Cape Town - If seeing the Great Migration of Africa is one of the travel-musts you'd like to experience live, this is your chance.
WildEarth in partnership with HerdTracker will be live streaming the wildebeest migration via various social media streams during dedicated times from Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve from Tuesday, 20 to 25 September 2016.
The live broadcasts will be hosted daily on HerdTracker’s Facebook page and WildEarth’s safariLIVE YouTube channel between 15:00 to 22:30, central African time, and will centre around the wildebeest migration crossing the Nile crocodile-infested Mara River as well as the predatory action of lions hunting at night in the Masai Mara.
WildEarth will also be broadcasting live from South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa, an excellent Big Five safari destination which shares a border with the Kruger National Park.
You can view the different LIVE streaming channels here:
HerdTracker - Facebook
About HerdTracker: You can follow different people's updates about where the wildebeest are crossing on HerdTracker's live map, as well as through the photos on Facebook.
WildEarth safariLIVE - YouTube
About #safariLIVE by WildEarth: Expert guides will host a drive through the African bush in search of the Big Five as well as smaller animals twice daily.
Graham Wallington, CEO of WildEarth says he hopes the use of technology show viewers of the live broadcasts an authentic African safari experience.
“One of the scenes that are brought to mind when people think of Africa, are the vast expanses of open land and myriads of different herbivorous species streaming across these great plains as they follow the torrential rains, always seeking out the best grazing areas. Of course, this is an absolute feast for the predators who really get their claws stuck in after sunset.”
“After the sun has gone down, we are going to be using infrared lighting and thermal imaging for the very first time during our live safaris, so don’t miss out on a second of the action.”
The technology is by no means aimed at replacing the authentic safari experience. On the contrary...
Andre Van Kets, creator of the HerdTracker web-app which tracks the wildebeest migration says that by broadcasting the wildebeest migration live, it will encourage more international travellers to make Kenya their chosen holiday destination and to experience this natural phenomenon for themselves.
“The wildebeest migration is one of nature’s greatest spectacles. The river crossings are the main reasons why thousands of travellers flock to the Masai Mara every year. We want to show the world just why they need to witness it for themselves here in Kenya.”
An added bonus for first time Great Migration viewers is that the real-time technology relieves and removes some of the fears travellers have when planning an actual migration safari.
The exact location and time of migration can never be pre-determined, and although travellers on safari pay big bucks to be amid all the action, game viewings are never guaranteed.
By logging on to view the action via social media can ensure a more reliable safari experience and a front-row seat to the real Great Migration.
This year's Great Migration live stream follows the last year's smash-hit stream in October, when HerdTracker and Make It Kenya hosted #MaraLive - the world’s first live web broadcast of the great wildebeest migration from the Masai Mara, Kenya via Twitter’s Periscope app.
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