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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Lemala Camps 02 Sep 2014

Morning Carel, Peter from Lemala Mara captured this crossing, not what we have experienced over the last few months but a crossing none the less, all well this side with some big crossings south again this morning at #4, guests are happy and we are expecting a good month with many wildebeest still in the Mara Triangle and south Mara. Mark Lemala Kuria Hills

Asilia Africa 02 Sep 2014

and from the Mara Carel, this morning several thousand Gnus and Zebras crossed at Look-out-hill into the Mara Triangle on their way back to the Serengeti. Rain overnight and we hope they might stay here longer. Huge Talek river crossing at Rekero Camp with Rekero lion pride taking down 2 gnus.They were crossing from south of Talek (Posee plains) to Northern bank (Rhino Ridge).

Asilia Africa 02 Sep 2014

Morning Carel, from the Tanzania side, big crossing seen yesterday by our camps, Sayari guide Oredi Nondo captured this photo of the crossing they saw yesterday at crossing point no 4, coming back into Tanzania side. Cheers Joe

Asilia Africa 01 Sep 2014

Hi Carel - and from the Northern Serengeti, this past week it has been very slow with crossings as a lot of the Wildebeest are in the Maasai Mara area at the moment,Sayari Camp has reported that they saw a very big herd in the Kinyagaga area of the Lamai Plains on the Kenya/Tanzania border and one big crossing was seen at crossing point number 4, with the Wildebeest also heading North. Olakira Camp managed to see one big crossing at number 7 crossing point heading South into Tanzania, cheers Joe

Asilia Africa 01 Sep 2014

Morning Carel - Sand River crossings still happening, Mara River crossings happening at Look-out area crossing from the reserve to the Mara Triangle. Huge herds at Sands river, Posee plains, Olkeju Rongai plains all the way to Rekero area. Rains have started this evening so we expect the Gnus to move around again - Onesmus Irungu - Rekero Camp guide

Lemala Camps 28 Aug 2014

Hi Carel, and so there is a shift again towards the north, some good crossings back into the south-Mara with some continuing the journey south, it is good news because they will all have to return to the Serengeti and that will prolong the "crossing season" for us, we are also happy for our friends across the Sand River for some welcome rain. Short video, enjoy - Veronica, Lemala Camps

Asilia Africa 28 Aug 2014

Habari za asabuhi (good morning) Carel, thousands still crossing Sands River from Serengeti into the Mara's Posee plains, olekeju gem look-out area all filled with migrating herds, no Mara River crossings yet, maybe tomorrow, beautiful short fresh green grass on the plains - Tuko pamoja - Onesmus Irungu, Rekero Camp Guide

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

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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.

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.

@HerdTracker on Twitter

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