One of the natural world’s great wildlife phenomena, The Great Migration is a spectacle you need to have seen at least once in your lifetime. As it moves across the immense plains of the Serengeti and Maasai Mara, a collection of luxury lodges play host to travelers in search of this annual occurrence.
While the timing of the Great Migration’s movement is variable, a pattern does occur each year, giving an indication to when it’s most likely to arrive in each area. In June the migration is on its way across the Serengeti culminating in the spectacular Grumeti River crossings before heading north towards the Maasai Mara’s grasslands in July – the northern Serengeti is the best place to be at this time. More river crossings can be witnessed in early August as the wildebeest and zebra reach the western plains of the Maasai Mara, and it’s in this National Reserve that they remain throughout September, before heading back to the northern Serengeti in October and moving south for December.
If you’re planning a trip around this once-in-a-lifetime experience this summer and fall, these are the luxury lodges and camps you should consider heading to.
Singita Sasakwa, Tanzania
This classic lodge consisting of an elegant manor house and collection of cottages sits within the Grumeti Reserves of northern Tanzania, overlooking the Serengeti Plains. This location makes the lodge an ideal base for witnessing the Great Migration as it passes through at the beginning of the summer months. Of course, you’ll see an abundance of wildlife here at any time of year; look out for cheetah, lions, leopards and the bat eared fox, as well as buffalo, elephants, the Maasai giraffe and herds of bearded wildebeest. Spend the rest of your time on guided walks, being a part of community visits, tasting Singita’s impressive collection of wines and gazing out at the plains from the infinity pool of the main lodge or your private villa.
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