10 REASONS TO FINALLY BOOK THAT DREAM SAFARI
You’ve been dreaming of a trip to Africa for so long and this is your time. But why? What is holding you back?
Whilst the world recovers from Covid-19, a pandemic that has affected us all, time now begins to switch to when we will travel and enjoy our world once more. September 2020 appears to be the targeted month for many African countries as Namibia and South Africa, with other countries as Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania beginning to open their tourism destinations once again. Late 2020 and especially 2021 is waiting for you.
Here’s our list of why you shouldn’t wait to book your dream safari today;
1. This is your dream, don’t let it fade away…
With the impact Covid-19 has had on African tourism, many safari camps & lodges are now offering special offers to lure travellers back. It makes good sense then, that when it is safe to do so, that you should definitely make the most of this generosity and plan your safari today at a discount.
2. A chance to view iconic animals, landscapes, sunrises, sunsets, experiences… oh boy, so much!
Whether you want to enjoy nature once more, or see lions or elephants or zebra for the first time (or the second or third or fourth time), there is something to be said for simply spending time with animals. It’s not every day you have the opportunity to witness such beauty and sadly due to many species endangerment from habitat loss, poaching, trophy hunting and human-wildlife conflict, some species are on the verge of disappearing – but let’s hope not.
Africa is a land of such contrast and mesmerising views, that it’s better to see it for yourself… because let’s be honest, those photos on social media that your friends post and documentaries on National Geographic don’t do it justice. You just have to see it to believe it.
3. You will support local people, employment and sustainable development.
Captured In Africa are the peeps for you. Our team’s focus is on ensuring that where you travel; benefits the people, places, wildlife and environment. For us (and we hope for you too) it’s not simply about travelling, taking photos and heading home, your journey should be responsible. Because of that, our Responsible Tourism Policy ensures that when our customers travel with us, they are directly assisting with local employment; many of the safari camps & lodges we work with are involved directly with supporting local communities and through your visit, either employ local people and/or contribute goods and revenue to locals.
(READ) During Covid-19 travel restrictions, many of these safari properties are still supporting local communities. This all in turn benefits the county’s economy, job creation within tourism and associated goods and services. Travelling responsibly has that power.
4. Opportunity to absorb, learn about and understand different cultures, traditions and people.
In light of recent news and racial tensions, now is as important a time to understand one another as it’s ever been. Travel is a wonderful opportunity to visit places with different people, traditions, faiths and cultures, sometimes those things can be seen to be at conflict with our own, but this can often be our own inability to simply understand. Travel opens up a Kaleidoscope of opportunities to learn and appreciate, without the need to condemn others simply for being who they are – good people are good people, no matter their skin colour, race, religion, sex or even their favourite soccer or basketball team.
5. Your $$$ assists ethical wildlife conservation and helps stop habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict, trophy hunting and environmental damage.
Conservation is why Captured In Africa was founded and later why our non-profit Captured In Africa Foundation was formed. Developing a way to allow tourists to support conservation is a passion of ours, as it’s something (we believe) should go hand in hand with travel. Perhaps for too long there has been a disconnect between travelling and the impact that our travel can potentially have on the destinations we visit. As the world turns, travellers have also increasingly become more aware of social and environmental issues, tourists are now wary about how they travel, what activities they participate in and how their footprint impacts our planet – this is where Captured In Africa comes in to ensure travellers can safely enjoy their dream safari, in the knowledge that their footprint is positive and their experience an exceptional one.
One dramatic way that travellers can positively impact African safari destinations includes wildlife conservation. Providing safe havens for animals to roam free is often factored into a safari camp’s management plan, that same safari camp will also play a key role in assisting conservationists and scientists in such initiatives as data collection (location and territory mapping of lions for example, to help avoid conflict with humans and livestock). National Parks help provide safe havens through eco-tourism and private wildlife conservancies allow for a harmonious joint management of a destination between a safari camp and land owners, with land owners receiving revenue from tourism – this all then funnels into the upkeep and protection of that habitat, securing the habitat for nature & animals and providing financial and food security for local communities.
All Captured In Africa safaris include park fees, conservancy contributions and voluntary donations to our non-profit Foundation. These fees and levies provide much needed financial support to local anti-poaching management, wildlife initiatives and funding for local schools and community projects.
(SUGGESTED SAFARI) An ideal example of this is Captured In Africa’s specialised RHINO ROUTE guided safari package, that allows travellers to visit and give back to conservation projects in South Africa.
6. Safari camps, lodges and destinations are consistently becoming environmentally friendly.
If you are inspired by environmentalists and wildlife conservationists as Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, Dame Jane Goodall, Rachel Carson, Dereck & Beverly Joubert, Ric O’Barry, Greta Thunberg and so on, then like us you are keen to ensure that how you live is constantly progressing to that of a better life. This includes our environment and how we use the land.
Green energy and waste are two factors that we have all become more concerned with over the last 10-20 years and safari destinations are right there, leading the way. Solar energy has become a new addition for many safari camps & lodges (both new and existing), solar panels are more and more becoming a welcome sight in safari destinations. Waste reduction is important too and safari camps have taken great strides in reducing water waste (utilising grey water for use on vegetable gardens is a great example) and eliminating plastics with many safari properties becoming plastic free.
Our ever changing diets are also an important remedy to better our land use, it’s also fantastic for our health and well being. We won’t lie… eating on safari is one of the amazing things to enjoy; from nourishing lunches, to delectable tea and cakes, to sunset drinks on game drive… food and drink on safari is one of the finest experiences you can enjoy. But we must also consider how & what we eat. With that, safari camps and their dedicated chefs accommodate a wide variety of food choices. No matter your diet and way of eating, whether you have allergies or preferred foods, you will be catered for. Veganism is a growing trend that allows people to not only care about animals, but the environment, heavily reducing our impact on the planet through plant based eating – even if you still choose to eat meat, reducing our intake helps reduce our impact on the planet. Eating healthily with both our bodies and our planet in mind has so many benefits that it is an essential part of understanding how to live and travel responsibly.
Because of our focus on low impact, sustainable tourism, our customers can look forward to guided game drives in protected habitats; usually vehicle numbers are restricted to 4-5 vehicles within private concession and conservancies (National Parks can differ as they permit day tourists) and the number of beds are restricted to low numbers. This low impact form of tourism helps protect the land and ensure over-tourism doesn’t take it’s nasty grip.
7. Your safari re-invigorates you, your senses, health and well being; you may even feel like a “new person”!
Fresh air, massive vistas and wide open spaces, exceptional friendly service, personal attention, escapism. They are all essential for renewing our bodies and minds and there’s no better place to escape than to Africa. Safaris are a unique opportunity to “get away from it all”, they allow us the freedom to escape crowds of people, in many cases it allows us to avoid social media and news with Wifi often heavily restricted in such far flung destinations.
The safaris we focus on at Captured In Africa are low impact, sustainable, environmentally friendly and tailored to our customers. The safari camps and lodges we use are usually limited to between 6 – 20 guest rooms, which helps ensure privacy, attention to detail, better experiences and that all important quietness when you need it. Our safaris are not huge groups of people, they are exclusive and personalised for you to have the best possible experience of Africa.
8. Bring your family together through learning about and mutual appreciation of nature.
As parents we have an enormous responsibility to harness our own beliefs, with what we wish for our children. Our own awareness of environmental issues and how we educate the next generation is more important than ever if we are to protect our planet for generations to come.
When our children fall in love with nature, our families benefit. It allows families to bond, have mutual loves and enjoyment in the same things that interest us and allow our children to go on to lead promising lives. Enjoying nature together can see the next Sir David Attenbrough’s and Dame Jane Goodall’s born. Nature truly is a wonderful educator.
9. It’s not all about seeing animals…
Whether you travel solo, as a couple, family or group, Africa is a land of contrast with activities and sights to suit everyone. Opportunities to visit local villages offer insights into other cultures, hopping on a boat to go whale watching in South Africa takes you into another world, meander through vineyards to tickle your taste-buds, or perhaps sit back on an uncrowded beach to absorb some rays or even scuba-diving the clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Africa has it all.
10. An ever lasting, responsible footprint.
With your safari complete, you return home knowing that from the incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience you’ve had, the thousands of photos in your phone and/or camera, the memories and special moments that will last with you forever – you may rest easy that you have played your part in supporting communities, you’ve educated yourself and others, appreciated our natural world, helped safeguard our environment and you’ve protected species that may otherwise go extinct without your support as a tourist.
You’re a ⭐
Thank you for travelling responsibly and please stay safe.
(Cover Images courtesy Little Vumbura Camp and Governors Camp)