Are you always on the lookout for new destinations that will blow you away? Do you want to take a trip unlike any you’ve ever taken before?
Well, we have just the place–Africa! No matter what type of traveler you are, an African safari is sure to please. With tours ranging in length and everything from camping to luxury accommodations available, you’ll be able to customize your trip.
Why Africa, you ask? We have the answer right here. Keep reading to discover the top 7 reasons why you should go on an African safari trip.
1. To See Animals in the Wild
Do you want to get that youthful glee back when you see animals? When you were a kid, the zoo was probably such a magical place, but as you’ve grown it just doesn’t have the same appeal.
Absolutely nothing beats the feeling of seeing animals in the wild. Free from artificial habitats and scheduled feeding times, the animals you’ll see in Africa live how they should be. You’ll also learn a little bit more about these animals when you see them in their natural habitats and around their predators or prey.
If you want to see something really breathtaking, pick your dates carefully. The Great Wildebeest Migration is a must for anyone looking to witness animals in action. Not only is the migration itself amazing, but you may even catch a glimpse of a live wildebeest birth or a predator waiting to attack.
2. To Get Unique Experiences
Of course, seeing animals is the main draw of any African safari. But, you don’t have to limit yourself to that when you visit Africa. The continent is so diverse, so most countries have tons of other things to do.
If you want to try something really unique, go cage diving with great white sharks in South Africa, gorilla trekking in Uganda, or sandboarding in Namibia. Of course, no matter where you are, you can enjoy camping under the stars.
3. To Promote Conservation Efforts
We’ve all heard of how the environment and many species of animals are in danger. And Africa is no acceptation.
It was estimated that the African lion population decreased 42% in size over the past two decades. As you can imagine, if nothing is done, we may soon be living in a world where the African lion is extinct.
There are tons of Africa safari tours to choose from, and many focus on eco-tourism or conservation. If you want to make your trip count, find a tour operator that donates a percentage of their profits to conserving the area’s environment and animal populations.
4. To Experience the Culture
In addition to learning about various animals, you can also experience the culture in Africa on your trip. Many popular safari destinations have museums and traditional restaurants where you can learn about their history and try the local food.
If you want something more in-depth, head over to Kenya. Here you can visit with the Maasai people in their village. They love to share their culture with travelers, so don’t be shy!
5. To Challenge Your Photography Skills
Do you have an eye for photography? If you’re always trying to get artistic shots, an African safari will be your next big challenge.
Your animal subjects will probably be further away than you’re used to shooting. Of course, they can also dart away in a split second which adds an extra challenge.
If you want to grow as a photographer, consider taking a photography tour. You’ll get to experience all the wonderful aspects of a safari, and your guides will give you tips on how to capture the best images.
6. To See Breathtaking Landscapes
Don’t forget to use those photography skills when it comes to the landscapes, too. You may think the animals are the focal points, but Africa is full of natural beauty, from the Serengeti at sunset to the tropical paradise of Zanzibar.
If you happen to be in Zambia or Zimbabwe, don’t forget to check out Victoria Falls. As the largest waterfall in the world, this is a can’t miss for anyone in the area.
7. To Push Yourself
Do you tend to stay in your comfort zone? One of the best parts of traveling is that it pushes you to try new things. And an African safari is one of the best vacations to do just that.
If you normally stay in luxury hotels, consider camping under the stars. If you normally like to stay in big tourist cities, try visiting a more remote area.
You can also push yourself physically, by taking a multi-day walking safari or climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Of course, there are also ample chances to face your fears, by doing things like sandboarding or cage diving with great white sharks.
No matter what area of yourself you want to improve, Africa has the perfect solution. You’ll come home feeling like a whole new person who is ready to face new challenges.
Why You Need to Go on an African Safari
Nowhere else in the world can you find the experiences you’ll come across in Africa. All those European cities and Caribbean islands may blur together after a while, but an African safari will always stand out in your mind as a truly unique trip that let you do everything from helping with conservation efforts to pushing yourself to try new things.
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