Touring: The Great Migration
Saga is taking guests on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure through Tanzania and Kenya, where spectacular vistas and an abundance of wildlife awaits
Every year millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle travel through Tanzania and Kenya seeking fresh grazing, facing crocodile-infested rivers and big cat predators along the way. This annual event, the Great Migration, is one of nature’s finest spectacles – and now Saga guests have the chance to experience it up close.
Tracing the migratory path north through the remote Serengeti, an area rarely visited by tour groups, guests cross into Kenya’s Masai Mara reserve in search of the elusive black rhino.
From the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, guests follow the migration path from the wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater through the Serengeti to the Maasai Mara. Staying in lodges and at tented camps, this tour offers unrivalled access to the nature reserves and wildlife, including great opportunities to see the Big Five: lions, leopards, rhinoceros, elephants and Cape buffalo.
Guests visit an elephant orphanage, giraffe sanctuary and the ‘Cradle of Mankind’, Olduvai Gorge, which holds the earliest evidence of the existence of human ancestors. Here, paleoanthropologists found hundreds of fossilised bones and stone tools in the area dating back millions of years – suggesting the origins of mankind.
The Best of Kenya & Tanzania: Great Migration & Big Game Safari
Kenya and Tanzania
From £3,999 per person
Two passengers, 12 nights
The tour includes:
VIP door-to-door travel service from anywhere on the UK mainland
Included travel insurance
11 nights in hotels and lodges, one in flight
31 meals: 11 breakfasts; 11 lunches; and nine dinners
Saga tour manager
Return flights and transfers
Porterage at all hotels and lodges
Excursions and visits
Four game drives in the Amboseli National Park
Full day game drive in Ngorongoro Crater Visit to Olduvai Gorge
Four game drives in the Serengeti National Park
Two game drives in the Maasai Mara National Reserve
Visit to Giraffe Centre
Visit to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage
See more here.
The adventure captures different stages of the migration throughout the year, depending on when guests travel, and each as fascinating as the next. January and February is calving season for hooved animals; June and July promises perfect weather, as animals prepare for the hardest part of the migration; September, which is peak tourist season, coincides with the migration through the Mara; October sees the migration move into the Serengeti; while November and December are a birder’s dream, with many species visiting from Eurasia.
The once-in-a-lifetime adventure is packed with activities, including four game drives in the Amboseli National Park; four more game drives in the Serengeti National Park; two in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, as well as a visit to the Giraffe Centre.
The tour includes a visit to volcanic Ngorongoro Crater, a rich fertile landscape often called Africa’s Eden, given that it is home to a remarkable concentration of wildlife, thanks to the enclosed nature of the 300-square-kilometre crater. It’s impossible to pick a highlight, but the grassland plains of the Serengeti, which stretch as far as the eye can see, ranks highly, providing an abundance of riches for wildlife lovers. Home to more than two million wildebeest and zebra, the reserve is also known for its predators, including big cats, while herds of buffalo, elephant, giraffe, eland, topi, kongoni, impala and gazelle are year-round residents.
The Maasai Mara National Reserve is home to predators including cheetahs, leopards and hyena – and boasts the highest lion density in the world. From June to October, the millions of migrating wildebeest, zebra and antelopes pour into the reserve, making it Kenya’s flagship park.
Before departing for home, guests will travel to Nairobi National Park to visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s orphanage. The charity rescues elephants and rhinos orphaned as a result of habitat loss, poaching and human–wildlife conflict, and provides specialist care to rehabilitate the animals, eventually returning them to the wild.