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Hidden Gems: Meet Stephen Gachibi of Safiri Travel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephen Gachibi.

Hi Stephen, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Safiri is a Swahili word that means Travel. Our story began in 2017. I organized for a group of my friends to go on Safari to Kenya for a vacation and on our return to Australia, they asked me to organize a return trip back to Kenya as they experienced an adventure of a lifetime. I discovered that holidays to East Africa from Australia were not very popular and were not being promoted or given the exposure they deserve. What a golden opportunity!

With my love of travel and passion for showing people the amazing culture, wildlife, and the African continent, Safiri Adventures was established. I surrounded myself with a team of Africa travel specialists sharing my passion for Africa and cementing Safiri’s reputation for being the “Africa Experts”. I moved to Australia in 2002 to further my studies and I always had a passion for traveling and learning about new cultures. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to travel to countries all over the world but nothing can match the feeling of going on a safari and seeing the wild animals up close and personal.

It is a feeling that cannot be described in words as Will Smith said, “It feels like God visits everywhere else but lives in Africa”. I have always been passionate about Africa as that is where I was born. Every time I go back to Africa, I come back to Australia with some of the most amazing stories of safaris and culture that get everyone intrigued and curious.

My principles are to provide a unique travel experience for everybody in a sustainable, honest and transparent way.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
This has definitely been a bumpy road! That being said, anything worth having will never be easy to obtain. Being a Travel Agent always has its ups and downs, but 2020 and 2021 have made it extremely difficult.

Between the world shutting down to covid regulations to canceling everything for 18 months and constant changes, the last one and a half years have been a wild ride. With the opening of the international borders, 2022 looks to be a promising year and I truly hope my clients are able to travel.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Safiri Adventures offers you a wholesome and distinct insight into the wonders of Africa’s amazingly diverse landscape, wildlife, history, and cultural heritage. A vacation tailor-made by Safiri Adventures is not just another cliché’ safari vacation on offer. Our diverse family crafts your expeditions with a team that is born-bred in Africa who loves the continent and cares to deliver the finest tour experiences that will leave you truly mesmerized.

Your African dream holiday deserves all the careful planning you would put into any major lifetime investment. We aim to change your entire holistic outlook and provide enlightening memories that will remain with you for years by bringing you back to the Cradle of Mankind- where it all began. Working with you one-on-one, you will not find a more dedicated and passionate Africa tour operator company more capable of taking charge of your African safari and travel arrangements within your preferred budget range.

We take all the stress and leave you free to relish the anticipation of an unparalleled opportunity to embrace a totally new inimitable experience. No matter how often you take a journey with Safiri adventures, it will always be a new adventure

WHY TRAVEL WITH SAFIRI?

TAILORED TO YOU
Our tailor-made journeys are what we do best. Our resources and experience mean your adventure can be all you dreamed about and more

EXPERIENCES DESIGNED FOR YOU
Whether you’re after wildlife and wilderness, cultural heritage, an active adventure, or simply a unique experience, we know how to create an extraordinary itinerary.

We know that every one of our travels is unique, and so is every journey. Our travel designers have personally visited the regions they specialize in and have the expert knowledge to tailor any journey to suit your trip style.

FIRST-HAND KNOWLEDGE
Our guides are mountaineers, conservationists, environmentalists, and you’ll always be safe and surrounded by passionate and knowledgeable companies.

We pride ourselves on the extensive, first-hand knowledge and personalized service our team of experts can offer. You can rest assured that you will be accompanied by the best local guides and escorts, offering unparalleled local knowledge to bring each location to life.

CREATING POSITIVE CHANGE
We see tourism as a vital tool for protecting Africa’s remarkable wildlife and culture and at Safiri Adventures we pride ourselves on our approach to ethical tourism, upholding these values across our ‘Big Five’ pillars.

With these pillars in place, you can be safe in the knowledge that you are visiting these extraordinary countries in Africa with the utmost respect, leaving the picturesque places as you might like to find them and ensuring that local communities benefit from your visit.

WE BELIEVE IN THE VALUE
Our advice comes from first-hand experience and we work hard so that our clients can make well-informed decisions and book their perfect holiday. Our quality of service and expertise makes our value for money very hard to beat.

OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU
Our reputation is built on providing quality services with real personal touches. We understand the importance of giving attention to even the smallest of detail. We will organize your accommodation, transfers, local guides, and all excursions.

Our staff are known for their attention to detail and have specialist knowledge in everything safari. Exceptional customer service is behind everything we do. Our team and partners will always deliver; before, during, and after your journey. We are with you all the way.

Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
1. New protocols are here to stay. Eventually, COVID-19 may be cured, vaccinated against, or stopped. But, the new normal is just that, and we won’t go back to where we were. As companies recover, many believe that the current protocols may be temporary and will be eliminated by a vaccine or cure, but this is unlikely to be the case.

The correlation between global travel and the vectors of viral transmission was a clear warning. Most people will look to travel in a safe manner and not in overcrowded destinations

2. Mass Tourism. Might be a thing of the past. The sustainable future of post-COVID-19 travel is likely smaller scale, authentic and experiential. In recent years, tourism economies have been built to scale, and the globalization of the business community has led to the dominance of travel brands that operate on volume models.

This created the commoditization of travel as a mass-market product. There has been an emergence of millennial travelers using technology to seek out authentic, small-scale experiences, while increasingly more reports about the “Invisible Burden” of mass tourism on the environment have become mainstream. COVID-19 will accelerate technology-driven changes in travel.

Combined with new health concerns, impact on personal wealth, and renewed interest in domestic and regional tourism, we will likely see the scale and volume of travel reduce. It is doubtful that the amount of travel required to support the mass travel industry will be feasible for several years, or that the firms that delivered it will have the ability to remain in business to meet those needs should they return.

3. Experience is the reason we travel. The challenges of restarting travel are today’s reality, we must never lose sight of the importance of customer experience. The temptation now is to make safe, hygienic travel a fundamental part of the travel equation, and to publicize this to attract visitors.

After the events of 2020, people will want to relax, explore and travel again. An opportunity to do so, and have a smaller, more valued experience from a destination that cares is what they need. That indeed shows us where the future is headed.

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Giraffe Manor, Segera Angam,a Mara Sanctuary, Olonana Saruni, and Finch Hattons

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3 Comments

  1. Stephen Gachibi

    December 3, 2021 at 2:28 am

    Thank you for sharing my story. I hope that your readers will enjoy reading what we do and why we love what we do. We love show casing the amazing continent of Africa and show people all the hidden gems they do not know about.

  2. Antony kanyi maina

    December 3, 2021 at 6:26 am

    What an amazing story. I love this keep up the good work GOD BLESS YOU

  3. Antony kanyi maina

    December 3, 2021 at 6:28 am

    Keep up the good work I love your story.
    GOD BLESS YOU

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