7 surprising things you didn't know about an Africa adventure

Vantage Travel Team August 17, 2017

Bird, birds, birds

Though the Big Five often get top billing, Africa is a birder’s paradise. The continent’s wildlife wonderlands – especially Kruger in South Africa and the Rift Valley in Kenya – are teeming with a variety of species, including the colorful flamingo, the ostrich (the world’s largest bird), the kori bustard (the heaviest flying bird in the world), and hundreds more.

The flexibility of traveling in a small group

Traveling in a small group with Vantage, you can go to places others simply can’t. For instance, your small group offers the flexibility to move quickly in pursuit of wildlife, allowing you to catch a glimpse of some of the world’s most majestic and fascinating creatures. It also creates a more close-knit group with smaller, more exclusive accommodations. One prime example of this: On Grand Africa, you’ll revel in the luxury of a deluxe tent at the intimate Selous Game Reserve and enjoy 360-degree views of the surrounding bush and river.

The Great Migration is virtually year round

The Great Migration in East Africa is a phenomenon known the world over, but many believe this event takes place at a particular time of year. In fact, it is happening throughout the year – just in different parts of the region. The herds of wildebeest, gazelles, and zebras begin the year in the southern part of Tanzania’s Serengeti and then slowly begin making their way up toward Kenya and the Masai Mara in the spring and summer, before making their way back to Tanzania again to complete the cycle. Join us on on Safari in Kenya & Tanzania and see for yourself.

The fascinating culture of Africa can sometimes steal the show

Though this continent is famous for its wildlife, travelers are often most dazzled by the cultures and the people they meet here. Whether it is hearing local legends and lore from your guides, tapping your feet to traditional song and dance, visiting children in a local school, or just interacting with the fascinating people along the way, you’ll gain remarkable insights into the cultures of Africa.

Even novices can get fantastic photos

So many travelers assume you need to have high-level photography skills and equipment to get great pictures in Africa. In truth, it’s easy to capture unforgettable images, particularly when you’re out on game drives. We get so close to animals that it is quite easy to capture the moment perfectly. While having expensive equipment and some photography experience can certainly help (especially for snapping pictures of birds and other wildlife that aren’t quite as close to your vehicle), you’ll be able to shoot some great photos with a keen eye and a point-and-shoot camera. If you’re looking to really make the most of your photo safari, consider Highlights of Southern & East Africa – it offers the best of both regions (and offers you a chance to combine and save).

There’s more to Africa than just the wild, wide-open spaces

You’ll enjoy safaris on all of our Africa trips, but you’ll also get to know the continent’s urban gems. On our Cape Town to Cairo adventure, for example, you’ll get to know the titular cities as well as Zanzibar’s historic Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the last remaining example East Africa’s Swahili coastal trading towns.

There’s more to see than you even realize!

From Egypt to South Africa, this continent is teeming with opportunities for discovery – and some of those discoveries don’t always appear on an itinerary. Join us on one of our Africa adventures and experience its many wonders for yourself!