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Top 6 Myths about African Safaris

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:

Posted on May 4, 2016

Southern Africa is Calling

Journeys Africa Specialist Kirsten Williams dishes on her dreamy southern Africa adventure. This was Kirsten's first time visiting Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.

Posted on October 30, 2014

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Posted on February 12, 2014

Camping in the Okavango

Journeys traveler and guest blogger, Bill Reed, describes his camping trip in the Okavango Delta.

Posted on July 12, 2012

Capetown Adventures

In August 2010 Journeys International President Robin Weber Pollak and her husband Joe Pollak traveled to Southern Africa to scout it out for future trips and to celebrate Joe finishing law school. Joe wrote this post about his trip to Capetown and the Western Cape in South Africa.

Robin and I landed in Capetown after a brief flight from Namibia. The theme of our trip to Southern Africa was self-drive, but while we are in Capetown we enjoyed the services of a guide/driver. This was definitely a good decision because the combination of driving on the left and navigating through city traffic might have been too much for me. 


Day 1: Capetown

We spent the first day in Capetown with Pepe, our guide/driver and she took us on a driving tour of the cape. At Cape Point (slightly further south than the Cape of Good Hope) I got pretty excited for the funicular ride up to the precipice, but after we bought the tickets we were instead directed to a Hertz minibus. Plus, it’s only ¼ mile walk. Disappointing. But the view from the lighthouse was good.

Posted on May 24, 2012


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