What You Can Expect to Gain from Your Safari Experience

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Are you excited about visiting Africa and going on the trip of a lifetime on your safari vacation? You should be — for many tourists, this is a once in a lifetime change that alters how they see the rest of the world. There is nothing like traveling and experiencing different places, but Africa is especially unique. Africa is a world that is all its own and nowhere else can possibly duplicate this incredible experience. Most tourists come into their trip with preconceived notions of what they can expect, but they are often delighted to find that their safari vacation far exceeds their expectations. Here is what you can expect to gain from your safari experience.

  1. A New Respect for Animals

You might have seen lions, elephants, giraffes and wildebeest in a zoo before going to Africa, but seeing these creatures, and many others, in their natural habitat is a new experience. The creatures that call the wilderness of Africa home do not know cages or cramped enclosures. They do not have their meals served to them in perfectly measured portions. These are wild creatures that do wild acts. You might witness a predator hunting prey, new offspring being born or an expansive and dangerous migration — it is all part of the natural experience. You will never look at a caged animal in the same way again.

  1. A Broader Understanding of African Culture

Africa has many diverse cultures and peoples within its continent. Each have their own unique place and something special to offer land. A lot of tourists come into Africa not knowing much about the people who live there, but you will soon find that the locals are friendly and unique. There is an abundance of food, music and art to experience on your safari vacation. Do not hesitate to ask questions and learn more.

  1. An Appreciation for Landscape

You will see that Africa has a very diverse landscape that is full of different biomes. There are desert lands, mountain ranges, grassy plains and lush tropical forests. Each sustain unique plant and animal inhabitants. They are all important, though some are under constant threat of irreparable damage at the hands of humans. Once you see the beauty of this continent, you will certainly have a new appreciation for the work and protective measures that are being put in place to protect the land.

  1. A New View of Africa

Most people have no idea what to expect when they start out on their African safari vacation. This trip is the best way to gain experience and educate others on what Africa is all about — thriving while embracing life and culture. You will certainly want to plan additional trips, bring your friends along too.

Plan Your Safari Vacation

There is no place on earth like Africa. Are you ready to start planning your safari vacation and take the trip of a lifetime? To get more information, visit our safari tours page or contact a representative with Roho Ya Chui, today.

Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa

 

Plants of Africa to Spot in Your Safari

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Some tourists are under the impression that Africa has an entirely impoverished plant population. While you will not find much by way of flora and fauna in the vast desert regions, and the grasslands can speak for themselves, one of the most beautiful characteristics of Africa is its diversity.

There is an abundance of plant life in many ecosystems, including locations in South Africa that are popular safari vacation spots. In fact, there are an astounding eight thriving terrestrial biomes and ten percent of the world’s flowering plants can be found in the region. While on your African safari vacation, do not let the animals steal all of your attention—keep your eyes open for these amazing plants.

  1. The Namaqualand Daisy

The Namaqualand is a dry, arid region of South Africa that bears little more than hearty grass and the animals that feed from it for most of the year. After a good rain, however, a miraculous sight can be seen. As the water is drawn into the earth, countless flowers spring forth in an abundance of colors, breathing a heavenly life into the landscape. This region stretches for 600 miles, so you might get lucky and see these flowers on your safari vacation if you choose to come during the rainy season.

  1. The Mystical Halfmens

There is an African legend that says the ancestors of the Bushman, driven south by enemy tribes, turned to gaze back across the Orange River and were turned into plants. The Richtersveld Halfmens stand tall, gazing towards the north forever. The mountainous desert area that they are located in is known for its succulent plants. These are particularly neat in appearance and are easy to spot.

  1. The Famous Baobab Tree

The Baobab tree is one of Africa’s most recognizable plant species. They can be found in several different locations across the continent as well as in Australia. This is a particularly interesting fact, as African and Australian Baobab trees separated less than 100,000 years ago. They can grow to rather large heights, and are characterized by their thick, upside down appearance. If you close your eyes and picture an African plain that includes a tree, chances are you are seeing a Baobab.

  1. The King Protea

The King Protea is a giant flowering plant and the national flower of South Africa. There are several different colors that blossom. They appear thick and spiny, similar to a colorful artichoke and ready to take on the harshest weather that Africa can muster. These flowers are hard to miss, as they are rather large and quite popular.

Plan Your African Safari Vacation

There is no place on Earth like Africa, where you can see the most incredible plants and animals all on one tour. While you are on your safari, try looking for these amazing plants. If you have additional questions or would like to start planning your trip, visit our safari tours page or contact a representative with Roho Ya Chui today.

Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa