Can’t make it to Kenya right now? You can still experience all the country has to offer virtually, as a new tourism campaign will be broadcasting live video of a “bush to beach safari”.
Using the live video streaming app Periscope, users can check out the nightlife of lions on conservancies in the Maasai Mara and the underwater life of turtles in Watamu.
The tourism board, Make It Kenya, has partnered with HerdTracker, a web-app that plots the location of the great wildebeest migration in real time and broadcast the event on Periscope in October.
Now, 50 live broadcasts will run from 7 to 18 January, an average of about three videos per day.
The team will use a starlight camera to capture night video of the lions and the broadcast will be the first of their kind, according to Make It Kenya. Another broadcast will be from the Watamu Turtle Watch project, which will feature live footage on a ‘turtlecam’, a GoPro strapped to a turtle’s back. Videos are also set to show off some of the tourist activities visitors can experience in Kenya, including a dhow cruise, treetop yoga, kite surfing and paddle boarding.
The broadcasts, which began onThursday, have already captured lions, cheetahs and a mongoose.