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Sokomoto Images | 

20 Jul 2024

Megaherd cross the Mara River at Ashnil Crossing Point!

This herd was sighted at the Ashnil crossing point along the Mara River in Kenya. This was one of the first crossings of the season on the Kenya side of the Mara River. It is believed that 25000 wildebeest took part in this crossing as they continued on to the Mara Triangle. Interested in our Great Wildebeest Migration newsletter? Sign up now!

This amazing picture was taken by  Teeku Patel Foto Film and Sokomoto Images on the 20th of July 2024.

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Jalpa Patel | 

19 Jul 2024

Lions waiting for the wildebeest herd to cross over at Olarro Crossing Point!

This sighting was captured near the Olarro Crossing Point on the Mara River in Kenya. Look carefully and spot how these lions blend into the landscape next to the river. They patiently waited for this wildebeest herd to cross to their side. Interested in receiving our Great Wildebeest Migration newsletter? Sign up now!

This spectacular video was taken by Jalpa Patel on the 19th of July 2024.

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World Lineage Safaris | 

19 Jul 2024

Huge wildebeest herd spotted near the Entim Crossing on the Mara River!

This herd was sighted near the Entim Crossing in Kenya. The wildebeest are deep into the Masai Mara right now as they continue crossing the rivers on this side of their migration journey. Interested in receiving our Great Wildebeest Migration newsletter? Sign up now!

This amazing video was taken by World Lineage Safaris on the 19th of July 2024.

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16 Jul 2024

Wildebeest herd on the move past the Sand River!

This wildebeest herd was spotted near Purungat Bridge by the Sand River. It is part of the first migrants already in the Mara. We have received reports of some peace and quiet after the nonstop six-day river crossings. We are sure there will be many more to come!

This stunning picture was taken by Sokomoto Images on the 16th of July 2024.

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Kazuri Photo Safaris | 

16 Jul 2024

Wildebeest herd jumping into the Sand River!

This herd was sighted along the Sand River by the border of Kenya and Tanzania. Watch as these wildebeest jump into the river to attempt to cross it. They will join the many already grazing in Kenya.

This amazing video was taken by Kazuri Photo Safaris on the 16th of July 2024.

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Bryan Moseka | 

16 Jul 2024

Wildebeest herds crossing the Sand River multiple times!

These herds were sighted by the Sand River on the border of Tanzania and Kenya. Wildebeest herds constantly cross the many rivers in Tanzania and Kenya. As seen in this video, they cross in the same spot back into Tanzania just one day later!

These videos were taken by Bryan Moseka on the 15th and 16th July 2024.

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Monthly Herdtracker Migration Safaris

Join our HerdTracker guides on a scheduled HerdTracker Migration Safari. Stay at the right place, at the right time as our expert HerdTracker guides gets you close to nature's greatest spectable.

SELECT A MONTH in the timeline below to see our monthly predictions for the annual Great Migration. These predictions will ensure that you're in the right place at the right time to witness this natural work wonder.

HerdTracker Prediction Tool FAQs

The HerdTracker Tool uses updates from pilots, safari guides, and park rangers to track the real-time movements of the wildlife herds involved in the Great Migration. This data is then displayed on a map, helping travelers and guides plan their safaris to catch the best views of the migration. The key prediction and planning filters provide valuable insights into the Great Wildebeest Migration include:
  • Personalised Planning Filter
The HerdTracker map shows the latest 30-days migration data at a glance. Combining current migration data and predictive analytics, the heatmap visualisation is now further enhanced with personalised filters for travel dates and accommodations.
  • Date-specific planning
Users can view the predicted movements of the herd by selecting a specific month of the year or their exact travel dates, with the map highlighting the herd’s location at the forecast time as well as possible river crossing they will use.
  • Real-Time Sightings and Prediction Data Mapped to Closest Safari Lodge
HerdTracker’s up-to-date migration data and predictive analytics allows would-be safari adventurers to toggle between real-time sightings, river crossings, and lodge locations to better plan their safari.
Great Migration sightings can vary greatly throughout the year due to several reasons:

Rainfall Variability: The migration follows a roughly circular route, timed with the seasonal rains.

Dry Season: June to October
During the dry season, typically June to October in the Serengeti, water becomes scarce, and the herds move towards more reliable water sources, often resulting in more predictable and concentrated sightings.
Wet Seasons: March to May

During the wet seasons, particularly the' long rains' from March to May, the animals disperse widely across the plains, as water and grazing are plentiful everywhere, making sightings less frequent and predictable.

Large Area of Movement: The migration covers vast areas, spanning some 30,000 square kilometers between Tanzania's Serengeti and Kenya's Maasai Mara. The sheer size of this area means that the wildlife can be spread out and harder to locate at certain times of the year.

Predator Activity: Predator presence, especially of lions, cheetahs, and hyenas, can influence the routes taken by the herds. Intense predator activity in particular areas might lead the herds to alter their paths, affecting where and when they are seen.

The migration is dynamic, and while some months offer high-density viewing opportunities, others present a challenge in locating the dispersed herds.

HerdTracker's new predictor map uses 10 years of migration data to help travelers accurately plan their great migration safari. It provides a 12-month view of where the herd could potentially be spotted.

While the migration is ongoing, certain highlights occur at different times of the year - as highlighted by the sightings mapped on the herd tracker prediction tool. You can also use Discover Africa’s Great Migration Calendar to know what to expect Typically Peak Season is June to October and December to February: - The calving season is in late January to February in the southern Serengeti. - River crossings usually happen between July and September. - The movement into Kenya's Maasai Mara occurs around June to October.
The cost of a Great Migration safari can vary widely depending on the level of luxury, the duration of the safari, the specific areas you visit, the type of accommodation, and the time of year. Use Discover Africa’s helpful safari cost calculator tool to help you plan your trip, as it details costs and currency conversion specific to the country you plan to visit. A typical mid-range 7-day Great Migration safari could cost between $2,100 to $4,200 per person. However, prices can fluctuate based on the specifics of the trip and the level of comfort you choose. Safari Location and Mobility: Kenya: Viewing the migration in the Masai Mara can be slightly less expensive than in Tanzania. Packages might range from $1,500 to $5,000+ per person for a week, depending on the level of luxury. Tanzania: Safaris in the Serengeti, where you can also catch the calving season in the Ndutu area, might cost a bit more due to larger park fees and potentially longer travel distances within the country. To get the most accurate estimate, it's a good idea to decide on your preferences and requirements, then get quotes from several tour operators. They can offer packages that align with your budget and help you experience the Great Migration in a way that suits you best! Added things to consider to help you estimate the costs: 1. Level of Luxury: Budget Safaris, Mid-range Safaris or Luxury Safaris. 2. Duration of the Safari: Most safari packages are sold as all-inclusive tours that last anywhere from 3 to 10 days or more. The longer the duration, the higher the overall cost. 3. Type of Safari Package: Group safari package or Private, personalized experiences will differ in costs. 4. Airfare: International and domestic flights are not typically included in safari package prices. Visas, Vaccinations, and Travel Insurance: Necessary but additional costs. 5. Tips and Souvenirs: Gratuities for guides and staff are customary and not usually included in the package price.
Choosing between Tanzania and Kenya to spot the Great Migration depends on the time of year. Mobile camps are great as they move with the herds, ensuring optimal viewing. Permanent lodges around key crossing points and calving areas also offer excellent opportunities to witness the migration. Use the dates and accommodation filter on the HerdTracker tool to help you decide which of Discover Africa’s listed Great Migration safari lodge operators best suit your needs.
The migration's timing can vary each year based on rainfall and other environmental factors. This makes it somewhat unpredictable, but tracking tools like HerdTracker help provide the most current insights. Using 10 years of collected data HerdTracker has developed a predictive heatmap for the herd’s possible migration patterns at any given specific time.
Apart from millions of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles, you can expect to see a diverse array of wildlife, making it a truly spectacular experience. Here’s a breakdown of what you might encounter: Wildebeest: The stars of the migration, over 1.5 million wildebeest travel in massive herds, making for dramatic scenes, especially during river crossings. Zebras: Traveling alongside the wildebeest, zebras add a striking contrast with their bold stripes. They are often seen in large numbers, contributing to the dynamic visuals of the migration. Gazelles: Thomson's gazelles are also part of the migration, though in smaller numbers compared to wildebeest and zebras. Their swift movements and agility add an extra element of excitement. Predators: The migration attracts a range of predators due to the abundance of prey. Lions, cheetahs, leopards, and hyenas are commonly seen following the herds, waiting for opportunities to hunt. Crocodiles: Particularly during river crossings, large crocodiles can be seen attempting to prey on crossing wildebeest and zebras. These moments are among the most dramatic and are a key highlight for many safari-goers. Elephants: While not part of the migration, elephants are commonly sighted in the Serengeti and Maasai Mara, often seen in family groups. Giraffes: Another iconic species of the African savannah, giraffes can be seen browsing on trees, largely unfazed by the commotion of the migrating herds. Birdlife: The region is also rich in bird species, including raptors like eagles and vultures, which play a critical role in the ecosystem as scavengers. Colorful birds such as lilac-breasted rollers, kingfishers, and various species of bee-eaters also add to the biodiversity. Other species: Depending on the area and the season, you might also encounter other animals such as buffalo, rhinos, and various antelope species, each adding to the rich tapestry of wildlife that makes the Great Migration so unique.
Viewing the Great Migration is an exhilarating experience, but it’s essential to keep the following safety tips in mind: Stay in the Vehicle: Always stay inside your safari vehicle unless your guide says it's safe to get out. This is important not just for your safety but also for the well-being of the animals. Listen to Your Guide: Your guide knows the area and understands animal behavior. Following their instructions can keep you safe and enhance your viewing experience. Keep Quiet: Loud noises can disturb animals and alter their natural behavior. Keep noise levels low and movements minimal to avoid attracting unnecessary attention. Keep a Safe Distance: Always maintain a respectful distance from the wildlife. This is crucial during dramatic events like river crossings or predator-prey interactions. Don't Feed the Animals: Feeding wildlife can disrupt their natural diet and behavior, leading to dangerous situations. Always keep food packed away and dispose of trash responsibly. Prepare for the Sun and Insects: Wear sunscreen and a hat to protect yourself from the sun, and use insect repellent to guard against mosquitoes and other insects. Dress Appropriately: Wear comfortable and neutral-colored clothing to blend into the environment. Layers are recommended as temperatures can vary significantly between dawn and dusk. Stay Hydrated: Always carry enough water, especially during long game drives, as dehydration can happen quickly under the African sun. Be Patient and Respectful: The Great Migration is a natural event with unpredictable elements. Patience can lead to the most rewarding views and experiences. Emergency Preparedness: Know the emergency procedures of your tour company. Carry a basic first aid kit, and make sure you have the contact details for emergency services.
Make sure you have the necessary travel documents to ensure a smooth journey to your Great Migration adventure. Here’s a checklist of the essential documents you'll need: Passport: Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned date of departure from Africa. Also, ensure you have at least two blank pages for visas and stamps. Visa: Depending on your nationality, you might need a visa to enter countries like Kenya or Tanzania, where the Great Migration can be observed. U.S. and European citizens need to apply for an e-visa for Tanzania. While Kenya offers visa-free entry, all foreign visitors - U.S. and European visitors are required to fill an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) 72 hours prior to their travel. It is best to arrange this before departure to avoid any potential delays at the airport. Travel Insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical expenses, trip cancellations, and baggage loss or theft is highly recommended. Make sure it includes coverage for any safari activities you plan to participate in. Vaccination Certificates: Depending on the current health guidelines and requirements, you might need to show proof of certain vaccinations, such as Yellow Fever. Check if the countries you are visiting have any specific health requirements. COVID-19 Requirements: Even though lockdown restrictions have been lifted, be sure to check the latest COVID-19 travel regulations for your destination. This can include vaccination certificates, or other health declarations. Return Ticket: Some countries might require you to show proof of a return ticket or an onward journey to grant entry. Itinerary Details and Accommodation Confirmations: Having a copy of your travel itinerary and confirmed hotel reservations can be helpful at the immigration desk. Emergency Contacts and Important Addresses: Carry a list of emergency contacts, including your country’s embassy or consulate in the countries you will visit, as well as the addresses and contact details of your accommodations.
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