes this camp extra special is its relationship with local communities and its efforts to be as environmentally responsible as possible. Fourteen canvas pavilions are dotted along the river, each one extremely spacious with parquet flooring and four poster beds. With a modern spin this lodge has a library that you can enjoy and it even has a pool for an afternoon dip. And, if you feel like you need some extra pampering, you could wander down to the mini spa for some traditional African treatments with the bush as your soundtrack. Besides the usual fantastic game drives where you can see the big five and more than 300 bird species, you will also have the chance to enjoy a nature work outside the reserve. These are hugely educational and your guides will point out the most remarkable things, from animal tracks and spoor to sights where lions have marked their territory. As the lands are not only home to game, you can also visit a Maasai village for some cultural insight into the traditional lives that these remarkable people lead. This is a fabulous camp for families as there is a kids club and a range of special activities. Expert guides will take children out on game drives and accompany them to the nearby Maasai village where they will learn how to make and shoot a traditional bow and arrow, make a fire, build a hut, herding cattle to name a few. Kids will also be able to interact with the local children while playing football together, learn Maasai songs and traditional dances. Other activities include going out on a nature trail where they will learn about animal footprint identification or enjoy a bush treasure hunt followed by planting their own tree.
- 6 Safari Tents
- 2 Guide Tents
- Solar Power
Richard’s Forest Camp is an excellent safari under canvas experience. Located in the Northern Area of the Greater Masai Mara, Richard’s Forest Camp started out as a family home for the Robert’s Family, and Richard himself was brought up in camp. Today, the comfortable tents offer a traditional safari experience with excellent guiding from the local Masai. Positioned on the edge of a forest overlooking the open plains of the Maasai Mara, Richard’s Forest Camp is a secluded and intimate tented camp. There are seven spacious tents furnished in a comfortable safari style in a pleasant wooded area. Tents have 24-hour solar lighting and en-suite bathrooms with flushing loos. After a day of game viewing with the camp’s exceptional guides, enjoy hot showers and cocktails around the open camp fire, followed by a delicious three course dinner under a canopy of stars. If the evening is a little chillier than normal, curl up in the cosy sitting room with a roaring log fire.
- 7 Luxury Safari Tents
- Private vehicles with professional Canon camera equipment
- Swarovski binoculars and Canon camera equipment in each tent
- Relais & Châteaux member
Just north of the Maasai Mara Reserve, in the 30,000 acre private Olare Motorogi Conservancy, this Relais & Châteaux camp offers you outstanding game experiences without the restrictions that the reserve itself imposes on other lodges. In addition, each guest’s stay helps to contribute to various conservation and community projects. This conservancy adds a huge plus factor due to the privacy and minimal vehicle traffic within it. You can easily access the Maasai Mara Reserve, but the game in the conservation area is just as excellent. Leopard are regularly spotted passing through the camp and lions can often be heard in the distance. The camp only has 7 canvas tents, each raised up on decks to improve the views over the stretch of land before you. The canvas tents all open to three sides giving an airy feel to your bush experience and are luxuriously and tastefully decorated. Private verandas are ideal for that ice cold gin and tonic while you relax with beautiful views. Two of the tents are on a common raised deck, which is perfect for families. The game drive vehicles are all completely open which helps you get some phenomenal photographs. In addition to the game, you mustn’t forget that you also have a community nearby that you can visit and witness a genuine working village. A truly marvellous experience.
- Five tents
- One central tent
- This camp can be exclusively hired and even personally hosted by Richard Roberts on request
This is one of Kenya’s ultimate safari experiences for authentic tented luxury. Positioned on the banks of the Njageteck River in the Olare Orok Conservancy for extra seclusion, the nearby Ngoyanai springs provide permanent water, drawing in large numbers of animals to the area around camp. This camp is also particularly known for its resident lion pride. In the arena of the Maasai Mara, a stay here provides the equivalent of VIP seats and service for one of the best wildlife spectacles in the African bush. Five incredibly inviting tents sit open to the bushveld scenery and wildlife sights of the nearby hippo pool. Appointed with warm high-quality linens and antique furnishings the tents also include modern comforts and en suite (outside) bathrooms with 24-hour hot running water.
- 12 luxury tented suites including a family suite
- 24-hour power supply
- Wine cellar
- Spa and fitness facility
- Individual hot tubs
This lovely camp has just twelve luxury tents and one family suite set amid the private Bushtops Conservancy, which border the Maasai Mara. The camp itself is perched on the side of a hill with a scenic valley falling away to one side. It is just 4.5km away from the main gate to access the National Park and within striking distance of the beautiful Mara River, where the famous crossing of the wildebeest and zebra takes please each year during the migration season. Each tent has been located to maximise privacy. They are nestled on the side of the hill with an expansive wooden deck, overlooking the Siana Hills. Each tent is 100 square metres of luxury, equipped with all the necessary comforts. Each deck also boasts a sunken hot tub made from local timber to complete your truly amazing experience here.
Enjoy these protected areas outside the national park with morning and afternoon game drives. You can also choose from a range of optional activities, these will vary depending on your accommodation.
Light Aircraft Flight from Maasai Mara Airstrip to Migori Airstrip
Once you touch down at Migori airstrip, you will take an airline shuttle bus to Tarime airstrip.
Light Aircraft Flight from Tarime Airstrip to Kogatende Airstrip
Private transfer from Kogatende airstrip to Northern Serengeti Lodge
Lodges and Camps in the Northern Serengeti
- 15 Luxury Tented Suites
- Swimming Pool
A larger scale of luxury based in the northern part of the Serengeti, Sayari has 15 permanent raised-deck tents with wide deck verandas that overlook the bushy scrubland around the camp. The tents are palatial, with very comfortable beds and a large bath, ideal for sinking into after a great day of sightseeing. The camp has a rather grand feel to it with spacious decking and intricately decorated areas that you can lounge in and relax when you aren’t out on game drives. Service is of a high standard and this is definitely one of the most luxurious camps in the North Serengeti.
- 20 Luxury Suites
- Swimming Pool
- Wireless Internet Access
Ideally situated right by the famous Grumeti River in the Lobo area of the northern Serengeti, this camp gives you the opportunity to see some fantastic action played out in the natural world. When the migration has continued on their way, the resident animals remain behind and with the river to sustain them they roam the land in great numbers. The camp has 20 extremely spacious suites, all with a modern colonial decor of dark woods and fine detail making them warm and homely. Each tent has a private 180º decking which allows for some magnificent views of the surrounding Serengeti landscape. If you fancy getting involved in the vibe of the camp when you aren’t out witnessing nature’s splendours, you can relax in the extremely comfortable split level lounge or for those who want a nice refreshing dip in the midday heat you can make full use of their lovely swimming pool. If you are intent on seeing the mighty migration, they are present in June/July and return again at the end of October and into November. The Grumeti River is home to huge pods of hippos and crocodiles who are often found basking in the sun when the banks are visible and the water also attracts some great water fowl.
- 12 Rooms in total
- Bar and lounge
- Swimming Pool
- Private Lodge with 4 Rooms and Swimming Pool
Lamai Serengeti Lodge has a pride of place up on a kopje overlooking the vast open Serengeti plains towards the Maasai Mara in Kenya. With just 12 delightfully stylish rooms all perched in, around and on top of the rock, you will be extremely well catered for and feel heartened by this little bit of paradise. Ideally placed to catch sightings of the migration as it attempts to cross the Mara River (July to October), this lodge offers you an experience that is highly sought after in relation to the epic journey of these fantastic beasts. The northern Serengeti, which is where Lamai is perfectly located, is a rather different world to the southern part of the park. With a continuous supply of lush foliage to munch on, the plains game in this area rarely needs to move on in search for greener pastures. This in turn means that the predators don’t have to leave the sanctuary of their territories to hunt and they remain rather smug in the areas around the lodge. Although leopards have a larger territorial space to traverse, they don’t need to exhaust themselves and can sometimes be seen elusively stalking among the kopjes that are so typical of this part of the Serengeti. Not far from the main lodge is a smaller, more private and exclusive lodge which has four rooms and neither lodge has any idea they exist. Each camp has its own pool, dining and lounge areas. Both are classically designed and made to completely fit in with their surroundings. Making use of the rocks they are built on, the rooms are a mix of canvas and more sturdy materials and have spectacular views from on high. Each has its own private viewing deck and veranda for those spectacular sundowners.
- Plunge pool
- Childminding services
- Laundry services
Singita Mara River Tented Camp is located on the northern banks of the world-renowned Mara River in the Lamai triangle and is celebrated for its annual wildebeest migration crossings. The Lamai triangle covers 40,000 hectares (98,000 acres) of the northern most tip of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, neatly slotted between the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya in the north, and the Mara River in the south. The Lamai triangle is a unique area of Tanzania due to its distinctive soil composition resulting in one of the highest year round concentrations of wildlife in the Serengeti National Park. Singita Mara River Tented Camp consciously seeks to eliminate the use of unnecessary energy and non-biodegradable materials. In keeping with this concept, the camp is truly ‘off the grid’ and relies entirely on a custom designed solar power array and uses recycled and natural materials.
- 10 Stone Cottages
- Swimming Pool
- Safari Shop
Just outside the Serengeti National Park in an enormous concession area of 24,500 acres, Klein’s Camp is perched on the edge of the Kuka Hills in the north eastern part of this wonderful ecosystem. Ten rather tastefully decorated stone cottages offer you a luxurious way to spend your nights in this rugged terrain. With a dash of the old colonial influences touching the edges of the lodge, the luxury experienced here is beautifully coupled with the game experiences. The private verandas out in front of your cottage give you the chance to simply sit and sip a gin and tonic watching the world go by, with the animals often wondering through into the camp providing special close encounters. The beautifully furnished bar and lounge area is ideal with a good book and if you fancy a refreshing dip then you could always make use of the crystal clear swimming pool. A variety of landscapes including wide open grasslands, forested riverbanks, wooded hillsides and marshland are home to a whole host of animals and superb birdlife. Elephants love it here and browse the area in their great family herds, mingling between the migratory wildebeest when they arrive each year between July and November. With the Maasai Mara in the north and the Serengeti to the west, this concession has the best of both worlds as the game traverses through and without the park restrictions, night drives can be enjoyed from this lodge as well as guided bush walks.
Spend your days mostly exploring the northern section of the Serengeti on safari tracking the great array of game and wildlife that this vast area offers. If you're there at the right time for the great migration (depending on the season), this is the region where the herds are at their most concentrated because the North Serengeti forms the border with the Famous Maasai Mara of Kenya, and it’s where (if you’re lucky) you’ll see the infamous river crossings. It’s also an area of untamed natural beauty, of rolling hills, rivers, forests and open plains.
Private transfer from Northern Serengeti Lodge to Kogatende airstrip
Light Aircraft Flight from Kogatende Airstrip to Zanzibar Airport
Private transfer from Zanzibar airport to hotel or lodge
Lodges and Hotels in Zanzibar
- 10 Zanzabari Bandas
Mnemba, a small island 4.5 kilometres off the north-eastern coast of Zanzibar, is heaven incarnate. Which makes Mnemba Lodge this nirvana’s only resident hotel and a true desert island escape. Ten luxury Zanzabari banda houses are hidden into the island’s Casuarina pine forest whose cooing wild doves and adorable Suni deer make it a very romantic Swiss Robinson world. Each of the bandas are designed to let as much of the outside in with an open plan set out, walls made of coconut matting rolled up to reveal Indian Ocean views, big beds and sofas dressed in plumped-up white linens, handmade furniture, a dressing room, private verandas and an en-suite bathroom. What’s more, apart from the deer and doves the only other people you share the island with are the other guests and staff. The lodge has enchanted a string of impressive guests from royalty to Silicone Valley tycoons, and it isn’t hard to see why. Dinner is always served on the beach (weather permitting) and both the food and staff are magnificent. Also if you’re afraid you’ll get bored on Mnemba, there’s always the lodge’s good list of activities to sway you: choose from learning how to dive with the lodge’s instructors, to watching turtles nest, fly fishing or kayaking.
- 15 spacious pavilions with private plunge pool
- Bar, lounge and restaurant
- Kilindi spa
- Infinity swimming pool
- Butler room service
By the Indian Ocean’s clear turquoise waters on the north-west coast of Zanzibar, Kilindi Zanzibar sits amidst acres of lush, tropical gardens on a secluded powder-white sand beachfront. 15 domed pavilions, each with a private plunge pool, are intimate individual retreats mixing Arabic architecture and Scandinavian minimalism (after all, the property was original designed for Benny Andersson of ABBA). Large glassless windows look out to the ocean and passing dhows, letting in a cool breeze and the sounds of weaver birds flitting through the greenery. They also feature extraordinary rainfall shower rooms and beds look up to the stars through stained-glass skylights. In the main pavilion a large infinity pool sits next to the bar and an alfresco dining terrace. The beach also makes for an unforgettable setting for dinner. A dedicated personal butler will help arrange meals and organise excursions and activities around the island.
- Four villas
- Private beach
- Private plunge pools
- Spa treatments
- Laundry service
Tucked away in the north-east part of Zanzibar Island, you’ll find the serene Matemwe Retreat, a sister property of Matemwe Lodge and Matemwe Beach House. Enjoying unspoilt views of the Indian Ocean and Mnemba Island, this exclusive hideaway will give you the privacy and seclusion you need to slip into idyllic island life. Just four villas, each with a private plunge pool, and a main lodge make up this luxury beach-side retreat. Constructed by local craftsmen using local materials where possible, the villa’s walls are made of local stone, the roof of Makuti thatch, the furniture of locally produced coconut wood and the soft furnishings are the craftsmanship of Zanzibari women. On the ground floor of your villa, you’ll find a private bar area, a comfortable bedroom and an oversized bathroom complete with an ocean view. Venture out towards the verandah for a comfortable couch and a large hammock from which you can unwind and watch the fishing dhows returning from their day at sea. Ascend to the roof terrace for a dip in your private plunge pool or to sunbath. The main lodge hosts the retreat’s restaurant and can be accessed from the four villas via wooden walkways. The resort has its own fine sand beach where at high tide you can watch fisherman sail across the lagoon in billowing dhows and at low tide a beautiful reef is revealed for you to explore.
- 30 villas
- 2 bars
- 2 restaurants
- Tennis courts
- Swimming pools
- Fitness centre
- Kids Club
Conjuring up Zanzibar’s heady fusion of heritage, Baraza is a sumptuous boutique resort and spa on the shores of one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Located on the island’s south-eastern coastline are Baraza’s thirty ultra-luxe villas designed as simple Swahili-style cement structures and dressed in all the Arabian elegance of intricately carved furniture, giant pillows and handmade antiques all under the warm romantic glow of hanging brass lanterns. The villas come in three sizes with differing views yet all have their own living rooms, music systems and large private terraces with plunge pools. Baraza’s list of services are similarly spoiling; there’s a full spa complete with a large menu of treatments and therapies, a kids club for entertaining smaller members of the family and a watersports club for all sorts of nautical adventures from kitesurfing to paddle boarding and scuba diving courses. There are some good local activities to choose from too and the staff and hospitality at the hotel is really superb. What’s more all this borders Bwejuu beach – voted one of the World’s Top 30 Beaches by Conde Nast Traveller.
- 12 Bungalows
Located in the north eastern part of the island, Matemwe boasts the most idyllic beaches and offers spectacular diving and snorkeling in the Marine Park around the adjacent Mnemba Atoll. Like its sister properties Matemwe Retreat and Matemwe Beach House, this lovely lodge embodies the quintessential beach experience. You’ll enjoy a relaxing atmosphere, friendly and personable staff, massages, cocktails, swimming pools, lush tropical gardens and sumptuous cuisine – fresh seafood being the specialty. As far as activities are concerned, diving and snorkeling feature prominently, with Spice Tours, historic Stone Town excursions and deep sea fishing trips as options for the active beach goer. Matemwe has just twelve spacious chalets each featuring large verandas overlooking the Indian Ocean. This stylish lodge is punctuated with quirky corners and guest areas to relax and enjoy the sun as well as the wonderful view. Lush tropical gardens provide plenty of privacy for tastefully decorated rooms which have been used as models for many houses by inspired guests. This gem on Zanzibar’s main island is the perfect destination to simply relax and unwind.
Zanzibar is the place to relax on palm fringed beaches and white sifted sands and switch off from the world. However if you want to have activities organised from historic tours of Stone Town to fishing trips, your travel designer will be more than happy to arrange some for you.
Private transfer from Zanzibar lodge or hotel to Zanzibar airport
Flight from Zanzibar to Nairobi
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