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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 existence and be an eco-sensitive 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)

FOUNDERS MESSAGE

“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.

WHY AFRICASAFARI.IN ?

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 exhilarated experienced and an enchanting piece of AFRICA.

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 behavior.
  • Have volunteered for wild cats conservation in Africa and have lived with wild cats for their rehabilitation program.
  • Always updated and in latest know how 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 - Traveled 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 challenged.
  • 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 feedback. 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.

TESTIMONIALS

Memorable. Hassle free, leisure with luxury…

“Memorable. Hassle free, leisure with luxury. Substantive knowledge about wildlife. Other Assistance – All very good.” – Aug 2010.

Uma (Performing Artist - Classical Dancing) & Yashesh Anantani (Environmentalist)

Very economical and pleasurable trip…

“Very economical and pleasurable trip. It’s an excellent experience. Very good personalized care, orientations and spotting of animals.” – Aug 2010.

Deepti (Housewife) & Atul Kanuga (Businessman)

Promise v/s Delivery – very good…

“Promise v/s Delivery – very good. will recommend AfricaSafari.In to future travelers.” – Aug 2010.

Lavanya Kanuga (Architect)

Well organized. Quite memorable…

“Well organized. Quite memorable. Overall tour coordination – very good. One stop help & solution provider, no tension, leisure with luxury.” – Aug 2010.

Rita (School Principal) & Rajan Mehta (Architect)

Loved everyday in Africa…

“Loved everyday in Africa. Absolutely hassle free. For a group as big as ours, you were patient and very helpful.” – Aug 2010.

Sandhya Anantani (Management : Pyramid Foreign Education)

Very well planned and enjoyable. Liked everything…

“Very well planned and enjoyable. Liked everything. Price and value of the tour was – A Bargain. Promise v/s Delivery – very good. Will strongly recommend to future travelers.” – Aug 2010.

Nishaad Anantani (Working in a nationalized bank)

Good pre-tour assistance and very good on tour support…

“Good pre-tour assistance and very good on tour support. Overall impression – Very Good.” – Aug 2010.

Kavita (house wife) & Govind Dayani (Practicing Lawyer in Guj. High Court)

Promise v/s Delivery – very good, very good on safari assistance, value of the tour was just right…

“Promise v/s Delivery – very good, very good on safari assistance, value of the tour was just right. Will recommend AfricaSafari.IN.” – Nov 2010.

Ronak (Chartered Accountant) & Ketan Shah (Architect)

Malavbhai shared valuable knowledge and was very enthusiastic…

“Malavbhai shared valuable knowledge and was very enthusiastic. Overall impression – excellent. Handling of kids and elders – very good.” – Nov 2010.

Priyam Patel (Student)

It was amazing. Promise v/s. Delivery – very good. Price and value of the tour – a bargain…

“It was amazing. Promise v/s. Delivery – very good. Price and value of the tour – a bargain. Will strongly recommend AfricaSafari.In to future travelers.” – Nov 2010.

Neha Shah (Professional Fitness Instructor)

Pretour and on tour assistance – All great, excellent.

“Pretour and on tour assistance – All great, excellent.” – Nov 2010.

Nirav Shah (Businessman, Life Goal Dreamer & Achiever)

We are very much interested in wildlife and see many programs but came to know many more and interesting things about East Africa,…

We are very much interested in wildlife and see many programs but came to know many more and interesting things about East Africa, people and animals. Malav tried his best to provide valuable information regarding everything. No complaints. Overall Excellent feeling. Awesome, everyday was out of this world. Information regarding food and hotels was excellent.” – Nov 2010

Kanan (School Teacher) & Manish Shah (Businessman)

Promise v/s Delivery was very good, Price v/s value for the tour was just right, Will recommend to future travelers. Everlasting memory of the tour.

PRE TOUR ASSISTANCE :

Excellent : Visa & Vaccination Assistance

Good : First contact & Motivation, Initial Presentation, Conceptualization & Initial Preparation, Understanding preferences, Optimizing time, Addressing Concerns, Personalized Services, Airline Planning, Documentations, Insurance & Forex Assistance, Pre Departure Orientation Tour Essentials, Pre Departure Orientation Presentation

Satisfactory : Theme and basic fundamentals of the tour, Travel Advisory & Sharing Details, Budgeting, Planning Accuracy, Quotation & Reservation

Could be better : Concept Value Addition, Itinerary Designing

ON TOUR ASSISTANCE :

Very Good : One stop help & solution provider, Punctuality, Personalized Care, Handling Kids & Elders, Hassle Free – No tension feeling, Leisure with Luxury, Daily Safari Orientations, Group discussions, talks and discussions, Documentaries & Presentations, Leading Game Drives, Spotting of Animals, Substantive Knowledge, Amusement & Entertainment, Overall tour coordination, Photography assistance, Conservation assistance

Satisfactory : Culture & Heritage assistance

Could be better : Shopping assistance

NOOTAN PAREKH, Ahmedabad, India. Zanzibar, Tanzania, Kenya. Nov 2012.

Very caring, tried most to fulfill our desires. Detailed knowledge of animal behavior. No question, always happy to help. Thanks a lot.

PRE TOUR ASSISTANCE :

Excellent : First contact & Motivation, Initial Presentation, Travel Advisory & Sharing Details, Concept Value Addition

Good : Initial Preparation, Understanding preferences, Theme and basic fundamentals of the tour, Optimizing time, Budgeting, Planning Accuracy, Itinerary Designing, Addressing Concerns, Personalized Services, Airline Planning, Quotation & Reservation, Documentations, Visa & Vaccination Assistance, Insurance & Forex Assistance, Pre Departure Orientation Tour Essentials, Pre Departure Orientation Presentation

ON TOUR ASSISTANCE :

Very Good : One stop help & solution provider, Punctuality, Personalized Care, Handling Kids & Elders, Hassle Free – No tension feeling, Leisure with Luxury, Daily Safari Orientations, Group discussions, talks and discussions, Documentaries & Presentations, Leading Game Drives, Spotting of Animals, Substantive Knowledge, Amusement & Entertainment, Overall tour coordination, Photography assistance, Conservation assistance, Culture & Heritage assistance, Shopping assistance.

NITA PAREKH, Ahmedabad, India. Zanzibar, Tanzania, Kenya. Nov 2012.

It was coolest experience I would have ever had. I enjoyed it fully completely and unbelievable.

He was the best tour leader I had ever had remembering from Europe or any place else. He is an live encyclopedia with encouraging and experience follower and nature. I would always want to have Tour Leader like Malav uncle and my fellow friends companion.

HUSSAIN LAKDAWALA, Surat, India. May 2014. South Africa.

This trip was just awesome and enjoyed a lot.

THUMBS UP !!! Friendly by nature & very well guided as a tour leader.

HUSSAIN KAPADIA, Surat, India. May 2014. South Africa.

Very good. Excellent.

Good fellow. Having good knowledge of African continent. Helping nature. Always within his limits. Needs to be a strict leader to follow itinerary, day to day activities.

Dr. HITESH J. JARIWALA, Surat, India. May 2014. South Africa.

More than five stars. I can’t explain it in few words. It’s a feeling and sweet memories.

He is an encyclopedia of Africa. I’am short of words for him as he has got explanations for each and every question ever asked to him. He has got a tremendous experience and knowledge of South Africa. We don’t need anything else if he is accompanying person in South Africa.

Dr. DIVYA SHARMA, Surat, India. May 2014. South Africa.

Excellent trip.

Very much cooperative. Good information every time from him. Helped us a lot.

Dr. FALGUNI, PRACHI & AARYA JARIWALA, Surat, India. May 2014. South Africa.

Very good. Malav was a very nice natured and composed person to handle and tolerate 40 pax like us.

Very good. South Africa is a nice country with good people. Having visited, I will definitely suggest my son and his family to visit South Africa.

DASHRATH, KALPANA & HARSHIT MEVAWALA, Surat, India. May 2014. South Africa.

EAST OR WEST, SOUTH AFRICA IS THE BEST !

Intelligent. Good knowledge about South Africa. Always informative and motivate. We want him in next tour.

BHAVYA & PRARTHANA PAREKH, Surat, India. May 2014. South Africa.

South Africa is a very very very beautiful place. WONDERFUL !

Malav uncle is a good tour leader. He was everywhere at any place very punctual. Overall very good tour leader.

AATMAN PRAJAPATI, Surat, India. May 2014. South Africa.

This is our first international tour. It is very fantastic place. We enjoyed it a lot. We definitely suggest to another people to visit South Africa.

Very supportive and soft nature. Very good, conducted and guided us. Each and every thing.

Dr. APARNA PANCHOLI, Surat, India. May 2014. South Africa.

We got pure oxygen. Message : Preserve animals & love animals. Instead of cutting trees and deforestation, awareness of more plantation of trees.

Very co-operative, caring. He guides us at each step. We learn the a,b,c of wildlife from him. I would like to suggest to my friend and family to go to South Africa tour with preference of Malav Shah. We like to thank him.

Dr. UDAYAN SHARMA, Surat, India. May 2014. South Africa.

Great. Good friendly country, good hospitality. Good infrastructure, green belt, good weather. Wish to come back to South Africa.

Very helpful and good guide. Very knowledgeable person for Africa. Time punctuality – good. Managed tour very well. Dedicated to complete tour itinerary and give knowledge for every place and activities.

Dr. RAJESH PAREKH and family, Surat, India. May 2014. South Africa.

Very good in all aspects. South Africa is far better then any other tourist destination.

Polite, decent and very much co-operative. Extremely knowledgeable. Always want him to be our tour leader.

Dr. SALIM CHANNIWALA and family & TAYEBBHAI CHANNIWALA and family, Surat, India. May 2014. South Africa.

Super experience. This tour is surely a success because of the hard work of ACE tours but has now become Grand Success b’coz of the proper guidance of Mr. MALAV. With the deepest sense of gratitude, I congratulate Mr. Malav & ACE Tours for its success.

Oh !!! He is excellent ! This tour wouldn’t be a happy one without the perfect logistic, fun, interest and support / guidance from him. The word ‘leader’ generally means a type of dictator but in this case, its the opposite – he’s always smiling, friendly, easy, calm …. (never ending). Best tour leader !

SHIWANGI SHARMA, Surat, India. May 2014. South Africa.

Good

in single word – AWESOME. He should be introduced first to the group who wants to travel. He is excellent person to create exact itinerary according to the group. Absolutely a proper person for Africa continent.

Dr. RAJESH PRAJAPATI, Ankleshwar, India. May 2014. South Africa.

South Africa was better then the best. It was a thrilling one with a lot of adventures. One of my Best Trip.

Our tour leader Malav uncle was outstanding and interesting one. Our trip would have been a failure without him. He gave us all the extra information about the place which I think was needed. Malav uncle is a good photographer. I appreciate his photography. He was very friendly with all of us.

PRACHI JARIWALA, Surat, India. May 2014. South Africa.

Malav is superb for South Africa. He should be promoted.

Malav is superb for South Africa. He should be promoted.

Dr. MEHUL PANCHOLI, Surat, India. May 2014. South Africa.

Had a very good experience and have very good memories.

Best Tour Guide until now. Would like ACE TOURS to employ more people like MALAV SHAH as guides as they can overcome any short comings and turn bad experience into a good one as he is the only link between you and customer.

Dr. MANISH, Dr. BHAVINI & KRISHNA LAD, Ankleshwar, India. May 2014. South Africa.

Enchanting, Indescribable, experience, had ever before. Very happy. Sometimes Tour Escorts are Liabilities but Mr. MALAV was an good Asset. Thanks.

A good personality with calm nature, gives answers to all questions, and good guide, an helper, sorting problems and managing things to be on time.

Dr. IMTIAZ I. LAKDAWALA, Surat, India. May 2014. South Africa.

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