Touted as the 8th wonder of the world, the wildebeest migration is well into its second month with sightings of enormous herds of the wildebeest accompanied by “stray” zebras making their way across the Mara River to the Serengeti in Tanzania. This year’s sightings began as early as May – leaving many safari enthusiasts dazed by the early turn of events. The migration sees approximately 1.5 million wildebeest accompanied by herds of zebras make the epic journey in search of greener pastures. Jovago.com has listed a number of top-rated apps and gizmos that will make your trip even more fascinating and memorable.
The Herd Tracker is a live app that tourists following the wildebeest migration in Kenya’s Masai Mara and Tanzania’s Serengeti use to track and share real-time information on the routes. The app incorporates Google map that allows pilots in the region as well as rangers and tour guides to post updates accessible to the safari enthusiasts. The app was invented by Discover Africa, a group of travel experts with years of experience on the destination and the migration.
An iPad comes with the advantage of lightweight and portability as compared to a laptop. This will allow you more functions including taking photos, recording videos, and staying in touch via the different platforms. You can also pack your eBooks in the inbuilt eReader if that’s your kind of R&R. One more thing, always remember to pack a travel charger and maybe enough storage space for your collection.
Africa: Live Safari Sighting App
Winner of the Africa App Quest 2013, Africa Live allows the traveler to share real time updates of wildlife sightings and their location through Google map. This aspect allows safari goes to take the right turns while on the track, conveniently saving time and increasing the chances of sighting the game. Users can also contribute to wildlife conservation and research that helps in wildlife audits through the app.
This serves both the amateur and the super-pro photographer! Whether relaxing on the deck of your lodge or in the back of your 4WD, a binoculars comes in handy for any safari enthusiast. Choose your pair depending on the type of safari and the location e.g., too heavy a pair will limit your walking while a small one may not be favorable for sightings. Always go for one with a magnification of 7-10X with a light inlet that goes beyond 30. The two indicators are well illustrated in the description. Remember too that your Maasai Mara safari is more likely than not to be filled with wildlife on the rush so choose a pair of binoculars with a medium size magnification to allow you catch every second of the sprint!
If you still prefer the option of your smartphone, a binoculars and a set of good old safari boots, then you can opt to tuck your eReader in your cargo pants. Books such as Animals of the Maasai Mara, Kenya’s Spectacular Maasai Mara and a load of others will keep your mind nourished on wildlife names, description and habits while you are in the wild.