Great Migration Safaris

What is the Great Migration?

The Great Migration is one of the natural wonders of the world in which 2.5 million wildebeest, zebras, antelopes, gazelles and other animals rotate in a circular clockwise movement in mass from month-to-month from one area in the Serengeti to another over 600 miles annually. Great Migration tours are the greatest animal show on earth and one of its most uniquely distinctive patterns of animal migrations to be found. This is the result of the confluence of a wide open plain of fertile volcanic soil that produces highly concentrated phosphorus low grasses the wildebeest need to eat to survive and a water pattern animals migrate to at different seasons of the year. To watch the Great Migration Safari, you will travel to locations where the herd is located in the Serengeti when you visit.

Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Map

Best Times to See the Great Migration

As the illustration to the right shows, the Great Migration is in the Tanzania’s Serengeti for approximately 10 months of the year (October-end of July) and in Kenya’s Maasai Mara approximately 2 months of the year( (August-September), so the best time for a Great Migration tours in the Serengeti is during the 10 month period. Nevertheless, even when the Great Migration is in Kenya’s Maasai Mara, many of the Great Migration animals (wildebeest and zebra) can still be seen throughout Tanzania throughout the whole year as not all of the Great Migration animals accompany the herd on the migration.

Animals In the Great Migration

Different animals within the Great Migration play different roles. Though wildebeest constitute the majority of the animals, the zebra leads the way as they have a superior memory of where they passed the previous year. Their natural instincts and memory are the survival mechanism for the entire herd.

Why the Great Migration is Called the 8th Wonder of the World

A Great Migrations safari is an opportunity to witness this spectacle of life unfolds which is one of the greatest animal life phenomena on earth. This scene is unique, natural, and occurs no where else in the world. It occurs repeatedly year after year following the same sequence.

Migration safari packages are longer than the Big Five safari package

You can see the Big Five but the main target is watching the Great Migration. Great Migration packages provide the opportunity to visit various locations within the Serengeti National Park ecosystem depending where the Great Migration is located.

  • Western Serengeti (April-June) towards Lake Victoria along the great Grumeti River.
  • Northern Serengeti (July-August) along the Bologonja and Mara rivers.
  • Eastern Serengeti (September-early October)
  • Southern Serengeti (October-December) for calving season.
  • Southwestern Serengeti (January-March)

Great Migration Safari Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Guests arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) will be met by a Tanzania Roadside Expeditions representative who will brief and transfer guests to the hotel/lodge in Arusha for dinner and overnight.

You will be accommodated in one of the lodges:

  • Budget: Meru View Lodge
  • Classic: Moivaro Lodge
  • Luxury: Arumeru River Lodge

Day 2

After breakfast we will depart on our drive to Ngorongoro Conservation area and descend into the Ngorongoro Crater floor for full day game viewing. Ngorongoro Crater is a 100 square mile collapsed volcano with an abundance of wildlife. It is the home to over 30,000 large animals, almost half of the total animals being wildebeest and zebra. Cape buffalo, elephant, lion, hippo, warthog, ostrich, hyena, bushbuck, waterbuck, reedbuck, jackal, and huge of Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles are easily seen on the crater floor. In the evening, we drive back to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

You will be accommodated in one of the properties below:

  • Budget: Kudu Lodge
  • Classic: Ngorongoro Farm House
  • Luxury: Gibbs’ Farm

Day 3

After breakfast we will depart for the Serengeti via the Ngorongoro Highlands. You will have the opportunity to see scenery within Ngorongoro highlands with multiple land usages. Maasai with their livestock graze in this protected area. The drive to the Serengeti will be a game drive.

You will be accommodated in one of these accommodations:

  • Budget: Moivaro Tented Lodge
  • Classic: Katikati Tented Lodge
  • Luxury: Serena Lodge

Day 4

After breakfast, get ready for a full day of game viewing in the Serengeti Plains wherever the migration is at the time you visit. You will have the opportunity to explore the Serengeti endless plain and the “Big Seven”: lion, leopard, elephant, Cape buffalo, cheetah, rhino and African hunting dog.

You will be accommodated in one of these accommodations:

  • Budget: Moivaro Tented Lodge
  • Classic: Katikati Tented Lodge
  • Luxury: Serena Lodge

Day 5

After breakfast, we will begin a full day of game viewing and locate the wildebeest migration and other wildlife game.

After a long day you will be accommodated in one of the following properties:

  • Budget: Budget: Moivaro Tented Lodge
  • Classic: Katikati Tented Lodge
  • Luxury: Serena Lodge

Day 6

Transfer to the Seronera airport for the flight to Arusha. For the budget safari, you will have your breakfast and drive back to Arusha. There will be a day use room accommodation and early dinner Prior to your transfer to the international airport to fly back home.

Day use room accommodation:

  • Budget: New Arusha Hotel
  • Classic: Moivaro Lodge
  • Luxury: Arumeru River Lodge or coffee lodge

Included:

Full board bases accommodations at the lodges during your safari. Private transport (with no mile / kilometer restriction) in a 4×4 vehicle with roof hatches will be provided along with VHF radio, a GSM contact with our base in Arusha , an English speaking driver/guide, park entry fees, crater fee and the mineral water.

NOTE: We do not have control over government taxes (park fees and airport taxes). We will try our best to keep the accommodation as mentioned but in case of over booking, we will provide a different accommodation of the same quality.

Not included:

Tips, drinks, personal expenses, travel insurance, airport taxes, visas and international airline ticket.

OFFER: All transfers are free.