Now We Can Watch Africa’s Epic Wildlife Migration Live From Anywhere

Every year hundreds of thousands of animals in Africa embark on a migration so vast it’s considered one of the greatest wonders of the natural world.

The migration, which is the largest migration of land animals on earth, includes thousands of wildebeests, gazelles and zebras as they follow the rainy season across the plains, traveling in a circular path of more than 1,000 miles from the Maasai Mara Reserve in Kenya to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania before starting the cycle over again. They face numerous obstacles along the way from heavy concentrations of lions to making it across the Mara River unscathed by crocodiles.

While seeing it in person might be a once-in-a lifetime kind of opportunity, not everyone is going to get the chance. Now, thanks to technology, for the first time we can watch nature take its course live from anywhere in the world.

Starting this week, the migration will be broadcast live from the ground and will include commentary by experts, along with the opportunity for viewers to ask questions and get answers in real time.

The event is being shared in partnership by Make It Kenya and HerdTracker, an app launched by safari operator Discover Africa that tracks the location of migrating herds using Google Maps in an effort to give tourists the chance to catch the otherwise unpredictable action on trips.

Watching these massive herds travel is also a reminder of the importance of keeping undeveloped corridors open for wildlife, particularly migratory species who need to move freely.

“We are running out of space worldwide due to the increase in human numbers and this has an effect on everything and not just the migration,” said Carel Verhoef, the co-founder of HerdTracker. “Luckily for now, the pressure on the environment has not yet had an impact on the migration or its numbers, but development and loss of habitat and space is always a concern.”

The migration will be livestreaming in twice-daily segments through October 5. You can sign up on HerdTracker to get an alert for when streaming is about to start and catch it on HerdTracker’s Youtube page, or using the Periscope app. In case you miss it live, stunning images of wildlife are being posted on Discover Africa’s website and footage will also be archived on YouTube.

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137 comments

DJ M.
DJ M1 years ago

How cool to see this - thanks

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Fi T.
Past Member 2 years ago

Better than killing them

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Isa JOSSERAND HURE
Isa J2 years ago

Signed

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Isa JOSSERAND HURE
Isa J2 years ago

petition signed

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Isa JOSSERAND HURE
Isa J2 years ago

cool tyfs

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K H.
K H2 years ago

Diane E. has a great suggestion, the South Africa livestreams at wildearth.tv are well worth watching for anyone who enjoys watching African wildlife. The guides are also very knowledgeable and try to answer questions from viewers in between spotting the animals and enjoying the surroundings. My husband and I watch it all the time, we've learned a lot of cool stuff.

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Julia Cabrera-Woscek

Why don't we watch poachers being stupid and caught in the act, LIVE! It will be a tremendous reality show success.

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Paulinha Russell
Paulinha Russell2 years ago

Thank you

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Renee M.
Renee M2 years ago

Cool!! Thanks for sharing.

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