The Best Migration Camps
The annual migration in East Africa is a memorable safari experience and a dream for many overseas visitors. Pierre Pitlo looks at some of the best places to stay when viewing the migration.
serengeti migration camp
Migration Camp in Tanzania is a seasonal camp that is located in the Western Serengeti from April – July, in the Northern Serengeti from August – November and in the Southern Serengeti from December – March each year. This camp will move between three different locations, literally following the migration as it travels across the Serengeti, offering guests year round access.
mara serena lodge
Mara Serena Safari Lodge is located in the centre of the famous ‘Mara Triangle' of Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. The lodge provides views over the savannah and down to the hippo-filled Mara River, where guests can view the annual migration - wildebeest and zebra by their thousand streaming over the river.
porini lion camp
Porini Lion Camp is the ideal base for the main Serengeti-Mara migration. The camp has some of the biggest big cat densities in Africa and this provides a lot of big cat action when the thousands of wildebeest are around. Night game drives during migration time is when the lions, leopards, and hyenas are most active and offers opportunities to watch a hunt or a pride noisily feasting on a wildebeest. The camp is also situated in easy reach of some of the key Mara River crossing points for those that may be interested in seeing them.
serena safari lodge
Serena safari Lodge is located in the Serengeti National Park, 335 kilometres from Arusha, Tanzania where guests can enjoy a ringside seat of the annual migration of the wildebeest. From river crossing to plains action. The lodge is accessible via a short flight from Arusha to Seronera. Apart from witnessing the wildebeest migration, guests can enjoy game morning & evening drives and walking safaris.
Sanctuary Kusini is the only permanent camp in the remote southern part of the Serengeti, Tanzania, and is ideal for seeing cheetah and wildebeest that congregate on the grassy plains in the calving season from mid-December to March. Each tent has their own personal attendant.
porini mara camp
Porini Mara Camp in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy is an exclusive area for wildlife and with a room density not exceeding 1 tent to 700 acres, is the ideal place for the calving of the Loita migration. This occurs at the same time as the calving in Ndutu, Serengeti and offers great photography opportunities and memories of new life and at times death by the over 30 lions found in Ol Kinyei.
The camp is ideally located just north of several crossing points and adjacent to the renowned Paradise Plains where the BBC has filmed much of their migration footage. Governors’ Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, it’s waters teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile, in the heart of Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve. Each tent has incredible views of the plains and Mara River.
Sanctuary Olonana is a tented safari camp on a private stretch of the Mara River in Kenya's Masai Mara. During the annual wildebeest migration, the action happens on the camp's doorstep. The camp offers game drives, cultural visits, bush dinners, sundowners, balloon flights and scenic flights.
grumeti tented camp
Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp is a luxury lodge located in the Western Serengeti, Tanzania, in the path of the Great Migration and its river crossings. Apart from the wildebeest migration, guests can also witness the topi, a species of antelope, migration from the lodge.