Kenyan startup Tukio has launched a safari-booking platform designed to transform the way travelers plan and book their safari experiences. Founded in September by Natalia Cubillos and Marina Cangelaris, Tukio aims to provide a seamless and informed booking experience by allowing safari lodges, transportation providers, and activity organizers to publish and sell their services directly to travelers.

Seamless and Transparent Booking Experience

Tukio's platform introduces a new dimension to safari bookings by offering travelers the flexibility to select and customize every component of their trip separately. The platform allows users to add chosen lodges, transportation options, and activities to a cart, providing a transparent and comprehensive view of their safari experience. The entire booking process, from selection to checkout, can be completed online, ensuring a hassle-free and transparent transaction.

Empowering Service Providers

One of the key features of Tukio's platform is its empowerment of safari lodges, transportation providers, and activity organizers. By enabling these service providers to transparently list their offerings on the platform, Tukio ensures that travelers have access to an end-to-end safari experience online. This innovative approach allows travelers to see, compare, and select different components of their trip while knowing exactly what they are paying for.

Pilot Launch in Masai Mara

Tukio has initiated its platform as a pilot project in Kenya's renowned Masai Mara region. The pilot features a curated selection of lodges that cater to a range of budgets, from affordable options to luxury accommodations. This strategic launch allows Tukio to test and refine its platform in a specific market, laying the foundation for future expansions.

Looking Ahead

As Tukio redefines the safari-booking landscape, the startup aims to expand its platform to cover a broader spectrum of safari destinations and offerings. The innovative approach to transparent and direct bookings not only enhances the traveler's experience but also brings a new level of efficiency and empowerment to safari service providers.