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Export case study: Dave Gyles on Safaritrek International

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Dave Gyles on Safaritrek International

Exporting since: 2004

Key markets: Africa, Middle East, Asia.

Founded 20 years ago by Dave Gyles, Safaritrek International has only been exporting for the past three years. But they’re learning fast, and now 80 percent of their business is made from exports to South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai, and Canada, among others.

Originally the business started as a tour and cruise boat operation, but moved into designing and installing eco-friendly lodges and other related services after a trip to South Africa. To the surprise of Safaritrek International’s 10 employees, their mosquito catching machine has also been proven to be excellent at trapping the coco moth that destroys thousands of coco pods each year in Southeast Asia, costing the chocolate industry millions.

Alongside their unique product, Safaritrek International offers reasonable prices, and takes pride in customer service and relations.

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