Misconceptions about African Safaris

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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

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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