Journeys trip leader Coco Rae has traveled with with students and adults, in groups and independently, in cities and deep in the wild. In advance of an upcoming trip to Mt. Kilimanjaro, she shares her reflections on the power of journeying by foot to deepen the impact of your surroundings.
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:
This is the second in a two-part series from Journeys traveler Tom Boytim, who visited Tanzania to first climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, then go on a safari.
This is the first in a two-part series from Journeys traveler Tom Boytim, who visited Tanzania to first climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, then go on a safari.
Excitement in Tanzania! Thanks to our recently returned traveler for sharing this photo and story: Our final portion of the safari was Ngorongoro Crater, with its 25,000 plus animals living deep within the 2,000 foot walled caldera of an ancient volcano. It is like a miniature of the Serengeti. And there we finally saw black rhinos. Four adults and one baby. We even had one charge our vehicle, only to back off at the last moment when the Land Cruiser didn't react to his aggression.