Great Migration Safari

Great Migration Safari

The attractive smell of rain, thunder, wide-open grasslands, and up to 2 million animals, such as wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, topi, hartebeest, and impala, spur the Great Migration Safari. These millions of wild animals migrate seasonally, clockwise, from south Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya.

Historically, the herds follow a relatively regular yearly pattern of migration. However, changes in climate and the timing of seasons can disrupt this pattern and result in migratory animals arriving in areas ahead of normal predictions. Yet, no matter what time of year you come, there is always somewhere you can go within the Serengeti ecosystem to see the migration.

Below are some of our recommended itineraries for seeing the Great Migration. Alternatively, you can work with us to tailor and make your personalized itinerary.

  • Big Five Safari 

The “Big Five” is a term that refers to the 5 African animals that are early big game hunters considered the most complex and dangerous animals to hunt on foot in Africa. These animals include the African elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, and rhinoceros.

The name Big 5 originally came from game hunters, referring to the most complex animals to hunt on foot. Nowadays, seeing the ‘Big 5’ has become synonymous with the African Safari, and it is a thrilling experience to see and experience some of the most dangerous animals in the wild!

Please look at some of our recommended itineraries for seeing the Big 5 below, or email directly for a tailor-made itinerary!

1. African Elephant

The world’s heaviest and largest animal, with the most extensive individual with a record of weighing in at over 10 tons/22,000 pounds, is The African Elephant. They can prevail in diverse habitats like lush wetlands, arid deserts, etc., and are found in 37 sub-Saharan countries.

These elephants are exceptionally well-adapted to their environment; their inch-thick skin guards them against the sharp thorns of the bush, and their enormous ears help to disseminate heat and regulate body temperature.

2. African Lion

The disputed king of the sub-Saharan savannah and the world’s giant cat after the tiger is – The African Lion. They live in pride with one male, several females, and their cubs. The hard graft when hunting is typical of lionesses, who often work together to bring down larger prey.

These lions are classified as vulnerable on the IUCN Red list. You can see these lions at Kgalagadi trans Frontier Park in South Africa, Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, and Ngorongoro Conservation in Tanzania.

3. African Leopard

The most inaccessible of the big five animals is – The African Leopard. These leopards spend the daylight hours hidden from view, naturally shy and exclusively nocturnal. They use trees to scan for prey, store fresh kill animals like lions and hyenas from scavengers, and are excellent climbers.

You can see these Leopards at Londolozi game reserve – South Africa; Moremmmi Game Reserve -Botswana; South Luangwa National Park, Zambia, Samburu National Reserve – Kenya.

4. Cape buffalo

There are four sub-species of Cape buffalo, but the most prominent species are most commonly seen in East and southern Africa. These Cape Buffaloes are found in water-rich reserves and national parks throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

They are also formidable creatures and have gained prominence as one of the most dangerous animals in Africa.They are found in Kruger National Park, South Africa; Chobe National Park, Botswana; Katavi National Park, Tanzania; Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia.

5. White and Black Rhino

Both the black and white Rhino are the two African rhino species. The black Rhino is critically endangered and listed in the IUCN list, but both rhinos are at risk of extinction due to poaching by hunters with the demand for rhino horns.

These rhinos are found at Etosha National Park – Namibia; Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park, South Africa; Lewa Wildlife Conservancy -Kenya; Mkomazi National Park -Tanzania.

  • Chimpanzee Safari

Would you like to see chimpanzees on your trip to East Africa? And where would you like to see them? Rwanda? Tanzania? The Congo? Each location provides a unique experience to get up close and personal with these beautiful animals!

Whether you see the chimpanzees in Rwanda or go off the beaten track in Tanzania to see the chimps in Gombe, Katavi, or Mahale, you’re bound to have an experience unlike anything else!

  • Romantic Safari

What better way to start a new life together than with an unforgettable destination wedding and honeymoon experience? Whether you choose the flawless beaches of Zanzibar or Seychelles, a once-in-a-lifetime romantic safari through Tanzania, or gorilla trekking in Rwanda & Uganda, Shadows of Africa specializes in hand-crafting truly unforgettable romantic escapes to commemorate your big day.

  • Walking Safari Tour

Get in touch with your nature side a little more by taking a walking safari. Get out of the car and enjoy a different experience with your feet on the ground. Walking can also be a great way to see some incredible wilderness and wildlife you would not be able to see in a vehicle!

  • Family Safari

Fly-in or out safaris can be a great way to pack more into your safari, mainly if you have limited time. Driving to and from the Serengeti takes time, but flying in dramatically reduces this to as little as 30 minutes!

  • Culture Experience Safari

When visiting East Africa, don’t just come to see the animals, but also come to understand some of the cultures that these countries have to offer. Through a cultural tour, we aim to connect you with an experience that showcases the local culture respectfully and is also beneficial for both sides.

  • Day Trips Safari & Kilimanjaro

Need more time to experience the majesty of Africa? This day’s trip from Arusha to Tarangire National Park has covered you. Join a small group and head toward the park, home to several wildlife species, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, and giraffes.

While on your drive, your guide provides context about the local ecosystem and conservation efforts. Also, this is the perfect way to explore Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, or the Zanzibar day tour.

  • Zanzibar Safari & Water Activity

Combine your stay in idyllic Zanzibar with a safari on the mainland of Tanzania. This memorable way to discover the other Tanzania! Just 1.5 hours by boat or a 20-minute flight from the tropical island of Zanzibar, you will find the most beautiful wildlife parks in the world.

  • Motorcycle Village Safari

Our local team has been created by a group of passionate villagers who desire to showcase the scenic beauty and stunning wilderness of Tanzania in a new medium from the seat of a world-class enduro motorbike.

  • Kilimanjaro Climb

Compared to other mountains, Mount Kilimanjaro is a relatively easy climb. You don’t need to be a professional climber to attempt the ascent, although a good level of physical fitness is a must. With the assistance of our experienced guide team, we can get you to the peak so that you can gaze out across Africa.

Our experienced mountain guides will ensure that your climb to the roof of Africa is as safe and easy as possible. Our guides have an intimate knowledge of the various routes and climate conditions, allowing them to predict changes and avoid accidents.

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