Top 8 Accommodations for Viewing the Great Migration

by Sandy Salle on July 30, 2013

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In the exciting loop of the Great Migration there are a handful of exceptional properties within Kenya and Tanzania that bring visitors on an exclusive experience into the thick of the migration.

Below, we’ve outlined some of our favorite camps and lodges for individuals interested in taking a Tanzania safari vacation or trip to Kenya and immersing themselves into this most riveting natural spectacle:

Serengeti Safari Camp 

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Image above taken from the Nomad-Tanzania website

One of our absolute favorite properties to witness the Great Migration at is Serengeti Safari Camp. This a mobile tented camp that actually moves with the Great Migration so that guests can experience the action of the Migration right on their front doorstep.

Every few months, the camp traverses hundreds of miles of land to remain in close proximity with the migration. Each guest party receives their very own private safari guide and vehicle for the duration of their stay, making the Serengeti Safari Camp experience highly exclusive.

The camp itself is comprised of just 6 meru-style tents, each spacious and comfortable with the essence of luxury.

Best times to visit: Year-round as the camp moves with the migration

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

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Image above of Ngorongoro Crater Lodge taken from the andBeyond Facebook

Situated on the lip of one of the most breathtaking natural formations in the world, the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge overlooks a landscape home to tens of thousands of animals, including the Big Five. This lodge is in an ideal location for the Great Migration as it passes through the Ngorongoro Conservation area, which means visitors to the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge can enjoy daily game drives into the thick of the migration.

Aside from witnessing the natural spectacle of the Great Migration, you can also enjoy visits with the local Maasai people to learn about their culture and daily lives.

Best times to visit: January and February

Lamai Serengeti

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Image above taken from the Nomad-Tanzania website

From the months of July through October, Lamai Serengeti offers visitors on a Tanzania safari vacation the opportunity to witness the Great Migration as it passes over and along the Mara River. And this isn’t any ordinary crossing. Having to fight for their lives against lurking crocodiles and lion, the wildebeest crossing is one of the most exciting natural spectacles to witness and it’s right on the doorstep of Lamai Serengeti.

In addition to the Great Migration, visitors can also witness year-round game (as the area is always lush), including zebra, gazelle, impala, giraffe, buffalo, leopard, and lion.

Best times to visit: July through October

Sanctuary Olonana

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Image above taken from the Sanctuary Retreat’s website

One of the best ways to witness the Great Migration is on a hot air balloon safari above the Mara plains in Kenya. As you soar high above the lush plains you’ll witness hundreds and even thousands of wildebeest as they graze and move about. Guests on a Kenya family safari or celebratory safari can also enjoy walking safaris and exhilarating game drives amongst the migration.

In terms of the accommodations, Sanctuary Olonana offers 14 luxurious and spacious tents with spectacular views of the river and wildlife.

NOTE: Sanctuary Olonana is currently offering some amazing African safari deals, including a free hot air balloon ride when you book for four nights, as well as a first night free when you book three nights. Contact Hills of Africa to help you book your stay and take advantage of these special deals.

Best times to visit: June through October

Serengeti Under Canvas

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Image above taken from andBeyond website

Moving with the herd, Serengeti Under Canvas features various campsites that move with the path of the Great Migration to ensure that guests never miss a drop of the action.

This romantic safari experience allows guests to enjoy the simple luxuries of canvas tents while immersing themselves into the great outdoors.

Visitors on a Tanzania safari vacation can enjoy twice daily game drives and can also (for an additional charge) enjoy hot air balloon safaris – another exceptional and romantic way to view the riveting wildlife of the Serengeti.

Best times to visit: January through April, as well as October through December

Singita Explore Mobile Tented Camp

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Image above taken from the Singita website

For the discerning traveler who wants to experience Africa as the first and great pioneers did, then Singita Explore Mobile Tented Camp is a must visit. With only six, lavishly-appointed tents, this camp offers guests an extremely personal experience and allows them to relish in first-class service while getting closer to nature then ever before.

Some of the activities you can enjoy at this camp to get up close to nature include game drives, safari walks, horseback riding safaris, wine tasting, and spa treatments.

Best times to visit: June through July

Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp

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Image above taken from the andBeyond website

Situated on the edge of the Grumeti River, visitors to the Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp are truly inside the action of the Great Migration. They can witness exciting crossings right from their lavish and vibrantly colored tented suites.

In addition to witnessing thousands of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle, during the Grumeti River crossings, you’ll also have the opportunity to witness hyena, hippo, crocodile, a variety of monkey species and baboon, as well as a plethora of bird species.

Best times to visit: May through June

Singita Faru Faru Lodge

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Image above taken from the Singita website

Absolute luxury and spectacular wildlife viewing. That’s what I think of when I picture Singita Faru Faru Lodge.

Situated on the Grumeti Reserves of northern Tanzania, the Faru Faru Lodge is celebrated for its spectacular location on the route of the Great Migration.

There are nine suites total at Singita Faru Faru Lodge; Seven are bedroom suites, one is a family suite, and one is a two-bedroom villa suite. There are two lavish pools at the property and guests can enjoy exciting and personalized game drives and walking safaris during their stay.

Best times to visit: June though July

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