Follow the Herds Across the Maasai Mara from Our Mobile Camps amid the Action
No wildlife event on the planet rivals East Africa’s Great Migration for sheer drama. Each year, enormous herds of wildebeest and zebra, 2 million strong, make a grand 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. A host of predators follows in stealthy pursuit, ensuring their own survival by preying on the weaker members of the herds. To witness the migration in the Mara is on any safari aficionado's bucket list, and our private luxury mobile camps are designed to place you in the heart of the action. There’s simply no nature adventure on Earth to match it! Back at camp each night, sip sundowners before gourmet dinners served by candlelight, and exchange stories around the campfire under a sky full of glittering stars.
- Exclusive Mobile CampsEnjoy unparalleled privacy and proximity to wildlife from two luxury mobile camps—in the Maasai Mara and on a private conservancy bordering the national reserve
- Exciting Predator-Prey InteractionsFrom open 4x4 vehicles, watch lion and cheetah stalk thousands of migrating wildebeest and zebra as the huge herds traverse the Mara's vast savannas
- Expert Safari GuidesGuided by top naturalist Expedition Leaders who know this land intimately, track wildlife away from crowds and gain the benefit of their local knowledge
Traveler Profile: An African Safari Experience
The Great Migration
What Makes Our Migration Safari So Much Better?
To witness hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra traversing the Maasai Mara with predators in pursuit has no parallel on Earth—and that’s why, if you’re making a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Africa to see the Great Migration, you need to do it right. 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 seven full days in the Maasai Mara at the time of year when the migration is typically at its peak, in two different locations where wildlife is most prolific—both in the heart of the national reserve and in a private conservancy adjacent to the national park where visitor numbers are strictly limited. Our itinerary is designed to place you in peak proximity to the migration!
- Private Mobile Camps for Seclusion & Wildlife Proximity
Many “migration safaris” stay at big lodges far removed from the migration itself, having to travel each day to find the herds. Our private mobile camps, in contrast, are located in remote areas near the animals, and we have exclusive occupancy of both. Our camp within the Maasai Mara is in a little-visited region of the reserve, yet water and good grass typically keep herds nearby. Our location 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 on a private conservancy, borders the national reserve and sees few other visitors.
- Small Groups Mean Better Wildlife Encounters
We travel with a maximum of 12 guests, divided into smaller groups among safari vehicles. 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.
- Window Seats Plus Plenty of Space in Our Vehicles
Every traveler has a window seat in our open 4x4 safari trucks, offering unimpeded views and photography. We limit the number of travelers in each vehicle to maximize comfort. In contrast, many other companies use crowded mini buses, which aren't nearly as comfortable or facile 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 a stay on an exclusive private conservancy, where we have the opportunity for guided bush walks, off-road exploration and night drives in search of nocturnal wildlife. None of these activities is available inside 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 each average more than 15 years' guiding experience. 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% 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!