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An Open Suggestion for Safari Operators

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This is about what I hope is a concept for business opportunity for safari camps and also (more importantly) helping me enjoy safaris.

I’ve been on several safaris, although not nearly as many as a lot of folk. Eight different camps and around 80 game drives. (Yes, about 10 game drives, or five nights at each camp. The math checks). I also have a very keen interest in photography. What I started finding after about 20 game drives was that I was spending a lot of the game drives hearing and seeing the same things over and over. Why? Mostly because of the “first timers” on game drives. Yes, I admit it, I too was once a “first timer”. But after a while it is sort of like learning and hearing the multiplication number table repeated over and over after you already know it.

So, easy way around this right, simply hire a private game vehicle at the camps. Well, first problem with this is cost, an additional around $300 per day. Second thing is I’d prefer not to be alone on the vehicle. Like minded, like interested, safari companions are fun to be with. So here is my answer and your business opportunity. Provide safaris tailored to the experienced safari goer with an interest in photography. Your previous guests, your “alumni”, invite them back for a safari tailored for “graduate studies” in game drives. (Would not have to be strictly your alumni, any one with sufficient safari experience qualifies). Four alumni to a vehicle, this is important no more than four (photography). Leave earlier in the morning (with maybe a box breakfast) and leave earlier in the afternoon. Simple as that. The guests do not have to be friends or know each other. Just four from anywhere who want to safari in this way. And, all for only another $80 per day (over regular rates). I for one would love it. Just what I want now on safari.

Yes, I know there are safaris operated especially for photographers that do pretty much exactly this. Plus are conducted/instructed by professional photographers. But they are very expensive, most make having my own private vehicle seem cheap.

How exactly you would promote and market this is beyond my understanding of your business. It seems to me it could be a simple extension of your current capabilities. Offer it, I’ll buy it. I invite comments here from any safari operators visiting this forum.

Regards - tom

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