East Africa is famous for that one spectacular movement of wildlife that that tops them all – the Great Migration, when millions of wildebeest move across the vast plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania and into the rolling hills of Kenya’s Masai Mara, scrambling frantically through Africa’s mighty rivers to reach the promise of sweet, green grass. For nine months of the year, the mega herds of the Migration move through the Serengeti before crossing to the Masai Mara. Driven by the need for food, the animals cross the area’s major rivers, including the Grumeti and the Mara, where they brave the jaws of some of Africa’s largest crocodiles.
While the impact of seeing this massive movement of animals is undeniably impressive, travellers who flock to East Africa in search of the migrating herds often forget that its iconic game reserves, including the famous Mara and the Serengeti, have so much more than just this spectacle to offer throughout the year.
Visitors can see the mega herd throughout the year as the animals continue their journey across the vast plains and rivers in search of drinking water and grazing.
Between January and March the animals gather on the southern Serengeti plains, dropping their calves. The plains are a short drive from &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge and &Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas. Between April and May the herds move north, towards the central Serengeti plains and the Seronera area. The &Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas camps follow. By June the herds move northwest, towards &Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp. The luxury tented camps of &Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas reposition themselves. July to October the herds start heading northeast, followed by the &Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas camps. The wildebeest must cross the Mara River before they reach Kenya’s Masai Mara, to the west of &Beyond Klein’s Camp. As the animals continue to move backwards and forwards across the river, the excitement can also be viewed from &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp and &Beyond Bateleur Camp. During November and December the herd crosses back into the Serengeti, the Migration moves south, passing &Beyond’s Klein’s Camp and Serengeti Under Canvas.
Specially created to highlight the migration throughout the year, &Beyond’s Treasures of Tanzania Safari nine-day itinerary provides a memorable adventure for families, couples and nature enthusiasts to indulgence in the luxury &Beyond lodges and tented camps. The area is famous for its abundance of wildlife including the chance to see elephants, buffalo, lions, leopards and black rhinoceros. Activities for guests include day and night safari drives with the exceptionally trained &Beyond private guides, bush walking and the chance to fly in a hot air balloon over the Serengeti.
Guests looking for a more exclusive experience can go on &Beyond’s Private Jet Expeditions. These privately guided set-departure journeys offer an authentic trip in Africa’s most iconic destinations and include a fullday safari in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park hosted by Jonathan Scott, the award-winning presenter of the popular BBC documentary Big Cat Diaries. A tour of 15 days, the East Africa and Beyond explores the highlights of Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. Departures for this itinerary are in February and March 2018.
In addition to the set itineraries, guests travelling out of any international airport can tailor-make their own private jet expedition for groups of various sizes.