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Right Time, Right Place: the wildebeest migration is a fluid, often unpredictable affair - use our where to go and when to go features to ensure your expectations are met.

Getting There: the Masai Mara is accessible by road (or charter flight) from Nairobi; access to the Serengeti is usually via a charter flight from Arusha Airport, located close to Mount Kilimanjaro International Airport. Most travellers overnight in the town of Arusha before flying into the Serengeti.

Go Private: the Masai Mara National Reserve and Serengeti National Park experience high visitor numbers and vehicles during peak viewing months. Private conservancies adjoining each conservation area offers exclusivity as well as luxurious accommodation and excellent game viewing in sole-use areas. You'll also be offered activities not permitted in the main reserves such as night drives and bush walks.

Book Early: the wildebeest migration is a popular event and accommodation and tours sell out quickly for each year's migration. Indeed, lodges in prime locations are usually booked out a year in advance.

Add on More: the Masai Mara and Serengeti combine easily with each other and each can also form the focal point of a larger safari experience. Combine the Masai Mara with Amboseli and the Laikipia Plateau or add on the Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park and the Rift Valley Lakes to the Serengeti.