Are you a lover of apps? This one ticks all the safari traveller boxes! Check it out for yourself
We have linked up with Jason Smith, a safari enthusiast, lover of travel (and now app creator) to bring you the first of its kind, African Safari Tracker.
In 2013, Jason spent three months in Africa as part of his one year round the world trip with his family. Jason got frustrated that there wasn’t a high quality mobile app to improve the family’s safari experience.
‘I wanted something that gave us information on the animals while keeping a tally of everything we saw, ideally on a map. When I got back, I created African Safari Tracker to do just that.’
We quizzed Jason about it before getting involved. Not fans of ‘mere tick lists’, we wanted to ensure that the app augmented the safari experience rather than taking you away from it. Jason wholeheartedly agreed saying that it was to be a resource companion, helping you find and identify the animals that your guide has spotted. It also becomes a moment of the trip, reminding you of all the great wildlife you saw and where you saw it with the ability to share the experience with friends and family.
The app is packed with photos, facts, descriptions, maps and all without requiring an internet connection!
When GPS becomes available (i.e. you are in range), animal lists are automatically filtered, reducing scrolling clutter and enabling you to quickly find animals that are known to reside in your area.
It also protects the well being of rhino, a huge concern of ours initially. So you cannot pinpoint where you saw rhino and share with others.
A bonus inclusion is the list or map view of a handful of well known national parks and game reserves. Insider tips and general information about each park provided for your enjoyment!
So, if you have an iPhone or iPad you plan to take on safari, take a look at the African Safari Tracker before you leave. We’ve certainly had a look and like what we see – first of its kind. They have curated information and photos of every animal you’ll see on safari into a digital guidebook of sorts. A sightings map enables you to keep track of animals you’ve seen, then email your personal map to friends back home (or share it on Facebook or Twitter if you are so inclined). Everything works offline, there is no need for an internet connection.
Click this link from your iPhone or iPad to find it in the App Store: http://taps.io/encompassafrica