International Expeditions' 11-day Kenya Migration Safaris begin in late July and early August. Participants view and photograph great herds of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles, as they cross East Africa's plains.
Groups of up to 18 travel with naturalist guides in custom-built four-wheel drive Land Rovers with roof hatches and window seats for everyone.
Dates for wildlife migration in Kenya
The trip is timed to view the large herds when they arrive in Kenya's Masai Mara Reserve during the second half of July. The Masai Mara Reserve wildebeest migration takes place between July and September.
The Kenya Migration Safari begins with an overnight in Nairobi, followed by a stay at Sweetwaters Tented Camp, on a private ranch near snow-covered Mount Kenya. Participants look for the "big five" (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard) on afternoon and evening game drives and visit Jane Goodall's Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Samburu and Masai Mara game drives
Trip participants then spend two nights at the Samburu Serena Lodge in the Samburu Reserve, in Kenya's Northern Frontier District. During morning and afternoon game drives, they view the bountiful wildlife, including unusual species like the Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich and Beisa oryx.
After flying to the Masai Mara Reserve and the Mara Intrepids, guests stay in luxury tents in the trees, beside the Mara River. The Masai Mara's green savannah grasslands and solitary acacia trees provided the movie backdrop for Out of Africa.
For four days, guests look for the great herds during morning and afternoon game drives. Besides the migration, they observe other animals, like cheetahs chasing gazelles at 70 miles per hour and lions stalking antelope. In the evenings, they enjoy bush dinners under the stars.
Kenya Wildlife Migration tours include accommodations, most meals, air and land transportation in Africa, guides and group transfers.