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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Kicheche Camps 27 Aug 2014

Hi Carel, yes, there are wildebeest everywhere – we even have one resident in camp with a broken leg although not sure how long he will last! It seems that the remaining herds both resident and some migratory herds are slowly moving through Olare Motorogi and moving south west at present, for now the movement is slow, enough water and grass. Aki, Relief Camp Manager, Kicehche Bush Camp

Governors' Camp 26 Aug 2014

Hi Carel, As of yesterday I understand from the warden and guides in the Trans Mara conservancy that the Bulk of the Wildebeest are alsmost 6 kms into the Tanzanian border and still moving. There are also large numbers near the sand river on the Tanzanian side. Yesterday evening within the Musiara, Bila Shaka and Marsh areas we have large concentrations of the resident wildebeest and and not as many Zebra these have come down from the North East Masai conservation areas, there are still many more in these conservation areas and if rains continue they may well move through into the Musiara area and a strong possibility they will cross again at Paradise or at the Kitchwa Tembo crossing points. Patrick

Lemala Camps 26 Aug 2014

Morning Carel, some really good crossings over the last few days, it seems that the wildebeest moved south onto the Lamai plains and further east and that there would be good crossings back and forth over the Sand River into the Mara and back again between crossing points 4 and 9. Incredible that they just keep crossing this year. Enjoy the video - Veronica, Lemala Camps

Asilia Africa 26 Aug 2014

Morning Carel - Thousands crossed the Sand River which was almost flooded for the better part of the day, half a million wildebeest waiting to cross over to Mara. The migration is now just south of Rekero we hope they start crossing the Talek River kesho (tomorrow) - Onesmus Irungu, Rekero Camp, Asilia

Lemala Camps 25 Aug 2014

Morning Carel, just in from Mtandika, Vintage Africa guide, impressive crossing with a Mara River water-level that is fairly high. Many wildebeest are returning to the new grass all around Lamai and Kuria Hills, smaller crossings now that there is enough for everyone! I predict an early return to the Serengeti with good rain throughout the central and northern Serengeti. Keep well, Mark

Lemala Camps 25 Aug 2014

Morning Carel, a large number of wildebeest have returned to the northern area of the Serengeti to feed on the flush of grass brought on by the good rains of 2 weeks ago. While all focus is on the crossings it is still an amazing site to see the large numbers dotting the valleys. However crossings do continue and at the moment the action is between crossing points 4 and 7, Mark, Lemala Kuria Hills

Encounter Mara 25 Aug 2014

Morning Carel, most the beests are heading back to the Reserve via Olare Motorogi. There are still a few here but dwindling fast - keep well, Andrew Conway, Encounter Mara

There seems to quite some activity in the Kogatende area to the South East of the field going down for about 30 nm. The rains in that area have drawn pretty huge numbers in one solid group. Photos were a bit difficult with us dodging birds in the whole area.‎ But definitely a sight to behold! Breath taking from the air! Thanks and Regards, Joel

Asilia Africa 22 Aug 2014

Hi Carel, no river crossings for the last 3 days, the migration finally coming out of Olare Motorogi conservancy(east) heading north west, I think they might start crossing the Mara River main crossing from next week! Onesmus Irungu, Rekero Camp guide.

Lemala Camps 21 Aug 2014

Hi Carel, meanwhile in the Serengeti we have had some good crossings at no4, right in-front of camp, so much rain from Ikoma to Naboisho and even further north, I am sure this will spread out the herds. There are zebra at Four Seasons, Ikoma and into Grumeti Reserves with wildebeest from the conservancies to Bologonja, Lobo and Mbuzi Mawe. Green all round and nice to have some time for the leopard around camp. Hope you are well? Mark Lemala Kuria Hills

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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.

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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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