The year was 1978, and Drs. Will and Joan Weber set off to Nepal with a group of curious souls who wanted to be immersed in and enlightened by a different culture in a very different part of the world. And so began Journeys International, the first travel company of its kind (and recently named one of the top six tour operators on the world), with boots on the ground and arms wide open, ready to embrace the world’s diversity.
In early 2017, Carolyn Parker, a seasoned world traveler and operating room nurse from Cincinnati, OH, set out on a private African safari—a 24-day journey to see all she could see of southern Africa, including Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. As she shared her magnificent stories with Journeys International, she added that of all her worldly travels, this trip ranked as one of her top three ever—mostly thanks to the wonderful people of this region. Here are the highlights from each of the places she visited.
African safari. It's the dream we've all dreamed of. Or...maybe not, if we've heard and believed the rumors and myths that swirl around this literally awesome destination. We'd like to set the record straight on these myths, so that if Africa ISN'T already on your 'must visit' destination list now, it will be soon.
But before we start...there's one myth that is so egregious, it doesn't even get to be on the official list. So, it gets number zero...
0. Africa is a country
Nope. False. Africa is a continent, like Europe, containing 55 separate countries and a myriad more cultures. For some reason we Americans tend to cognitively conflate the countries of this continent more often than those of any other region, but understanding their fantastic diversity and individual uniqueness is crucial, especially when you're trying to find the truth behind the myths and plan the right safari for you.
OK, and with that out of the way, here are the six myths (and realities) about African safaris: