There are so many different activities available for visitors staying at Chanters Lodge, Livingstone, to a certain extent depending on the time of year – right now the most popular are white water rafting (pictured above), visits to Livingstone Island and the Sunset Cruise. We spend a lot of time trying to guide Guests in the right direction in terms of what they’d like to do. For this reason the following article in the New York Times caught my attention:
“You picked the place, found the perfect hotel, and secured your flights. Now what are you actually going to do on your vacation? Kijubi.com, a new vacation activity site that went live today, hopes to answer that question for you. The site, which is meant to sound like “Could You Be” — as in, “Kijubi surfing?” — allows travelers to easily search and book more than 70 categories of experiences from sea kayaking to skydiving to theme parks, by theme, activity or location. A recent search for activities in Newport Beach, for example, shot back a list of 109 options including surfing lessons, whale watching, theme park tickets, horseback riding and paintball.
“The online travel agencies do a terrific job of getting you to your destination but don’t address what to do when you get there,” said Brian Fried, Kijubi’s chief executive. “No one comes home and says, ‘Man, I had a great rental car experience.’ They say ‘I went shark diving.’”
But the site, which currently lists about 250 vendors and roughly 1,000 activities, still has a long way to go to fill this niche. Only a few states, including California, Florida, and Nevada, are listed and many of the activities are obvious, like rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park. Videos, user ratings and reviews are still to come. “We think we’ve just scratched the surface of reaching a critical mass of recreation vendors,” said Mr. Fried. Other destinations, he said, will include Hawaii, Colorado, and New York.”
Let’s hope Africa, Zambia and Livingstone soon feature on their site too! Or maybe someone needs to start a site like this for Southern Africa?