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Kenya's Great Migration

Follow the Herds Across the Maasai Mara in Africa's Most Celebrated Safari Destination!
No wildlife event on the planet rivals East Africa’s Great Migration for sheer drama. Twice each year the enormous herds, two million strong, make a great circuit across the Serengeti Plains as they travel from Tanzania into Kenya's famed Maasai Mara and back, following the new grass that sprouts with the seasonal rains. To witness the migration in the Mara is on many a safari aficionado's bucket list. Yet when it comes to experiencing it fully, typical group safari packages rarely hit the mark. When you book a custom Kenya migration with us, you can be assured of a close-up encounter with the herds, away from tourist crowds.

Trip Highlights

  • Experience the sensory drama of thousands of animals streaming across the plains as you view the migration from private reserves, far from tourist crowds
  • With expert interpretation from top guides, witness exciting predator-prey interactions as big felines track the migrating herds
  • Stay at exclusive private camps that offer the utmost in comfort and seclusion, including our own deluxe mobile camp for a close-up view on the action

Full Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi, Kenya
Arrive in Kenya’s capital, where you are met on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Your transfer to your accommodations at The Emakoko takes less than 30 minutes, yet you will be a world apart from the urban bustle of Nairobi. The Emakoko is an elegant new lodge on the boundary of Nairobi National Park, the ideal introduction to Africa. Though right on the outskirts of the city, the park is home to a great variety of wildlife including buffalo, black rhino, zebra, cheetah, gazelle, hippo, leopard, lion, eland, impala, giraffe, ostrich, wildebeest and more. Fall asleep tonight to the sounds of the African bush as you rest up for your safari departure in the morning.

Days 2-4: The Hidden Maasai Mara — Leleshwa Camp
Depart from Nairobi's Wilson Airport this morning for Leleshwa Camp, our first base for exploring Kenya's famed Maasai Mara, named for the Maasai tribespeople who are the traditional inhabitants of this area, and the Mara River that runs through it. One of Africa’s most acclaimed wildlife reserves, the Mara is renowned for its annual wildebeest migration, prides of lion, and huge herds of hoofed game. The reserve is the northern portion of Tanzania's Serengeti Plains, part of a single, vast ecosystem that hosts the annual wildlife spectacle you have come to see, as the great herds travel north in search of greener grass.

Leleshwa Camp lies within the private Siana Conservancy, which offers a rare experience of the “hidden” Mara, unsullied by crowds of tourists that safari-goers often encounter in other sectors of the region. The conservancy boasts a rich diversity of year-round wildlife and birds, as well as strategic proximity to several key migration crossings over the Mara River, where animals strive for safe passage while crocodiles lie in wait for the slower, weaker members of the herds.

In addition to exciting game drives, including night drives to observe nocturnal wildlife, Leleshwa offers a host of other activity options. Survey the savanna from a hot air balloon flight at sunrise, followed by a champagne breakfast beneath a shady acacia tree. Enjoy a private bush dinner under the stars. Cultural visits with local Maasai are a highlight. These traditional pastoral herders have grazed cattle in East Africa for centuries, and their traditional culture is one of the richest in Africa. Meet community members and learn about their daily lives on visits to a nearby village, school and market. 

Days 5-7: Heart of the Migration — Natural Habitat Camp, Maasai Mara
Transfer via a safari drive into the Maasai Mara National Reserve, to get even closer to the heart of the migration. We stay at Natural Habitat Camp, Maasai Mara, our own luxury mobile camp that allows access to extraordinary campsites near the wildebeest crossing, when more than a million animals move in long, flowing columns toward the new grass that comes with the seasonal rains. Our deluxe canvas tents are situated in a private and secluded spot, with ample trees to provide shade from the midday heat. Located in a wildlife hotspot, the site also provides easy access to the rest of the reserve, including the main river systems.

Game drives take us among myriad plains animals – not only the thundering herds of thousands of wildebeest and their zebra companions, but also gazelle, impala, hartebeest, topi and giraffe. Predators follow in close pursuit, and the Mara is especially famed for its lions – we may see them hunting in the early morning or evening, or resting beneath acacia trees in the heat of the day. Hyenas also patrol the plains in some of the largest numbers in Africa. The Mara also offers the chance to see the classic Big Five – elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard – while cheetah, too, are a fairly common sight. It's no wonder the Mara is renowned for safaris: the reserve is home to nearly 100 different kinds of mammals and 570 species of birds.

Each day, head out on morning and late-afternoon wildlife drives in search of the most exciting wildlife encounters. You will likely see dramatic predator-prey interactions, an enduring facet of the ancient "circle of life" that defines existence on these hallowed plains. Back at camp, you'll lack for no comfort despite the remote setting, enjoying deluxe tents with full beds, en-suite bathrooms, and private verandas. Dinners are served on white linen by candlelight, followed by nightcaps and stories around the crackling campfire. When it's time to turn in for the night, fall asleep beneath canvas under a Milky Way cloudy with stars, listening for the roar of lions in the distance. 

Day 8: Nairobi / Depart
The past week has been a life-changing encounter with the natural world at its most primal and magnificent. Full of extraordinary memories, you fly back to Nairobi this morning where you are transferred upon arrival to a day room at a nearby hotel. Here you may relax as you await your evening flight departure, or, should you wish to do some sightseeing at the Karen Blixen Museum, Giraffe Center, Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, or some shopping, we can arrange activities plus a day room near these locations at an extra cost.

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Sample Itinerary

  • Day 1: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Days 2-4: The Hidden Maasai Mara — Leleshwa Camp
  • Days 5-7: Heart of the Migration—Natural Habitat Camp, Maasai Mara
  • Day 8: Nairobi / Home

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