The Migration River Crossings July to September | Discover Africa Safaris

The Migration River Crossings July to September

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Safari: Kenya, Tanzania

The Migration River Crossings July to September

Experience one of Africa's greatest spectacles – smell the dust and hear the noise of thousands of animals crossing the Mara River in an epic struggle for survival

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This safari puts you in the right place at the right time and follows the Great Migration's movement from south of the Serengeti to north of the Masai Mara. This journey spns both sides of the Mara river which greatly increases your chances of seeing the famous river crossings and the predator interaction that accompanies this whirlwind adventure. This journey is best traveled between July and the end of September when you can become part of the greatest show on earth, what every migration enthusiast is after. 

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What to Expect on This Safari

This popular itinerary can be customised to match your budget and travel dates by adding/removing a few days or selecting different lodges

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Arusha and your arrival

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport where you'll be met and transferred to the town of Arusha, the safari hub of Tanzania. Overnight at Arusha Coffee Lodge with a late dinner and breakfast included.

Meals: Dinner and breakfast
Transport: Included

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Your best start possible - Sabora Plains

After breakfast, you'll transfer to Arusha airport for your flight to the Serengeti. You'll fly over the Great Rift Valley’s Gregory Rift, across the Ngorongoro Highlands and on to the Serengeti’s Western Corridor where we expect the herds to be during June/July each year. Enjoy lunch at Sasakwa Lodge and your first game drive onto the plains on your way to Sabora Plains Camp. Overnight at Sabora, with meals, drinks and drives included.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks
Transport: Lodge vehicle on game package

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Singita is the best in the business

This is your first full day on the plains. Sabora is the best place to find the herds during the beginning of the dry season because it gives you access to the northern banks of the Grumeti River as well as some wonderful plains just north of the river. Enjoy your drives with your camp vehicle and maybe have a post-lunch game of tennis. Overnight at Sabora Plains Camp, with meals, drinks and drives included.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks
Transport: Lodge vehicle on game package

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Enjoy lunch at Sasakwa

Spend your last day at Sabora with the migration (June /July) or go to look for big cats. Talk to your guide to make sure you get to see what you're looking for. You can include a horseback safari or guided walk, all inclusive in your Sabora options. Overnight at Sabora Plains Camp with your meals, drinks and activities included.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks
Transport: Lodge vehicle on game package

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Mara River Serengeti side

Start with a short flight to the northern Serengeti from the Grumeti Reserve's airstrip at Sasakwa, and head towards the front-end of the migration where you should be perfectly located on the banks of the Mara River on the Serengeti side. The best camp to stay at is Asilia’s Olakira Camp at the confluence of the Mara and Sand rivers, which is close to good traditional crossing points. Arrive at the camp for lunch and enjoy your first afternoon on the Mara River, Tanzania side, waiting for some river crossings. Overnight at Olakira Camp, with meals, drinks and drives included.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks
Transport: Flight included, lodge vehicle on game package

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Be Patient and give them space

Enjoy a full day along the Mara River, exploring the northern and southern banks, waiting for possible crossings. Watch the energy build until the final amazing crossing of the river. Enjoy excellent views of the southern Masai Mara plains towards the north and beautiful sunsets towards the west. Overnight again at Olakira Camp at the confluence of the rivers, with meals, drinks and drives included.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks
Transport: Lodge vehicle on game package

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Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it

Your last day on the Tanzanian side of the Mara River. If you weren't lucky enough to see any river crossings on the previous two days, we've included this day to ensure that you spend enough time on the river bank. There are many other species such as leopard, lion, cheetah and even rhino that you may be lucky to see in this secluded corner of the northern Serengeti. Enjoy sundowners around the camp fire and reminisce about the past three days before we leave for the Masai Mara. Overnight at Olakira with meals, drinks and drives included.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks
Transport: Lodge vehicle on game package

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Hop across the Mara River

A flight via the two little border towns of Tarime and Migori will get you into Kenya’s Masai Mara in the shortest time. You'll arrive at Ol Kiombo airstrip in the heart of the Mara where your driver-guide from Rekero Camp will fetch you. This camp on the Talek River, close to the confluence of the Mara and Talek rivers, is ideally located for the best of what the Mara Reserve has to offer. Go down to the Mara River if there are more crossings in the afternoon or explore the famous paradise plains and Musiara Swamp to the north west. Overnight at Rekero Camp, with meals, drinks and drives included. 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks
Transport: Lodge vehicle on game package

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Rekero will keep an eye on the river for you

Spend a full day exploring the Masai Mara and you'll soon realise why this reserve is so highly regarded – lots of big cats and other predators roam the plains. Rekero's location is perfect, away from the traffic of the Mara Triangle but close enough to the Mara River to be in the thick of things if there's a build-up of zebra and wildebeest. We suggest you divide your time between the migration and looking for predator interactions, which should be plentiful at this time of year. Overnight at Rekero, with meals, drinks and drives included.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks
Transport: Lodge vehicle on game package

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10

Don't neglect the cats

Enjoy your last full day in the Masai Mara with good sightings and interaction. Reflect on your once-in-a-lifetime experience of the Serengeti and Masai Mara, the migration and river crossings. Sip your last drink around the camp fire in the Masai Mara and plan your next African holiday. Overnight at Rekero Camp, with meals, drinks and drives included.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks
Transport: Lodge vehicle on game package

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Fly Home

Your flight to Nairobi departs in the late morning; you'll arrive at Wilson airport and transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International for your flight home, the migration fresh in your memory.

Note: you can combine the migration on the Southern Serengeti pains with the Masai Mara, on request. This is an equally good itinerary and is best traveled during February and March each year. Please contact us if this time of year is better for you.

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The Migration River Crossings July to September safari map

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