Traveling with Strangers on Your African Safari


There are several ways that you can experience your African Safari vacation, including private and group tours. If you have a large group, you will probably be traveling with the people you know, but if you do not have a larger group on vacation, you may end up traveling with strangers. This may intimidate some people who expect to be taken through privately, but traveling with strangers can actually be a very enjoyable experience that will make your safari vacation even better.

Meeting new people stirs up feelings of anxiety in some individuals, especially in a new country. If you have never been to Africa you will see many new sights, hear new sounds, taste new foods and experience a new, vibrant culture. Add a group of strangers to the mix and you might be second guessing your choice of vacation. On the contrary, strangers often form bonds and make memories that last a lifetime.

New Friends

One of the most basic ways in which strangers can enhance your safari vacation is by becoming your new friends. Vacation goers often find that they have a lot in common with the people they are traveling with. After all, you all decided to come to Africa. Strangers build bonds through their love for the wilderness, animals and unique experiences. The person who is sitting beside you might have come to Africa for the sole purpose of seeing the endangered and magnificent African elephant in their natural habitat—what a coincidence, so did you.

Learn About Other Cultures

People come from all over the world to experience an African safari vacation. This brings an abundance of different cultures and ideals to the group. You will learn so many things about other parts of the world simply by talking with the strangers that are in your group. You may find yourself gaining interest in places that you never considered before. Perhaps your next big vacation will be to an area that you learned about from one of your new safari friends.

Increased Confidence

First time safari goers might feel intimidated by all the sights and sounds. Being amongst a larger group can help to build your confidence and make your trip more enjoyable. Some big game might not look so scary in pictures, but up close and personal you may feel as if they are downright dangerous. Even though you just met the people who you are with, their numbers will help you to sit back, relax and truly fall in love with Africa.

Going on an African safari vacation is a grand adventure that you are sure to enjoy—even amongst strangers. By the time you leave, you will have formed life long bonds and had the trip of a lifetime, thanks in part to the people who were there to experience the trip with you. For more information, visit our African safari tours page or contact a Rohoyachui representative today.

Jill LIphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa

Traditional Maize Meals of Africa


Maize meal is a dietary staple for African people. It is eaten in a broad variety of dishes and can be a powder, a baked cake or a hard shell and it is included in just about every meal. With hundreds of ways to eat this hearty food, those who take an African safari will certainly want to develop a taste for this versatile grain, and may even find themselves adopting it into home cooking when they return!

Maize Meal

Traditionally hand-ground with a mortar and pestle and then cooked over an open fire, in the modern era, maize meal is usually picked up at the grocery store and cooked on the stove or in the microwave. Connoisseurs of the grain, however, still swear by the open flame method. They claim that there is a smoky flavor added to this method which cannot be beaten. When cooked it is also called pap, and is eaten all over the continent.

Sour Porridge

A very basic and traditional dish, sour porridge mixes sour milk with maize meal and is often eaten cold on hot days. It is also important to note that the term “sour milk” in this term isn’t the rotten curdled variety we in the West think of. Since milk in Africa is non-pasteurized and whole, the taste and texture is much more like yogurt.


This vegetable sauce is very popular in South Africa. It is hot and spicy and the recipe seems to have as many variations as there are people in the nation. In general, however, it combines garlic, onion, tomato, curry powder and chili peppers. Some add vegetables or beans to the mix as well. The sauce is then used to cover maize balls—a sort of South African dumpling-and-sauce combination.

Shisa Nyama

Shisa Nyama is an African barbecue which is a social tradition throughout the continent. As with American barbecue the recipes differ from place to place, but it can be made with chicken, beef, sausage or even goat covered in spicy sauce and served with a healthy portion of pap.

Roadrunner Stew

Wyle-E-Coyote would be in heaven, eating up a healthy portion of this dish from Zimbabwe. It’s actually made from free-range chicken rather than actual roadrunners, though. It is a chicken-tomato stew which also mixes paprika, chili, garlic and onion and is served with maize meal cakes called sadza that are used to mop up the sauce while eating.


In Mozambique, pap is known as xima and it is a popular combination with the side dish that is known as matapa. Matapa combines peanuts, garlic, cassava leaves and coconut milk. It is often served with seafood, where the xima is an excellent means of soaking up the delicious sauce.

These are just a few of the amazing ways maize meal is consumed in Africa. If you’re ready to develop a taste for this versatile and delicious food staple, check out our options for African safari holidays and get in touch to book your trip today!

Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa

Misconceptions about African Safaris


Africa is known throughout the West as the Mysterious Continent or the Dark Continent. There are tons of myths and misconceptions about Africa which can affect your enjoyment of a safari trip. They may even might discourage people from taking a safari, which can be one of the most thrilling experiences of a life. Here are some of the most common myths as they relate to safari trips.

Africa is Dangerous

When people watch the world news, all they see of Africa are wars, revolutions, pirates, disease and death. It’s no wonder that the continent holds such a dark reputation. Consider, however, the American news that hits the world outlets — people could think that the U.S. is a war zone with the violence shown on the nightly news! The truth is, bad news sells, but Africa overall is not more dangerous than any other place in the world. Sure, there are hot spots, but violence against tourists is exceptionally rare, and guided safaris are quite safe.

Poverty and Disease

How many times have you seen commercials about “adopting” African children “for the price of a cup of coffee,” or about some celebrity “raising awareness” of the need for Africa to “develop?” It’s not surprising that people think Africa is a poor, disease-ridden continent. It is true that the level of poverty in Africa dwarfs that you see in most Western nations, but there are also middle-class people, and areas that have great education, bouncing nightlife and advanced healthcare. Some African countries, in fact, are wealthier statistically than some European ones!

A Lack of History

Too many people view Africa’s history and culture as being one of recent industrialization and squabbling tribes battling in unforgiving climates. They don’t stop to consider the Great Pyramids in Egypt, the incredible Ethiopian churches, stunning rock-carved statues and more which are the cultural legacy and rich history of this region. If you are fascinated by ancient history and the monuments of those who came before, you could not ask for a better vacation than an African safari trip.

Unchecked Wilderness

People think that safari trips are exceptionally dangerous due to vast herds of rampaging and unchecked wild animals. The truth is, most safaris take place on game preserves which have been specially created to foster the habitat of these creatures and even help with the rejuvenation of endangered species. Certainly, some animals do encroach on human cities (and vice-versa), but consider that even in New York City coyotes have been seen wandering at night!

It’s a Hot Place

People assume that Africa is sweltering hot all the time. The truth is, it’s a vast continent and while some areas are always hot and even desert-like, there are also areas that receive all four seasons. It just depends on where in Africa you decide to visit. Did you know that you can even see penguins in the southern regions?

Are you ready to take an exotic, dream vacation where you will experience and see things you cannot anywhere else in the world? Take a look at the safari trips we have to offer, and give us a call to get started today!

Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa

Things to do in Cape Town

things to do in cape town

Cape Town is a great place to visit while you are on your African safari vacation. This city is one of the crown jewels of Africa, boasting both a rich history and modern flare. Cape Town represents the best that Africa has to offer. Here are a few fun activities that you can do while visiting Cape Town.

  1. Dive with the Sharks

Africa has an abundant and diverse shark population just off the coast. Nearly 100 different species of shark call the waters of South Africa home. In fact, the Great White Shark capital of the world is located just 110 miles away from Cape Town. A safari vacation is all about getting up close and personal with the local wildlife. Be sure to add shark cage diving in Cape Town to your list of recreational activities to complete while in Africa.

  1. Learn the History of South Africa

South Africa has a rich history that can be seen throughout the city of Cape Town. Robben Island and District 6 Museum are locations that you must make a point to stop by, especially if you are a history buff. Nelson Mandela, once the leader of the democratic South Africa, spent 18 years imprisoned on Robben Island. The District 6 Museum is an award winning feature of Cape Town that highlights a tragic period of time when the area was declared “whites only” and all others were forcibly removed from their homes. Cape Town has overcome many obstacles to become the great city that it is today.

  1. Try New Foods and Drinks

Cape Town is proud to offer world class cuisine selections that truly embody the African culture. While you are visiting the area, go on your own food adventure and discover great ethnic foods and drinks from all over Africa. Some restaurants even encourage guests to eat with their hands.

  1. See the Penguins

“Penguins in Africa?” one might ask. Why yes, there is a thriving penguin colony in South Africa, and you are encouraged to visit these magnificent birds while visiting the area. Boulder’s Beach is the best place to see penguins. People from all over the world are attracted to the area specifically to bird watch.

  1. Get Pampered

You deserve to be pampered after you have taken on the adventure of completing an African safari vacation. Lucky for you, South Africa is a resort destination and full of skilled individuals that will give you the best massage that you have ever had.

Cape Town is an amazing city with a lot fun for the whole family. For more information, visit our safari vacations page or contact an individual with Rohoyachui today.

Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa

Strangest Animals in Africa Part II


The world is full of interesting and surprising things. When you go an African safari, you can sometimes find yourself treated to some of the most incredible and strange animal species anywhere in the world. We covered all sorts of interesting creatures, but we aren’t done yet! Go far beyond rhinos, hippos and giraffes, and take a look at some of these amazing, unique and interesting creatures.


One of the most adorable and unusual looking animals there are, the lemur originates from Madagascar. They were the source of many ghost stories in ancient times. They are nocturnal and their eyes shine brightly in the darkness. These animals feed mostly on fruits, flowers and foliage and use their strong musk for communication, territory marking and attraction. Lemurs can be found across Africa but largely live in forests where there is plenty of food.


Porcupines are the largest rodents in Africa. They are both attractive and intimidating at the same time, with their bristling coat of barbed quills. However, they are strict herbivores who feed on leaves and cabbage. Their quills do not shed or shoot out for defense, despite popular myth, but fall off when they shake their coat. Porcupines can be found all over the drier parts of Africa.

Aye Aye

This is a truly bizarre looking nocturnal creature. The aye aye have big eyes, huge ears and a bristly coat. They are found in Madagascar and are considered a bad omen by the natives. This means they are unfortunately often killed on sight. They live in woods and bushes and have long claws which are used to burrow through woods and to dig for the insect larvae upon which they feed.


Found in the Pacific Ocean off the East African coast, these animals look kind of like marine-adapted hippos. They use paddling forelimbs and a whale-like tail to move through the water and are related to the elephant. Dugongs are often called sea cows as they graze on undersea grasses. They can live up to 73 years, but are unfortunately approaching extinction, threatened by hunting for their meat, skin and oils.


These creatures look like dinosaurs but are actually mammals. Unfortunately, they are right on the brink of extinction. Only a few are left in the wild. They have a scaly body with armor made of the same substance as human hair and fingernails. When they are in danger, they roll up into a football-like shape. Pangolins feed on insects and use a long, sticky tongue to reach and gather them. They are nocturnal and dig holes not only for food, but for nesting and sleeping as well.

Africa is home to some of the most incredible, unusual and bizarre animals in the entire world. Nothing makes a safari trip like catching sight of a creature that you never dreamed even in your wildest fantasies. It is unfortunate that so many of these critters have been hunted to near extinction, but that means now is the time to take a trip to see them! Check out our safari trips page, and book your trip to this exotic continent today.

Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa

Strangest Animals in Africa Part I


When people go on a safari trip, of course they’re looking to catch a sight of a pride of lions, a rhino or a hippo. But what most folks on such trips really want is a look at something truly bizarre and unusual. There are many animals in Africa that cannot be found anywhere else in the world, and catching sight of one of these can be a life-changing experience that can never truly be relived. Here are some of Africa’s strangest animals, and where they can be seen.

The African Civet

These amazing creatures look like a cross between a fox, a leopard and a ferret. They are the largest animal in their family currently existing in Africa. These unique animals can be seen in the central and southern African forests and the savannas of Niger, Chad and Mali. They prefer to congregate near water as they are excellent swimmers. Because they are nocturnal and have short legs, a pointed nose and spotted coat, they are sometimes mistaken for a hyena.


The famed anteater, or aardvark, is an animal that everyone has seen in drawings and possibly in photos, but which few outside of its native environment get to see in person. Nocturnal in nature, these creatures look like a cross between a pig, a rabbit and a tiny elephant. They are amazing burrowers with a long, sticky tongue that enables them to feast on termites and ants. Their large, kangaroo-like ears allow them to remain constantly vigilant for predators. They are usually found in sub-Saharan regions of Africa.


Also called the bushbaby, this animal is an adorable creature that lives in trees and is known for its ability to cry like a child when it senses danger. Their gigantic eyes allow them to possess exceptional night vision, and their long tail provides balance as they leap from tree to tree. Their wide ears allow them to listen for the insects upon which they feed. Oddly, use their own urine to grease their paws for movements and mark their territory. They can be found in woodlands and bush lands in both East and West Africa where they live in trees and abandoned nests.

Elephant Shrew

This amazing creature almost looks like a cross between a mouse and a bird! They have a long trunk-like nose like that of an elephant and have long legs when compared to the rest of their body. They also have a long tail that aids in balance and movement. They are able to hop like a rabbit and are incredibly fast runners. Very adaptable animals, the elephant shrew can be found all over the African continent. They live in burrows and feed on insects, worms and millipedes.


The gerenuk is related to the antelope and gazelle but has a very long neck and small head, with very large eyes and ears. They use scent markers produced in the eye and are found in African woodlands and deserts. They can survive without water for a long time by eating leaves, flowers and buds and processing the water from these plants.

These are just a few of the incredible animals you can see on safari in Africa. Part II of this blog will cover even more unique creatures on this continent. If you’re ready for an unforgettable experience, check out our Safari Tours page and get in touch to book yours today!

Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa

Seeing the Last Living “Dinosaurs”: Sharks and Crocs


Dinosaurs may have stopped roaming the earth millions of years ago, but the progeny of their ancestors live on. Great white sharks and Nile crocodiles are two of the largest predators on the planet, and they can also trace back their family tree to before the time that dinosaurs began to dominate the world in the Triassic period more than 200 million years ago.

Prehistoric Sharks

The ancestors of modern sharks were able to survive all five known mass extinction events throughout the earth’s life. Early fossil records discovered in Siberia and Mongolia reveal shark-like marine predators that would have existed 420 million years ago, almost twice as old as the earliest dinosaurs.

Around 100 million years ago during the mid-Cretaceous arose the first sharks that we would be able to recognize as similar to the species we see today. They ranged far off from the shore, swimming fast and aggressively overtaking prey. By the late Cretaceous, lamnoid sharks roughly the size of a great white came about.

Megalodon was the most fearsome of the sharks, stretching up to 50 or even 65 feet long. At one time people thought the Megalodon was an ancestor to the great white, but now they suspect that the great white and the Megalodon could have cohabitated for as long as 10 million years. Staring into the eyes of a great white, you can almost see the savage history of their species as they patrolled the oceans since before man first walked the earth.

Prehistoric Crocodiles

Crocodiles are more directly related to dinosaurs. In fact, since crocs are members of the archosaur family along with birds, they could easily be considered some of the last living dinosaurs.

Like dinosaurs, Crocodilians are cold-blooded and featured thick dermal layers like armor. The order encompasses the family Crocodylidae, which includes proper crocodiles like the Nile crocodile. This family began in the very late Cretaceous period — over 65 million years ago.

Since then, scientists believe that not a whole lot has changed with the appearance of crocs and their scaly cousins. During the early to mid-Cretaceous before that time, Crocodilians had an incredible amount of variety. Their morphological variations included ocean crocs, herbivorous crocs and even a fast-moving predatorial croc that walked on two legs. Try getting that image out of your head!

Seeing the Living Dinos in Action

South Africa has a host of viewing opportunities for seeing great white sharks in action; some would say the best in the world. Cage diving and eco tours are available to find some of the densest great white populations on the planet located near Dyer Island, Gansbaai and Cape Town.

Since Nile crocodiles are present throughout Africa, spotting them on your African safari tour should not be hard at all. The wildebeest migration that crosses through the Mara River often presents spectacular and heart-stopping encounters between the two species. Crocs are also prevalent along the Zambezi River between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Going that far is not that necessary, either, considering there are plentiful crocs hanging around Kruger and other places nearby South Africa.

Visit our African safari vacation packages page to find the crocodile safari or shark viewing tour that you would want to see most, and catch these living prehistoric monsters in action.

Meta desc: Great white sharks and Nile crocodiles are two of earth’s largest predators, and they can also trace back their family trees to before the time of dinosaurs more than 200 million years ago.

Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa