Around the world, countdowns were sounded, lovers were embraced, and champagne was popped. This signaled the start of a brand new year and a new decade. Some believe this is the perfect time to review the resolutions from last year and create new goals. Going on an African safari can be a wonderful option if travel is high on your bucket list for 2022.
We’ve compiled 12 reasons why an African safari should be on your travel bucket list.
You can get away from it all with an authentic safari experience in Africa.
A good destination will give you the opportunity to escape from other tourists in remote parts of the world, and experience the kind of solitude that only the wilderness can offer. It’s a great way to get away from the crowds and immerse yourself into nature. You will also be able to reconnect with yourself through this experience.
Safaris are safe and can be tailored to suit your individual interests.
Solo travel is becoming a more popular trend. It seems that this trend will continue into the new year. This mode of traveling in Africa allows you to travel at your own pace, but without sacrificing the personal safari experience. A solo safari in an off grid location can help you to be more mindful, relaxed and self-aware.
You can’t get more motivation than being out in nature, as this is how you can keep your mind off of all things technological.
You don’t have the time, and likely not the signal, to check your social networks on a game-drive as a leopard stalks an impala in the long grass in front you. You are completely present in what is happening. All your senses are engaged on safari, regardless of whether you are led on foot by an experienced guide, soared high above the savanna plains, or having breakfast in a bush.
Reunited with Family
A family holiday is a good way to strengthen ties between relatives who are spread across the globe.
Multi-generational tourism is another trend that will continue into 2022. Many safari destinations in Africa allow for this type of travel. Some safari activities, such as game drives, are restricted in age, but others can be shared so that you can bond over the shared excitement and learning.
Candlelit dinners under African stars. Plunge pools surround by game-rich plains. Bird calls announce the dawn of the new day.
If this sounds like the type of romantic getaway you are looking for, then consider a safari to 2022. An unforgettable way to celebrate your relationship is to combine the beauty and luxury of the bush with a luxurious camp.
Contribute and help conserve
Many safari properties in Africa have been recognized as leaders in sustainable tourism in the new decade.
As a continent that retains some of the world’s most pristine natural areas, diverse wildlife and complex ecosystems, environmentally-friendly safaris in Africa help to safe-guard these. Green initiatives are a great way to offset the carbon footprint of your trip. It’s also important to know that park fees can be used for wildlife conservation and anti-poaching efforts.
Encourage community transformation
As with eco-friendly traveling, altruism has become a powerful guiding principle in deciding where people will go on holiday.
Socially conscious people want the knowledge that while they have a great time, it also makes a difference in local communities. You can give back by volunteering or donating at community empowerment projects set up by the camp you visit. It is also a good idea to shop at local markets instead of large multi-national chains. It can even make a positive difference in your own life by helping others.
Diverse wildlife to be encountered
Even if there’s a zoo near your home, you can’t truly see an animal until it is in its natural habitat.
The threat of extinction for many species of wildlife in Africa is imminent due to poaching and habitat destruction (among other factors). It’s a great privilege to be able to observe endangered species like the black rhino, elephant, and the cheetah wild. A safari gives you the chance to see a lot of wildlife, birds and other animals.
Learn from the bush experts
Field guides and trackers have generally grown up in the areas where they currently work.
Many people have a passion and desire for the bush that has been cultivated over their lives. They want to help animals and educate others about their importance. Once you’re done, you’ll have fallen in love again with the bush, understood parts of the bush’s “language”, and marveled at its interconnectedness.
Make new friends
African safaris attracted many people. It is possible to make friends and even have a conversation with people from other countries.
Although everyone might come from different places, you will most likely have one thing in common: an interest for wildlife and the environment. Many camps are set up so that you have enough time to relax and there is plenty of opportunity for socializing, whether it’s at the campfire, or in the main lounge.
Capture the experience
You can use your camera for many different shots, no matter what level of social media you are at.
You can find great subjects in wildlife, landscapes and plants. You may be able to learn from other photographers and exchange tips about your craft. It’s possible that this could be the year where you capture your best African safari shot. The perfect shot may just be right in front of you while on safari in Africa.
Enjoy luxury at your hotel
There are both rustic safari camps and those with minimal amenities. And then there are those that offer all of the modern creature comforts we’re used to.
The tents have en suite bathrooms, open-air bathtubs and showers. There are also well-appointed furniture and a private deck that offers stunning views. After the game drive, you’ll head back to camp for a dip into the plunge pool. Or relax with a book in the lounge of your tent.
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