A new web app has been launched by Discover Africa, the tailor-made safari operator, which enables one of nature’s most spectacular wildlife events to be tracked in real-time.
HerdTracker is a real time Google map, which shows instant updates of the migration’s precise 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, safari guides on the ground, Tanzania National Parks Authority rangers and lodges in the Masai Mara in Kenya.
The migration map allows those planning their safari to see a month-by-month prediction, ensuring safari travelers are in the right place at the right time.
Both tools allow travelers to plan their safari around the weather, wildlife, migratory movements, predator interactions, river crossings and where to stay each month of the year.
“A safari experience is a trip of a lifetime, which can be a complex process to plan for, especially for first timers,” said Andre Van Kets, co-founder of Discover Africa Group.
HerdTracker was started by Discover Africa’s Carel Verhoef, a safari guide who has lived in the Serengeti for ten years. Between 2003 and 2011 Carel led over 300 migration safaris. While living in Tanzania, Carel also climbed Kilimanjaro nine times. His tenth assent is scheduled for August 2014.
Discover Africa’s HerdTracker, www.discoverafrica.com/herdtracker