It is one of nature’s greatest spectacles, drawing millions of tourists to the African country annually. And now, for the first time, you could experience Kenya’s wildebeest migration on your tablets, smartphones or computers. Live on Twitter’s live-streaming app Periscope as well as on YouTube, this natural mass movement will be broadcast twice a day for about 10-20 minutes till October 5.
“The live broadcast provides a unique opportunity for people to experience what the great migration has to offer as well as an insight into what it is like to go on safari in Kenya,” says Carel Verhoef, a wildlife expert, and the founder and creator of HerdTracker - a web-app that plots the precise location of the great wildebeest migration in real time to a Google Map and in a Twitter-style timeline. The initiative is the result of collaboration between HerdTracker and the government of Kenya’s makeitkenya.com.
To watch the broadcasts, register your email address on discoverafrica.com/herdtrackerlive. Then on, you will receive reminders for the live broadcasts, which will be hosted on periscope.tv/herdtracker. One could also follow @herdtracker and @makeitkenya on Facebook and Twitter for notifications on when broadcasts are going live. Then, simply join Verhoef, and Andre Van Kets of DiscoverAfrica.com on game drives from your connected devices.
Watch it here:
Each morning, virtual tourists will given the day’s safari plan, as well as what you can hope and expect to see on the drive. In the evening, review photos, videos and chat with guests on holiday about their safari experience, and also be joined by a ‘special’ guest.
Verhoef says that the technology used is such that there is “no disturbance to the animals at all.” The other reason to showcase the event is to boost conservation efforts in the country. “The aim is to bring more people to Africa’s wildlife areas, which also happens to be the easiest and cheapest way to conserve its natural resources. The more people visit Africa, the less our conservation authorities need to spend on rangers, fuel and vehicles in protecting wild animals in remote areas,” he adds.
What to expect:
1 The annual migration consists of wildebeest, zebra, eland and gazelle
2 Spot big cats, like the lion, leopard or cheetah
3 Get a glimpse of elephant herds
4 Keep an eye out for the endangered black rhino
5 Lastly, watch out for the massive crocodiles that wait for the migration to cross the Mara River