The Cats of Africa: Species Found in the Wild

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The continent of Africa is full of inspiring cultures, breathtaking scenery and striking wildlife. An exciting and satisfying tourist destination and vacation spot for people of all ages and backgrounds, Africa is much more than its one-sided depiction in the media. Visitors in Africa can enjoy the unique and captivating sights and sounds that the land has to offer through a guided safari. Here is a list of the wild species of great cats that can be spotted on an African safari.

Black-footed Cat

The African Black-footed Cat is one of the smallest felid species on the planet and is Africa’s smallest wildcat. This little feline has dark spots that cover its fur that can sometimes merge to form dark bands or stripes. Black-footed cats only live in Namibia, South Africa and Botswana. These cats prefer short grass plains, sand plains and scrub deserts, with ideal living areas being places with high bird and rodent densities. Compared to other cats in the southern parts of the continent, the black-footed cat is pretty rare.

Caracal

More popularly known as the desert lynx, the Caracal is mostly found in dry regions. These medium sized cats have black-backed, pointy ears with a short, dense coat of light brown fur. Although they live primarily in dryer areas, the caracal also live in a wide variety of other places such as savannahs, woodlands, jungle scrub, acacia scrub, sandy regions, deserts and arid regions. Caracals can go for long time periods without liquids and are nocturnal hunters to avoid the harsh weather and heat of the day. These solitary cats only come together to mate and can have litters of up to six kittens. Caracals are mostly found in Namibia and South Africa.

Cheetah

Known for being the fastest land animal on the planet, Cheetahs have a unique blend of dog and cat like features. These big cats can run up to 60 miles per hour. Cheetahs are also well known for their golden and black spotted fur. They are mostly found in the Sahara Desert as well as the Savannahs of western and northern Africa. Cheetahs hunt more often during the daytime than other predators. This is because of their need to adequately see the land during high-speed chases and also there is a less chance of interruption during feeding from nocturnal predators. Cheetahs do not have regular mating seasons like other cats. Cheetahs can have litters of up to eight cubs, with the average litter size being three. Female cheetahs are solitary animals and tend not to be territorial, whereas male cheetahs who are related may form groups of 2 to 4 and will claim small territories for their own.

Africa’s fascinating wildlife is a remarkable sight to be seen and shared by any and everyone. You can learn how Roho Ya Chui can get you that much closer to the exotic African wild with a thrilling African safari trip today.

 

Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui. Travel Africa

The Top Hiking Adventures in Africa

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When you go on a Roho Ya Chui African safari, it does not have to just be about the animals. For outdoors and nature enthusiasts, striking onto good hiking adventures in Africa is just as desirable. Fortunately, newcomers to Africa quickly find out that here is a continent with a little bit to offer everyone, and if you’re looking for great hiking opportunities, you will absolutely find them. The following list are but a few of the excellent hiking adventures in Africa at your disposal should you choose to go through Roho Ya Chui.

Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)

Without a doubt Africa’s most popular hiking destination, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is almost 20,000 feet tall and plays host to literally thousands of adventurers each year trying to scale Africa’s tallest peak. That doesn’t mean you have to be a world-class hiker, however. You can take any number of hiking routes to see the sights of Kilimanjaro, from the easygoing scenic route to the tougher but more rewarding expert climbs.

Mount Kenya (Kenya)

If not Mount Kilimanjaro, why not Mount Kenya? Africa’s second tallest peak, Kenya differs quite a bit from Kilimanjaro in terms of geography. Hikers here will need to be a little more wary of forests and moorlands on the way to the top.

Rwenzori Mountains (Uganda)

Popularly called the Mountains of the Moon, the Rwenzori Mountains are one of Africa’s natural landmarks. Highlighted by Mount Stanley (Africa’s third highest mountain), the hiking along the Rwenzori is marked by a combination of thick forests, glaciers and even elephants. Due to the dangers posed to amateur hikers, however, guides are required.

Mount Meru (Tanzania)

While often forgotten in lieu of its larger and more famous neighbor, Mount Meru is one of the tallest peaks on the continent and a must-see for anyone looking for hiking adventures in Africa. On your way to the top, for instance, you are sure to pass by hundreds of different animal species and go through some of the most beautiful rain forests and game trails you’ll find in Africa.

The Drakensberg (South Africa)

If you’re taking an African safari, you might as well spend some time on the Drakensberg. This South African mountain range offers a little bit of everything for nature enthusiasts. At lower elevations, go out for some light hiking or horse riding. For more of a challenge, attempt the higher peaks. Regardless of difficulty, the Drakensberg will have a trail for you.

Mulanje Mountain (Malawi)

For more family-oriented hiking adventures in Africa, Mulanje Mountain might just be the right fit for you. With plenty of cooking facilities and hut housing available to you on the mountain, you should have no problem bringing the whole family along with you as you scale your way to the peak.

Find Other Hiking Adventures in Africa with Roho Ya Chui!

An African safari could be just the thing you need to reinvigorate yourself and create a whole host of new memories. Whether you want to see animals or scale the highest mountains, Roho Ya Chui is sure to have something for you!

Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa

3 Tips for Eco-Friendly Travel in Africa

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There are a lot of exciting things to anticipate when planning your African safari tour; you’ll off-road into awe-inspiring landscapes and see wildlife like nowhere else in the world. When dealing with lands with endangered animals and vegetation, however, it’s important to remember to preserve the land you’re visiting.

At Roho Ya Chui, we’re dedicated to providing visitors with the African travel experience of a lifetime, and that includes preserving the land for future visitors for years and years to come. Eco-friendly travel in Africa is more than possible, as many African communities are filled with people practicing self-sustaining lifestyles. Here are some recommendations for keeping your African tour as eco-friendly as possible.

Choose a Direct Flight

You’re likely coming to Africa from a far off destination—and that’s great! Modern technology makes it possible for us to see the world, and everyone can benefit from visiting different cultures—but do remember that flying burns fossil fuels, and planes use the most during takeoff and landing. While it’s sometimes more expensive to fly directly, you can greatly reduce your carbon footprint by opting for a direct flight instead of one with multiple layovers.

Another way to reduce your carbon footprint is to pack lightly. The less cargo a plane has to carry, the less fuel it takes to fly!

Conserve Energy During Your Hotel Stay

There are many eco-friendly hotels in countries throughout Africa, but you can reduce your carbon footprint even while staying at a hotel that’s not explicitly environmentally sustainable. Take advantage of the “Do Not Disturb” sign a few days of your trip. This way, the staff won’t spend energy cleaning a room that you probably didn’t mess up too much in the first place. Also, some hotels let you decide whether or not you want to reuse your towels by, for example, noting via a sign in the bathroom saying that towel hanging instead of on the ground is meant to be re-used.

You can also make a difference the way you normally would cut back and save on energy costs at home: take shorter showers, turn the TV off and turn off the air conditioner when you leave. You may not be paying for the electricity or water directly, but the environment will still appreciate it.

Be a Smart Shopper 

You’ll likely want to come back home with a meaningful souvenir commemorating your trip in addition to all of the wonderful wildlife photographs you’re bound to take. Purchasing goods is a great way to support local African economies, but be wary of where your trinkets are coming from. Think twice before buying anything made from endangered animal parts, such as ivory. Not only is that bad for the ecosystem that you’ve been getting to know—and harmful for the endangered species—but it’s likely illegal.

Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa

The Little Five: Small Animals to Look for on your African Safari

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For anyone planning a potential Roho Ya Chui African safari, there are no doubt a handful of animals that you’re most looking forward to seeing. Collectively known as the Big Five, these popular big name animals are: the Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino and Elephant. What most people don’t know, however, is that Africa is host to an aptly named Little Five as well. These much smaller animals are not the same kinds of tourist draws or moneymakers as their larger mammalian counterparts, but for African safari enthusiasts, adding these little creatures to your photo album is just as worth it.

Antlion

These odd little insects found in the bushvelds of Africa are imposing to look at, but they’re rather harmless to humans. By digging small conical depressions in the sand, they’re able to trap their prey—usually ants. In its adult form, the antlion can even sprout wings, though for a creature ill-adapted for flight, the wings are practically useless.

Leopard Tortoise

Rather than normal tortoises, the leopard tortoise is a pretty distinctive animal known for its black and yellow spotted shell. The leopard tortoise is also one of the largest tortoise species in the world, with an adult shell circumference sometimes topping over three feet! You will typically find these creatures close to a water source.

Buffalo Weaver Bird

While you’re out enjoying your Roho Ya Chui African safari, you’ll be sure to hear these very social birds. Buffalo weavers tend to make their nests in the forked branches of very tall trees, and they almost always can be found in expansive (and noisy) open colonies. You can usually spot a Buffalo weaver nest based on the state of the untidy grasses and twigs that support it.

Rhino Beetle

Appropriately enough, these are some of the largest beetles you will find in Africa, and they are known for their very distinctive horns. These horns are in turn used to do quite a lot of different things, from fighting rivals for female attention to digging and climbing.

Elephant Shrew

Without a doubt, the elephant shrew is the cutest animal of the Little Five. They’re also the hardest to spot. Found mostly on rocky outcrops and grasslands, these animals get their name from their elephant-like snout, though they tend to weigh only about a fraction of a pound. They typically feed on small insects, fruits, seeds and nuts, but because of their small size, they make easy prey for snakes and large birds. As a result, these can be among the shiest of animals, and spotting one during your African safari is a sign of good luck.

Schedule Your Roho Ya Chui African Safari Today!

Whether you want to see the Big Five or the Little Five, there is sure to be something for you on your next Roho Ya Chui African safari. Rather than keep reading about it, however, why not make a little effort and see for yourself if this is an experience you might want to undertake. If you’re interested, please feel free to get in touch with a Roho Ya Chui representative today, and let’s see how soon we can get you to Africa.

Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa

Family Friendly African Safari Destinations

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If you’re looking to take your family on the trip of a lifetime, an African safari may just be the perfect option. Think about how much joy your children get just looking at the chimpanzees and snakes at the zoo; now imagine how much they’ll light up seeing lions in their natural habitat. With breathtaking scenery and unforgettable wildlife spotting, a family-friendly African safari is an ideal way to create shared memories that will last a lifetime.

Why Choose an African Safari for Your Next Family Trip?

There are many positive reasons for choosing Africa as your next family vacation destination. For one thing, a lot of African societies are very family-oriented themselves, and are quite welcoming and accommodating to children. It won’t be long before your kids start to feel at home! Additionally, many safari camps and lodges offer specifically family-friendly options for accommodation.

English and other western languages are widely spoken in many African nations, so getting around and communicating should not be a problem. Plus, exposing your children to a culture entirely different from their own can be incredibly beneficial.

Of course, there are certain precautions to take before setting off on a family-friendly African safari adventure. Be sure your children know all the rules of the trip in order to stay safe around wildlife. Also, there may be vaccinations they’ll need to get before visiting Africa for the first time.

Family-Friendly Safari Destinations

Once you’ve settled on the idea of a family-friendly African safari, it’s time to narrow down your destination. Where will you and your family go? With the abundance of wildlife and natural wonders in Southern and Eastern Africa, it’s hard to make a wrong decision in terms of destination. For a family-friendly African safari, however, these are a few of our favorite destinations:

  • Cape Town: This cosmopolitan city on the coast of South Africa serves as a great bookend to any safari trip. You can either visit Cape Town first as an introduction to African culture before setting out in the wilderness, or after you’ve gone on safari to relax pool and beachside before heading back home. Children will especially love visiting the penguins on Boulders Beach, and riding a Table Mountain cable car is sure to delight the whole family.
  • Chobe National Park: Your children will see something straight out of a dream at Chobe in Botswana: one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephant. There are also two species of antelope—the puku and the Chobe bushbuck—that you won’t find anywhere else in the country. Children and parents alike will marvel at the reserve’s plethora of majestic big game.
  • Phinda Private Game Reserve: This reserve in South Africa is home to Africa’s “big five”: lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and rhino. You’ll perhaps even spot a cheetah! Phinda is the perfect family-friendly safari destination for the true animal lover in your household.

To get started dreaming up your next family holiday, our safaris page is there to offer inspiration. We hope to show your family the wonders of the African wilderness sometime soon!

Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa

 

Africa’s Most Unique Safaris

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Going on safari is the experience of a lifetime for many people. On an African safari tour, you’ll encounter breathtaking landscapes and beautiful wildlife that you will never seen anywhere else. Eastern and Southern Africa especially offer great opportunities to spot the “Big Five” in their natural habitats.

Why not take your trip to Africa a step further, though? At Roho Ya Chui, we offer specialist safaris that help make your trip as unforgettable as possible. Read about our unique African safaris below; each itinerary is operated solely with private vehicles, so you can get as up close and personal as possible while staying sensitive to the beautiful ecosystems around you.

Wildlife Photography

Our wildlife photography and cinematography tours are lead by expert photographic safari guides. You’ll be taken to the best destinations on private reserves with ample opportunity to spot the Big Five. The photos and videos you take will be capsules of memories for a lifetime, aweing friends and family members for years to come.

Our expert safari guides will be able to offer assistance so that advanced and beginner photographers alike get the best photos and videos possible out of the opportunity. This includes practical advice for capturing an animal as well as tips on composition and post-production. The guides will also teach safari guests about the African bush and how to anticipate an animal’s behavior. Tuition for photography school is included in the tour package.

Team Building

 Unique African safaris are a wonderful way to bring your team closer. We offer Team Building experiences and Team Alignment experiences centered on photography. Team Building can be appropriate for safari guests of all ages, creating a lasting bonding experience they will never forget. They’ll be taken to some of the most beautiful African locations and trained in photography along the way.

Team Alignment experiences are geared towards startups and growing companies. Using photography as a tool, you can help your team reach untapped potentials and new ideas. By sharing such a once-in-a-lifetime experience, your team is sure to grow closer and develop ideas with each other even better than before.

Intuition Training

Our Intuition Training experiences are some of the most unique African safaris you’ll come across. Do you have a complex challenge that needs conquering? Are you looking to expand and grow, and needing to more deeply access your intuition? Tap into unreached depths with a safari experience on the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya. This is the perfect opportunity for leaders in innovation looking to expand their consciousness. The Intuition Training is meant to expand everyday consciousness so that you can achieve even more.

Book Your African Safari Today

Roho Ya Chui takes guests to some of the most beautiful private reserves in Africa. Out team building exercises are like no other. We firmly believe that photography can be used to sustainably grow your business, and what better place to learn these skills then around Africa’s amazing wildlife? Take a look at our safaris page for some inspiration today.

Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa