One of Africa’s greatest attractions is her warm, friendly and delightful people. Experiencing an authentic African culture is an unforgettable part of any safari.
With so many different ethnic groups, tribes and cultures there are a plethora of experiences to be had. Many camps and lodges provide travellers with the opportunity to experience the local culture and learn their traditions, but across Africa it is often a controversial and much discussed subject, in what actually is an 'authentic' experience.
A prime example will be where many places offer 'traditional' dances, these can often feel staged and not authentic at all. Or visiting a local market, where you are hassled and feel more stressed than soaking up the sights and sounds as you should be. Therefore in our opinion it is best to discuss with us your specific location you are travelling to and we will be honest about where we feel you will get the best local interaction that not only benefits you, but the local people.
Authentic African Culture FAQs
What to expect from an African cultural experience?
An African cultural experience can be very diverse as there are so many cultures all across Africa. Most visitors to Africa are always surprised by how friendly the people of Africa are. Another surprising aspect is with how little the people of Africa can get by with and still be content. An authentic African cultural experience usually involves a visit to a nearby community to experience how they live their daily lives and most often includes one or two special events such as a school visit or a dance performance. The communities in Africa, especially those surrounding the tourist destinations rely heavily on the tourism industry to sustain themselves. It is an experience that many say is both an eye opener and also unforgettable.
What are the best destinations to experience an authentic African culture?
This is almost an impossible task as there are so many wonderful African cultures to experience. Some of the most outstanding ones are the Masaai people who are one of the most recognisable cultures in Africa and have been documented over many years. An authentic experience can be enjoyed in north, central or southern Kenya and also northern Tanzania. A Masaai tracker often accompanies visitors on a walking safari as they are not only the custodians of the land, but know the intricacies of the land best.
Other very interesting cultures are the San people who inhabit the desert area of the Kalahari in southern Africa, the Zulu people of Kwazulu Natal in South Africa and then the Hutus and the Tutsi's who have a history filled with great tragedy but also great success. The list goes on, so if you are interested in experiencing an authentic African culture we can most certainly help include this seamlessly in your safari itinerary.