HerdTracker - Great wildebeest migration updates from Kenya and Tanzania

HerdTracker is a real time Google map showing live weekly updates of the wildebeest 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 we have been having showers at Four Seasons the past few evenings and a large amount of rain last night. Small herds of 50 to 100 wildebeest have started appearing within view of the lodge and along our access and game drive roads the past few days, as the grass turns green again. I know that they have had good rains in Seronera too the past few weeks, with large herds in the thousands being seen to the delight of many of our guests. Seems like the rain is drawing the wildebeest south. Cheers Oli

Ndutu Safari Lodge 22 Oct 2014

Hope all is well. Lots of rain around, Gol, Seronera, Naabi, Hidden Valley, Moru and Ndutu. There are lots of gazelle now around Naabi and south towards Ndutu. Many zebra and large herds of wildebeest have advanced past Seronera onto the short grass that was burnt earlier in the year around Simba Kopjes and is now sprouting green. No wildebeest currently at Ndutu area but with the ongoing rain forecast I would not be surprised if some herds keep advancing south. Cheers, Rob Barbour

Lemala Camps 20 Oct 2014

Hi Carel. There has been no river crossing activity for the past 4 days now so we suspect it mostly over. I went out early this morning and did see an incredible sight of thousands of wildebeest in their lines moving south into the Kitchwa Temba area which, if they keep that line will bring them into the Lobo area. I have taken some video footage which I have dropped into Veronicas drop box and she can pass that on for you. I have also attached a photo. The picture can never match the reality but it does give a taste of the splendor. Unless something happens like they turn around and come back I am afraid that there will not be much more we can offer you from up here. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this and I look forward to renewing the relationship next season, better equipped and organized to help with Herd Tracker Kind regards' Mark

Hi Carel Heavy rain in the afternoon / early evening at Serengeti Pioneer Camp for the last 2 days. This morning approx 100 wildebeest rang through the camp past all the tents. Currently around Serengeti Pioneer Camp 500 wildebeest. Wildebeest are scattered covering the areas of Moru Kopjes, Pioneer Camp, to Sopa Lodge and spreading across to Lake Magadi - 4,000-5,000 in total Kind Regards Alison

Hi Carel Morning Carel, sorry for the delayed response. The team say a few pioneers have hit Ndutu already and the middle is spread through the central Serengeti miles and miles in every direction. The trail-enders are as far up as 30nm north of Sero. No pics unfortunately at the moment as the weather has been quite interesting in these parts. We should have pictures soon though. Thanks and Regards, Joel

The wildebeest have moved more to the south of Seronera. When driving from Sero to Pioneer camp, lots of pockets of wildebeest and zebra ranging from groups of 500 to 1000 all the way down to the Sopa/Magadi junction. Morning Carel - About 500 wildebeest around Dunia camp and lots of zebra and wildebeest around Moru. Groups of 1000 to 2000. Today some of the wildebeest were crossing Lake Magadi! When driving the Alan root road in front of Pioneer camp towards Asanje crossing, saw small groups of 500 to 1000, mainly scattered. Here is a picture taken from that road with Moru kopjes in the background. Regards Tom - Elewana Pioneer Camp Manager

Morning Carel, The Loita herds have been on the plains right in front of camp for the past 2 days. Thousands of wildebeest grazing on the lush green grass. They seem to be happy here for now but “talk” is that they might start heading back south in a couple days. Attached a cool picture of the wildebeest in sunset. Picture taken from camp! Regards, Amy

Lemala Camps 14 Oct 2014

Morning Carel I spoke to some guests last night who saw a crossing yesterday at Number 7 of around 300 animals. Our guys out full day today so another report tonight. Regards Mark

Asilia Africa 13 Oct 2014

Hi Carel - news from the central Serengeti Lots of wildebeest at Seronera, some are at Moru Kopjes heading south. Thanks, Nathoo, Asilia Africa Guide

Alex Walker's Serian 13 Oct 2014

Morning Carel, scattered crossings up to 50 or so on the Serengeti side, the bulk seems to be further south, the past week has been dry and it started raining again last night in the north. If the pattern matches last year, significant herds will turn back north for a month or so. Keep well, 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 wildebeest 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 wildebeest 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).

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Planning a trip to see the wildebeest 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 wildebeest 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 great wildebeest 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 wildebeest migration.

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Get HerdTracker updates on Twitter

Every great wildebeest 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 great wildebeest migration.

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