Guest post by Danielle McAnn of WildAfrica in Australia

Great things to do on a Safari

Africa is one of the most diverse continents in the world with dramatic landscapes, fascinating cultures and a myriad of people. In the late 19th Century, the word ‘safari’ was adopted from Swahili as a way of describing a long journey, For travellers today, going on Safari is an unforgettable way to explore Africa.

But of course, Safari also means wildlife. Being able to capture (at least on film) one or more of the ‘Big Five’ wild animals is a great highlight of any safari. Spotting the lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo is not easy but local guides will help you see them in the landscape. Imagine

touring around South Africa‘s world famous Kruger National Park, watching elephants at water holes and lions hunting in their natural environment as they play out their game of life and death. Or camping out under the stars, having a bush breakfast before walking with a guide through the wild, wet habitat of the Okavango Delta in Namibia

Yet Safaris aren’t just about the wild animals. You can also enjoy trekking Africa’s greatest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro or watching the sun rise across the African plains from the wicker basket of a hot air balloon. Perhaps a cruise down the Zambezi River onboard your own African Queen or white water rafting the rapids of this mighty river. Many activities can be added on to your safari so consult an expert in African safaris like Wild Africa. You might want to also add a village cultural tour to your safari itinerary. Meeting local people, seeing how they live and their culture co-exists within the diversity of African landscape.

Author:

Danielle is a freelance writer who when not travelling overseas enjoys exploring the laneways and cafes of Melbourne.

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