ESCAPING TO THE SERENGETI
Serengeti Show Live – innovative wildlife show, with Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar
In what could be the most spectacular wildlife viewing season ever, an innovate wildlife show from the Serengeti National Park, airs from May 2020 with a mission to conserve the Serengeti National Park during Covid-19.
The great migration of wildebeest and iconic African animals like lions and elephants are a draw card for tourists visiting the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. There have been reports from around the world about the benefits to wildlife and the environment as a result of the ongoing lockdown due to the global coronavirus pandemic – but what is happening in the vast space of the Serengeti?
The Serengeti Show Live is a Wildlife show based in Tanzania – focused on the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Each show will document a variety of iconic African animals and their natural behavior seen on the daily game drive. The show will brighten your day by introducing you to wild adventures, animal conflicts, defending territory, family bonds and the circle of life & death. Unique scenes from the Serengeti National Park, some emotional journeys and what takes place behind the scenes.
The Serengeti Show Live is hosted by conservationist and wildlife guide, Carel Verhoef. He takes the videography team on a daily game drive through the vast expanse of the Serengeti to bring you the best wildlife sightings of the day and iconic African animals in their natural environment.
Each stand-alone episode has a narrative taking the viewer on a wildlife journey, teaching the viewer more about the natural world and a behind the scenes look at life in the bush.
The look and feel of the show are of beautiful spaces and therapeutic nature. It features wild animal interactions, and is designed to educate and inspire our viewers.
“We’re concerned about the devastating impact the reduction of travel and tourism is having on the revenue generated for conservation agencies. This could result in job losses and more broadly the livelihoods of people working in and living around protected areas. It also impacts the operations in the wilderness areas”, says Carel Verhoef – wildlife guide and host of the Serengeti Show Live. “It does however, provide an opportunity to showcase the animals in their natural habitat, undisturbed by vehicles and tourists, in what could be the most spectacular wildlife viewing season in recent years. As the only people in the Serengeti National Park, we have a unique chance to capture and share this extraordinary park to a wider audience and to remind you to return to Tanzania as soon as possible”.
17.2% of GDP in Tanzania is generated by tourism and the National Parks rely heavily on income generated from the tourism sector. Parks struggle to operate with reduced revenue and the wildlife economy is bound to be affected – including protecting biodiversity from illegal bushmeat harvesting which may rise as poverty increases and food becomes scarcer.
For those dreaming of the world and its wonders during lockdown, the Serengeti Show Live team in conjunction with Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) has set out on a mission to bring positive news, beautiful views, natural spaces and the wildlife of Africa to screens across the world. Their mission is to entertain all wildlife and safari lovers during Covid-19. Stand-alone episodes with a narrative, take the viewer on a wildlife journey, teaching the audience about the natural world.
TTB, in collaboration with Tanzania National Parks and Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority have partnered with the Serengeti Show Live team to bring a highly visual wildlife episodes to the world to entertain and educate the viewers. The show features unique scenes from the Serengeti National Park, some emotional journeys and what takes place behind the scenes.
Each show will feature game drives with wildlife sightings, great migration updates and interesting, facts about Tanzania and life in the bush. The Kids Corner is a fun and interactive segment to entertain the little ones, who stand to win a family holiday, and in doing so hopefully create a generation of naturalists and conservations to care for our planet. The Serengeti Show Live can be viewed on https://serengetishowlive.com/ with 3 episodes broadcast on You Tube every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5pm East Africa Time (GMT +3 hours) in a 30 part series.
Complementing the show, TTB will share news from the highest point in Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro, where mountain crews will capture views of Uhuru Peak summit while The Spice Island of Zanzibar will share visuals from their beautiful tropical island.