Without a doubt, one of the most amazing nature events on earth is the massive seasonal movement of creatures that is Africa’s Great Migration. To witness hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra traversing the Maasai Mara with predators in pursuit has no parallel on the planet – and that’s why, if you’re making a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Africa to see the migration, you need to be sure you’re choosing a full, intimate, close-up experience of this stunning phenomenon. Many companies tack the word “migration” onto their trip name, but their guests actually end up in crowded parks, cramped vehicles and large safari lodges far from wildlife corridors. Here’s why you should see the migration with Nat Hab!
- The Most In-Depth Migration Itinerary
Compare itineraries – we spend 7 full days in the Maasai Mara at the peak of the migration, in two different locations where wildlife is most prolific – both in the heart of the national reserve and in the Mara Naboisho private conservancy. You won’t find a fuller immersion in the very epicenter of the migration!
- Our Own Safari Operation Gives You Important Peace of Mind
The vast majority of African safaris sold are outsourced to distant operators who handle a stream of new guests every day. In contrast, we construct every component of your safari, then ensure that you are personally guided from start to finish by Nat Hab's own highly trained Safari Expedition Leaders. With our own NHA-owned safari company in East Africa, our guests can have the utmost confidence in the quality and safety of our operations. We won’t be handing you off to someone else – our reputation depends on your safari’s success!
- Private Camps for Seclusion & Wildlife Proximity
Many “migration safaris” stay at big safari lodges far removed from the migration itself, having to travel each day to find the herds. Our exclusive camps, in contrast, are located in remote areas near the animals! Our private mobile camp within the Maasai Mara is in a little-visited region of the reserve, yet water and good grass keep herds nearby. Our camp is also very near the Mara and Talek rivers where we may witness exciting river crossings with frequent predator-prey interactions. Our other camp, located in the private Mara Naboisho Conservancy, borders the national reserve and sees few other visitors.
- Small Groups Mean Better Wildlife Encounters
We travel with a maximum of 10 guests. Many Kenya safaris take groups of 20 or more. Small groups mean we get closer to the herds, have better photo opportunities, and our experience is enriched by more personalized interpretation from our Expedition Leaders as we watch the wildlife action side by side.
- Plenty of Space in Our Vehicles!
On this trip every guest has their own window seat for unimpeded views and photography, plus easy access to roof hatches. We limit the number of guests in each vehicle to just 5, though we often have even less on board. In contrast, many other companies use crowded mini-buses, which aren't nearly as comfortable or mobile when it comes to getting close to the herds.
- Exclusive Safari Activities on a Private Reserve
Most migration safaris stay strictly within the national reserve. Ours, however, also includes the private Mara Naboisho Conservancy, where we have the opportunity for guided bush walks, off-road exploration and nighttime wildlife drives in search of nocturnal wildlife, as well as cultural encounters. None of these activities is available within the national parks.
- Fly to and from the Bush
Many safari companies transport you to and from the Maasai Mara from Nairobi by vehicle – meaning long, dusty drives over rough roads. We fly both ways, maximizing time for what you have come to Kenya for: wildlife viewing on safari!
- The World's Finest Safari Guides
Natural Habitat Adventures is known worldwide for employing the finest naturalists on the planet! In Kenya, rather than using less qualified local camp guides at each stop, or an inexperienced safari guide as a trip escort, our NHA Safari Expedition Leaders are the most highly trained guides in Africa and dedicated to providing highly personalized service. With our groups from beginning to end, our Expedition Leaders average more than 15 years' guiding experience each. Their training is further enhanced by WWF’s premier scientists. See Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Superior Safari Experience
Natural Habitat Adventures offers an exclusive guarantee, which clearly states that we will meet the lofty expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We care deeply about our planet, just as you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100-percent offset – Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company.
- Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund – the world's leading environmental conservation organization – has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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