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Sun Apr 26 21:27:08 SAST 2015

User-generated safari site billed as one of world's largest

AFP Relaxnews | 05 February, 2013 09:34
Looking for advice on the best safaris in the world? A new site claims to be one of the largest online resources with 2 200 reviews.

An online crowd-sourced safari guide which launched this week is being billed as one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world, allowing users to compare the major safari countries and tour operators against the advice of 2 200 user-generated reviews.

SafariBookings.com is the result of a two-year web search for safari goers from 50 countries who contributed 2 200 user reviews.

The site also features expert advice from guidebook authors who’ve contributed to publications such as Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and Frommer’s.

Reviews cover the eight major safari countries in Africa – Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Zambia – 140 parks, and more than 3 500 photos from wildlife photographers.

By the end of the year, the site says they project to have 60 percent of all major safari operators represented on the site.

Meanwhile, in Travel + Leisure’s 2012 safari rankings, tour operator Micato Safaris was rated the best, followed by African Adventure Company, African Travel, Ker & Downey and andBeyond.

Other comprehensive safari sites include African Travel Gateway, which likewise offers tours spanning the continent, from Botswana to Swaziland, and Safari Guide Africa, member of the South Africa Services Tourism Association.

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