“I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me” ― Kwame Nkrumah
Africa’s rich story continues to be written. The continent is changing so rapidly on all fronts, it is hardly the same from one year to the next. On all your safaris, you will get to meet, talk to, laugh with, and be guided by Africans of every background, each with their own individual tale. This interaction will be the fabric of your safari, weaving together every other aspect you have come here to experience.
A few of our safaris take you deeper, though. In Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Botswana and Namibia, you will enjoy the privilege of learning about how individual communities daily face the challenge (some successfully, others not) of reconciling traditional ways with the winds of change that daily sweep across the continent.
Options For Cultural Safaris
Some of our safaris are specifically designed to give you the chance to experience a way of life that has been handed down for hundreds of years. The ancient monuments and churches of northern Ethiopia, or the tribes of the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia are a good example. A multi-day hike through the Kigezi Highlands in Uganda allows you to slow you pace down to that of the local people, living in their homes and moving as they do.
Spending a few nights with the Samburu or Borana in Northern Kenya shows you how they are managing their own wildlife resources and enjoying an existence largely unchanged for centuries. A visit to the San or the Himba in southern Africa offer as glimpse into how human beings have adapted to life in the harshest conditions.
Planning And Preparation Required
These sorts of safaris could easily be voyeuristic affairs, but we always try to make sure they are not. As with travel anywhere in the world, the best way to prepare is to come with an open mind. Your experience of Africa and her people will give you back what you put into it. This is a complex place, and one that if you take the time to scratch below the surface will leave you changed in one way or another. You’re off to a good start by coming in the first place, so make the most of it. You will meet people who are open, friendly, forward looking, interesting and interested, and most of all, glad you’re here.