There was a time when there were distinct safari seasons across Africa. But things have changed over the years and visiting outside the traditional seasons is now not only possible, but often desirable.
It's good news for Kenya, the spiritual home of safaris. Over 19 million voted in the August election and, although a re-vote will take place shortly, the mood is positive. The first vote showed that there has been a shift away from the politics of the opposition party.
Rwanda is incredibly picturesque and is famous for its mountain gorillas. Safari companies from southern Africa are investing in new exclusive lodges for gorilla trekking and my daughter Kitty and I have just returned from an refresher trip visiting new lodges so that we can match clients who wish to explore this stunning country with the best accommodation for them.
The Garden Route used to be the Grand Tour of South Africa for discerning travellers but its popularity has come at a price. South Africa is a well-populated country and when that population is on holiday the roads are filled with a constant flow of traffic.
Nowhere is evolution, in all its forms, more apparent than in the African safari experience. It is not just flora and fauna that have evolved over millennia; over the last few decades the continent’s tourist industry has evolved too.
For Africa to remain the captivating safari destination that it is, the key must be sustainable ecotourism. Here, there is minimal impact on the environment while local communities also receive benefits.
Why fly? Well, although many main roads are good in Southern Africa, the distances are vast. Away from main routes, roads tend to be bumpy sandy tracks; fun for a game drive but not a four hour transfer.
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