A new web app that follows the herds of Africa’s wildebeest, as they make their annual migration across the Serengeti and Masai Mara National Parks, allows anyone to track this natural spectacle in real-time, with instant updates of the migration's precise location.
Launched by safari operators Discover Africa, HerdTracker is a real-time Google map which displays accurate updates of the migrating herd’s location. This is coupled with a migration map, which publishes accurate monthly migration predictions, based on data from the Serengeti itself.
Real-time updates are sourced weekly from pilots who fly over the Serengeti and Masai Mara, from safari guides on the ground, from Tanzania National Parks Authority rangers and from lodges within the Masai Mara Park in Kenya.
Both tools allow travellers to plan their safari around the weather, wildlife, migratory movements, predator interactions, river crossings and where to stay each month of the year. The migration map allows travellers planning their safari to see a month-by-month prediction, ensuring they can be in the right place at the right time.
Andre Van Kets, co-founder of Discover Africa Group, says, “A safari experience is a trip of a lifetime, which can be a complex process to plan for, especially for first timers. We’ve developed HerdTracker to help make the journey easier for our customers. It’s an incredible tool that allows you to not only track the great migration in real time, but predict where the herd will be at the time of your travel. This tool allows our customers to feel a part of the journey in the run up to them arriving in Africa.”
HerdTracker was started by Discover Africa’s Carel Verhoef, a qualified safari guide who has lived in the Serengeti 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.
HerdTracker’s migration updates are available online: http://www.discoverafrica.com/herdtracker
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