Bucket list experiences come in many shapes & sizes: whether it’s celebrating Christmas in Paris or hiking 26 km in the spectacular Norwegian Trolltunga or hanging out with elephants in Chiang Mai, each experience profoundly inspires & changes you.
Of the many exciting reasons to go to Africa, an African Safari is the ultimate bucket list experience. Bearing witness to the majestic wildlife against the raw & untainted African landscape is beyond awe-inspiring. Here are five reasons why you need to go on an African Safari.
1. Variety of Safari Experiences
No Safari adventure is alike. There are a lot of wonderful safari adventures to be had, such as a big game drive, a walking safari, or a hot air balloon ride. Each country offers a novel Safari experience, such as canoe safaris in Zambia
2. See The Big Five
A big appeal of an African safari is the chance to see the Big 5. These are the crown jewels of any African safari – lion, rhino, elephant, leopard, and buffalo. They earned their name from being the most difficult animals to hunt on foot. There are a lot of African safaris on which you’ll be able to see the Big 5, with Tanzania being one of the best locations to experience this.
3. Help Conservation Efforts
By supporting ecotourism safari efforts, you help improve and boost conservation efforts across the continent. Local communities are very reliant on the income from tourism to help protect and look after the animals under their care. Conservation is essential for allowing a continuing safari scene in Africa, and you can help with this. You get to check off bucket list travels & help the planet!
4. Luxury Meets Adventure
A safari holiday is the kind of experience where luxury and adventure collide, you get to enjoy the best of both worlds! You can revel in all the excitement and brilliance of an afternoon game drive, like walking on a gorilla trek. Then in the evening, you can unwind and relax in the luxurious accommodation and amenities that many safari lodges offer. This is a huge part of the experience and unlike any other type of holiday in the world.
5. Endangered animals
Many of the animals you’ll encounter on an African safari are endangered species that may not be around for much longer. Did you know there are only 1,500 pygmy hippopotamuses in the world? Deforestation & loss of habitat are driving this amazing animal to extinction. This is why it’s so important to take the opportunity to experience this now. We are all but here for a moment – going on a Safari makes you value the beauty of the planet & the life we share with it.
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