#KenyaLive - Two world firsts for wildlife enthusiasts

HerdTracker in partnership with Make It Kenya will live broadcast two world firsts: lion interaction at night via starlight camera, and the release of rehabilitated turtles back into the Indian Ocean in Watamu - live via underwater camera for the first time ever.

Safari enthusiasts can view the #KenyaLive broadcasts on Twitter’s Periscope app (available for download on Android and iOS) from 7-18 January 2016.

#KenyaLive comes off the back of the hugely successful #MaraLive campaign - the world’s first live web broadcast of the great wildebeest migration. Viewers tuning in to the #KenyaLive broadcasts will get exclusive access to some of the most exciting and rare animal behaviours, with 50 live broadcasts scheduled over 11 days.

The #KenyaLive project is headed by safari hosts Carel Verhoef and Andre Van Kets of DiscoverAfrica.com, co-founders of HerdTracker. will use cutting edge technology - including the incredible new starlight camera; underwater live periscope and 360-degree video, to capture the exclusive content - available to viewers via their mobile phones, tablets or computers via Periscope and MakeItKenya.com.

Mara Conservancy Lion Interaction

The live Periscope broadcasts get underway in Kenya’s Olare Motorogi and Naboisho Conservancies and the team will show off what these destinations have to 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 – a world first!

The #KenyaLive team will stay 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 2016.

Local Ocean Trust

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

The Local Ocean Trust rescues sea turtles accidentally caught in fishing nets before sending them back into the ocean. 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 in an attempt to showcase a typical safari in Kenya. Viewers may even be able to spot dolphins in the area during a live stand up paddleboard broadcast.

How to follow the live broadcasts

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

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

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