DAREDEVIL CABINET SECRETARY FOR TOURISM SKYDIVES INTO WATAMU LIVE ON CAMERA
#KenyaLive ended on a high with the adventurous new Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Najib Balala, officially marking his arrival into his new role with an impressive skydive onto the beach in Watamu â€“ all broadcast live via the Periscope app.
The #KenyaLive campaign also saw CS Balala getting involved in the rehabilitation of turtles as part of the Local Ocean Trust Project in the coastal town of Watamu. Live broadcasts on Periscope showed rescued and rehabilitated turtles being released back into the Indian Ocean. For the first time ever, live footage was even recorded underwater via a GoPro camera strapped to a turtleâ€™s shell.
â€œEnding this campaign in Watamu is the perfect way to show what beautiful beaches Kenya has to offer â€“ and the huge variety of activities that visitors can try, I can now personally recommend the skydiving for an adrenaline rush! In the last month there have also been several new tourism incentives announced to attract increasing numbers of tourists to Kenyaâ€™s beaches. These include a rebate programme for Mombasa charters, waived landing fees for charters, reduced national park entry fees to a maximum of USD $60 from February 2016 and waived visa fees for children under 16. There is a major programme in place to support the tourism industry â€“ it is the second largest revenue generator of the economy and we have plenty to offer visitors from around the world,â€ said Najib Balala, Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Kenya.
The partnership between Make It Kenya, Discover Africa and HerdTracker progressed from the Mara, which gave viewers the chance to enjoy a virtual night safari, live from their homes, to the coastal town of Watamu where the team worked with the Local Ocean Trust Project to release rehabilitated turtles.
Safari hosts Carel Verhoef and Andre Van Kets of DiscoverAfrica.com and HerdTracker led the broadcast team using cutting edge technology â€“ including the carefully secured GoPro cameras to gain exclusive world-first content.
A recap of the two world firsts is outlined below.
MARA CONSERVANCY LION INTERACTION: 7-13 JANUARY
The first of the live broadcasts offered an unprecedented insight into the natural habitat of the lions in the Olare Motorogi and Naboisho Conservancies of the Maasai Mara. The live night broadcasts were the very first of their kind, as viewers followed lions hunting under the cover of darkness and roaming the conservancies.
WATAMU TURTLE WATCH: 14 â€“ 18 JANUARY
Following the series of broadcasts from the Mara, the team travelled to the coastal town of Watamu to host a live broadcast of the Local Turtle Trust project, including the first ever live underwater broadcasts. The project protects nesting sea turtles, rehabilitating sick and injured sea turtles before sending them back into their natural habitat. One very special broadcast involved live footage captured via â€œTurtleCamâ€, using a GoPro strapped to a turtleâ€™s back.