By: Team of African Travel Inc.

Embarking on an African safari is a dream for many travelers, but there are common misconceptions that can overshadow the true essence of this magnificent continent. African safaris are captivating, memorable, and meaningful. One thing they’re not: predictable. Travelers can witness the Great Migration in Tanzania or trek through Rwanda’s rain forests in search of gorillas. They can meet Kenya’s Maasai warriors or watch artists at work in their Cape Town studios. 

“We invite travelers to explore Africa’s rhythms and have more-intimate experiences beyond the expected,” says Sherwin Banda, African Travel President. “Prepare to join captivating drumming sessions, gain profound insights through township excursions, meet incredible anti-poaching or all-women guiding teams, embark on mesmerizing low-impact ocean safaris, or even become a researcher for a day.”

African Travel, Inc. President, Sherwin Banda on safari with his family.

Join our safari experts as we debunk “The Big Five Safari Myths” and equip you with the knowledge to make the most of this extraordinary journey.

Myth One: The Only Thing to See in Africa is Wildlife

The Bo-Kaap is one of Cape Town’s most distinct neighborhoods and there’s so much to see, taste and explore.

Reality: Africa is often thought of as a single destination, but in reality it is a continent overflowing with captivating experiences that extend well beyond traditional safaris. While the thrill of watching a lion hunt near your game vehicle is hard to beat, great safaris offer enriching experiences that delve deeper into the continent’s treasures.

Immerse yourself in vibrant cultures like the Himba, San, and Maasai. Explore historical landmarks such as Luxor and Abu Simbel in Egypt or follow In the Footsteps of Mandela with a guided tour of Robben Island. Unwind on pristine beaches in Zanzibar or the Seychelles, where turquoise waters beckon for snorkeling and relaxation. Africa’s cosmopolitan cities like Cape Town, Nairobi, Cairo, and Kigali serve as gateways to a world of enchantment. Indulge in innovative gastronomy at restaurants like SIBA, or venture into South Africa’s Cape Winelands on our South Africa Tapestry for a culinary journey. And when night falls, let Africa’s unobstructed skies reveal breathtaking stargazing experiences in Namibia’s deserts or the Serengeti’s plains.

Africa is a continent of endless wonders, offering a tapestry of experiences that extend beyond wildlife safaris.

Myth Two: You Need to Have the Right/ Enough Time to Visit

Experience the majesty of Victoria Falls on our Southern Explorer safari.

Reality: When most people think of safari, they think of the Great Migration, the dry season between June and October when millions of wildebeests and zebras cross Tanzania’s Serengeti plains and move north to Kenya’s Maasai Mara. Few travelers realize that they can also witness the Great Migration when wildlife return to the Serengeti between November and May – spy the cyclical phenomenon on our World’s Greatest Show & Safari.

Africa is a year-round destination with lots of options to suit different schedules and travel styles. Spanning two hemispheres, Africa unveils unique opportunities throughout the year. Unlike the traditional four seasons, East Africa and Southern Africa boast wet and dry seasons, offering a captivating alternative. Enter the ‘Green Season‘, the cherished secret of safari enthusiasts, where dusty landscapes transform into scenic paradises. Witness flourishing flora, fresh air, and breathtaking landscapes that captivate the senses. Delight in great value, fewer crowds, and the adorable presence of baby animals.

Whether you have limited time or seek an extended adventure, our expert safari specialists will craft unforgettable itineraries tailored to your needs. For those with limited time or embarking on their first African adventure, our Southern Explorer itinerary is meticulously designed to deliver extraordinary bucket-list experiences, creating memories that will last a lifetime. For those dreaming of a longer expedition and have more time look to do a few destinations together, we invite you to delve into the richness of multiple destinations with our awe-inspiring Cape to Cairo journey. Immerse yourself in diverse landscapes, cultures, and wildlife.

Time should never be an obstacle to your African safari dream. Whether you have a handful of days or an open-ended itinerary, let us weave together an exceptional experience that perfectly suits your desires.

Myth Three: There’s a Perception That Where You Stay Isn’t Luxurious or is Too Adventurous

For a truly immersive discovery of the Okavango Delta, discover our remarkable Baobab Treehouse at Xigera.

Reality: At African Travel, we understand that luxury and adventure are subjective concepts, and we celebrate the uniqueness of each guest’s preferences and budget. With our diverse range of accommodation options, you’ll find the perfect fit to match your desired level of comfort and style.

Enter the enchanting realm of Botswana, where a spectrum of choices awaits. Picture yourself immersed in rustic yet luxurious accomodations on our  Delta, Rivers, and Fallswhere you can witness nature’s wonders unfold directly from your lodge. Or indulge in the epitome of safari opulence on the a safari connoisseurs dream Platinum Botswanawhere every aspect of your stay surpasses expectations. The camps and lodges not only boast exquisite design and sustainability but with our Make Travel Matter experiences – you get more, and your travels benefit local wildlife and communities.

For those seeking an even more exclusive experience, consider the option to take over entire camps, lodges, or indulge in a villa experience. Our Extraordinary South Africa safari is a prime example, where you can reside at Ellerman House, surrounded by South Africa’s largest private art collection. Enjoy private tours at the new Groobos Forest Lodge Villa, and explore the wonders of Sabi Sabi with a dedicated host, chef, spa therapist, field guide, and tracker.

Myth Four: Africa Isn’t Safe and Inclusive for Everyone

Marsha, one of our safari specialists, explores Kimirongo Market in Kigali

Reality: Traveling to Africa, where homosexuality is banned in some countries, may give some LGBTQ+ travelers pause. However, progress has been made to protect gender identity and preferences in many countries, including legalized same-sex marriage in South Africa, Botswana and the Seychelles.

With African Travel, knowledgeable guides prioritize your safety during wildlife encounters, allowing you to immerse yourself in Africa’s landscapes and wildlife. We collaborate with lodges and experiences to create safe spaces that embrace travelers of all ages, family compositions, sexual orientations, and identities. Our goal is to provide unforgettable experiences tailored to your needs.

Rwanda stands out as a safe destination known for warm hospitality and inclusivity. Named one of the world’s safest countries and a top destination for solo female travelers, Rwanda offers peace and security.

Discover specialized safaris like LGBTQ+ Pride Safaris and Family Safaris, tailored to ensure your safety and provide an environment where you can be your authentic self, creating cherished memories with your loved ones.

“Lodges, camps, and hotels throughout Africa have been leading the way in hiring diversity and investing in communities,” Sherwin says. “Our goal is to take travelers into the heart of Africa, including those places that focus on inclusion and sensitivity.”

Myth Five: Planning a Trip to Africa is Hard

With 45 years of experience in crafting unforgettable safaris African Travel is your trusted one-stop shop

Reality: Planning a safari to Africa can be daunting and overwhelming, especially when you don’t know where to start. However, African Travel is an exclusive expert in African travel, with over 45 years of experience in crafting unforgettable journeys. We are your trusted one-stop shop, offering comprehensive services that cover every aspect of your trip. From flights to accommodations, transfers to special experiences, and even private guides, we have you covered.

Whether you prefer to join one of our Classic Collection small group departures or wish to customize every detail of your adventure, African Travel provides seamless planning and expert guidance. We take the time to understand your unique preferences and desires, ensuring that your trip exceeds expectations.

Worried about mobility or have health concerns? Rest assured that we have options available, especially in South Africa, to cater to your specific needs. Our team is well-versed in handling visa requirements and providing guidance on necessary inoculations, taking the stress out of travel logistics.

With African Travel by your side, you can navigate the vast landscape of Africa with ease. Let us handle the intricate details, while you focus on immersing yourself in the beauty and wonder of this extraordinary continent.

African Travel, Inc. is the longest established luxury safari operator based in the US focused exclusively on the African continent. With staff across North America and in Africa, we create tailor-made safaris. Through our #MakeTravelMatter program and partnership with The TreadRight Foundation, and are committed to help the people, wildlife and planet. Each safari supports a child’s education or wildlife conservation project.  African Travel is an awarded safari company and a proud member of The Travel Corporation (TTC), a family-owned company with 103 years of expertise in luxury travel.