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FAO Tour Operators / Camp owners

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Any chance that TO / Camp owners, on their website, when promoting camps, lodges etc, actually concentrate on giving details and using photo's of the actual camp / lodges rather than dozens of photo's of lions, buffalo's, wildebeest etc.?

 

I get the fact that most, if not all of us, are there for the wildlife, but there are thousands, if not millions of photo's of Wildlife on the internet, but not necessarily so of the camps, which I believe is important to actually help the traveler on where to stay.

 

Not sure if it is just me or not, but i always feel that if you cannot "show off" or explain / promote your camp / lodges correctly then there is something to hide, which of course, I appreciate, may not be the case.

 

 

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Every camp I've stayed at has an "Accommodation" (or similarly named) section on their website that shows you the tents where you'll sleep, eat and hang out. Sure there are photos of the land around it (which is important) but I've never not seen the tent I'll be sleeping in before I book.

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@@Moggy almost all web sites for camps and the companies that have camps show photos of the accommodations as well as the dining area.

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Perhaps names the camps you are interested in as others may have photos they can share or know of better web sites that show more. Eyes on Africa or Africa Travel Resource usually have Good photos of the accommodation and camp public areas. Each covers a wide variety of countries as well.

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Yo can update also take a look at the photos on TripAdvisor to get an idea of what the tents, camps and vehicles look like.

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Expert Africa for example use their own photos taken when their agents are on familiarisation trips. They also use their own blurb and then link to the owners description and photos. This tries to give a realistic impression.

 

Like others I usually have no problem finding pictures of main areas and accommodation on websites.

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Freeman Safaris has really in-depth videos showing what life is like in camp. It's just one camp but it's a great look at what you might experience in the Mara.

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it is common to have photos of the wildlife, vehicles ,tent/cabins, lounge , pool and dining areas

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@Moggy I think part of it is that indeed, the more you show the more likely someone is going to see something they don't like. But there are also many excellent camps and lodges than simply don't have marketing know-how or get 90% of their guests via operatoirs and travel agents who have visited and know exactly what they are selling to their clients. As mentioned,, some of the agents even have their own database of pictures. Really it is the agents who do the marlketing more than the camps.

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Africatravelresource have lots of full screen photos of nearly all of the camps and lodges on their website (more than 4000 camps). These include good photos of the central areas of the camp , the rooms and the local landscape. The same section also includes photos of wildlife taken while staying at the camps.

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Quite a few specialist wildlife/bird tour companies don't actually state what camps/lodges they use. Especially those who feel the need to retain exclusive control overy a particularly productive site.

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