Hello! The excitement is definitely building ahead of my epic journey around Kruger National Park - 7 weeks starts in just a few days and I cannot wait!
I've also started to realise that I'm running out of time... There is a huge 'to-do' list for the KrugerExplorer App and one of my goals was to have a first draft of all the animal profiles and routes completed before the trip begins. This means writing over 300 animal profiles and 60 routes, all alongside building and testing the App infrastructure, developing the Website and keeping the daily presence on Social Media going!
The good news is that I'm just about on track with it all so I thought it would be fun to share a few previews of the work so far below.
For regular readers, the next blog posts will be following my epic journey through Kruger and sharing some of the highlights (and probably lowlights!) as I go... I hope you can follow and come on the journey with me!
So here it is! A sneak preview of the App...
The image on the left shows the App's main menu. We want the App to be easy to use but also very beautiful to look at so we're hoping this is a good start! Users will be able to get lots of helpful information about Kruger, planning a trip and self-driving a safari in the Welcome section. Navigating through the routes and wildlife should be simple with this structure too.
The middle image shows the very top of the Cheetah animal profile. Scrolling down below the intro will give details on physical characteristics, identification help, behaviours, diet, habitat, breeding and where to find each animal in Kruger. Many of the profiles will have a Kids' Corner section to keep little ones entertained with fun facts and mini games too.
The image on the right shows the start of the Pafuri Gate Day Visitor route. Each route will have an overview and then take users along a detailed journey, explaining what they can hope to see and encounter on each road, plus handy insights like where to stop for lunch or great viewpoints. We're working with a brilliant cartographer who knows the park very well to produce beautiful maps that will accompany the routes too.
Building the App has been a major learning curve for me and Charlotte. Every idea we have for App functionality needs to fit within the limitations of the tech platform, which often means compromises and new problem solving. Figuring out how an idea will work within the confines of the technology has proven hugely rewarding though!
I plan to write a blog about the tech platform in the future, which I hope will help other entrepreneurs and people with passion projects get their Apps off the ground too.
The App will include detailed profiles for around 50 mammals, over 250 birds and a number of reptiles and flora, plus at least 60 of the best driving routes through Kruger.
This is the meat of the project and it is, unsurprisingly, requiring a significant time investment. I won't lie - it's been a real commitment to plough through the profiles during evenings and weekends but with more than 90% of first drafts now completed its great to see some light at the end of the tunnel!
I'm also getting amazing help from Charlotte and my dad in reviewing the content so that it can be as near to perfect as possible - it's really eye-opening how much help and support you need from friends and family to get a project like this off the ground.
With a little luck, the first drafts of all the profiles and routes will be done this week and then I can use the trip to hone the routes and get most of the photography needed for the App completed.
It's going to be the trip of a lifetime and I hope you will come on the journey with me by following the posts on here and on Social Media!
Danny & Charlotte