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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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

Governors' Camp 21 Aug 2014

Morning Carel, the Trans Mara side is quiet with all the rain about, many have stayed put. Our side there are a few scattered herds on Paradise plains but no indication of moving as we write. There are still good numbers in the Masai conservation areas in the north-east of the reserve, quiet before the storm perhaps. Keep well, Patrick, Governors Camp

Governors' Camp 19 Aug 2014

Photos courtesy of Dennie Clarke, at 11.30am a reasonable herd of wildebeest, an estimated 1,500 animals crossed from the Trans Mara to the Mara reserve at the Toyota site which is below Governors Private Camp. Here the wildebeest drop down 15 feet of river bank, if the river is low then there can be fatalities, this is a place on the river we have witnessed wildebeest cross before but not often. Yesterday morning a small herd of wildebeest, estimated 500, crossed at the main crossing point coming from the Trans Mara side. Patrick, Governors Camp

Asilia Africa 19 Aug 2014

Morning Carel, today many wildebeest, over 5000 crossed near Chinese Hill from Serengeti to the reserve via Mara Triangle, images Rekero Guide Onesmus Irungu Cheers Joe

Kicheche Camps 19 Aug 2014

Morning Carel Quick update from the conservancies, Olare Motorogi and Naboisho have had plenty of rain so lots of wildebeest on both sides, there seems to be more on its way and it is wonderful to have them with us for a change. We of course have the added benefit of night drives and walking so that adds to the experience. Picture attached by Emma to show you the late rain that certainly would have effected the Mara River water level. Regards Darren (image Emma Geary, camp manager at Kicheche Bush Camp)

Lemala Camps 18 Aug 2014

Morning Carel The water level of the Mara has increased drastically and it makes for interesting crossings - it is a tough time for the herds to get back into the Serengeti, let's hope that there will not be too many drownings this year. Crossing point no 9, with slow movement of smaller herds crossing back and forth. Thanks Achmed, - Kuria Hills Guide

Encounter Mara 18 Aug 2014

Morning Carel, we have plenty of zebra and wildebeest throughout Naboisho but very little movement, some crossings over the Talek River but not much over the Mara River itself other than the Entim Camp crossing. We are enjoying good game drives and also night game drives with lots of predator activity. Thanks - Zarek

Asilia Africa 15 Aug 2014

Morning Carel, thousands of gnus at posee plains central Mara, several crossings today at Talek River just 100 meters from Rekero Camp mess tent, no Mara River crossings yet, Look-out and Serena crossing empty, lots of rain all over the Mara and northern Serengeti so it will spread out the herds it seems, but it will prolong the crossing season. Regards Onesmus Irungu, Rekero Camp

Governors' Camp 15 Aug 2014

Carel, just a summary: within the Musiara region, which includes Paradise Plains, Topi plains Rhino Ridge, Musiara plains and the Musiara Marsh there are areas that are quiet and other areas that hold small herds of wildebeest and zebra on the south fan of Rhino Ridge and dropping into Paradise plains, near the main crossing points on Topi flats there are large concentrations of topi due to the recent rains. A few zebra crossed this morning and small herds of an estimated 150 crossed yesterday late evening. The small herds of wildebeest left on the Paradise Plains will perhaps cross in the next 24 hours. The Masai conservation areas of the Mara North / Olare Orok Conservancies have small scattered herds of wildebeest and some zebra across most areas of the short grass plains, an estimated 2,000 crossed the Olare Orok river in the Mara North Conservancy yesterday morning and these we have heard crossed the Talek River this morning. Sources in the Trans Mara have said large herds of wildebeest are near the salt lick with the majority of the large herds a few kilometers into the Tanzanian border as far as the Sand River, some areas ere seen to have been burnt earlier in the season and with the recent rains in the last week here have induced the numbers of wildebeest to increase. The spearhead movement of Wildebeest that came through within the first week of June and the resident numbers have been seen to have crossed at the main crossing points on Paradise plains since 18th July and until 3rd August. These herds then moved into the Burrangat and Posee plains with some of them still in residence while others have moved towards the Tanzanian border. Patrick, Governors Camp

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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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