Nairobi, Kenya 9 November 2016 – The Direct Pay Online Group, (“DPO Group”) – formerly known as 3G Direct Pay Limited – the leading online payments processor in East Africa, today announced that it has partnered with the newly launched Safarisharing platform to connect people and enable them to share safaris in Kenya and Tanzania. This unique and innovative platform is the first of its kind in the region.
Safarisharing aims to revolutionize the peer-to-peer travel and traditional safari industry by offering individuals to join small group safaris. Interested clients can check the website for trips that will depart from Nairobi or Arusha.The website shows the number of empty seats available and who already joined that particular trip. Customers can join the trip online and make the booking directly using the DPO Group PCI DSS Level 1 payments platform that is safe and secure.
Speaking during the announcement in Nairobi, the Safarisharing, Co-Founder, Daan Degenkamp said, “With the independent Safarisharing platform, we create access for travellers to find like-minded people to join or create a safari. Together they can share their safari experience and the costs. This way, sharing creates more fun and can make a safari affordable.”
Working closely with their local partners, the technology will support African tourism and jointly create a unique customer experience.
“We bring the sharing economy to the safari industry by using technology and the opportunities of social media and internet,” said Safarisharing, Co-Founder, Jorrit Kooi. “This makes us the first complete e-commerce solution in the safari market in East Africa and beyond. We are working with the Direct Pay Online Group to ensure a reliable, safe and convenient payment process.”
“Since it was founded, the DPO Group has sought to empower the African travel businesses to efficiently sell their products online and receive payment through a wide variety of methods.” said Eran Feinstein, DPO Group CEO. “This new innovative platform, created by Safarisharing, will provide access to some of Africa’s best wildlife areas and environments and most diverse ecosystems, in addition to offering guests unique travel and cultural experiences that otherwise they may not have been able to access.”
He added that, “The platform will work with the leading tour operators and airlines to connect travellers and share a safari. The DPO Group provides the freedom to everyone to pay and be paid anywhere anytime by any modes of payments.”
Clients will be able to pay by mobile money – MPESA and Airtel Money in Kenya; M-PESA, Tigo-Pesa and Airtel Money in Tanzania, in addition to all major credit cards and e-wallets.