Africa, of course, has a lot more to offer than just the animals. The people throughout the countries I visited – Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania (including Zanzibar), Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe – were very friendly and eager to be helpful. The safari guides were also top-notch and very knowledgeable about both the animals and the country.
I developed a great admiration for the African people. Many people spend a large part of their day collecting firewood, carrying water from a stream miles away or tilling the fields by hand – things that many of us in the West would never think about as we adjust the thermostat, turn the faucet or dine out in a restaurant. I was continually impressed by how much the people are able to do with so little. Almost everything gets recycled. Through it all, nearly everyone I encountered was happy to welcome visitors to their country or village.
Africa also offers beautiful landscapes and other scenic splendors, such as Victoria Falls, Mount Kilimanjaro and those famous African sunsets. I can also highly recommend the coastal areas of Namibia (including the legendary Skeleton Coast) and South Africa. Although most people think of grasslands, deserts or woodlands when they think of Africa, the southern coastline is spectacular!
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