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The Best African Safaris

Monday, April 30th, 2012
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The best African safaris include all the elements that make Africa so great… so appealing. Wildlife! What would an African safari trip be without wildlife? Culture! Africa is well known for its rich and diverse cultural heritage, it would have to offer a glimpse into culture of past or present. Adventure! On a continent with such diverse landscapes, there are thousands of opportunities to discover Africa – in both relaxed or adrenaline coaxing ways. Which ever way you want it, the best African safaris have wildlife, culture and adventure. Bam.

Wildlife on a safari trip

It's not one of the top African safaris if it doesn't showcase wildlife

An African safari trip needs its fair share of wildlife. Viewing a host of unusual looking animals that trundle, crouch, roar and stalk is an African safari at its best. Ever heard of Africa's big five? The lion, the leopard, the buffalo, the elephant and the rhino; all wildlife highly sought after and absolutely golden when wishing to go on an ultimate African safari.

Culture on an African trip

A glimpse of a past culture shows signs of a great African safari

Museums are great for offering a glimpse into the lives of those who lived in a culture foreign to our own. Original artifacts, replicas, tours and insight can be enjoyed when stepping into a museum offering knowledge about those who lived, worked and loved the area you’re exploring. Some of the best safaris not only include a trip to a museum where the past can be re-lived through relics, but rather experienced first hand through physically visiting a tribe and cultural group who still practice the beliefs and rituals of their ancestors.

Adventure on top Africa safaris

The best African safaris are an adventure

From the way you get around, to the things you get a chance to see and do, top Africa safaris trip will offer you a variety of ways to experience a certain area. Our biased mode of transport is of course, overland truck. Seeing the passing vistas through the enormous windows of the custom truck, packed with your newly appointed nomadic holiday family from all over the world. Hopping off together, hiking, skydiving, exploring an ancient island on a moped. Laughing around the campfire, making the campfire. Experiencing new things with a bunch of people as awesome as you are. So what are the best African safari trips? The top safari trips aren’t picked by us, they're picked by you! The amount of bookings received for these trips rank them as the best. Why? Because they bring opportunity for travellers to explore Africa’s wildlife, culture and adventure. Check out which three African safaris are ranked best:

Top 3 Best African Safaris

1. Cape Town to Victoria Falls

This trip takes one on a safari adventure where an exploration of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe sees cross-cultural interaction and wildlife interaction on an epic adventure one is not likely to forget.

Cape to Vic: One of the best African safaris

2. Okavango Delta to Johannesburg

This overland safari is a short trip taking travellers through the highlights of the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park. The journey takes you on a cultural discovery of South Africa's apartheid history, their struggle and success fighting for freedom. Ride an elephant in Victoria Falls, walk with lions or go white water rafting. Culture, wildlife, adventure!

Okavango Delta to JHB is one of the best African safaris around

3. Nairobi to Dar Es Salaam

This 10 day adventure takes you on a journey through Tanzania, exploring the country's intriguing culture and diverse wildlife. Ride a camel, snorkel, take a tour of Prison Island. The route leads you through a world of rich discoveries in Eastern Africa, bringing you to the tropical and historical haven of Zanzibar, before the trip glides to an end.

Nairobi to Dar es Salaam is one of the best African safaris you can experience

Ready to book your seat on one of the best African safaris around? Grab your sense of adventure, will for cultural discovery and interest in wildlife and spoil yourself to one of the top African safaris around!

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Tags: adventure-travel, best-african-safari, best-safaris, culture, wildlife

Top 5 Cultural Adventure Tour Experiences in Africa

Thursday, December 29th, 2011
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So you've met everyone down at the pub and you're looking to meet some new people. Cool: we know people!  We know people who want to dance, eat, jump and share with you, and its nowhere near a bowl of bar snack pretzels. An overland trip adventure tour gives you the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and experience the adventure of a lifetime, exploring the African continent and soaking up its rich culture. Go one, pick your adventure:

bellydancing in Turkey
Above: Belly dancing in Turkey

People and Culture on an Adventure Tour

1. Masai Cultural Village

Delve into a cultural experience very unlike your own by meeting the vibrant and colourful people of the Masai Cultural Village in the Masai Mara. Watch as the tribesmen perform their jumping dance, and get involved, trying this routine which proves to be tougher than it looks. This is an amazing opportunity for the old and new cultures to interact in the modern world.

Experience this adventure on one of these overland trips

Game Parks and Gorillas :  Nairobi to LivingstoneWildlife Wonderland

2. Soweto Cultural Tour

Experience one of the biggest townships on the continent with an adventure through the Sowetan township in Johannesburg, South Africa. Known as the birth place of the struggle for liberation, the area hosts over 2 million residents in the township which came to be under the old apartheid system. The lively culture that lives within the cardboard shacks and over-the-top mansions has seen 2 Nobel Peace Prize winners as well as the award winning movie, Tsotsi, emerge from its midst.

Experience this adventure on one of these overland trips

Kruger Safari : Bob's Best of Zimbabwe : East Africa Southbound

3. Nubian Village Dinner

Be welcomed into a local Nubian family’s home for an evening of sharing food and stories in an experience where you’ll learn a bit about the Nubian culture. The evening is spent on the family’s island in the middle of the Nile River; you’ll be ‘taxied’ to and from the island on an Egyptian felucca. An extremely unusual, yet warm adventure tour to guide cultural discovery.

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Middle East Trek : Best of Egypt

4. Cappadocia Belly Dancing Night

Turkey is brimming with intriguing culture. Spend the evening discovering it being entertained in an underground restaurant enjoying dinner and drinks. Try your hips out in a session of festive belly dancing. The gorgeous experts, with hips that don’t lie, offer their tips to bringing out your inner goddess.

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Middle East Trek

5. Ghanzi Trance Dance

The San people are serious about the Ghanzi Trance Dance. Only performed when someone is genuinely ill do they bust out in energetic movement. The dance is similiar to the Rain Dance enthusiastically performed in celebration of good hunting trips and the enjoyment of gathering together. The dance can range from three hours, to a whole night, depending on how the gods react to the rhythmical clapping, dancing and chanting of the San people. Trance dances aren't a bunch of actors paid to jump around for tourists. These are the real deal carried out by real Bushmen who still live traditional lifestyle deep in the Kalahari in Botswana.

Experience this adventure on one of these overland trips

Cape to Vic and MozambiqueDesert and DeltaSouthern Africa Adventure

For one of those fulfilling experiences that leave you feeling like you've just helped a little old lady across the road and shaken Nelson Mandela's hand simultaneously, this journey of personal growth will leave you feeling like a million bucks. Adventure travel FTW*!

*FTW is online slang that stands for 'for the win' and is used in conversation to indicate that someone is supporting something strongly and positively. In this instance, adventure travel is receiving praise for being awesome!

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Tags: adventure, adventure-travel, culture, culture-tour

Top 5 Traditional Food of Africa

Monday, July 25th, 2011
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African cuisine is about more than just 'filling the gap'. Its about mixing food and culture to bring people together in the most delicious way possible. Depending on your route, an overland trip through Africa offers stops along the way where you can experience the food and culture of Africa. Below are Africa's top five delectable discoveries:

1.  Bunny Chow
Good on the Indian chap who decided to hollow out half a loaf of bread and fill that sucker with curry!  Durban is now well known for its amazing surfing beaches and as the place where Bunny Chow was born: where some guy slapped it on a plate and had dinners screaming for more. Someone get that man a Bells!

Experience it: Overland trips that include Durban

Photo by Arnold Goodway

2.  Braai
A braai is similar to the Aussie ‘barbie’ (barbecue), except we (Africa) came up with the concept first. Just saying. In the South African Sterkfontein Caves lies the World Heritage Site ‘The Cradle of Humankind’, where the first set of ‘burnt’ animal bones were found. Burnt animal bones: sounds like a braai to me, well at my Dad’s house anyway! The main difference between a braai and a barbecue is that a braai cooks meat over an open flame, where as a barbecue usually cooks meat using a gas lit flame. Braai meat has that succulent flavour of basting seared by real burning wood/coal. Using a barbecue powered by gas to cook my food instead of a braai? A camel’s backside and a candle would probably be cheaper.

A ‘braai’ is a social custom involving cooking of food, enjoyed in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Zambia where a grid is no stranger to 'braaivleis' and 'boereworse'.  The braai stereotype in South Africa is that all the men congregate around the fire, talking about rugby and politics, beer in hand, while their little women gather inside, making salad and chatting about the latest sale. This is actually pretty accurate.

Experience it: Overland trips that include Cape Town

Photo by Blyzz

3. Potjie Kos
Potjie kos is a delicious stew of veggies, meat and starch. A potjie is the three legged cast iron pot that you cook the food in. ‘Potjie kos’ is an Afrikaans term meaning ‘Small pot of food’, although nowadays your average potjie pot holds about 6 litres. Small pot of food? Sure. For a sasquatch. It’s no wonder making ‘a potjie’ is such a social affair, with the meal taking between 3 to 6 hours to prepare. Finally coming off the open wood fire, the veggies and starch are soft and the meat is tender as a mother’s love.

Experience it: Overland trip passing through the Panorama Route

Photo by eJozi

4.  Mopane Worms
Once upon a time, there lived a Mopane worm, let’s call him Bert. Bert was fat and juicy and lived in a Mopane tree. One morning Bert arose early as he always did, shuffled along branches as he always did, nibbled on leaves as he always did, when suddenly an African picked him off the tree, removed his intestines, dried him and ate him for lunch... as he always did. Found in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Angola and Malawi, the Mopane worm is filled with nutrients and is rich in protein. Commonly found in markets; eating a Mopane worm is just one of those things you’ve gotta do when you visit rural Africa!

Experience it: Overland trips to Zimbabwe

Photo by NH53

5.  Biltong
Biltong was discovered in South Africa. The Dutch settlers decided to experiment with drying meat and rubbing it with spices. Loads of people think that jerky is the same as biltong. Wrong! Beef jerky is like the famous Paris Hilton look alike: Sweet, but not the real thing. Jerky’s taste, spices and production method are totally different from that of biltong. Slivers of biltong are absolutely amazing in pastas, salads, potjies and just on their own.

Experience it: Trans Africa overland trips

Photo by Arnold Goodway

African cuisine is unique and absolutely delicious, bringing the culture of the people into the preparation and flavour of the food. Now please excuse me while I go clean up the drool I’ve managed to decorate myself with while writing this post. Happy taste bud adventure!

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