#KenyaLive begins online live stream today

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A member of the Local Ocean Trust team records and documents a Hawksbill turtle, which had been accidently caught in a fisherman's net, before releasing it back into the ocean.. Photo via Facebook/MakeItKenya

The stunning Kenyan wildlife is being showcased from today (7 January) with two world firsts in a series of live web broadcasts using new state-of–the-art technology.

#KenyaLive will allow wildlife lovers to witness the excitement of a night safari in the Masai Mara and embark on an exploration of Kenya’s coastal underwater treasures in real time.

The initiative builds on the success of  the world’s first live web broadcast #MaraLive, which followed the great wildebeest migration.

For this new project, Make It Kenya has again partnered with HerdTracker to make 50 live broadcasts over the next 11 days using a combination of innovative filming technology, and Twitter’s Periscope app, to give watchers from around the World unprecedented access to some of the most exciting and rare animal behaviours.

#KenyaLive will broadcast two world firsts: lion interaction at night, and the release of rehabilitated turtles back into the Indian Ocean in Watamu. The broadcasts, led by DiscoverAfrica.com and co-creators of Herdtracker, Carel Verhoef and Andre Van Kets, will begin in the conservancies of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, before moving across to Kenya’s coastal town of Watamu. The broadcast team, led by HerdTracker, will use a combination of cutting edge technology – including the incredible new starlight camera; underwater live periscope and 360-degree video, to capture the exclusive content.

The content will be available to viewers via their mobile phones, tablets or computers via Periscope and MakeItKenya.com.

Watamu Treehouse
People relax after a yoga session at Watamu Treehouse along Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast. Photo via Facebook.com/MakeItKenya

MARA CONSERVANCY LION INTERACTION

The first of the live broadcasts will offer an unprecedented view of the lions in the Olare Motorogi and Naboisho Conservancies of the Masai Mara, and what the conservancies have to offer: off-road game drives, fly camping, night game drive safaris as well as walking safaris.

The live evening broadcasts will be the very first of their kind.

The team behind the broadcast will be staying at the Olare Mara Kempinski Hotel, Asilia Africa’s Encounter Mara and Naboisho camps as well as Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Mahali Mzuri luxury safari camp from 7-13 January.

WATAMU TURTLE WATCH

From 14 -18 January, the team will be in the coastal town of Watamu to host a live broadcast of the Watamu Turtle Watch project – another world first.

The project protects nesting sea turtles, rehabilitating sick and injured sea turtles before sending them back into their natural habitat.

One very special broadcast will even involve live footage captured via “TurtleCam”, using a GoPro strapped to a turtle’s back.

#KenyaLive will also demonstrate what Watamu has to offer as a fantastic 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.

How to follow the #KenyaLive broadcasts

Download the Periscope app and follow HerdTracker’s channel from January 7-18 2016.

All footage and high res images are available via makeitkenya.com/kenyalive.

Updates of the live broadcasts will also be posted to Make It Kenya’s Facebook and Twitter, and HerdTracker’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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