4-Day Masai Mara Summer Migration Safari

Want to see wildebeest herds crossing the Mara river? Kenya is the place to be when you are specifically interested in witnessing great migration in flu swing. Between July and October, Masai Mara is the best pick. With our excellent drivers we will find the top notch viewing areas for the best safari experience.

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$1050 - $5000
Includes internal flights:
No
Length of safari:
4 days
Best months:
July - October
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
Adventure safaris Big five Cultural safaris Cultural
*Prices are estimates and used as guidelines only. Please contact the tour operator for an exact quote.
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The Migration Safari itinerary is specially aimed to those visitors that want to truly observe and enjoy the miracle of great Migration on Kenyan side. The Mara river crossing as well as calving season are the events that are not to be missed in Masai Mara. This itinerary is the shortest possible version for optimal enjoyment, but we recommend adding a few days if you have more time, then it will for sure be spent well among the wildlife of Kenya! Book this safari from July to October.

Day 1: Nairobi – Masai Mara
By around June and July climaxing in August and September the great phenomenon takes place in Masai Mara.

 Millions of the wildebeests have already arrived in Mara plains where there is much lush grass pastures.  The wildebeests try to close the Mara River to access the plains that have plenty of pastures. At this time the Mara River is swollen because of heavy rains on the Mau Escarpments and crossing becomes a dangerous affair for the weak wildebeests and they end up drowning and also because of the great stampede resulting from crossing at one point.

In the event of Great Migration, less is more. And time spent only in Masai Mara National Park, will be paid off with spectacular scenes!

You will depart your Nairobi Hotel after breakfast.  Drive through the floor of the Rift Valley to the world famous Masai Mara game reserve. Masai Mara is arguably the most popular game sanctuary in Kenya part of the vast Serengeti plains. You go past the Massai town of Narok arriving in Masai Mara in time for lunch. 

At 1600 hrs enjoy a normal afternoon game drive in search for the big 5 before driving back to the Lodge at 1800hrs

Dinner and overnight at Lodge or Tented Camp selected from our options
Recommended Accommodation 


Budget: Mara Wildebeest Camp / Kimana Mara Camp/camping 

Medium:  Sentrim Mara/ Ol Moran Tented Camp/ Mara Sopa Lodge 

Luxury: Mara Serena /Mara Leisure Camp

Day 2: Full Day in Masai Mara
On this day we plan that we spend a full day in the reserve to enable us follow the spectacular wildebeest migration.

Therefore instead of early morning game drive at 0630hrs, we shall depart at 0800hrs after breakfast and we shall carry our picnic lunch boxes.

For the rest of the midmorning and early afternoon we shall spend in the reserve where virtually every other wildlife can be seen. 
The attraction at this time of the year however is the annual wildebeest migration. The animals are seen in great numbers on the plains but we shall be looking for the dramatic crossing happening happening at River Mara where they are preyed on by the crocodiles. This is the most spectacular event to behold. You must not miss your cameras to record this amazing sight that is now been identified as one of the Wonders of the World.

In the afternoon we shall drive back to the Lodge for freshening up. You will have dinner and rest of evening at leisure. 

Dinner & Overnight at Lodge or Tented Camp selected from our options
Recommended Accommodation 

Budget: Mara Wildebeest Camp / Kimana Mara Camp/camping 

Medium:  Sentrim Mara/ Ol Moran Tented Camp/ Mara Sopa Lodge 

Luxury: Mara Serena /Mara Leisure Camp
 

Day 3: Full day in Masai Mara Game Reserve
Since the crossing of the wildebeest is unpredictable, you may have been unable to see the crossing on day 2. On this 3rd day you will plan for the day together with your driver guide.

You may plan to spend another full day in the park following the migration and crossing or may opt for a morning game drive and evening game drive. You will be able to agree this with the driver guide.

 Dinner & Overnight at Lodge or Tented Camp selected from our options
Recommended Accommodation 

 Budget: Mara Wildebeest Camp / Kimana Mara Camp/camping 

Medium:  Sentrim Mara/ Ol Moran Tented Camp/ Mara Sopa Lodge 

Luxury: Mara Serena /Mara Leisure Camp

Day 4: Masai Mara Game Reserve - Nairobi
We depart the Mara after breakfast and drive back to Nairobi arriving early afternoon. You shall have lunch at the Carnivore or Haveli restaurant before transferring to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your international flight back home OR overnight in Nairobi before proceeding to Arusha for your Tanzania safari.

BRIEFLY ABOUT GREAT MIGRATION in KENYA
Undoubtedly Masai Mara, located in the South West of Kenya is one of the best holiday destinations in the World. A true Kenyan safari is not complete without a visit to the Masai Mara Game Reserve which is an adventure like no other. It is home to the Big 5 and thousands of bird species and other wildlife. 

But what makes Masai Mara more adventurous is the spectacular wildebeest Migration between July and October every year, an event that already dubbed as the 8th Wonder of the World. 

Millions of wildebeests accompanied by zebras and other types of antelopes migrate from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Masai Mara in Kenya, crossing the Mara River which is inhabited by some of the largest world’s crocodiles. Why do the animals migrate? It is purely in search of water and pastures when supplies of pastures dwindle in the Serengeti. 

The migration follows a cycle calendar every year BUT timings may vary. In between January and March, it is the calving season in the Serengeti in the short grass. There are plenty of pastures and all expectant mothers congregate to give birth. The calves are born in a labor duration of 30 minutes and a few minutes after birth they are ready to walk and join their mothers. They have to feed properly in anticipation of journey before them. 

After this, the wildebeest migration starts when the rains are over in the Serenegti because it is dry. As the Serenegti is drying up the Masai Mara side is flourishing .Since the wildebeest herds are in millions they quickly deplete grazing pastures very fasts whereas their water needs are great. They have to keep on moving and in fact the whole reason for wildebeest migration. The migration journey to Masai Mara is a hard one. Many animals collapse and die on the way as they are weak due to lack of enough food and water, while others fall to predators. 

By around June and July climaxing in August and September the great phenomenon takes place in Masai Mara . Millions of the wildebeests have already arrived in Mara plains where there is much lush grass pastures.  The wildebeests try to close the Mara River to access the plains that have plenty of pastures. At this time the Mara River is swollen because of heavy rains on the Mau Escarpments and crossing becomes a dangerous affair for the weak wildebeests and they end up drowning and also because of the great stampede resulting from crossing at one point. 

But what makes the Migration drama more thrilling is the presence of predators. From the Mara River crocodiles that pounce on the wildebeests in the waters to lions and hyenas that take advantage of the drowning and injured animals on the shores, it is a feast carnival for the predators. This drama makes the crossing a spectacular event. Just what the cameras have been waiting for. 

Animals feed in Mara plains in October and start heading back to Serengeti in November for another calving season. During migration over 200,000 animals perish under the harsh conditions. But as soon as they get back to Serengeti, there are approximately 500,000 new births and ready to start the cycle again. 

This cycle repeats itself every year BUT being a natural occurrence there is no precise timing and directions because of conditions influencing grass growth.

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS AVAILABLE
- you can add more nights and increase your chances of being lucky to watch the crossing-it is possible that wildebeests may spend a whole day without making a river crossing. 
 - in Masai Mara possible to book hot air baloon ride which takes place in early morning hours before breakfast * additional costs apply


-You may also consider a special migration safari combining other destinations.


- You can combine each safari to Kenya with beach holidays on Zanzibar archipelago or Kenyan coast.

 

 

Additional rate information

Safari available in budget, medium and luxury version according to your preference. Prices rise accordingly to level of luxury of accomondation.

The price you see here is for luxury small group. Price is valid when 4 people attend safari.

30 % deposit for confirmation required, the outstanding balance has to be transfered 30 days prior arrival


Notes:
Please note all prices are subject to change if Kenyan National Park entry fees change!

Your day will always start after breakfast. Offered activities during the day are described in the itinerary description. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the hotel or campsite.

You will also be given a box lunch on a daily basis to eat at a designated lunch spot in the parks.

All national parks close at 6:00pm, so all game drives will be completed by that time. It is important to decide the kind of safari holiday you would like to be provided with. However, our itineraries are flexible and opt to change according to your desires and wishes.

Animals are mobile; therefore timing should be planned carefully because some areas are suitable for visiting only during certain parts of the year. We advise you to consult us about the timing so that you will be able to experience Tanzanias wildlife at its finest in the best possible conditions.

Rates include

- Round trip transport from Nairobi throughout the safari safari destinations specified in safari itinerary
- Finest accommodations in safari destinations - hotel/lodge/camp type of accommodation as requested, for the duration of the safari
- All applicable Game Park entrance fees
- Professional and experienced English speaking safari and tour guide / driver
- All meals on the safari
- Water and hot drinks (tea and coffee during safari tour )
- Camping equipment if applicable (tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows, table and chairs)
- All game viewing activities specified in itinerary
- Flying Doctors rescue insurance for the time of the tour
- Price quoted per person sharing in US dollars

Rates exclude

- International flights.
- Transfers from / to airports (available for addditional charge, contact us for further info)
- Accommodation in Nairobi on first and last night  (you can book it for additional cost)
- Airport taxes.
- Entry visas.
- Travel insurance.
- Tips and gratuities to safari driver ( and cook if you have budget camping)
- Laundry Gratuities and all items of a personal nature.
- Medical and personal insurance.
- Sightseeing,  excursions and optional activities other than those specified

 

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