AFRICASAFARI.IN, is dedicated to giving you a mystical African safari experience.
My intense passion for the wonderful sights, sounds and smells of Africa with its magical game, diverse habitats and stunning natural beauty encouraged me for this endevour; I offer my exclusive services to you, an opportunity to experience the beauty and magic of Africa.
My safari embraces the values of exclusivity, luxury and excellence, outdone perhaps, by the sheer beauty of the destinations and wildlife! Being a naturalist and a wildlife photographer, it enhances this experience and becomes quite obvious to my clients through their testimonials.
AFRICASAFARI.IN's goal is to see to it that you just not enjoy your vacation, like any other, but you experience and enjoy being closest to the nature, to our very existance and be an eco-sentitive global citizen. Enthusiastically I share the most updated facts, advice and guide you through the myriad choices to select your ideal safari. Using extensive local knowledge and expertise, I design for you the ideal tour at the best cost.
Like an artist, I create a customized, exclusive luxury / budget / camping / specific / educational / leisure safari experience and you will be infused with the rhythm of Africa ready to go back again and again.
I, the founder Mr. MALAV SHAH, is passionately in love with Africa, its wilderness, game parks and safaris. I have traveled extensively individually and with groups to Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, South Africa, and Zambia as well as into the interiors of Africa.
Having first-hand experience of each region's game parks and safaris, and in-depth knowledge of its special game, flora and fauna, including cullinary (food) and local spoken language. My experience and expertise will provide objective views on the safaris in each country to enable you to select the perfect safari destination in Africa.
My infectious enthusiasm for the pure, untamed wilderness that is Africa will spur you to go on safari. TWENDE !!! ('let's go' in Kiswahilli)
KEY FUNCTIONAL AREAS :
Skillset : Experience; passionate; responsible; fast learner; peoples skills; enthusiast; high energy; visionary; target achiever; fun loving; particular & punctual; ready to help; strong team player; adventure traveler; problem solver; go getter
* Tour Leader / Manager
Key skills : organized; flexible; out-going; good sense of humor; interact with people; trust winner; young at heart; high level of customer service & satisfaction; leadership skills; up-to-date; well read; day-to-day guide; interpreter; manager; poise under unpredictable & stressful circumstances; work for odd & long hours; following schedules and occasionally changes as per circumstances; making and confirming reservations; assist travelers on itineraries, optional activities, meals / culinary, ground transfers & souvenirs; maintaining daily expenditure & budget accounts, trip notes in standardized format & reporting; delegating; provide assistance and coordinating with the company offices and staff; understanding ethology; biodiversity conversationalist; First Aid & CPR; region specific language; naturalist; destination focused; entertainer; opportunity seeker and executor; attention to details; excellent communication skills; sharing knowledge
* Social Media Marketing (SMM) content provider / SEO
Key skills : wildlife & nature / landscape photographer; team work; computer skills; SM Marketing skills; understanding & handling of various platforms of SMM; story teller; blogger; result oriented; time management; hash tagging and linking skills
* Product Developer
Key skills : Destination insights; contact developer; business & product developer; cost analysis in marketing; competent; assessing client needs; understanding product mix; following value addition module; properties & service provider recee; negotiating skills, eco & meaningful tourism
* Marketing Representation
Key skills : target audience marketing; research and analysis; market capitalization; innovation; selling and distribution; trade fare participation; franchisee and market development
AFRICASAFARI.IN executes tailor-made itineraries for your ultimate safari experience.
On the go, I understand your interests and preferences, the group size, approximate price tag you would wish to give to this tour and the convenient dates of travel. Based on inputs from you, I suggest the most covetted and value for money itinerary - your bucket list, dream holidays.
I differentiate myself from any other travel agency / tour operator in quite a big way. While travel agency's / tour operator's main profile is to book your flights, surface arrangements, accomodations and excursions and their business model is also based on these bookings, AFRICASAFARI.IN works as a specialist, reputed and experienced, 'only Africa' tour consultant / tour leader or tour escort, destination focused expert, who believes in giving you an awesome experience and where the business model is the consultation and being your fellow safarian in the African bush. Giving you that live experience. I can still however, (only on request), do the bookings with reputed counterparts in Africa. But, believe me, I try to stay away from this for my complete transparent work style and to focus on my niche - which is to give you the most memorable experience in Africa. In short, my clients benefit much more in comparison to the standard tour packages and my forte is post the bookings done by most tour agencies / travel companies. That is also one good reason why I love to work with various domestic / international, ethical travel agencies / tour operators as they excell in bookings while I master in delivery and execution.
Once and employing AFRICASAFARI.IN for planning & execution of your tour, all you do is to relax and stay away from all the botherations except for giving important and occassional inputs. My Pre, on Tour and Post tour support will make your African experience, up close and personal, a memory to cherish forever.
At AFRICASAFARI.IN, I create & execute an exclusive & luxurious safari experience to enable you to witness the drama of the African wilderness unfolding before your eyes.
AFRICASAFARI.IN welcomes you to experience a rare and unique combinations: Africa's most iconic locations, its geography, history, culture & traditions, wilderness and elevated level of exceptional hospitality, seldom found anywhere else on earth.
For an experience, which is truly moving and exhilarating, profound and mystical, my exclusively executed, customized safari to the wondrous parts of the world, which is 'only Africa' will prove to be the most memorable adventure of your lifetime.
The soul of Africa is calling... there is magic unfolding deep in the heart of the bush... experience a luxury safari holiday in Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia & Rwanda.
I carefully recommend the exotic locations suiting to your time of travel, budget and interests, in private reserves or national parks, where the safari experience, understated luxury of the camps, gourmet meals, unparalleled and infectious enthusiasm & expertise of the guides, bespoke tour leading for your stressfree travel and comforts. All value for money.
You will return having with you in your mind and heart, an exhilirated experienced and an enchanting piece of AFRICA.
The camps I recommend are renowned for their intimacy, luxury and most importantly for the highest quality of guiding and its strategic locations.
The guides passionately impart an incomparable wealth of knowledge, personally experienced, about habitats, ecology, birds, trees, plants, animals and insects providing you with memorable wilderness experiences to last for a lifetime. You will realize that the quality of the guiding at the camps I recommend is the most important component of making your safari a magical, mystical experience.
Properties are clean, hygenic, safe, comfortable and in line with the clients budget and preferences with special requirements.
Exquisite meals, intense game drives and fabulous views where you can feel, and be one, with the rhythm of Africa.
My recommended camps are renowned for their professional guiding, adventure and elegance, located in timelessly unspoiled settings with panoramic views and boundless game.
Let us talk about some benefits working with me …
* ONLY AFRICA focused. Specialist and edge over others.
I think I’am born on a wrong continent. Passionately in love with Africa & highly motivated. Focus helps me staying fresh and connected with 'now' of Africa, customizing your travel plans making them truly memorable. My executed safaris come with a warning: "What you are about to experience may become addictive, you will definitely get hooked up with nature and start exploring & discovering your own self !" My aim is to continually push the boundaries of fun, adventure, knowledge, excitement and fulfillment throughout your safari adventure.
* Wildlifer & Biodiversity conversationalist. Understanding of wildlife / safari and optimizing.
Studied Biodiversity conservation at BNHS, Mumbai. One of the oldest and most reputed natural history society in India.
* Naturalist & Environmentalist.
In theme with the destination and helps chalk out bespoke itineraries giving exhilarating experience to my clients.
* Volunteer and understanding of animal behaviour.
Have volunteered for wild cats conservation in Africa and have lived with wild cats for their rehabilitation program.
* Always updated and in latest knowhow of the bush. Almost a professional safari guide.
Spend maximum time understanding wildlife and bush life management. Studied professional safari guiding and at par with international standards.
* Wildlife photographer & capturing life long memories.
Studied photography at CEPT University. Extensive experience in Wildlife, Nature, Landscape photography including night and time lapse both in still and video.
* Experience - Travelled extensively – understanding the destination like the back of my hand.
Since 2007, have escorted many FITs and GITs from pax size 7 to 40 and at various instances. Client’s age : 3 months to ~90 years old. At times also physically challanged.
* First Aid and emergency handling.
Studied First Aid and CPR & certified by St. John's Ambulance. Have handled quite a few medical emergencies during the trips.
* Fitness freak. Practicing Complementary & Alternative medicine (CAM) / Natural healthcare.
* Communication skills
Fluency in English. Talkative, motivational and always willing to share. Understanding destination languages – Kiswahili, Africans …
* Tour Managerial skills
Maintaining accurate trip accounts as tour manager with reporting in standard formats and complete transparency in work responsibilities and executions.
* Esteem and reputed one point contact - local support.
24x7 support for any and every matter related to the trip; pre, during & post the trip. (Clients have been calling me for some information even after 6-7 years of their trip and they get prompt and satisfactory reply)
* Never a competition.
I’am not a Travel Agent and never will to be one.
Hence NO client hacking – nope not interested.
Deal only in one destination and that’s Africa. It is most likely not a repeat destination (business). (Well for most of the visitors).
* Alliance for exhilarating solutions and a win-win strategy.
Travel Agent’s forte is booking while my forte is tour leading. Perfect combination of synergies.
* FIT / GIT / MICE / Special (Destination) / THEMES
efficient group handling with special requirements.
* Product Development assistance to Travel Agent & Social Media content provider (on request)
* Work experience with many Travel Agent’s, Destination Marketing Companies & Tourism Boards.
* Freelancer and hence flexible.
* No strings attached. Frank advice with un-biased opinion and services.
* Strong believer of Value for Money. Budgetary skills. Comforts & Luxury.
* Living lifestyles of all walks of life. Culture + Tradition.
* Foodie. Loves food and culinary experiences. Making clients comfortable.
* No inter Travel Agent goof-ups in itinerary shopping. Purely on merits.
* Contact point for SIC consortium in case of very small group. Internal / cross marketing.
* Creatively experimental / out of the box / Value addition. Unique, different & intelligent itineraries.
* Excellent client’s feedbacks. Want clients to experience Africa. Strive for strong referral business for Travel Agents and complete customer satisfaction.
* Cost effective and much much better freelance tour manager / tour leader & travel assistant.
Limited obligations. Flexible scope of work.
Retainer ship or Job specific assignment commitments.
Our passion for Africa will infuse your safari and you will return with a magical, mystical experience etched in your mind forever.
“It was some years back as I planned to travel with my family and friends to East Africa, that I was completely awestruck and inclined towards sheer excellence of flora and fauna on this earth. Planning of the trip was a nightmare to me as it took loads of my quality time and still was not sure of the best, with all agents speaking different commercial languages.
Trip started with a bad note of having lost all my check in luggage when I reached the destination. Worst by managing it in the third world country with completely strange language and finally after 48 hours of hunger, anxiety and restlessness, got hold of it, thankfully intact.
It was our dream vacation, a vacation we were eagerly looking forward to since years and let me tell you, it was going to make a reasonably good hole in my pocket. I had tried to plan it the best way and within the means. Perfect planning and execution alongside a highly qualified and experienced driver-guide drastically elevates the tour experience. I was trying hard to get all the pieces of the puzzle in place. Luckily I got hold of this silver certified driver guide whose name was Kim and was a gem of a person. One amongst just a handful available then.
An amazing experience we had. Parks, Lodges, People, Culture, Nature, Animals, Food, … everything. As if we lived in paradise. Something so unusual and fascinating that there was always a conflict between mind and heart as none could believe each other.
Indeed it turned out to be one of the best vacations we had and life time memories we cherish. Even after years and very often, it’s always fun to see the slide show and movie we took, only not to finish it till the end as we slip into our dreams of being there even now.
Along with those memories, I can still see the face of Kim, staring at me in surprise as to how do you know so much of these locations and spotting of game despite of being a novice where as a highly qualified person can’t.
I started sharing my experiences and went on to hear simillar from fellow travellers on return. Very soon, I could realize that they too had a great trip planned, very well priced, thrilled with the Afican experience and a good driver-guide, but something was drastically missing. All of them had visited Africa but did not see/know/understand Africa. Visa stamps on their passports and faint memories with some pictures was all what was left as the time moved on. The reason was, they all had been to Africa but not lived in Africa.
This is where I got passionate, highly motivated and www.AfricaSafari.IN was born. A promise with dedication to provide a complete and professional exhilarating solution … To make people know, feel, understand the flora, fauna, the very existance of this earth, surroundings and ones own-self. A committment to the nature, to the god's creation, to make my clients understand, appreciate and conserve the beauty, experience it and take back with them on return, a little piece of Africa in their heads and heart, to cherish it for their lifetime.
With the foundation of purpose laid strong, my subsequent visits to South Africa taught me the professionalism of executing the wonderful safari experience. Highly accurate and systematic approach to address innemurable topics. To add loads of value to the itinerary.
Later, I went on to acquire other and advanced professionals skills and qualifications, striving to make it better and better. And so I do, even today. My clients have also been a great asset to me, making me learn a lot and spending some quality time in the bush. With all the experiences behind me, I stand today, waiting to be your safari rafiki.”
~ Malav Shah.