The Mara River Crossing

7 Days


    Wildebeests Migration in Serengeti is everyone’s dream while in Africa, nonethelessthis trip stays on top of almost every list of safari experiences in Africa, we have our own way to do it. Everyone want to see when crossing the Mara River

    What is so special about Migration Safari in Serengeti?

    The stacking lion has hunted down zebras, a speeding cheetah is chasing Thompson and the hunting leopard is raising up an impala on a tree branch for a snack. You will always hear those stories all around the world. Although the most wanted is the crocodile hunting down the wildebeests crossing in Mara River. Serengeti is home to formidable lion pride and the world’s greatest concentrations of wildlife. Lions being part of the Serengeti Migration make it the world’s greatest event. The park’s amazing density of wildlife always appreciated, the Migration Safari in Serengeti is an endless experience all year round.

    The great Wildebeests Migration in Serengeti drives vast numbers of the Serengeti’s wildebeests, go along with numbers of zebra. Also, smaller numbers of grant’s gazelle, elephants, and buffalos as far as Thomson’s gazelle, eland, and impala. The movement is a clock ticking pattern which is fairly anticipated. You will also be part of migration while they are seeking fresh grass. You will be seeking knowledge and experience, under the hands of experienced guides.

    Where did Wildebeests Migration in Serengeti take place?

    Each year around 1.5 million wildebeest and 300,000 zebras gather up their young and start their endless journey. From Tanzania`s Serengeti Plains, further north to Kenya`s Masai Mara National Reserve.  Their journey runs in a clockwise circle and the animals cover a distance of around 1800 miles. It`s a tough journey, and every year an estimated 250,000 wildebeests don`t make it.

    When do wildebeests crossing rivers?

    One of the most spectacular sights of the Wildebeests Migration in Serengeti is when the herds gather to cross the Grumeti River (Tanzania) and crossing the Mara River (Kenya & Tanzania) from July through September. As the herds cross, crocodiles are lying in wait for any weak and feeble ungulates that can`t cope with the strong currents or lose who their mothers. But the river crossings aren`t the only spectacle. Just witnessing hundreds of animals on the plains is a sight in itself. Particularly because they attract many of Africa`s impressive predators. Lions, leopards, hyenas, and wild dogs follow the herds and give safari-goers excellent chances of seeing a kill in action. Being a natural event, the migration changes year to year in both timing and location. Contact us for the best timing of Migration Safari in Serengeti.


      Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to Arusha town for overnight at the hotel. Today you can either go shopping for visiting Arusha Central Market or Souvenir shops-Maasai Market.

      > Hotel and Resort

      > Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      After breakfast, depart by road with your guide to your Tarangire National Park. Enjoy an exciting game drive in the park with your knowledgeable and experienced guide who will share with you information about the wildlife you spot in the park. At lunchtime, you will have a rest under an acacia tree where you eat your packed lunch. Later in the afternoon, you will continue with your game viewing activities until evening when you drive to your campsite for dinner and overnight.

      The park is a haven for bird enthusiasts with 500 bird species recorded in the park. Other wildlife found in the park includes large herds of thousands of wildebeests, zebra and Cape buffalo that can be seen in dry season from June to November. Thousands of wild animals from the surrounding areas move to the park due to availability of water from the Tarangire River. Common resident animals in the park include giraffe, impala, dik-dik, Grants gazelle, banded mongoose, velvet monkey and olive monkey. Predators in the park include African wild dog, caracal, cheetah, lion, leopard and honey badger.

      >Ngorongoro Farm House

      >Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Early morning after breakfast descent in the crater. The home of more than 270,000 wild animals. Ngorongoro with game drive en-route. Besides the stunning scenery of the main attraction of this area is the variety of flora and fauna found a remarkably compact area all around the year
      Ngorongoro is the best place to see the black rhinoceros, wildebeest, zebra, and gazelles. The crater also has the densest known population of lions and it’s the place you can find the black-maned lion. Spectacular scenery in this largest caldera in Africa wherein the work animal lives in the crater.

      >Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

      >Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      After breakfast, you will depart from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Serengeti via Ngorongoro. You will start your game drive once you arrive at the Serengeti gate. Game drive in the park until sunset when you drive to your lodge for overnight.

      >Let's view Tanzania Tented Camp

      >Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Kogatende is the unsung gateway to the Mara River in the northern Serengeti. The wildebeest herds, trailed by zebra and gazelle, cross over to the Kenyan side of the Mara, tending to move back to the Serengeti around October. “But the river crossing sightings aren’t as good in October,”
      The Great Migration,” 1.5 million wildebeest, zebras, and gazelle follow a circular migratory route throughout the Serengeti and Maasai Mara ecosystems, fraught with a series of river passages whose raging currents and predatory beasts lurking in the shallows make the venture more than just a simple swim.

      >Serengeti Wilderness Camp

      >Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinne

      Sunrise game drives in around Mara River, later fly from Kogatende Airstrip to Arusha where we will meet you and transfer you to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight back home.

      > Hotel of your Choice
      > Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      All optional activities ( Chemka Hotspring or 3 Days Tour in Zanzibar beach)

      Where the wildebeest cross the Mara River?

      Knowing where the wildebeest cross the river, can improve your great migration experience,  as you should choose which side of the river to observe the wildebeest crossing the Mara River.  If the herds cross to the north then it is probably better to be on the northern bank of the river and visa versa for the return journey.


        What happen when the Animal Cross the Mara river?

        The herds will typically be found in the Northern Serengeti early in July and continuously move north. Depending on the rains these herds will either continue north and attempt to cross the Mara River. From here they continue to move north before being funneled into the Mara Triangle by the Oloololo Escarpment.

          Why do animals cross the Mara river?

          They need to migrate as they have depleted the food sources where they came from and that area needs time to regrow. They also have to move for water sources as their area dries up. It is an ongoing cycle.

            What time of year do they cross the Mara river?

            One of the most requested events in the migration is the arrival crossing of the Mara River that occurs around late July to August with parts of September and again on their return south, around the last two weeks of October through early November.

              Is the Mara river crossing in Tanzania or Kenya?

              Where the River Crossing Takes Place. There are two major river crossings along the path of the Great Migration. They are the Grumeti River crossing in Tanzania and the Mara River crossing in Kenya.

                What animals cross the Mara river?

                As the herds of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles enter the Masai Mara they are met by more than their fair share of lethal predators. Aside from the threat of the big cats, the lemming-like herds are also faced with over 3000 crocodiles lurking in the murky waters of the Mara River during their river crossing.

                  How many wildebeest cross the Mara river?

                  1,245,000 wildebeest
                  Many visitors only want to see the river crossings but the true spectacle of the migration is 1,245,000 wildebeest, 200,000 Burchell’s zebra, 18,000 eland and 500,000 Thomson’s Gazelle filling the entire stretch of landscape.

                    Why visit Maasai Mara?

                    The Masai Mara features a stunning kaleidoscope of wild and rugged landscapes, warm and welcoming people and an exciting array of creatures – big and small. World famous for hosting the epic Great Migration, the Masai Mara welcomes 1,5 million wildebeests onto its sprawling savannahs each July through October.

                      What month is the great migration in Tanzania?

                      The best months to see the Great Migration in Tanzania are from November through to September, where different aspects of the migration can be enjoyed depending on when you go on safari. Calving season is around January-February, whereas river crossings usually begin around July.

                        Does it rain in Mara?

                        On average it rains approximately 1400 millimeters (55 inches) per year. You are most likely to encounter a rain shower in April and least likely to feel raindrops in July.

                          What volcano is near Masai Mara?

                          Two volcanoes of more recent origin, Kerimasi and Ol Doinyo Lengai, were formed along the Gregory Rift and lie to the northeast of the Empakaai caldera. Doinyo Lengai, the Maasai’s “mountain of God,” is still active — its most recent eruption took place in 1983.

                            How many lions are there in Masai Mara?

                            850 to 900 lions
                            Approximately 850 to 900 lions live within the Masai Mara National Reserve and surrounding conservancies. The Mara-ecosystem is one of the world’s premier locations to spot this mighty beast in the wild.

                              What are the 5 animals in Masai Mara?

                              These animals include the African elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, and rhinoceros.
                              • Elephant. This is the largest land animal in the world. …
                              • Lion. The lion is often called the king of the jungle because it is the fiercest and largest predator on land. …
                              • Leopard
                              • Buffalo
                              • Rhino


                                Are there elephants in Masai Mara?

                                Elephant. The Masai Mara is home to family herds of elephant and lone bulls who live in the riverine forests around our camps, the Marshes and the plains. These elephants are frequent visitors to our camps and we have even had two births of elephant in camp.

                                  Important to Know

                                  • This tour is not available to solo travelers.
                                  • Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country.
                                  • This tour accepts children who are  8 years and older.

                                  What is included in this tour?

                                  The price quoted is for a basic package. If you would like other services added on we can prepare an itinerary based on your preferences and budget for your consideration.

                                  • All Park entry fee, crater fee
                                  • Accommodations & 3 meals a day
                                  • Game drives in 4×4 Land Cruisers
                                  • Professional driver/guides throughout your safari
                                  • Complimentary bottled drinking water.
                                  • Government Taxes
                                  • Evacuation Insurance
                                  • Flight from Mara River to Arusha

                                  What’s Excluded

                                  •  International flights
                                  • Visa fees and traveling insurance
                                  • Tips
                                  • Items of a personal nature – spa treatments, laundry, mini-bars, internet, etc

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                                    The Mara River Crossing
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