Walk Amongst The Great Migration
Southern To Central Serengeti
01 Dec – 31 Mar*
(*) Excludes 20 Dec – 5 Jan
7 Days, 6 Nights
Start & End Points
Kimondo Migration Camp, Southern Serengeti to Dunia Camp, Central Serengeti
You will be walking approximately 15 – 20km per day
About This Asilia Adventure:
Enjoy a unique perspective of travelling on foot amongst one of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles, the Great Migration of two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle. During December and March, the mega-herds of grazers give birth to their young, graze on the nutrient-rich grasslands of the southern Serengeti and begin to move northwards in search of fresh grazing.
Your walking expedition will take you right through the heart of the migration, surrounding you with the unforgettable soundtrack of wildbeest grunts, snorts, and thundering of hooves as you travel from the southern tip of the Serengeti to the central heart of the national park. Perhaps you will bear witness to a new wildebeest calf or zebra foal being born or see the black tip of a lion’s tail swish in the grass as it lies in wait for an old or injured animal to cross its path. Whatever your experience, this is a thrilling way to explore the sights and sounds of the Great Migration up close.
What Is Included In This Adventure?
All meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 7, all house drinks (soft drinks and selected alcohol) throughout, transfer from Serengeti South Airstrip to Kimondo at start, and from Dunia Camp to Seronera Airstrip at end, park fees and camping fees, expert walking guide (with rifle) throughout, back-up four-wheel-drive safari vehicle, all logistics for fly camp set up, Asilia conservation charge and Medevac cover.
Snapshot of This Asilia Adventure
Arrive at Kimondo today (or earlier if you wish to do some game drives in the region), located in the Kusini area in the southern tip of the Serengeti. You can choose an afternoon of leisure in camp or head out on a game drive to explore the region. Your Wayo walking safari guide will meet you this evening to discuss the next days of walking before you enjoy a delicious dinner under the African stars with other guests.
Overnight: Kimondo Migration Camp
Wake before sunrise for an early breakfast before you begin your walking safari expedition, travelling north-west with your expert walking guide navigating. Today’s walk begins in the pretty acacia woodland, heading out into the flat savannah plains which seem to stretch uninterrupted forever ahead of you.
Whether the migration herds will be encountered towards the start of your walk or the end will depend on the point in the season you are travelling on this adventure. Regardless of this, there is plentiful resident wildlife to encounter along the way, including big cats, elephant, rhino and of course some spectacular birdlife. Your guide will point out all the flora and fauna as well as ensure your safety. Reach tonight’s Wayo walking fly camp in its remote spot by lunchtime, where the friendly camp team and your luggage will be waiting for you. Enjoy lunch and a well-earned rest in camp and in the late afternoon enjoy a walk in the local area around camp to explore your new surroundings which you will share only with the wildlife.
Overnight: Wayo Walking Fly Camp
Wake up to the dawn chorus of birdsong from your fly camp, enjoying breakfast and departing on today’s walk just after sunrise. Head northwards through open plains, natural gullies, exploring the rocky kopjes which are scattered around the Serengeti landscape. You will stop regularly to take in the ever-changing vistas, rest in the shade, and rehydrate along the way, as well as enjoy wildlife encounters, looking for tracks and signs in the earth and vegetation, and listening out for tell-tale alarm calls that something interesting is nearby. Reach tonight’s fly camp in the early afternoon, tucked into acacia woodland. The team will have moved camp while you walked, setting up in a new location as you work your way northward. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the peaceful solitude of the location, resting your weary legs, and feasting on the delicious campfire-cooked dinner this evening.
Overnight: Wayo Walking Fly Camp
This morning’s walk follows the drainage of the Simeo River as it comes off the plains – one of the most wildlife-rich areas you will walk through. Take your time to enjoy whatever sightings you encounter, whether this is a herd of elephant meandering through the plains, cheetah prowling the grasslands in the early morning light, or the congregation of a bachelor herd of impala. Being on foot allows you a much quieter and gentler approach with the wildlife, and a more humbling and vulnerable perspective than that of a safari vehicle, which makes any encounter all the more thrilling and memorable. You will hike across several smaller open plains and reach Serengeti Walking Camp, a slightly more luxurious fly camp where you will stay tonight.
Overnight: Serengeti Walking Camp
The terrain becomes rockier as you head further into the central heart of the Serengeti, passing large kopjes as you walk. Look out on and around the boulders for wildlife which ranges from the nimble-footed klipspringer antelopes to lions lazing on the rocks to soak up the sun. You will walk around Oldonyo Olbae hill which dominates the plains here, and camp in the woodland to the west. As with the previous days, afternoons are relaxed in camp, with the choice of going out on a short walk in the vicinity if your interest and energy levels permit.
Overnight: Wayo Walking Fly Camp
Your final morning of walking includes passing through the woodland, kopjes and plains to reach Dunia Camp near the Moru Kopjes in the central Serengeti in the early afternoon. Enjoy a hero’s welcome from the camp’s all-female staff with singing and dancing to greet you before you spend the evening soaking up the luxuries that a permanent camp has to offer. Tonight, enjoy a celebratory feast, looking back on your journey on foot through the Serengeti and the migration herds.
Overnight: Dunia Camp (FB basis)
A leisurely morning with breakfast in camp before you depart for the Seronera Airstrip in the late morning. Alternatively, if you wish, you can extend for a couple of nights of safari from Dunia
to explore this central region by vehicle on game drives.
Good to know
Fly Camp Facilities
Wayo walking fly camp: Lightweight nylon mountain tents with mattresses on the floor, pillows, bed linens or good quality sleeping bags if cold. Outdoor long-drop toilet a few metres from sleeping tent. Dining is mostly outdoors when the weather permits, but there is a mess tent when shelter or shade is needed. Bucket showers are also available to freshen up in.
Serengeti walking camp: Large dome canvas tents (3m2 and standing height) with small camp beds, linen and blankets. Outdoor long-drop toilet a few metres from the sleeping tent. Dining is mostly outdoors when the weather permits, but there is a mess tent when shelter or shade is needed. Bucket showers are also available to freshen up in.