A safari is equally about wildlife as it is about the local culture. Perhaps as part of your overall safari, stay at a wonderful tented camp or tree house which is run by and for the local community – these are wonderful and one learns so much about the local tribes.
These days, so many of our clients are asking us for an overall, more holistic style of safari. This is a safari that is made up of amazing wildlife (of course!), with the finest of guides, but also with an element of culture. An important part of any holiday is learning about the people that inhabit a country. This can be achieved in many different ways.
The Explorations Company is deeply involved with many charities in Kenya - both humanitarian and wildlife. This means that as a tourist, you can visit a school (perhaps one of the school's that we have helped to build), or a clinic, or a market, or whatever might interest you, to give you a wider and more indepth understanding of the people.
In addition, many camps and lodges realised that the future in Africa is one of symbiosis; that one has to work with camps and lodges and basically, give back to the country. This generally takes the form of assisting communities, whether in supporting their arts and crafts that they sell, to supporting schools and local clinics and uplifting the local communities. You can be as much a part of this experience as you wish.
But ultimately, one of the most fun ways is to be part of a cultural safari. This is often in the form of a walking safari in Kenya when you walk out for around three to five nights, either in the Loita Hills on the outskirts of the Masai Mara, or you have a camel assisted walking safari in the Laikipia region, guided by expert Samburu tribesmen who are fantastic guides and are extremely knowledgeable. Here, one camps out in great comfort in a different location each night over a three day period. One learns so much, such as the medicinal properties of trees and plants, and what the local tribes use these for. One learns how to make fires without matches and also about the problems facing the modern warrior in the 21st century. Learn how they are trying to preserve their culture, of which they are immensely proud. In the Loita Hills, one walks with the Maasai warriors, accompanied by their mules. These walks are anything from 3 - 5 days through the most beautiful vegetation, studded with trees and waterfalls. Perhaps visit their manyatta, where they live and their family - and learn a little about their lifestyle in an uncontrived manner.
These are particularly wonderful for our family safaris as many of our clients who have children want their famillies to learn about other cultures, so this is where our family safaris to Kenya often will include a camel assisted walking safari, learning about the nomadic Samburu tribesmen and having a lot of fun along the way!
With 25 years of creating the finest, bespoke safaris to Africa, we are perfectly placed to assist you. Contact us now to being planning your safari of a lifetime.
By Marcela Kunova - 20th April 2017
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