Photoblog: 4 Reasons to go on SafariNovember 26, 2018
With another year approaching, you might have reached that ‘Where to next?‘ moment. In a world with so many mind-blowing places to visit, deciding where to go and what to experience is always exciting, if not a little daunting!
If your internal compass is pointing you to the Southern Hemisphere but you’re not sure where or what, this quick read might just be the travel tastebud tickler that helps make up your mind for your 2019 travel plans.
P.S: These are only four of many!
Put away that mobile phone, tablet and laptop, you’re going on safari! We’re not suggesting leaving your phone and camera at home because they’re important for communications and to digitally store memories.
But when you go on a safari to Africa, you’ll become so fully immersed in the experience that the last thing you’ll want to do is check emails and respond to social media notifications whilst in the middle of the bush.
You’ll witness things for the first time with your own eyes creatures you’ve only seen online up until now. Checking your phone could mean missing the impala breaking free from the jaws of a hungry lion or a fish eagle grabbing his supper feet-first from a still lake. Look up, enjoy the view and keep your eyes alert to what could be roaming close by.
Going on safari gives you a range of vantage points from which to take those stellar shots you’ve always dreamed of. Depending on when and where you choose to go on safari, it can also put you exactly where you need to be to capture a particular wildlife happening.
Of course, there will always be those spontaneous moments that you’ll never be able to plan, like an elephant mother giving her calf its first lesson on how to use its little trunk or a mating ritual taking place between two feathered beauties. You will be so glad you were there at the right place and time to document it as it happened.
For particularly avid photographers, there are even whole safaris dedicated to maximising your talent in wildlife and landscape photography. And if you’re only starting out, then you’ll be spoiled for choice on landscapes and scenery to test out your burgeoning skills.
Support a good cause
The cost of an African safari will include conservation fees for game parks and wildlife reserves. You can’t experience wild Africa if you’re not willing to pay for its conservation and protection, which is why going on safari is a wonderful way to give back Africa’s wildlife and environment.
With many species of fauna and flora becoming endangered, visiting an African park or reserve not only increases the chance of seeing the likes of rhino, pangolin or cheetah in the wild but also supports efforts to grow their population numbers.
Many safari lodges and camps are environmentally sustainable and work in partnership with neighboring communities in ways that grow the local economy. Staying at these establishments then also contribute towards the well-being of local people as well as that of the wildlife they share the land with.
Make new friends
Whether at the back of the game vehicle in Kenya’s Masai Mara, cruising along the waterways of the Okavango Delta on mokoros (dug-out canoes) or taking to South Africa’s bushveld on foot, you’re bound to meet like-minded people whilst exploring.
If you’re not booking out a private safari for a group of your friends and family, then it’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people from around the world. You’ll get to share those hushed gasps when watching a zebra lowering its head to drink from a crocodile-infested waterhole and recall the day’s best moments around the campfire at night.
Friendships are waiting to be made with local camp staff as well as rangers and field guides. Even if you’re going to Africa as a solo traveller, you’ll never feel alone whilst on safari.
You might know exactly where you want to visit in Africa or perhaps aren’t completely sure whether you should even go on safari. Give us a shout either way and we can help you from where you’re at.
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