The Great Migration Safari — Mara River CrossingOne of the greatest natural spectacles in the world...
Updated: November 27
This safari has been designed with the aim of in—depth exploration of the northern Serengeti, with the Great Migration crossing the Mara River proving to be the main attraction for this safari. At the beginning of the dry season in the Serengeti end of June, the herds of wildebeest start heading to northern Serengeti around Lobo area and Kogatende where the grass is green. From July to mid-October, migration safaris hold the excitement of herds crossing the Mara River. As the animals enter the water, individuals are taken by crocodiles. Their sacrifice secures the survival of this extraordinary journey of species. Vast herds of wildebeest and zebra can easily be seen crossing the Mara River from Tanzania's Serengeti.
This is a natural phenomenon in rare cases the Great Migration can be affected by rainfall, availability of water and food in the area, predators, and nutrition contents in the grasses.
1 Night | Siringit Villa
2 Nights | Gibb's Farm
3 Nights | Mobile Tented Camp
6 Nights | 7 DaysStarts from Arusha [Kilimanjaro airport]Ends in Arusha [Kilimanjaro airport]
Starting at 4990 per personExcluding International flights
Serengeti National ParkMara RiverNgorongoro Crater
Arrival Tanzania | Siringit Villa
Welcome to Tanzania... An awaiting SHRIKE representative will meet you at Kilimanjaro airport and escort you to Siringit Villa—a charming villa located on Kilimanjaro Golf and Wildlife Estate... offering the warmth and character of a private country home blended with the amenities of a fine hotel, our stay at Siringit Villa is an ideal overture to the game lands to follow.
Serengeti | Mobile Tented Camp
The vast expanse of the legendary Serengeti is next. You will find yourself in the very heart of the migration corridor, a path traveled by nearly every species known to man. We spend our nights at the Mobile Tented Camp which moves around the Serengeti year—round, bringing you within reach of the Great Migration and exploring secluded, stunning angles of the Serengeti. The camp brings the finest luxury to the mobile safari experience.
Ngorongoro | Gibb's Farm
We stay at an eco-lodge, Gibb's Farm, and enjoy organic farm—to—table meals [where nearly every ingredient comes fresh from the estate's organic farm]. Offering a wealth of activities... including a safari to Ngorongoro Crater, and much more...
Farewell Lunch | Fly Back Home
We drive to Arusha city. A day rooms are provided at Siringit Villa to refresh and relax. Enjoy a farewell lunch before your late afternoon transfer to the airport for a flight to your next destination.
Meet Your Dedicated Safari Planner.
I have carefully orchestrated this itinerary using my local experience and expertise ...I may guarantee you that you'll witness the Great Migration and feel utterly immersed in NATURE.
The Serengeti—home of the great wildebeest migration and Ngorongoro Crater—one of the world's Wonders; there are no shortages of possibilities to fit your passion and taste...
Chacha Magori—Local Safari Guide at Shrike
This safari is unmatched in its degree of included extras—from exceptional special events, seriously stress—free, and educational enhancements to the myriad little luxuries lavished upon you throughout your safari.
Gratuities included for meals and porterage even substantial ones to your Safari Guide and Safari Leader from beginning to end of your safari and you won’t be “nickel and dimed” for WIFI, tips at the lodges, drinks, and laundry; all that’s left for you to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy...
From the moment that we pick you up until the moment of your reluctant departure, all meals and beverages (including soft drinks, house wines, well spirits, and local beers) are provided as part of our all-inclusive safari cost—an extravagant saving and an enormous convenience.
Early riser’s coffee is served before the sunrise game drive, followed by abundant breakfast buffets, luncheons on the veranda, and a formal afternoon tea. Dinners are fashionably late following the return of the afternoon game drive, allowing time for relaxation and “sun-downers at the lounge or around the campfire.
Making a Difference
A safari with us helps to change the lives of destitute and orphaned children in Tanzania through educational support.
Once a full payment or a 25% deposit has been made for this safari your trip will depart as scheduled, we will never cancel for any reason other than Force Majeure. Your departure is guaranteed 100% No surcharge or supplemental cost ever imposed.
Admissions & Game Drive
National park entrance and concession fees, game viewing and Immersive activities for everyone including airport transfers from start to completion with little unexpected surprises along the way.
Top—notch Local Safari Guide
Enjoy the services of our highly—credentialed Safari Guide during your safari.
Emergency medical evacuation service
This assures Shrike guests in the wilderness area of prompt medical attention and air transportation to the nearest medical facility in the unlikely event that an emergency should arise. However, this should NOT replace your travel insurance.
Moreover, when you travel with Shrike, you are assured of the services of the Flying Doctors, a group of well—qualified physicians who travel by aircraft throughout the bush to provide treatment and transportation in East Africa.
The Finest and Well—equipped 4x4 Safari Vehicle
Our safari vehicles are also outfitted with ice chests stocked with ample bottled water and soft drinks. Binoculars—one for each traveler—is also available to Shrike guests in the bush, as well as a safari library of field guides to aid in your understanding of the flora and fauna of each region. Bean bags for stabilizing long lenses is available upon request.
Lifetime Deposit Scheme™
We understand that in today’s constantly changing world, plans can change at any time. That’s why we have introduced a Lifetime Deposit Scheme™ offering hassle—free rescheduling. i.e we'll keep your deposit as a credit to reschedule all the services at no extra cost until you’re ready to decide when to do the same trip or another available trip anytime. There’s no rush. And if you can't do the trip anymore, you can pass it on to a friend or relatives.
Thank you for taking such good care of us in Tanzania. Your knowledge of the African wildlife taught us so much about Tanzania and the great Serengeti. We appreciate your careful attention to detail and making sure we had plenty of time to visit every location on the list...
Robert Chizek—Owner, Chizek Custom Builders LLCMichigan, US
What is the best time to come on this safari?
The best time to witness the Great Migration is between July to mid-October, during the dry season. There is less water available so animals tend to congregate and cross the Mara River, making game spotting easier. High season attracts more guests on safari specifically from the end of June to early October.
How many participants per departure?
In keeping with our commitment to personalized service and exclusive arrangements, the Shrike Specialty safaris are always small and intimate in size—carefully crafted to avoid any “big-group” feeling. Groups vary from as few as 4 guests [and what service!] to an average of 6 and not more than 12 participants ...believed to be the smallest group in the industry. Our safari vehicle accommodates no more than six guests.
Can I transform this trip into a private safari?
We easily customize this safari into an exclusive, fully Private Safari, with you and your family, or a group of friends with your own safari guide. A private vehicle will be yours for all game drives and tours—a lovely feature! Please ask for this option upon booking...
I am lactose intolerant/ require gluten—free meals/ allergic to peanuts/ vegan. Can you cater for this?
Yes, the chefs at each lodge have been specially trained to deal with many different types of dietary requirements. They will personally discuss your upcoming meals with you. Please also be sure to notify us of dietary requirements when making your booking.
What if I need serious medical attention while on safari?
As a local tour operator, we can recommend the best physicians. However, in more remote locations of Tanzania, you are assured of the services of the Flying Doctors—a group of well-qualified physicians who travel by aircraft throughout the bush to provide treatment and transportation. This assures Shrike guests of prompt medical attention and air transportation in the unlikely event that an emergency should arise.
How do I book this safari?
The unique appeal of this safari is the exclusive nature of hand-picked accommodations which can fill up quickly, particularly in high season, it is recommended to book at least 90 days in advance, most of our guests book 6 months to 1 year in advance. A deposit in the amount of 25% of your per—person trip price will hold your space. Credit and Debit Cards including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, PayPal, and Discover are accepted.
Do I need a passport and visa to travel to Tanzania
After booking this safari you will receive detailed information that explains everything you need to know prior to your departure date including helpful tips, visa application, packing list, vaccination, etc.