See the greatest wildlife show on Earth

For the sheer volume of wildlife, there’s nothing quite like the Annual Great Migration. The largest mass movement of land mammals on Earth, this annual cycle sees over one million stampeding wildebeest and other grazing herbivores journey around 1800 miles from the Serengeti in Tanzania over the border into Kenya’s Maasai Mara and back. When the masses arrive, lines of animals stretch across the plains as far as the eye can see. High above, vultures and eagles soar; in the long grasses, lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena lie in wait. The most dramatic moments take place at the Mara River, which bisects the reserve and must be crossed to reach new grazing ground. This provides the ultimate test, with strong currents and predatory crocodiles lying in wait. Once the first animal has plunged into the waters, thousands follow.

When to see the Migration in Africa

To see the herds, you’ll need to visit at the right time. Driven by ancient instinct, a rough pattern occurs each year as the herds follow the rains to secure a good water supply and fertile grass. The migration can usually be seen in the Maasai Mara from July to September, and August is typically the best month to witness river crossings. In some years, the migration can also be seen here during October – when there’s the benefit of fewer vehicles witnessing the river crossings, too.

In the Serengeti, the best time to see the herds is typically October to July. You’ll also need to be in the right part of the Serengeti at the right time. The park is huge, so if you’re staying in a lodge in the southern Serengeti while the herds are in the western corridor, it’s possible to miss them completely. Lodges in the central Serengeti are ideal for witnessing the herds passing through on their way to and from the Mara. Camps in the western corridor offer the chance to watch the herds crossing the Grumeti River, while at camps in the northern Serengeti such you’ll be closer to the famous Mara River and could view the migration well into October.

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Leopard Safari

This is an extensive and beautiful journey across Kenya. You’ll travel in a 4x4 vehicle to many of the main parks, culminating in the rolling plains of the Maasai Mara. As well as wildlife viewing, in...

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Porini Wilderness Safari

This is the ultimate itinerary for an authentic, adventurous and responsible safari. With Porini, it’s all about wildlife conservation and sustainable tourism – they use local guides and lease Maasai ...

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Cheetah Safari

The Cheetah Safari is our most popular itinerary, covering a wide area and showcasing the very best of Kenya including Samburu, the Rift Valley, and the world-famous rolling plains and big cats of the...

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Governors' Safari

It’s all about big cats and the Big Five on this classic six-night safari. Travel to a colonial farmhouse where you can explore two of the Great Rift Valley lakes. Then fly over the rolling plains to ...

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Samburu & Mara Family Safari

With stays in fantastic kid-friendly camps, this short safari has been created for families. Visit two of Kenya’s breathtaking national parks – Samburu and the Maasai Mara – and make memories together...

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Taste of Kenya

Taste of Kenya offers a wonderful introduction to this wild country. Travel to the Eastern Rift Valley’s scenic lakes, best known for their birdlife and large rhino herds. Then head deep into the worl...

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Kenya & Tanzania Safari

This extensive safari combines our Taste of Kenya and Taste of Tanzania itineraries. The Mara-Serengeti eco-system is one of the richest on Earth and you’ll get to experience both sides of the border....

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Kenya in Style

This luxury safari takes in Kenya’s breathtaking lakes, mountains and most iconic wildlife reserve, staying at exclusive hotels and camps along the way. After travelling to the foothills of Mount Keny...

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Classic Tanzania Safari

The Classic Tanzania Safari offers the ultimate all-round experience of Tanzania’s popular northern circuit. It combines quality lodges that sit in fantastic locations with scenic overland journeys an...

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Elewana Sky Safari

Safaris don’t come much better than this. Travel in style between northern Tanzania’s game-rich parks, in a bespoke Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft.

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Essential Tanzania

A great introduction to Tanzania’s must-see highlights – the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. See superb wildlife like big cats and elephants, and stay in scenic lodges close to the action. This short...

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Taste of Tanzania

This concise safari is ideal for those seeking to discover the highlights of northern Tanzania, including the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater and open savannah of the Serengeti. With lovely lodges to s...

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Ultimate Tanzania

This breathtaking overland journey offers the ultimate safari experience in Tanzania. Highlights include discovering the dry savannah of Tarangire, the animal-rich plains of the Serengeti and the beau...

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Under Serengeti Skies

An authentic wildlife-rich safari where the highlight is three nights under the stars in a semi-permanent camp inside the Serengeti.

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Unsurpassed Tanzania

This luxury twin-centre safari stays at two extra special properties, using them as a base to explore the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti.

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Tanzania in Style

Discover the highlights of Tanzania’s national parks – including the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater and the wildlife-rich plains of the Serengeti – without compromising on comfort. Tanzania in Style s...

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Tanzania Migration

This Northern Circuit safari visits the incredible Ngorongoro Crater, elephant hot spot of Tarangire National Park and wildlife-rich Serengeti. Two Serengeti stops – central plus northern or southern ...

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This annual cycle sees over one million wildebeest and other grazing herbivores journey 1800 miles from the Serengeti to the Maasai Mara.

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The Big Five refers to Africa’s most dangerous animals: the lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhino.

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