Planning to go on safari in Africa? Whether you would like to travel to a popular destination or an emerging destination in Eastern Africa for instance Rwanda or Burundi, we have you covered. Whatever your safari plans and interests, the Safari Web has something special for you.
We hope the travel information will enable you insist on better holiday/vacation deals, arguing from an informed position. And that you will even arrange your own safaris and tours, outside traditional routes, to help diversify the tourist products and lessen pressure on the conventional attractions, and maximize the returns from your holiday or vacation.
Given our concern for the fragile environment, which provides the East Africa’s main tourist products, SAFARI WEB is dedicated to the promotion of eco-tourism. Hence, we occasionally go off at a tangent to bring you environmental and conservation issues related to some of the resorts we cover. It is our hope that you will find our open bias towards eco tourism justified and acceptable.
What is a Safari?
A safari is an overland journey, usually a trip by tourists to Africa. Traditionally, the term is used for a big-game hunt, but today the term often refers to a trip taken not for the purposes of hunting, but to observe and photograph animals and other wildlife. There are some other things that a safari can be used for, such as hiking and sight-seeing.
Safaris have today diversified considerably from the initial fledgling expeditions of the pioneering European explorers and colonialists. Tourism is becoming an increasingly prevalent economic factor for many Eastern and Southern African nations, in several regions surpassing traditional industries such as agriculture. Lending to specific conditions such as relative infrastructure or inherent geography countries such as Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Uganda, South Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zimbabwe advertise locally specialised safari experiences ranging from guided safaris, mobile safaris, walking safaris and fly-in safaris to more niche concepts including elephant back safaris, river safaris, primate safaris, horseback safaris, balloon safaris photographic safaris, mobile tented safaris, and accessible safaris for those with disabilities.
Back to the Basics of Safari
Safari in Swahili primarily means “journey”, normally pertaining to hunting for survival and exploration of lands that may be turned into communities by the local tribes. However, in the modern sense, safari seems to have changed its meaning into discovery and adventure amidst wildlife and nature and the habitats of animals, birds, plant species that thrive in the vast pieces of land.
The most common form of safariing is taken by means of walking which are designed specifically for hardy people. Hardy are the natives here and so they were adopted to the forms of living. They maintain walking trails that explorers use until these days.
Nonetheless, with the advantages in transportation modes of safariing are becoming more and more comfortable which features hot air ballooning, fly-in safaris, driving safaris, canoeing safaris, horse back riding safaris, and elephant back safaris (Oh how exciting is that!).
As for the categories, African safaris normally offer three basic types namely permanent tented safaris, lodge safaris, and mobile safaris. Nonetheless, if couples would want to avail of the honeymoon safaris, they may be granted the choice.
One complete safari that will travel from the East region towards the Southern parts take around 10 to 21 days.
If you are planning to make an African safari adventure, it would be best if you avail of a local tour operator or an experienced specialist so you would have the assurance that they know all the know-hows.
It is vital that you also have knowledge of some practices, cultures and etiquette so you would be able to avoid mishaps with the local people. For your safari package, never forget some essentials like meals, accommodation, transportation, driver/guide service, excursions and the likes.
There certainly is an overwhelming, endless arrays of choices for safari travel. There are hundreds of conservation parks and wildlife sanctuaries, continuing display of life and death dancing as the game goes on between the prey and the predator, marvelous places to witness, vast savannas, camping grounds and plant and animal species.
Visiting African safari is more like visiting another planet when we perceive it against the modern day sense. It is home to thousands of species that are only found in Savannah. It offers sights that may only be seen in its confines. It displays activities that we don’t normally see everyday. Desserts and mountains that are out of the context of what we typically understand. And unique cultures that mark how rich African history is.
It is like Africa and its safaris are the remembrances of how the sixth day of creation looks. It is the living remembrance of how the Creator intended things to be. The perfection, the diversity, the coexistence between man and his nature and the life that surrounds everything.