What Is an African Safari?

What Is an African Safari?
An African safari can be the travel highlight of a lifetime. A safari is rigorous and demanding, but very rewarding for the nature enthusiast. The most popular destinations are in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.


Safari is the word for "long journey" in Swahili. It is an African tour with the purpose of viewing and enjoying wildlife.


The earliest safaris were dangerous trading expeditions. By the beginning of the 1900s, safaris morphed into expeditions of exploration by naturalists and hunters.


The popularity of safaris in the twentieth century was an important catalyst for the conservation and environmental movements.


Make sure that you research all inoculation and visa requirements before finalizing your safari plans. You can easily book a safari from home through one of the many tour groups available (see Resources).

Famous Ties

Many famous people embarked on African safaris. Most notable among them is Ernest Hemingway, who was inspired to write such great works as "The Green Hills of Africa" and "The Snows of Kilimanjaro."

Article Written By Tanya Wyr

Tanya Wyr has 12 years experience as a professional writer and editor both in print and online. She has written for major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Macy’s and Mervyns. Wyr has also edited college-level textbooks. Wyr earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Minnesota in 1991.

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