The Great Plain Migration

Witness a wildlife phenomenon as more than a million Wildebeest thunder across the plains with predators in tow…

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7 days for £3,275 pp sharing

We offer dates throughout the migration season. Please contact us for more information.

  • Includes accommodation in 2 different camps, unlimited game drives, full board, and all internal flights
  • Deposit £825 pp. Single supplement £575 pp
  • Maximum group size 8 people
  • Excludes international flights

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Your luxury camp, deep in the African bush.

Combining open savannah in the shadows of Mount Kenya and the secluded areas of the vast Olare Motorogi Conservancy, our Wildebeest migration safari gives you unrivalled access to view the migration in all its glory.

Starting at the Laikipia camp, you begin your safari within the 90,000 acres of blissfully uncrowded wilderness. The game viewing in the conservancy is always exceptional, and you can expect to observe fascinating animal behaviour in and around the migration areas. This area also holds East Africa’s largest population of Black Rhino along with Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Cheetah and many more wildlife species including northern range species such as Reticulated Giraffe, Oryx, Grevy’s Zebra and Jackson’s Hartebeest.

Your safari then continues by plane down the Rift Valley to the famous Mara Bush Camp. The camp is the perfect location for witnessing the Wildebeest migration in full as you can view the animals from the camp itself. Early morning and late afternoon are the most productive times for game drives from the Bush Camp and our safari customised 4WD vehicles give everyone a perfect view. Watching wildlife at close hand, whilst never encroaching on their space, is endlessly fascinating and our guides’ instincts and experience provide superb photo opportunities of wild animals.

Your Bush Camp is a small, intimate, luxury tented camp completely unfenced from the wilderness around it. The camp layout of six guests tents in the trees and low escarpment beyond, provide privacy and the perfect hideaway.

The vehicles are specially designed for photographers, as the whole fleet are open-sided with open roofs. Cameras can be rested on the roof (with supplied beanbags) or on the armrests lower down to which you can mount simple platforms for larger lenses.

  • Experience the epic Blue Wildebeest migration across the Masai Mara (July to September).
  • Track Lions with resident Lion researchers and learn about the prides that rule the savannah.
  • Spot rare nocturnal animals during a thrilling night drive.
  • Visit the Northern White Rhino breeding programme, and see the crucial conservation work first-hand.
  • Take a walking safari through the savannah with an expert Masai guide.
  • Stay at one of the most remote and luxurious tented camps, far from the main tourist areas.
  • Take an early morning hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara.
  • Visit a local Masai village or school and learn how your visit contributes to the local communities.
  • Watch wildlife at a watering hole in the shadows of Mount Kenya.
  • Enjoy the tranquillity at one of Kenya’s most environmentally aware bush camps.
  • Visit the Turtle conservation projects and the stunning paradise beaches on the Indian Ocean.
  • Benefit from the best safari vehicles in the park, specially adapted for game viewing and photography.

For a detailed tour itinerary, please download our Tour Brochure.

Days 1
This morning you will be met at Nairobi JKIA airport or at your Nairobi hotel, and transferred to Wilson airport for a morning flight to Nanyuki airstrip. Upon arrival your guide will transfer you to the camp in Ol Pejeta Conservancy; the journey time is approximately one hour. You will have lunch at camp, then have to relax until afternoon tea is served. In the mid afternoon, you will venture out onto the rolling plains on a game drive to enjoy the vast array of game on offer and have you first experience of the Conservancy. Game driving in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a rare pleasure, with few vehicles in the wilderness zone. Upon returning to camp, you can join other guests for a drink around the campfire or in the cosy lounge tent before joining your hosts for dinner.

Day 2
You will have an early start to the day with piping hot coffee, tea or hot chocolate brought to your tent. This morning you will take a longer game drive and enjoy a sumptuous picnic breakfast out on the plains. On returning to camp, you can enjoy an al-fresco lunch and relax whilst viewing the game and birdlife around the waterhole. In the afternoon you have the option of visiting the Chimpanzee Sanctuary prior to continuing on your evening game drive until dusk.  We also offer night drives if you would like to view an array of nocturnal species with the aid of a filtered spotlight.

Day 3
There are a range of activities to choose from today including lion tracking, mountain biking, canoeing, game driving or a walking excursion with one of our guides and a ranger. Walks range from 2-3 hours and can be adapted to suit your preference. Then enjoy a picnic breakfast out on the plains before returning to camp. This afternoon you can explore the wilderness again on a game drive or visit the ranching program or the Wildlife Centre. Drinks tonight will be around the campfire or in our comfortable lounge and dinner will be served in the adjacent dining tent.

Day 4
Following a leisurely al fresco breakfast, depart for Nanyuki airstrip for your morning flight to the Masai Mara. Your guide will be there to welcome you upon arrival at the airstrip and will drive you to the Bush Camp. You will also partake in a short game drive en route. At the camp you will have some time for leisure, lunch and afternoon tea. Then you will set off for your afternoon game drive followed by evening sundowner drinks overlooking the plains. You then return to the camp in time for showers and drinks around the camp fire.

Day 5
Rise early with tea or coffee brought to your tent. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at camp before setting off on a full day game drive to the reserve or another conservancy. You will see varied terrain along with plenty of animal and bird species on your extended game drive. Take a break in one of the many scenic viewpoints where your picnic lunch will be set out. After your break, continue exploring until you arrive back at camp later in the afternoon. Wind down at camp after an exhilarating day in the bush and gather at the campfire for an aperitif before dinner is served later in the evening.

Day 6
This morning there will be an escorted game walk, which will take approximately 2 hours and will offer a different perspective of the terrain and fauna whilst crossing the plains. This afternoon you may wish to visit a traditional Maasai manyatta (village) or take another evening game drive.

Day 7
There will be an early morning game drive followed by breakfast. Once you have said goodbye to your hosts, we will transfer you back to the airstrip for your flight back to Nairobi. Meet at Wilson airport and transfer to Jomo Kenyatta international airport for your outbound flight back home or to your Nairobi hotel.

Just some of the Kenyan wildlife you may encounter:

  • Leopard
  • Lion
  • Cheetah
  • African Wild Cat
  • Elephant
  • Giraffe
  • Spotted Hyena
  • Striped Hyena
  • Aardwolf
  • Eland
  • African Wild Dog
  • Greater Kudu
  • Blue Wildebeest
  • Jackson’s Hartebeest
  • Civet
  • Genet
  • Serval
  • Caracal
  • Bat-eared Fox
  • Grevy’s Zebra
  • Northern White Rhino
  • Black Rhino
  • Striped Polecat
  • Honey Badger

Many of the photos you see on this site were taken by amateur photographers on our tours.

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Encounter the wild are privileged to work with and support the Kicheche Community Trust.

Their numerous community programmes in and around the conservancy are an inspirational model for integrating communities with the wildlife tourism industry. Please read our tour brochure for more information on how your participation can make a difference.