An exhilarating hot air balloon ride over the vast Mara or Serengeti savanna is unforgettable. The journey offers a superb bird’s eye view of the wildlife on the plains below. The flight takes 45 to 60 minutes at varying altitudes. Your guests will enjoy a bit of bubbly followed by delicious breakfast (cooked using the balloon burners!) and served on the open savannah plains.
This much-loved safari camp set between riverine forest and sweeping plains in the path of the great migration in Kenya offers total seclusion, luxury and abundant wildlife viewing opportunities. Look forward to legendary Kenyan hospitality on this private concession leased from Maasai landlords, where panoramic Maasai Mara and Sabaringo River views are a permanent fixture. Décor is simple yet contemporary and stylish with earthy tones, coupled with large windows to invite the outside inside. Classic Tents, Superior Tents and Superior View Tents laid out on immaculate grounds capture the camp’s signature elements of romance and nostalgia. Guests can also relax at the camp’s rim-flow pool, or be spoiled with the finest Kenyan handicrafts on offer at the Safari Shop.
After receiving many requests from guests as to how to donate towards a community project or school in rural Kenya, Wildlife Safari set up the “BOOKS 4 KIDS” initiative, enabling its guests to donate school supplies to rural primary schools whilst on safari in Kenya. This is a totally transparent project where 100% of every donation goes directly towards the benefit of the school children.
Wildlife Safari sources school materials from a local merchant and then sends the supplies with its guests on safari. Unlike most other fundraising activities, guests on the “BOOKS 4 KIDS” program visit the selected primary school and hand over the school materials directly to the children and teachers. Wildlife Safari does not hand over cash to any individual or school and it discourages its guests from doing the same. A minimum donation of US$ 150 will purchase up to 50 class room kits each containing four writing books, two pens, two pencils, one eraser, one sharpener and one ruler.
This is a worthwhile experience that leaves guests and children with memories long after the safari. Guests get to create a meaningful impact and have the chance to interact with the local community in a positive and fun-filled way. Over 80% of guests make follow-up donations for Wildlife Safari to buy additional supplies for the school they have visited.
The great migration – The epitome of Africa and the historic and ultimate safari. This annual celebration of flocking Wildebeest, zebras and antelope is a one-of-a-kind event that calls many over to the beautiful and wild continent of Africa. And for good reason – seeing more than a million of these wild animals migrating in a clockwise fashion around the Serengeti/Maasai Mara ecosystem while also birthing, mating and trying to stay alive along the way is something unique to behold and amazing to be a part of. Endless Wildebeest-dotted plains and harrowing animal-versus-elements river crossings all make for some truly spectacular African experiences you’ll never be able to forget.
When it happens – The Wildebeest migrate throughout the year, always in search of fresh grazing and probably better quality water too – but the main action happens from around April to September. The animals move in an annual pattern which is quite predictable, but exactly when the migration takes place is completely dependent on the rainfall patterns each year. The below serves as a guide to help you out in this area.
Most of the Wildebeest calves are born in a short two to three week window around February (which also makes it an excellent time to see predator action).
Around April the animals start their great migration north from the southern Serengeti plains in Tanzania.
By May, the masses of herds are on the go and you can witness huge columns of up to 40km in length often with around hundreds of thousands of animals (as well as zebra and some Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelles) moving into the central and western Serengeti.
Around June you’ll find massed congregations of Wildebeest in the Western Corridor, on the south side of the Grumeti River in Tanzania. The migration is often halted here because some of the river’s channels block or slow the Wildebeest’s migration north. The numbers then frequently build up to a high density before the animals cross the river, providing a feast for the huge river crocodiles.
The herds carry on moving north during July and August, some spreading through the Grumeti Reserve and Ikorongo, and others north through the center of the Serengeti National Park.
From around August to September the animals spread out across the northern Serengeti, preparing for the greatest obstacle yet of crossing the Mara River into Kenya, another dramatic sight with scenes of panic and confusion. The Mara River gushes through the northern Serengeti from Kenya’s neighboring Maasai Mara Game Reserve. It often happens that herds will cross the Mara River north on one day into the Maasai Mara Reserve, and then back south a few days later into the Serengeti.
In September, about half the animals stay in the northern Serengeti, while the rest can be found in the Maasai Mara.
By October, the Wildebeest are migrating southwards through western Loliondo in Tanzania and the Serengeti’s Lobo area.
Weather around migration time – After the peak wet season from March to May comes the dry season lasting from June to October, when there is little or no rainfall. There are clear skies and most days are sunny, but the mornings and nights get cold – so come prepared with warm clothing for morning and evening game drives in the months of June, July and August.
Discover the world and experience the migration for yourself in a part of Africa so iconic and so worth your while. Giving someone a chance to witness the amazing Great Migration in Tanzania and Kenya makes for the ultimate action-packed safari adventure combined with those priceless, peaceful moments overlooking the African savannah at the dawn of a fresh, new day.
Get ready for a spectacle of over a million flocking wildebeest, zebras and antelope moving between the Serengeti/Masai Mara ecosystem in search of fresh grazing and water. Have your video cameras ready for wildebeest calves being born and follow as the herds gradually move from Tanzania to Kenya in a one-of-a-kind wildlife show where you can expect massive columns of moving animals mating, migrating and fighting for their life, all from the comfort of a game drive.
But as Africa is about the whole package and expecting the unexpected, going on a migration safari is about taking it all in and savoring each sublime, unique moment and every outstanding animal you encounter. See it all from above with a hot-air balloon flight, savor a bush dinner, have savannah sunset cocktails or delight in a picnic on safari in the open savannah! At Grosvenor Tours, we can help you do all this. We have the knowledge, expertise and network to facilitate a variety of activities that provide life-enriching and rewarding experiences for our guests while offering tangible benefits for the local communities and natural environment.
Your Grosvenor Tours Incentives Specialist can easily put together an inspired, tailor-made program to meet all your requirements, and exceed your group’s expectations, for incentive groups of all sizes. We will be there to make the best recommendations for you so that your guests have a wonderful experience of this beautiful destination, as befits availability, the size of your group and your budget.