Mawe Lodges

Where is Kogatende?

Kogatende is an area in the northern Serengeti facing the Mara River. Nestled in the northern reaches of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, it is a hidden gem that offers an unparalleled wildlife experience. This remote area, largely untouched by the heavy footprints of tourism, is the setting for Mawe Lodges’ Gnu Migration Camp, a luxurious retreat designed for those who seek adventure in the wild African bush. Just a 40-minute drive from the local airstrip, Mawe’s Gnu Migration Camp is perfectly positioned for an excellent safari experience, especially during the annual wildebeest migration.

When to go to Kogatende

Kogatende is an area that comes alive with the thunderous hooves of wildebeest and zebras as they journey across the Mara River, usually between July and mid-November. This dramatic crossing is a spectacle of nature that draws wildlife enthusiasts from around the globe, eager to witness one of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural events. The area’s rich biodiversity doesn’t end with migration; it’s also home to many African wildlife, including lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and many bird species, making every game drive an exciting adventure.

Gnu Migration Camp at Kogatende

Mawe Lodges’ Gnu Migration Camp offers an intimate and immersive safari experience. With its strategic location, guests are spectators and participants in the great migration narrative. The camp is a blend of comfort and authenticity, providing a serene base from which to explore the vast landscapes of the Serengeti. Accommodations are elegantly furnished, ensuring guests enjoy the highest levels of comfort and service while surrounded by the raw beauty of the African wild.


Activities at Mawe’s Gnu camp offer the best of the Kogatende area, including:

  • Guided game drives with experienced and knowledgeable guides.
  • Hot Air Baloon Safari for a bird’s eye view of the migration.
  • Evening drives and bush dinners under the stars perfectly end amazing days spent in the wild.
  • Guided walking safaris

How to get to Kogatende

Moreover, access to Kogatende is seamless, with daily flights from Arusha, Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, and other major airports to the Kogatende airstrip. From there, it’s a short and scenic drive to the heart of the action.

Airlines Flying to Kogatende

A list of airlines flying to Kogatende include:

  • Flightlink
  • Coastal Aviation
  • Auric Air
  • Regional Air
  • Grumeti Air and more

Getting there by Road

Traveling from Arusha to Kogatende takes you across Central Serengeti, passing through Ngorongoro, and can last up to 12 hours. An alternative route via Lake Natron necessitates an overnight stay in either Lake Natron or Wasso village. If you’re coming from Maasai Mara, the road trip to Kogatende can take up to 9 hours, varying based on your starting location within Maasai Mara.

Ready to Witness the Annual Great Migration?

In conclusion, Kogatende is more than just a destination; it’s a gateway to one of Earth’s most extraordinary natural experiences.

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