Luxury Great Migration Safaris
Unforgettable scenes of mother nature at her most impressive
Every year, nearly 1.5 million wildebeest and 300,000 zebra make the long trek north from Tanzania’s Serengeti Plains to Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve driven by the rains in search of food and water.
These huge herds are followed by Africa’s most impressive hunters – lions, leopards, hyenas and wild dogs – who eagerly watch for the right moment to pick off the young, old, weak and tired. If you’re not faint-hearted, Great Migration Safaris give guests an excellent chance to witness the circle of life in action.
You won’t fail to be awestruck by the sight of hundreds of animals gathering on the plains or crowding to cross the Grumeti River in Tanzania and the Mara River in Kenya, braving the crocodiles who lie in wait.
July to October is the best time to see the migration in Kenya, while for the rest of the year the excitement takes place in Tanzania. Our experts can place you at the best luxury camps for your travel period. Let us build you a well-rounded trip, designed to give you the finest views of the migration while also making sure that you get a relaxing safari experience.
Seeing a wildebeest river crossing during the migration is a once in a lifetime experience for most of us, and you want to get it right. You want to be in the right place at the right time, staying at the right camp. The Serengeti is mercifully free of most of the chaos seen at crossings in Kenya’s Masai Mara where vehicles jockey for position.
Some example trips to inspire you
Popular lodges and camps for The Great Migration
- Singita Explore Tented Camp$$$$$Singita Explore is a return to the very essence of safari. This exclusive mobile camp treads lightly on 350,000 private acres of Tanzania’s majestic Serengeti, offering completely private, en-suite canvas hideaways that restore true adventure to days in the wilderness. Luxurious yet uncomplicated, a safari with Singita Explore is pure, distilled Africa. Singita Explore is sold on an exclusive use basis and available all year round. The best location is selected for the camp site in terms of game viewing and scenery for the time of year. Remote parts of Singita Grumeti Reserves have been identified to offer you a true wilderness experience in confident luxury. Singita Explore offers a total of 6 tents and 2 mess areas. This means that two individual mobile camps may be run at the same time.
- Governors' Camp$$$$$Reputed to be the first tented camp in Africa, Governors’ Camp has a prime location in this mighty game reserve and a long history of authentic Mara safaris. Sitting right on the Mara River on the edge of the Paradise Plain, where the best game is to be found, the camp is unfenced and animals do wander through, and it’s quite likely you will also come across the camp’s habituated warthog. Being established since 1972, Governors’ has a long-standing reputation for delivering authentic and very comfortable safaris in the Masai Mara. Its collection of 37 tents all come with private verandahs and en-suite bathrooms. Meals are either al fresco buffet-style, or served in an atmospheric gaslamp lit dining tent. These and twice-daily game drives are included in your stay, with more diverse activities on offer should you like.
- Legendary Serengeti Mobile Camp$$$$$While this luxury mobile camp travels around the Serengeti National Park throughout the year following the migration, Legendary Serengeti Camp always enjoys a scenic and remote setting, deep in the bush. The Legendary Group has set up a conservation fund that helps do good work protecting the area’s wildlife from poachers. The fund also does a lot to support the local communities. Eleven comfortable en-suite tents make up the accommodation here, split between two camps, each with its own private dining and bar area is also provided. Guests can overlook the vast Tanzanian plains, where the Great Migration takes place, from the comfort of their tent. During thrilling wildlife activities witness the huge herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle as you explore the diverse and spectacular landscape alongside expert guides. For an extra special safari adventure, at certain time of the year, you have the chance to take a hot air balloon ride to experience the wilderness from a truly breath-taking perspective, and, depending on the camp’s location, venture out on walking safaris. Generally, the camp can found in the west of the Serengeti National Park from May to July, relocating north between July and November, then set up south in the private Maswa Game Reserve from December to April.
- Legendary Mwiba Tented Camp$$$$$Just outside the southern Serengeti’s boundaries in its own private reserve , this twelve-person tented camp combines comfort with that crucial sense of real adventure. Rustic and authentic, embark on expertly led daily game drives, plus the chance to ‘sleep out’ under the stars on a canopy platform, take walking safaris, bush dining, picnics and wider afield activities such as ancient rock art sites and the local Makao Village and surrounding tribes. Mwiba is famous as a reserve for its fresh water spring system bringing in lots of thirsty game and vibrant birdlife.
- Rekero Camp$$$$$Rekero is a peaceful nine-tent camp that lies in the heart of Kenya’s Maasai Mara, on the banks of the Talek River. The camp is spread down the river from a large bend in the river to an ancient wildebeest crossing point which sits in front of a large mess tent. The interiors are spacious with comfortable beds and each tent enjoys river views from the veranda. The rear of the tent leads to a tented bathroom with a flush toilet, a sink and a safari shower. A team of safari chefs prepare fresh and tasty home-style meals for guests during their stay. Meals are enjoyed out on game drives, by the water’s edge under the shade of an African Pepper tree or by candlelight in the open mess tent higher up the bank. The area plays host not only to an extraordinary concentration and diversity of wildlife but also to one of mother nature’s greatest spectacles: the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra across the Serengeti/Mara eco system. Even when the migration is not here, there is plenty of resident game to ensure that even in low season it is still one of the finest wildlife locations in Africa. Rekero’s bush guides are widely recognised to be among the best in East Africa. They undergo a long period of professional training beyond the learning of guiding skills to fully understand the complexity and demands of delivering quality service at the very highest level. Game drives in the park are all done in the company of these experts who can also share their culture in this extraordinary setting.
- Serian Serengeti North$$$$$This seasonal camp (set up only from mid-June to mid-November) provides the perfect migration experience for a hands-on family or group of friends.The camp itself lies in the Serengeti National Park, north of the Mara River near the Lamai Wedge, sitting in a hidden valley of the Wogakuria and is perfectly placed for the dramatic Mara river wildebeest spectacle. Each of the 8 comfortable and spacious tents has an en-suite bathroom with a flushing toilet and bucket shower and there’s 24-hour generator-powered electricity throughout. The candle-lit mess tent provides an elegant area for dining. Comfortable and jovial, the atmosphere at Serian Serengeti North is noticeably relaxed, informal and carries a real sense of adventure. For larger groups, the entire camp can easily be hired exclusively with the private use of the game vehicle. Serian Serengeti North Camp boasts expert guides who will bring you to follow the herds and their accompanying predators as they negotiate the crossing. The vicinity of the camp also hosts a good variety of game, especially big cats. Guests at Serian will receive exclusive use of a private safari vehicle and guide at no extra cost.
- Sayari Camp$$$$$A larger scale of luxury based in the northern part of the Serengeti, Sayari has 15 permanent raised-deck tents with wide deck verandas that overlook the bushy scrubland around the camp. The tents are palatial, with very comfortable beds and a large bath, ideal for sinking into after a great day of sightseeing. The camp has a rather grand feel to it with spacious decking and intricately decorated areas that you can lounge in and relax when you aren’t out on game drives. Service is of a high standard and this is definitely one of the most luxurious camps in the North Serengeti.
- Sala's Camp$$$$$Location is everything at Sala’s Camp. Nestled in the Maasai Mara National Park, but in a very remote southern-central corner of it on the tranquil banks of the Sand River, Sala’s boasts the most private of safari experiences within the reserve’s borders. The camp works in close conjunction with various wildlife projects in the area, so you can be sure your visit is making a difference. The camp features 11 tents including two family tents and two honeymoon tents. All feature private plunge pools and en-suite bathrooms with hot showers, running water and flushing loos. Sala’s enjoys wonderful views across the northern Tanzanian corridor and Serengeti National Park, and it is one of the first camps in the Mara to witness the Great Migration. Your daily game drives are personalised to guests, depending on what you would most like to see, and the Mara River for the famed river crossings is only a 25-minute drive away. The food is impossibly sophisticated for your surrounds, all in all holding true to the camp’s philosophy of combining tradition with elegance. Sala’s is also a wonderful camp for families. All children receive a welcome pack with games, paint sets and quizzes about the wildlife and the camp and kids can play in the shallow Sand River under the watchful eye of a Maasai askari.
- Serian Nkorombo$$$$$A wonderful, intimate camp set inside the national reserve. The service here is very personal with just five tents each with their own private vehicle and guide. Situated on a private riverside site in the Maasai Mara Reserve this quaint characterful camp overlooks the rushing Mara River. Accommodation is basic but comfortable in traditional Selous style tents with en-suite bathrooms hosting flush toilets and bucket showers. In the evenings guests come together for family dining in the stylish mess tent or in the dappled shade of the Orange Croton bushes on the riverbank. The communal lounge tent has snug sofas and Raj-style carpets creating a cosy and homely feeling. The outdoor barbecue regularly does service at dinner time. This is the camp for those seeking a down to earth, authentic bush experience where you can witness wildlife on the river while relaxing in the comfort of this peaceful riverside site. Guests at Serian will receive exclusive use of a private safari vehicle and guide at no extra cost.