World's first live web broadcast of the great wildebeest migration from the Masai Mara, Kenya

Broadcast by HerdTracker in partnership with Make It Kenya  - #MaraLive

MASAI MARA, Kenya, Sept. 29, 2015 /CNW/ - The world's first live web broadcast of the great wildebeest migration goes 'live' today from the Masai Mara, Kenya. Broadcast via the Periscope App (https://www.periscope.tv) and YouTube Live Streaming viewers will be able to experience the wonders of safari and the 7th wonder of the natural world on their mobile phones, tablets or computers for a whole week.

The wildebeest migration is a major event in Kenya and the Mara's ecosystem, and one of the most unique wildlife experiences on the planet. The live broadcast will allow people all over the world to get a taste of its magnificence, and to experience the true luxury experience of staying in the Mara and viewing nature at its very best.

Broadcast by the HerdTracker team in partnership with MakeitKenya.com viewers will be taken on a one-week journey to experience the magic of safari, with two daily broadcasts each morning and evening. Join the team on their game drives, witness the phenomenon of river crossings, learn about the wildlife of the great plains of Kenya and find out more about life in the Masai Mara from special guests each evening.

To watch the live broadcasts, which will last between 10-20 minutes twice-daily, visit discoverafrica.com/herdtrackerlive and register your email address to receive reminders for live broadcasts, which will be hosted live on periscope.tv/herdtracker and the live safari microsite. You can also follow @herdtracker and @makeitkenya on Facebook and Twitter for notifications when broadcasts are going live.

Your safari hosts will be Carel Verhoef and Andre Van Kets of DiscoverAfrica.com and co-creators of the HerdTracker migration app. HerdTracker allows people to track the migration in real time on a Google Map throughout the year to identify the best time of year to see the great migration.

Carel has lived and guided safaris in East Africa for 12 years and each morning he will introduce to you the day's safari plan, what you as a guest on safari can hope and expect to see, and an insight into the in-lodge experience before heading out on safari.

The broadcast has been made possible by two safari lodges in the Mara Reserve and Mara Triangle: Governor's Camp from Governor's Camp Collection; & andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp. You will be provided with a sneak preview into each camp through interviews with lodge managers, safari guides, chefs, conservationists and wildlife photographers providing a unique insight into life in the Masai Mara.

Each evening you will join the team as they review photos, videos and chat to guests who are on holiday about their safari experience, joined by a 'special' guest each evening. During the week, you will also be able to join them as they take to the sky for the ultimate view on safari, flying over the Mara plains in a hot air balloon.

If you can't watch the broadcasts live, don't worry, as they will all be available to watch on www.discoverafrica.com/herdtrackerlive. There, you will also find stories from Lonely Planet's Kenya author Stuart Butler on his journey through Kenya walking with the Maasai, as well as an interview with tourist Bill Raustow on why he fell in love with Kenya.

To find out more about the diverse opportunities for travel in Kenya visit makeitkenya.com or magicalkenya.com to find out more on what Kenya has to offer and you can book your safari by visiting discoverafrica.com/location/kenya/.

Notes to Editors:

Make it Kenya - MakeitKenya.com 
Make it Kenya is the newly launched international campaign brand for Kenya with online portal makeitkenya.com that provides a rich source of digital content for consumers and media to engage with the diversity of Kenya's tourism offering. Kenya is a year-round travel destination offering an exceptional safari experience and the world-famous annual wildebeest migration. 

Magical KenyaMagicalKenya.com
Magical Kenya is the official home of the Kenya Tourism Board where you can find all the information that will let you explore Kenya and discover the untold wealth of destinations and experiences available to you as a visitor. If you are planning a trip to Kenya or just interested in learning more about the country, you'll find everything you are looking for here to plan your trip.

HerdTracker - discoverafrica.com/herdtracker/
The HerdTracker platform allows people to track the migration in real time on a Google map throughout the year. Using HerdTracker, safari enthusiasts can identify the best time of year to see the great migration. People can also plan and book safaris via the platform. The tracking map plots the location of lodges in the region, in relation to the herds, so travellers who are able to book last minute safaris "are virtually guaranteed" the best possible migration safari experience. HerdTracker helps fill rooms throughout the Masai Mara and brings clients to Kenya and the Masai Mara based on knowing where to go when.  HerdTracker helps you plan long-term and shows you where to go last minute. 

andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp - andbeyond.com/kichwa-tembo-tented-camp/
Known as Kenya's best loved safari camp, andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp offers a quintessential game viewing experience, with sweeping vistas of the Masai Mara and the Sabaringo River. Located where the riverine forest meets the sweeping plains in the path of the awe-inspiring Great Migration, the camp provides an authentic dose of African wildlife, delivered with legendary Kenyan hospitality. Kichwa Tembo is renowned for its gracious teams of Kenyan staff whose warm welcome, charming service and effortless energy delight guests from all over the world.

Governors Camp - governorscamp.com/
Governors Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, its waters teeming with bird-life, hippos and crocodiles, in the heart of Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve. Some of the 37 tents line the riverbank, tucked into the forest they enjoy uninterrupted views over the Mara River, others have views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara. Created in 1972 Governors Camp set new standards in luxury for a tented camp. Today it's still Africa's best. Everything is under canvas, all tents have en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets. There is a bar tent with deck overlooking the Mara River and dining tent with views over the plains.

SOURCE Make It Kenya

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For further information: or media interviews with the HerdTracker team please contact: Holly Winter, Argyle Public Relationships, hwinter@argylepr.com, Tel: 416-968-7311 ext. 243

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