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- A Close-Up View on the MigrationA small-group safari to witness and photograph hundreds of thousands of animals massed on the Serengeti Plains during prime calving season
- Expert Naturalist Safari GuidesOur Expedition Leaders are second to none in interpreting the migration drama—and our photo safaris use photography pros, who are superb coaches
- Stay Closer to the HerdsEnjoy unparalleled seclusion, comfort and vintage safari atmosphere at our private Migration Base Camp, located in a remote sector of the Serengeti
Don't Choose Just Any Migration Safari...
- An Itinerary Designed for Optimal Migration Viewing
Many companies operate the same cookie-cutter “migration” tour year-round, driving the entire northern circuit of Tanzania with no concern to be in a particular place at a time that jibes with the arrival of the herds. We focus on the best time to see the animals, then build our safari itinerary and dates around that, attempting to time our presence for peak migration season in the southern Serengeti, where over a million wildebeest drop their young on the plains every year, attracting predators and offering thrilling opportunities to witness nature's "circle of life" unfold
- We're Involved from Beginning to End
We construct every component of your safari, then ensure that you are personally guided from start to finish by a highly trained Nat Hab Safari Expedition Leader, so our guests can have the utmost confidence in the quality and safety of our operations. Our oversight is meticulous, because our reputation depends on your safari’s success.
- Fly to and from the Bush
Many companies drive you to and from the Serengeti from Arusha, a taxing trip that can take up to eight hours one way over often-rugged roads. We fly you in and out, to maximize time for what you’ve come to Africa for: watching wildlife on safari!
- Remote Private Camps for Wildlife Proximity
Rather than using crowded lodges where vehicles depart each morning in large numbers, often surrounding the same animals all at once, we insist on the smallest luxury bush camps located in remote spots where wildlife is prolific. Natural Habitat's Migration Base Camp and Ehlane Plains Camp allow us the flexibility to pursue wildlife where concentrations are greatest, rather than utilizing larger accommodations that are nowhere near the migration.
- Small Groups for Intimate Wildlife Encounters
A small group is essential for optimal wildlife viewing and photography. We generally have the smallest group sizes in the safari industry. We take a maximum of 12 on this trip—just 9 on photo departures—divided into multiple vehicles within radio contact to track the migration. Small groups mean we get closer to the herds, get better photos, and enjoy more personalized interaction with our Expedition Leader and local trackers and guides.
- A Window Seat for Every Traveler (and a Whole Row on Photo Safaris!)
Every guest is guaranteed a window seat. We know how important unimpeded views are when you've come all this way to see and photograph the migration. That's why we split our group into separate vehicles, so no one is stuck in a middle seat. And on our photography departures, each guest gets an entire row! With just three guests per vehicle (and sometimes fewer) on photo trips, each traveler gets not just a side view but an entire row, enabling unobstructed views out both sides, plus plenty of space for your gear.
- Extra Luggage Allowance
Most airlines and safari companies in East Africa strictly limit luggage to 33 pounds per guest, including carryon bags, with even the highest priced trips typically having this limitation. We have arranged a special luggage allowance of 44 pounds per guest, making it easier to travel comfortably without leaving behind essential items you need. And on our photo safaris, we've reserved extra seating to allow 60 pounds of luggage per guest, allowing you to take all your camera equipment comfortably. This makes a big difference!
- The World's Finest Safari Guides
Natural Habitat Adventures is known worldwide for employing the finest naturalist guides on the planet! In Tanzania, rather relying only on less-qualified local camp guides, our own Safari Expedition Leaders are the most highly trained guides in Africa, renowned for providing exceptional service. And our photo safaris are led by guides who are also photography pros, adept at coaching photographers of all skill levels. With you from beginning to end, our Expedition Leaders average approximately 15 years' guiding experience. Their training is further enhanced by the resources of 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 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 Your Carbon-Neutral Journey
We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset—including your round-trip flights from home. Natural Habitat Adventures has been the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company since 2007.
- 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 Adventures as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!