HerdTracker - Live map of the great wildebeest migration 2014

HerdTracker is a real time Google map showing weekly updates of the migration's precise location. Real time updates are sourced weekly from pilots who fly over the Serengeti and Masai Mara, safari guides on the ground, Tanzania National Parks Authority rangers and lodges in the Masai Mara in Kenya.

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Hi Carel - On the 28th & 29th we had some big rain after which the herds around camp were in their thousands, all the way from Musiara to the northern side of rhino ridge and into Olare Motorogi Conservancy. Yesterday, coming from Olkiombo, they were still up on rhino ridge all the way to the Ntiakitiak River, we still have a large number on the plains in front of camp. The herds do seem to be moving south down towards Olkiombo. Regards Shaun - Mara Plains Camp Manager

Lemala Camps 01 Oct 2014

Hi Carel, the crossing at no3 of earlier, lots of thunderstorms and weather around, reports of good rain in the southern Serengeti too so I think this would be the push towards the south for this year. There should be more coming from the Mara triangle side. Your guests should be right on time arriving on the 4th. Keep well, Veronica (video credit @lemala1 Kuria Hills Guide Freddy)

Lemala Camps 30 Sep 2014

Hi Carel Good crossing at no 3 today, still lots of rain and it seems to be here to stay, it is so green for what should be the end of dry season. General movement is south and it seems that there is no turning around this time. I will send you the video when I can communication but Freddy did get a few pictures when he was there with clients - (image credit Freddy Lemala Kuria Hills guide). It is good to be back - Mark, Lemala Kuria Hills

Alex Walker's Serian 30 Sep 2014

Hi Carel, Update from Belinda in the Serengeti: Hi Roisin, "After heavy rainfall here the last two evenings, the wildebeest have been crossing the Mara River North to South, mostly at Nos 2 & 3. This morning the guests saw 2 crossings, one small one of about 100 and a much larger one of about 1000. Thanks, Belinda xx" Roisin Perrett Manager Serian. Ngare Serian. Nkorombo. Serian Mobile

Alex Walker's Serian 30 Sep 2014

Hi Carel, This has just come in from Alex who is down at Nkorombo Serian in the Mara Reserve right now “Migration update. Size able herds have slowly moved southward from Musiara towards Rhino Ridge and Paradise Plains. Ten thousand or so. Other large herds can be seen across the river in the northern section of the triangle close to the Olololo gate No crossings here at the moment. Heavy storms have spread them out. Lots of little baby warthog, impala, topi, tommy, eland to be seen. Tiny lion cubs in MNC too.”

Morning Carel - more rain showers in the afternoon, bringing zebra and wildebeest to the Seronera valley . A sighting of approximately 100,000 zebra and wildebeest seen crossing the Seronera River, wildebeest getting stuck in the mud. Keep well Tom and Alison Mees, Serengeti Pioneer Camp, Elewana Collection

Ndutu Safari Lodge 29 Sep 2014

Hello Carel I have just returned from some leave to find this email and link from you. Very cool! Some awesome shots in amongst the selection. I am proud to be one of them! Thanks for the part you played!! This afternoon we have had 26mm rain, in one thunderous hour! September 2013 was only 3mm for the whole month. The satellite map show a chance again for some more the next few days. All the best Ainslie

Lemala Camps 29 Sep 2014

Carel, just the crossing at crossing point no 3, so nice and green for this time of the year, the rain will even further fragment the herds into smaller less significant numbers. There are still migratory herds on the Mara Triangle side so we are expecting some good smaller crossings the next week or two. Keep well - Veronica

Lemala Camps 29 Sep 2014

Hi Carel - Just in from our guides at Kuria Hills, a wonderful few crossings, all from north to south so a definite shift southwards. We have had lots of rain, significant storm over the week-end. Enjoy the video from Edwin, Lemala Kuria Hills Guide - Keep well Veronica

Governors' Camp 26 Sep 2014

Hi Carel - we are surrounded by hundreds of thousands of wildebeest‏, I would estimate around 200,000 in the Musiara Marsh area and Bila Shaka, will drop a photo in a folder over to you‏, have a good weekend - Ariana, Governors Camp Collection (image credit Patrick Reynolds)

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About HerdTracker™

What is HerdTracker?

HerdTracker is a web app which plots the precise location of the great wildebeest migration in real time to a Google map and in a Twitter-style timeline. HerdTracker is publicly accessible from any web browser -- desktop, mobile or tablet.

How does it work?

The migratory herds’ precise location is sourced weekly from four different trusted sources: pilots who fly over the Serengeti, safari guides on the ground, Tanzania National Parks Authority rangers and lodges in the Masai Mara in Kenya.

Who’s behind HerdTracker?

HerdTracker was started by Carel Verhoef in January 2014. Carel Verhoef is a qualified safari guide and has lived in the Tanzania for ten years. Between 2003 and 2011 Carel led over 300 migration safaris, and developed a deep understanding of- and appreciation for the annual wildebeest migration. While living in Tanzania, Carel also climbed Kilimanjaro nine times. His 10th assent is scheduled for August 2014.

Currently Carel heads up the East and Central Africa safaris division for DiscoverAfrica.com, a safari operator that tailor-makes authentic safaris for travellers from around the world.

HerdTracker on twitter

HerdTracker’s migration updates are available on twitter via the @HerdTracker handle.

If you follow @HerdTracker, keep an eye out for “guest tweets” by Conrad the tweeting wildebeest. Conrad -- who’s name is taken from the latin name for his species Connochaetes -- shares delightful and sometimes startling anecdotes from life “on migration” (not vacation).

Planning a trip to see the migration, but not sure when or where to go?

Find out where the herd will be, and what to expect each month of the year, using our migration map with monthly predictions.

Our expert, Carel Verhoef, predicts how the migration will move based on previous years migratory patterns and real time updates received from pilots, rangers and safari guides in the Serengeti.

View migration map and monthly prediction

What to expect and where to stay each month of the year

Many people think that the migration only happens once a year, but the migration is in fact an all-year-round event -- with each time of year offering a unique widlife experience.

Select a month below to find out what each month offers in terms of weather, wildlife, migratory movements, predator interactions, river crossings and where the best place to stay is, to get the most out of your trip to see the great migration.

Get HerdTracker updates on Twitter

Every migration update is tweeted by @HerdTracker.

The twitter account is run by Conrad, the world's first tweeting wildebeest (Conrad's name is taken from the latin name for his species -- Connochaetes).

Apart from tweeting real-time updates of the herd's movements across the Serengeti (on behalf of the HerdTracker team) Conrad also tells what it's like to be a young, curious and braver-than-the-rest wildebeest making his way across the plains of the Serengeti on the annual migration.

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