There are very few wildlife experiences more spectacular than the wildebeest migration from the Serengeti of Tanzania into the Masai Mara of Kenya.
You’ve seen the pictures, but how many visitors actually get to see a crossing? Not many! That’s because it’s not an exact science. Where and when they cross the Mara and Sand Rivers changes from day to day and it’s a matter of being in the right place at the right time.
But now you can dramatically increase the chances of seeing a crossing and it’s all because of the HerdTracker web-app. They plot the progress of the migration on a Google through regular updates from park rangers, guides, pilots and lodges. If you happen to be there in the month of July, with the help of this app you will have a much better chance of seeing a crossing.
Whilst we think of it as a wildebeest migration, thousands of zebra form part of the massive herds, and it’s the bold zebras who usually take the first jump into the roaring rivers. But this year – 2015 – the Mara River is lower than usual, enabling easier crossings but also easier takings for the crocodiles cruising in the shallows!
Keep an eye on the daily migration reports and you’ll see what you are missing….here’s an extract:
22 Jul 2015 from &Beyond
The first significant Mara River crossings happened close to &Beyond's Kichwa Tembo and Bateleur Camp. Rangers and guests all watched the incredible action with baited breath for a full hour.
The Kichwa team has been anticipating the arrival of the herds and even though they are fortunate enough to witness the incredible Great Migration every time it enters the Masai Mara, Assistant Head Ranger at Kichwa Tembo,Tim Kiok exclaimed, “The truth is, it felt as though it was my first time seeing the herds! I couldn’t believe they had finally arrived.”
HerdTracker isn’t just useful for the river crossings, most of the camps and lodges all over the Serengeti and Masai Mara send in reports locating where the zebra and wildebeest are in their circular migration around these parks.
Let us help you plan your East African safari to coincide with where the wildebeest are expected, and get the safari you’ve always wanted. Contact us for a sample itinerary.