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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Alex Walker's Serian 19 Sep 2014

Hi Carel - Update from the Mara: Today there was a big crossing (+5000 head of wildebeest) at Kaburu heading into the Triangle around 3PM. It seems as though they are starting to move out of the Mara Southwards. Having said that, there is still a substantial amount of them left here. Down towards Nkorombo there have been massive storms, both yesterday and tonight (1inch or so on both occasions), this may bring in some confusion with regards to making the trek South. I am still awaiting confirmation on the Tanzanian side…I hope I will be able to send that update by tomorrow. Best wishes, Roisin

Carel Verhoef 18 Sep 2014

News from the Mara and northern Serengeti - rained at Kogatende area, Kuria Hills and Lamai this morning, Mara River bridge near Kogatende Ranger Post was flooded so that means good rain in the Mara itself too and Kogatende airstrip was closed. Rain around Lobo and the Klein's concession all the way to Four Seasons and Mbuzi Mawe so this will slow down the return of the herds and possibly break them up into smaller herds. Zebra all the down to Moru kopjes. Thanks Veronica from Lemala Kuria Hills for the update, starting to rain again as we speak at Kuria, oh and a good crossing at point no 2 earlier today - Carel Discover Africa

Carel From Serengeti Pioneer Camp central Serengeti - yesterday and today we have had a down pour of rain - lasting approx 1 - 1.5 hours. Driving from Seronera to Pioneer Camp all the way to Moru Kopies - Zebra everywhere, will send you pictures later when our guides return Kind Regards Alison & Tom - Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Hi Carel, From Sand River Masai Mara. There are considerable numbers of wildebeest in the Keekorok area, all the way to the Talek. Smaller herds south of Keekorok towards Sand River, and some appear to be heading back towards the northern Serengeti. Fewer animals towards the north and west and I have not heard of any recent substantial crossings over the Mara River into the Triangle/TransMara, at least this (south) side of the Talek River. We have had some recent evening showers, with more rain falling to the west and south of SR, and this will obviously influence movements. Overall, I think the rains we experienced in August have caused some fragmentation. A brief visit to the southern side of the Triangle recently revealed good grass cover there cf the Lookout area, but relatively few animals that side of the Mara. My guides are out today, so if there are any changes I will update you shortly. Kind regards Tim Allen-Rowlandson General Manager Sand River Masai Mara

Asilia Africa 18 Sep 2014

Morning Carel, rain rain rain in the Mara very early short rains but we are not complaining, this morning we had a crossing for over 40 minutes at mortuary crossing, they crossed over to Mara Triangle on their way to the Serengeti, a few casualties taken by crocs. Keep well Onesmus Irungu - Rekero Camp (image credit Onesmus Irunga)

Governors' Camp 17 Sep 2014

Hi Carel Many wildebeest are now gathering on the Bila Shaka and north Rhino ridge plains. This afternoon when I went out it was an extraordinary afternoon when after a few minutes the wind picked up and dust starting flowing down the Bila Shaka, the wildebeest started to gather particularly when the rain started to fall a little later and this change in temperature got the animals all running and massing.‏ Patrick Reynolds‏ - Governors Camp (image credit Maina Wachira)

Hi Carel, from the Serengeti side, there are some massive numbers in the Lamai and Northern Kogatende area, I had a look north of Kogatende as well , past the Mara river, they are spread out, chilling on the plains. Also a few near Grumeti on downwind side of runway 11. Think most of them are in Masai Mara again. One of my photography mates saw massive crossings there in between Musiara and Mara Triangle - keep well and we see you soon, Joel

Governors' Camp 16 Sep 2014

Hi Carel, News from the Mara is that there was another river crossing today of between 1000 - 1500 wildebeest crossing the Mara River towards Mara Triangle side, several were killed by crocodile and there are still wildebeest on the plains all around our camps up to rhino ridge. Morani one of the males lions from the Marsh Pride was seen this morning dragging a wildebeest kill close to the crossing site. Kind regards, Ariana Grammaticas

Lemala Camps 15 Sep 2014

Hi Carel, lots of action in-front of Lemala Mara over the weekend with good crossings between crossing points 0 - 4, it seems that there is a shift back towards the south and there also seems to be movement from the Mara Triangle back towards the Serengeti so a good few weeks are expected. Enjoy the short video - regards Veronica Lemala Camps

Alex Walker's Serian 14 Sep 2014

Morning Carel - Northern Serengeti report large mass of about 15,000 in the Lamai along "korongo la fisi" to Kenya border. Good crossings at number 4 headed northward into Lamai. This last week the area to the west along from crossing 1 and 0 and towards Lamai airstrip have been the most active. The herds are feeding in the walking area on the new growth north of Machochwe Gate. Best Alex

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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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