Migration Safari - July to Mid-Oct

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East Africa
Kenya, Tanzania
11 Days/10 Nights
From $9,688 USD/PER PERSON
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Migration Safari - July to Mid-Oct

In Search of the Great Migration

11 Days/10 Nights

Kenya’s Maasai Mara is the northern extension of Tanzania’s Serengeti Plains and the same eco-system. The herds roam freely between the two countries. These areas are the most prolific wildlife regions in all of Africa. The Serengeti and Mara are considered excellent year-round game viewing destinations.

During certain times of the year, the herds will be greater in numbers in one region or the other. We do suggest you select your safari itinerary for the time of year you are traveling and not just because you must go to the Mara or must go to the Serengeti. It is best to concentrate in one of the areas searching for the game rather than spending time transiting. This will avoid excessive road travel and expenses when there is not a worthwhile gain in the game viewing. We will give you our recommendations based on your safari goals and your time of travel.

The emphasis of this safari will be the Maasi Mara in Kenya. Every year, 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle make the trek from the Serengeti to the Maasi Mara and back down again in an oblong pattern driven by the rains, in search of food and water.

If you are traveling from July to late September, you should have better chances of hitting the migrating herds in the Maasai Mara rather than the Serengeti. While the wildlife offers no guarantees to the traveler, this itinerary should optimize your game viewing opportunities. Be aware that both the Mara and the Serengeti always have great resident game including lions, elephants, giraffe, hyena, larger antelopes and cheetah.

It has always been difficult to predict exactly when and where you will encounter the herds but with 44 years of planning safaris, we have had a good track record. Sadly, we have seen pattern changes which we feel are due to the climate changes. It will take years to see if the migration has changed its course. Until then, we will plan your safari to have your base in a central location, giving you the most flexibility on game drives.

For those whose main goal is trying to catch the river crossing, contact the Born Free migration specialist. This trip can be customized to increase your chances of seeing the potential crossing. Time can be adjusted to visit the Serengeti in Tanzania in addition to the Maasai Mara.

Featured Inclusions: All Internal Safari Flights, Unlimited Game Drives in Tanzania, Park Entrance Fees, Entrance to Sheldrick Orphanage and Giraffe Center, Walks in Mara Conservancy, Night Drives, Maasai Interactions, Born Free Concierge Service, 24/7 Emergency US & Africa Contacts, East Africa Medical Evacuation Limited Membership, Pre-Journey Briefing Booklet, Born Free Customized Backpack, Luggage tags, Personalized Bound Final Itinerary.

Full list of inclusions and tariff details will be sent upon inquiry.  

Born Free Exclusive Option: All Safari Guide Gratuities can be included.

Born Free Exclusive Option: Luxury Air Conditioned Safari Vehicle with WiFi, iPad, Charging Points, and Fully stocked fridge with your choice of beverages in Tanzania.

Journey Priced From: $9688 per person, double occupancy. 

Rates are in US dollars and include current taxes & park fees - subject to change.  

Rates shown are starting price based on Shoulder Season, Bronze Accommodations.

Rates include air from Arusha to Nairobi, Nairobi to Mara and return Nairobi.

Rates do not include international or intercontinental airfares.     

Request rate if you would like a single room.

Is this your dream trip?

For the wildlife enthusiast, the Migration Safari will be your ideal trip. It is a seasonal safari, meaning that the locations will change from month to month in order to enhance your wildlife experience. The itinerary is varied in scenery and experiences. The Migration Safari is a comfortable trip with no long transit times. We have included flights where the distances are long. This safari offers the most variety and impact with the least amount of drive times.

Tailor-Made Itinerary: The Migration Safari can be tailored to suit your vision and specifications. Travel in the style that meets your comfort level, to the places that interest you the most at a pace that you'll enjoy. Your research has led you to Born Free, now let our Specialists tailor-make your journey the way you want to experience it.


  • Private Journey in Tanzania
  • Your Choice of Accommodations in Kenya and Tanzania
  • Seasonally Modified Safari to Maximize Game Viewing
  • Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park
  • Lake Manyara Treetop Walkway
  • Masai Mara Main Eco-System
  • Mara Conservancy features Night Drives & Nature Walks
  • Conservancy Off-Roading & Close-up views of Wildlife
  • Unlimited Game Drives in Tanzania
  • Maasai Interactions, Visit a Coffee Plantation
  • Born Free Professional Safari Guides
  • Deluxe Safari Vehicles with Unobstructed Views
  • Binoculars and Cool Boxes in Vehicles
  • Internal Safari Flights Included to/from the Mara
  • Giraffe Center & Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Extend your safari into the Serengeti in Tanzania (optional)

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Available accommodation levels

Africa offers a wide array of fabulous accommodations - from luxurious hotels to premium camps to rustic hideaways. The accommodation can be as much a part of the experience as the destination. Born Free selects hotels and lodges based on their proximity to the best wildlife viewing sites, and also considers the property's views, compatibility with the natural surroundings, friendliness of the staff, travelers' needs, food quality and cleanliness. A trip can combine many types of properties depending on your comfort level, itinerary and budget.