Great Migration Safari

12 Day Great Migration Safari

Embark on this 12-day Great Migration Safari, traversing the major parks of Kenya and Tanzania, the Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti and Masai Mara. Explore the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara Park, and Tarangire National Park. 

Tour Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi 

Arrival at Nairobi Airport where you will be collected by a private Kenya & Tanzania Migration Safari driver/guide and transferred to your Nairobi accommodation. Accommodation at Hotel Boulevard.

Day 2: Nairobi – Masai Mara 

After breakfast, head to the floor of the Rift Valley to Masai Mara to start the Kenya & Tanzania Migration Safari –  as we set out, first scenic views will be the spectacular escarpments and expansive floors of the valley laden with patches of whistling thorn acacia plants.

The valley gradually gives way to rolling shrubland, with predominantly wooded bushland and riverine vegetation along the streams and dry riverbeds. You will arrive in time for lunch; thereafter have an afternoon game drive before returning to the camp for relaxation. 

Accommodation and meals at Mara Sopa Lodge

Day 3: Game safari in the Mara 

Breakfast and then with a Kenya & Tanzania Migration Safari-packed lunch, head out to Maasai Mara National Park. The Masai Mara is famed for the annual migration of wildebeest and zebras and the Big Five.

This starts around July and ends here in late October when the game crosses the Mara.  Look out for encounters with lions, zebras, antelopes, giraffes, gazelles, elephants, leopards, and buffaloes. Accommodation and meals at Mara Sopa Lodge

Day  4: Game safari in the Mara 

Once again you will traverse the reserve on a full day of unlimited game viewing encountering the big five and more of the lesser game. You shall visit the Mara river where you may watch hippos & crocodiles or maybe the great migration. OR Get an opportunity to experience a hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara plains as you watch the game (extra cost).

Accommodation and meals at Mara Sopa Lodge

Day 5: Masai Mara – Border – Serengeti  National Park

After breakfast, check out and head for a long day’s drive from the Mara to the Tanzania border and onto the Serengeti National Park with packed lunches. At the Tanzania border, you will get customs clearance to cross over to Tanzania for this part of the Tanzania Migration Safari. Proceed to your accommodation at Serengeti Sopa Lodge

Day 6: Game safari in Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, head for a game viewing drive along the Sogore River Circuit, which loops into the plains south of the Seronera River, a great option for viewing lions, gazelles, topis, ostrich, and cheetah sightings.

Enjoy a relaxed picnic lunch before heading to the Kopjes Circuit, around the Maasai Kopjes, which usually attract several lions and some formidably large cobras.

Accommodation and Meals at Chaka Camp

 Optional: Early morning head out for a Balloon flight. View the Serengeti plains from a hot air balloon followed by a champagne breakfast on the landing site. Note: Chaka Camp is a semi-tented camp that moves seasonally following the Migration Patterns.

Day 7: Game safari in Northern Serengeti 

After breakfast, it’s time for yet another Kenya & Tanzania Migration Safari experience with a full day in Northern Serengeti where from July, August to September, the Mara River in northern Serengeti affords the most dramatic river crossings.

You will have game drives with packed lunches or start early with a game drive with a packed breakfast before returning to the lodge for a hot lunch and rest before heading out on an afternoon game drive. Accommodation and meals at Chaka Camp

Day 8: Northern – Central Serengeti – Ngorongoro NP

After breakfast, you will have an early morning game drive in northern Serengeti then make your way back down to central Serengeti in the Seronera Valley with vast populations of bovids and predators that remain even after the spectacular hordes of the wildebeests and zebras have gone.

You will proceed to Naabi gate and then continue your drive through the Ngorongoro conservation area to the Ngorongoro crater. Accommodation and meals at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Day 9: Ngorongoro  Crater Game Safari

After breakfast, you will descend 600m into the crater for game drives. The Ngorongoro Crater is famed as ‘Africa’s Eden’ and the ‘8th Natural Wonder of the World. It is the largest unbroken un-flooded caldera in the world, the Ngorongoro Crater 19 km long by 16 km wide by 1km deep.

The Ngorongoro Crater is home to a resident Pride of Lions, the biggest tusked elephants in Tanzania, and is home to one of the few concentrated populations of Rhino. There are about 25,000 large mammals residing in the park.  Accommodation and meals at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Day 10: Ngorongoro  – Lake Manyara 

After breakfast depart for the 10th day of the Kenya & Tanzania Migration Safari towards Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive of this very diverse park. This park has the highest concentration of monkeys in north Tanzania and is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park), located at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment.

The park’s habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, tree-climbing lions, large flocks of flamingos baboons, vervet monkeys, impalas, wildebeest, zebras, hippos, giraffes and buffaloes. Thereafter proceed to the lodge for relaxation. Accommodation and meals at Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp

Day 11: Lake Manyara  -Arusha 

After breakfast, head back to Arusha town. You may have a sightseeing tour in Arusha. Head to Arusha Central Market, Arusha Museum Center, the Tanzanite Museum, and the Masai Market on this day and get more insight into the way of life in Tanzania’s city center. 

Accommodation and meals at African Tulip

Day 12: Departure 

After breakfast explore the Arusha town Museum then lunch before setting off for Kilimanjaro Airport for your departure flight back home.


  • Ground transportation in a safari customized 4WD with gasoline/fuel,
  • Mineral water in the vehicle,
  • Services of an English speaking Driver/guide,
  • Accommodation as shown at the lodges mentioned in the itinerary,
  • Meals as shown (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner),
  • All Park Entrance Fees


  • International Airfares; Excess baggage charges;
  • Ugandan Entry Visa Fees
  • Beverages, Communications charges (telephone, fax, internet), Laundry, etc.;
  • Postage fees, Porterage fees, Tips, and Gratuities for your Driver/guide and hotel staff,
  • Optional activities unless specified as included,
  • Any other services not expressly shown in the itinerary or indicated as included.

End of the Kenya & Tanzania Migration Safari.