Your migration cheat sheet – three tips to make a Serengeti safari simpler


Your migration cheat sheet – three tips to make a Serengeti safari simpler

If you’re looking for a bucket list tick this year, take this as your sign not to put it off any longer – this is one for your list (and the books).

The Great Migration is considered one of the ‘greatest spectacles on earth’ and we have to agree. Wildebeest in their hundreds of thousands – joined by zebra and antelope – gradually cross the plains from the Serengeti in Tanzania to Kenya’s Maasai Mara region following in pursuit of fresh grazing. Where game goes, predators follow, and in turn mesmerizing scenes from dangerous river crossings to heart-pumping chases. For safari lovers with a penchant for action, this is one that will leave a lasting impression.


Plan – as best you can!

With a trip like a Great Migration safari, planning ahead is essential. Demand is high during peak season. However, the timing and exact location of the herds each year is never 100% predictable – and while there are guidelines, weather patterns and the abundance (or lack) of grazing dictates the game’s movement.

This is one of those times where you have to let nature take its course – literally – and why it’s important to get proper expert guidance on timing, location and all the logistics that go with it. This is where we come in, to advise on the best areas, lodges and dates to book for what you want out of your trip. Importantly, given this can be one of the more pricey safari experiences, we can also ensure you get the best value without skimping on the experience.


Pack light (and smart)                                                                                                              

Sometimes the most asked questions are the most practical. Like, ‘what should I pack’? And while we’ll supply a more extensive guide when we help design your itinerary, here it is in a nutshell. Pack comfortable clothes in natural fabrics and neutral tones – always have in the back of your mind that you’re trying to blend in to your surroundings. It’s hot and sunny, but can get cool at night, so pack layers (everything from a swimsuit to a light jumper). Take comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots, a sunhat or cap. Some lodges will have a fitness centre so if you’re keen to stick to your routine, pack activewear too.

Avid and amateur photographers – this is your time to shine, so pack back-up batteries and memory cards. Remember lodges are typically remote so make sure to bring spare contact lenses and extra medication. Also NB – if you’re transferring via a small aircraft to your destination, there will be a baggage limit (on size and weight), so check the specifics with us before you depart!


Choose your digs…

When it comes to the migration, there are numerous ways (and places) to stay. From authentic (but luxurious) tented camps – sleeping with the sounds of the bush through canvas, and the primal pleasure of nights by the fire – to traditional lodges and all the comforts that come as part of the package. And again, within these are myriad more options – as far as style, size and location go.

The ideal lodge for you will depend on what you hope to get out of the experience. Do you want to be close to the action, or simply dip into it? Do you want to be immersed in nature on the plains or perched above it with an incredible view? Do you want to be surrounded by classic safari style (think campaign chairs and linen) or is a more contemporary take on bush décor more your thing? Our job is to take your wishlist and turn it into an itinerary, to make sure your safari is one you’ll never forget.

Get in touch with our travel team here for expert guidance on one of Africa’s most magnificent experiences.

May 7, 2024

Steadfast Africa