1. Kenya live – two world firsts for wildlife lovers

Kenya live – two world firsts for wildlife lovers

Live broadcasts of lions and underwater sea turtles in their natural habitat; includes turtlecam footage obtained via camera strapped to turtle’s back

By: | Published: January 6, 2016 5:48 PM
Watamu Turtle

Live broadcasts of lions and underwater sea turtles in their natural habitat; includes turtlecam footage obtained via camera strapped to turtle’s back

Kenya’s wildlife is set to be showcased with two world firsts in a series of live web broadcasting. #KenyaLive will enable people to witness nightsafari in the Mara, as well as Kenya’s coastal underwater treasures.

Building on the success of #MaraLive, the world’s first live web broadcast of the great wildebeest migration, Make It Kenya has partnered with HerdTracker to use a combination of filming technology and Twitter’s Periscope app, to give people around the world access to some of the rare animal behaviours with 50 live broadcasts over 11 days.

The broadcast team, led by safari hosts Carel Verhoef and Andre Van Kets of DiscoverAfrica.com and co-creaters of HerdTracker, will use technology including starlight camera, underwater live periscope and 360-degree video to capture the content, which will be available to viewers via mobile devices or computers via Periscope and MakeItKenya.com.

Mara Conservancy Lion Interaction

The first of the live broadcasts will offer a view of the lions in the Olare Motorogi and Naboisho conservancies of the Maasai Mara. The conservansies will offer off-road game drives, fly camping, night game drive safaris as well as walking safaris. Viewers will be treated to a series of live night broadcasts between January 7-13, 2016.

Watamu Turtle Watch

From January 14-18, the team will be in the coastal town of Watamu to host live broadcasts of the Watamu Turtle Watch project, including the world’s first live underwater broadcasts.

The project protects nesting sea turtles, rehabilitating sick and injured sea turtles before sending them back into their natural habitat. One broadcast will involve live footage captured via TurtleCam, using a GoPro camera strapped to a turtle’s back.

#KenyaLive will also demonstrate Watamu’s offerings as a holiday destination, with exclusive live broadcasts of some of the activities available, such as a dhow cruise, treetop yoga and kite surfing. Viewers may even be able to spot dolphins in the area during a live stand up paddleboard broadcast.

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