There is so much choice of accommodation and destinations in East Africa that sometimes it really helps to see what other travellers have done. For the upcoming Wildebeest Migration across Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, we’ve chosen five real-life itineraries for your travel inspiration. Many combined seeing the Great Migration with other destinations, which we’ve highlighted below. Before you go, read our important advice about the Wildebeest Migration:
Tour 1: Tanzania’s Northern Circuit Plus the Migration
"Captivated by the experience of Tanzania"
We loved our African safari in Tanzania! We placed our trust in Go2Africa and followed Ramona's advice for the trip completely. She covered every detail perfectly! The lodges were clean, beautifully maintained, and very comfortable. The Sanctuary Kusini Tent Camp was luxurious, a real treat for the four of us. We were all captivated by the sights and experience of Tanzania. Who knew that traveling to Africa could be this easy! All the arrangements made for us were perfect. Every detail was handled, changes we made to our itinerary were a breeze!
Stephen’s 8-day itinerary overview
The Edwards family spent a week following Tanzania’s very popular Northern Circuit, which starts in the small town of Arusha before taking in big hitters like Lake Manyara National Park (world-renowned for colossal flocks of flamingos), the Ngorongoro Crater Area (one of the top places in the world to see the Big 5, often all on the same game drive) and finishing at the only permanent camp in the Southern Serengeti.
- Front-row seats to predator action during the Wildebeest Migration
- Village visits and experiencing traditional dances
- Guided nature walks to witness wildlife on foot
- Catching the pristine beautify of the sunrise over the Crater
- Bush dining and sun-downers stops
Tour 2: Kenya’s Abundant Wildlife and No Crowds in a Private Conservancy
"Beautiful with abundant wildlife and no crowds!"
Lauren was amazing! She was very flexible in the early planning stages and, once we had booked, she was extremely helpful. It was a true pleasure to deal with her. And she got us an amazing package at a great price! We stayed in three different locations in Kenya, all different and all perfect. Elsa's Kopje in Meru National Park was a unique camp in a diverse and wonderful location. Loldia House was beautiful, a colonial farm right on the edge of Lake Naivasha.
Lynne’s 9-day itinerary overview
This itinerary ventured slightly off the beaten path to take in more unusual areas like Meru National Park and Lake Naivasha. Meru is noted for its thriving wetlands, which in turn support huge numbers of birds, hippos, crocodiles and other semi-aquatic wildlife. Lake Naivasha is also a freshwater wonderland – the name means ‘rough water’ but usually it is a peaceful oasis far from the crowds.
- Game viewing in a private conservancy for a less-crowded experience
- Taking in the diverse landscape and variety of wildlife
- Bush dining experience with the deep red sunset as a backdrop
- Private guided walks and open 4x4 vehicle game drives
- Hot-air ballooning over the Masai Mara
Tour 3: From the Wildebeest Migration to Gorilla Trekking
"Each country was unique and wonderful"
Our experience was amazing due to the great organization and skill of our travel agent, Anja Naude. We were supported very well throughout our 28 days visiting South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. All in all, we had 15 flights including internal flights and to and from Australia. Our trip ran very smoothly. Each country was unique - everything was wonderful, but the gorilla trekking was a highlight. Thank you.
Thea and Mike’s 28-day itinerary overview
This mega-safari took our clients through six countries, from the southern reaches of Africa right into Rwanda’s rainforests. For nearly a month, they explored the Migration savannahs of Kenya and Tanzania, the cityscape of Cape Town, the wonder of Victoria Falls and the once-in-a-lifetime experience of coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla.
- The astounding experience of gorilla trekking
- Visiting the thundering Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
- Wildebeest river crossings and predator sightings
- Witness the coastal beauty of Cape of Good Hope
- Wander about Boulders Beach to see rare African penguins
- Big 5 safari and game viewing in East Africa
- Shopping and dining at the V&A Waterfront
- Experience the thrills of a guided bush walk
Tour 4: A Memorable African Anniversary
"Wowed by the beauty of Ngorongoro Lodge"
We had an absolutely FABULOUS time! It is too hard to put into words what a wonderful safari we had. Thank you so much for making this all happen! We had so many lovely surprises for our anniversary from all the camps. Everything from a private dinner, champagne and rose petals and special desserts to wonderful congratulations along the way. e saw all the Big 5. The game drives never let us down. Each and every person at the camps made sure our time there was perfect. Each camp just got better and better! We were wowed by the beauty of Ngorongoro Crater Lodge.
- Kathy and Naude
Kathy and Naude’s 16-day itinerary overview
Africa is a romantic choice for couples celebrating anniversaries or even honeymoons. This trip encompassed Botswana and the Victoria Falls before moving onto Kenya and Tanzania. Be sure to tell your personal Africa Safari Expert if it is a special occasion so that they can let your lodges and camps along the way know. Many will make an effort to mark the moment in some small way if they can.
- Superb game viewing on land and water
- A Big 5 safari in East Africa
- Witnessing cheetahs and lions stalk the plains
- Local village visits to interact with the children (‘buying’ a cow is optional!)
Tour 5: Seeing the Wildebeest Cross the Sand River
"Thank you for putting together a memorable trip"
Masa Ngenche was outstanding. Everyone was knowledgeable with outstanding service. Thank you for putting together a memorable trip. I was able to see the first group cross the Sand River.
Robert’s 17-day itinerary overview
Robert combined his trip to Amboseli National Park (famous for its views of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro) and the Masai Mara with time in Cape Town in South Africa, the Okavango Delta in Botswana and the Victoria Falls. This is a bumper itinerary that takes in some of Africa’s top highlights.
- Land- and water-based game viewing
- Witnessing the powerful Victoria Falls
- Following the Migration river crossings
- Bird watching with knowledgeable guides
- Soaking in the views from on top of Table Mountain
We hope you have some inspiration for your upcoming Migration safari. Remember, you don’t have to see the Wildebeest: as our past travellers show, you can also visit Cape Town, visit Victoria Falls and even go gorilla trekking. The beauty of a tailormade itinerary is that every step is created exactly for your budget and expectations – what more could you want?