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 – 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 turtle’s shell.

“Ending this campaign in Watamu is the perfect way to show what beautiful beaches Kenya has to offer – 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 Kenya’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 – it is the second largest revenue generator of the economy and we have plenty to offer visitors from around the world,” 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 – including the carefully secured GoPro cameras to gain exclusive world-first content.

All of the broadcasts can be viewed on HerdTracker’s YouTube channel, and you can check out the stunning images here.

 

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 – 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 “TurtleCam”, using a GoPro strapped to a turtle’s back.

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Pope Francis to Visit Kenya in First Ever Trip to Africa

Pope Francis will visit Kenya from 25 – 27 November in his first ever trip to Africa. Nairobi will be his first stop on a three-state visit of the continent to include Uganda and the Central African Republic.

The Catholic community in Kenya accounts for an estimated 33 percent of the population. While in Nairobi, Pope Francis will hold a Mass on the campus of the University of Nairobi which is expected to be attended by 1.4 million people from across the country.

The Pope will also meet other religious leaders to discuss inclusivity and how people of all denominations can co-exist. Key discussions will include matters around climate change, strengthening family ties, and inter-ethnic tolerance.

It has been 20 years since Kenya hosted a pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church which was marked by the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1995. The nation is prepared to welcome Pope Francis with blessings and joy.

For further information, and full details Pope Francis’ itinerary, please visit