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For the majority of travelers, an African safari conjures images of vast open savanna plains teaming with an unrivalled volume and variety of wildlife. And there's no question that the opportunity for close encounters with Africa's "big game" is the single most exciting and memorable aspect of any safari, but it is the overall diversity of experience that makes safari truly unique, and motivates a disproportionately high number of globe-trotters to describe an African safari as their most unforgettable travel experience.
That safari Africa is home to abundant wildlife goes without saying. No other biome on earth can compare with the African savanna in terms of mammalian diversity or biomass density. It's not surprising that the African savanna is home to the world's largest land animal (African elephant), as well as the tallest (giraffe), and the fastest (cheetah), to name but a few superlatives.
But the wildlife is enriched by the spectacular and contrasting landscapes that host it, including some of the world's most dramatic natural wonders. Extremely low population densities in several parts of safari Africa, coupled with low levels of industrialization and far-sighted conservation policies, have preserved some of the most beautiful and pristine wilderness areas on earth.
If wildlife and natural wonders are the foreseeable highlights of a safari, the warmth and hospitality of the people are an unexpected delight! The countries of southern and East Africa are home to a rich cultural heritage that stretches back to the dawn of humankind. Whether the cultural element is included as a specific component of the safari (like an excursion to the highly traditional Himba people in remote northern Namibia, or the proud Maasai and Samburu people of Kenya), or as a short and convenient add-on (a visit to a Tonga village near Victoria Falls), we encourage travelers to consider opportunities for cultural exposure in the course of their safaris.
The Classic African concept of safari is epitomized by adventure, in style. Anyone planning their first African safari should do so in the spirit of exploration, on the basis that they are participating in a journey that will be completely different from anything they might previously have experienced. The impact of safari is part visceral, part intellectual, but always profound. And yet, despite this journey beyond the ordinary, Classic African adventure entails neither discomfort nor deprivation - Africa is renowned for hosting some of the most tastefully luxurious accommodation anywhere in the world, and even our most modest portfolio properties feature crisp percale bedlinen, silver service, and cocktails at sunset. Adventure and elegance go hand in hand on safari!Let us help you plan your dream safari. call toll-free: 888.227.8311 or email us today
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