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Witness the world’s top wildlife show: the Great Migration

Track million-strong herds from the comfort of your 4×4 and witness this timeless wildlife spectacle in its various stages…

By Malcolm Holcroft
Africa Travel Expert for Alfred&

The Serengeti is a grand stage for the world’s top wildlife show: The Great Migration. This epic event sees millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle make their yearly journey from the Serengeti into Kenya’s Maasai Mara, following life-giving rains and lush grasslands. Track their quest from the comfort of your 4×4 and witness this timeless wildlife spectacle in its various stages – from mass calving on the southern plains to early summer’s scramble north, complete with dangerous crossings over the crocodile-infested Grumeti River.

What’s special about watching the migration in the Serengeti, rather than the Maasai Mara, is that you don’t just get one chance to follow the action. Visit between December and March and you’ll see millions of baby wildebeest nursing on the short-grass plains, or watch the drama of the herds on the move between June and October when they funnel north like a parade of ants. Your guide will know the best places to catch a glimpse of the show – some safari camps have even adopted a mobile set-up, meaning they can migrate right alongside the herds.

Nothing can quite prepare you for this world-famous wildlife display. Known as the largest mass movement of land animals on the planet, the herds move as one snorting, thundering sea of hooves across the parched savannah. It’s a wonder best appreciated from above on a hot air balloon ride or while swooping in to land at your safari camp in a private Cessna. More exciting still are the famed river crossings which bring heart-in-the-mouth moments as the herds stream across the Grumeti, chased from behind by big cats while Nile crocodiles lie ahead, jaws ready to snap. It’s the ultimate safari experience.


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Alfred & Malcolm Holcroft

Malcolm has spent over 25 years exploring the world. His passion for wildlife meant he always wanted to experience a true safari. And where better to do so than in Africa! Trips to Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa have gained him specialist knowledge of the destinations, as well as the incredible wildlife residing there. A couple of standout memories are the tranquility of Ol Pejeta rhino sanctuary and the drama of witnessing a cheetah kill in the Mara.

Plan your holiday withAlfred&

Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Gemma, who's travelled extensively in Tanzania. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it on their own. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife, the village chiefs who'll give you a genuine insight into local life and the camp managers who can recommend the very best spot to enjoy your sundowner.

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