The many native cultures of Africa are some of the oldest in the world. As you explore the many forests, shorelines, plains, mountains and other areas, you may come across ruins that document the long history of Africa’s tribes. A Cultural Safari by African Savannah Trails is your chance to meet and interact with indigenous people on a personal and intimate level. Our authentic village visits stand apart from other similar activities as we carefully consider the impact of tour activities on the communities. We schedules guest visits so as not to interfere or negatively impact day-to-day life and ancient ceremonies, yet still give every guest a memorable experience. We can, though, arrange for you to have an inside look into cultural weddings, traditional dances, rites of passage for warriors and other practices. Female travelers may even be invited to help the village women prepare a meal, make jewelry and tend to the household tasks.
Men in the villages may ask the male guests to accompany them to gather plants and herd their cattle, and you may even master their varied skills, such as spear throwing or even milking the cow. You are constantly enlightened about the meanings behind subtle cultural signs, such as beads, face paint, skin incisions and gestures. These authentically and comfortable occur mostly in Eastern Africa which is at the forefront of cultural tourism with a vibrant, extant and mostly intentionally insulated cultural communities in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania as well as various pockets of Africa like northern Namibia home to the Himba community alongside Makgadikgadi and Central Kalahari Game Reserve areas of Botswana, home to the San Bushmen tribe.
African Savannah Trails Safaris works closely with a team of accommodation suppliers and their surrounding indigenous villages to sustain mutually-beneficial relationships with native cultures. To this end, we support ethnic activities that enhance the quality of life through employment, community programs, education, health and selling of arts and crafts. When you participate in our cultural tours of Southern and Eastern Africa, you leave an imprint on our people just as much as they leave a lasting watermark on you.