Africa – The Last Great Adventure
The continent of Africa has gotten considerable news coverage lately, unfortunately some of it has involved animals attacking careless tourists who chose to ignore wildlife preserve warning signs. Despite these bad press events, exploring Africa has become one of the few true adventures left for the man who is seeking adventure and exploring new territories.
A number of countries such as South Africa have set up wildlife reserves that can be visited and explored – with certain restrictions. The goal of the reserves is to allow visitors to come as close to the wildlife in their natural habitat without endangering the observers.
But there is far more to the continent than game hunting or the pursuit of wild animals. There are unique natural venues found nowhere else in the world, so if you are inclined to bring a camera you will be able to return with some of the most breathtaking scenes of nature found anywhere.
The People of Africa
When visiting any foreign land, the real adventure and challenge are met when interacting with the native peoples of various countries and towns. Africa offers a variety of peoples, cultures, and customs that will have you learning about the true history of the lands you visit through personal experience. A camera can capture the people, but the memories of the interactions with the people are what make the digital images come alive.
In almost every country, when you speak about the people and their culture, you inevitably get around to discussing their food. Adventurers may find it more of a challenge to eat the food of the locals than encounter new wildlife. Western civilizations tend to have more comfort foods that are smooth and creamy, while third world countries tend to rely on naturally growing plants and grains as staples of their diets. Should you choose to venture down this road, you may want to take along some type of stomach medication just in case.
For the history or anthropology hobbyist, Africa has a significant amount of Middle Eastern and African history in the northern regions of the country. There are ancient ruins along the coasts and in the desert, but remember that temperatures in the desert regions can create serious health problems if you are not fully prepared and knowledgeable.
A Tour Guide May Be Your Best Option
Wherever you may go in Africa, be aware of the fact that you are seen as a foreigner, and you need to be aware of the individual country’s laws and customs. Some countries such as South Africa are more familiar with Americans and American customs. In other countries you may encounter tribal rulers who have limited experience in dealing with foreigners. Every situation is different, so it is advisable that you go with someone who has already been to the continent or get some quality advice on what you can expect.
Africa is one of the world’s largest continents, and much of its reputation comes from the fact that there is a goodly portion that has yet to be thoroughly explored. It has just about everything for the adventurer, whether the adventure comes in the form of capturing a photograph or video, personal encounter with its people, or experiencing the wide variety of cultural cuisines available. Having a tour guide is a sensible approach to avoiding the most dangerous areas, including plants and animals in their natural habitat.