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Great wildebeest migration map with monthly predictions

PRESS PLAY or SELECT A MONTH in the timeline below to see monthly predictions for the annual great wildebeest migration. Use these predictions to ensure you're at the right place, at the right time, for your migration safari to the Serengeti or the Masai Mara in 2018.














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What our information is based on

Our migration predictions are based on Carel Verhoef's 10 years of experience living and guiding in East Africa. Carel now works in our Cape Town office, but hasn't lost his flair for finding the wildebeest. More importantly, he has the contacts and the ability to predict where the herds will be months ahead of time. This is vital information when you are planning "migration safari" to East Africa.

Carel uses of GPS coordinates from his friends in the air at Coastal Aviation. Their pilots fly over the Serengeti and Masai Mara daily, delivering the herd's current position with accuracy. This information a verified by TANAPA rangers in the field and also by safari guides that drive the roads on a daily basis.

Discover Africa is the first company to publish accurate monthly migration predictions, based on data from the Serengeti itself.

We thank our friends on the ground (and in the sky) for contributing to this project:


Carel spent 10 years in East Africa and has lived in the Serengeti National Park for two years. These predictions are based on his historic knowledge of migratory patterns, combined with real-time updates.
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Joel: Captain Joel is a pilot for Coastal Aviation in Tanzania. He flies over the Serengeti a few times a week, providing accurate GPS co-ordinates (and occasional aerial photographs) of the wildebeest migration.
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Mashine: Mashine is a qualified safari guide based in the Serengeti. He's our 'man on the ground' providing regular updates about the wildebeest and other interesting wildlife sightings.
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Godfrey: Godfrey Kimaro is a ranger for Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) and frequently confirms the herds' movements.
Wildebeest jumping into the Mara River

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.

What people say about traveling with us

Discover Africa and Carel has put in such an effort for us to experience the annual wildebeest migration, meticulous planning and accurate predictions with logical and the best accommodation options both sides of the Mara River guaranteed us crossings, we did manage to see the herds cross on the Serengeti side and again on the Masai Mara side, it felt good that they had this covered! Thanks Carel, we see you next year – Jates and Hil

Jates and Hil Oettle
from South Africa visited Serengeti and Masai Mara - August 2013

What an incredible experience, we knew that people really want to see the river crossings, but Carel convinced us to travel during end January early February this year, we arrived on the plains at Ndutu almost as the herds arrived so we could not have timed it better - so much interaction and it is impossible to comprehend without seeing it for yourself – we will see you again – Thanks so much, Chris

Chris Ahlgren
from USA visited Serengeti - 2014
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18 things you’ll need to know before booking a Great Wildebeest Migration safari

With the help of our Migration & East Africa expert, we answer 18 frequently asked questions about the migration. 

Find out where the wildebeest migration is right now with HerdTracker

HerdTracker is a real time Google map showing weekly updates of the wildebeest migration's precise location.

The updates are accurate, sourced weekly from pilots who fly over the Serengeti, safari guides on the ground, Tanzania National Parks Authority rangers and lodges in the Masai Mara in Kenya.

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Herdtracker's great wildebeest migration Twitter picture

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.

@HerdTracker on Twitter

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