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BE Safaris Made Easy


NHA’s African safari planner (ASP), available free at www.africasafariplanner.com, has collected the equivalent of a library of material, including information and expert reviews on some 300 camps; thousands of photos of lodging and wildlife; dozens of safari routes in nine African countries; historic weather data for all safari regions; and information on when and where to catch a glimpse of Africa’s famous “Big Five” and other famous animals.


Using this rich collection of information, the Africa safari planner walks visitors through the step-by-step process of creating their own custom safari. After choosing their desired country, a variety of itineraries are presented to the user along with maps, trip details, and price ranges.


Once a safari route is chosen, the user then has the ability to choose specific properties at each destination along their itinerary from three different categories of camps, based on style, comfort, and facilities.


The result is a custom-built safari catered to the unique interests of the individual traveler.


The variety of camps and detailed descriptions are one of the Africa safari planner's most valuable features. All 300 camps featured on the tool were chosen because they provide a superior total safari experience, based on three important components: 1) intriguing accommodations that are generally smaller and more off-the-beaten- path than larger chain hotels and lodges, offering a highly personalized experience; 2) camps that hire the highest quality guides (a safari is only as good as the guides!); and 3) camps that are located in the best areas for access to Africa's greatest wildlife sights.


Camps and lodges that meet these high standards were then placed into one of three categories ‒ Traditional, Distinctive, and Premier. Traditional Safari Camps provide an authentic safari experience of days gone by. Much more than just thatched tents (they all have fully furnished beds and private bathrooms), these permanent and mobile camps place safari-goers "out there" where the sights and sounds of Africa are enhanced by simple yet classic furnishings under canvas.


Luxurious yet not opulent, the collection of Distinctive Safari Camps offers a genuine safari experience combined with superior amenities. Often constructed of local materials that blend well-appointed canvas- sided chalets into the environs, these camps provide guests with an experience of the remote splendors of Africa while offering a remarkable and unexpected level of luxury, at a more affordable price point than the top camps.


LIFESTYLE │ TRAVEL


The exclusive collection of Premier Safari Camps ̶ each specially designed to provide the most discerning traveler with unsurpassed luxury in the bush ̶ offers extraordinary locales, awe-inspiring views, and the finest premium, hand-selected furnishings and amenities, all while maintaining the opportunity for guests to experience Africa in an up-close and personal manner.


Building on years of pioneering work in ecotourism, NHA has intertwined their conservation ethos into the Africa safari planner.


Each property featured was given the opportunity to highlight its sustainability and conservation achievements as a component of the camp details. These descriptions allow the traveler to better understand the positive environmental, social, and economic impacts the property has worked to bring to their operations and surrounding communities. Armed with this information, travelers can make their lodging choices based on ecotourism and sustainability metrics, should they be inclined.


The best part of this revolutionary new tool, however, is the end- product of your safari planning. After creating the details of your dream safari, the Africa safari planner automatically saves the choices to your account for future consideration, and creates a digital “Personal Safari Journal” that includes photos, trip highlights, and camp descriptions can be shared with friends and family by e-mail or Facebook.


With more and more people wanting to play an active role in their trip planning, interactive tools like the Africa safari planner will become more popular. Never before have travelers been given such freedom of choice, so many varied options of camps and itineraries, and such an enjoyable interactive opportunity to design their own dream safari.


The Africa safari planner puts travelers in the driver’s seat, seamlessly guiding them through the trip-planning process with an amazing array of the best options Africa has to offer, all in one location.


Planning safaris has never been simpler.


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