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MT: Camping company makes $8 million a year

(April 4, 2017) -- Sarah and her husband, Jake Dusek, built a safari camp on his family's farm in Havre, eight miles from the Canadian border. The couple had moved there from Sarah's native England so their newborn son could enjoy the same outdoorsy childhood as his father. Their first camp, called Sage Safari, was one of the earliest U.S. venues for glamping.

HELENA, Mont. — In 2009, Sarah Dusek gazed out across the Montana plains and dreamed of Africa.

The knee-high grasses. The meandering waterways. The clutches of trees. The vault of sky. As she looked around her new home, Dusek recalled sitting outside an elegant white tent while on safari in Zimbabwe 10 years earlier. She had been drinking wine at twilight, watching as antelope and zebra bowed their long faces toward a watering hole.

Montana was “very similar in terms of the beauty and the aesthetic and the abundant wildlife,” she says. “Obviously, very different wildlife.”

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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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