‘Safari’ is a word in Swahili meaning a long overland journey especially in Africa.
Safari, as a distinctive way of hunting was popularized by a US author Ernest Hemingway and President Theodore Roosevelt. It is a several days or even weeks-lasting journey and camping in the bush or jungle, while pursuing big game. However, in 1977 Kenya chose to ban all hunting in favour of other tourism.
Nowadays, it’s often used to describe tours through African National Parks to watch or hunt wildlife. Hunters are usually tourists, accompanied by professional local guides, skinners and porters in more difficult terrains.
A special safari type is the solo-safari where all the license acquiring, stalking, preparation and outfitting is done by the hunter himself. Among trophy hunters, those who outfitted the safaris themselves would receive the greatest admiration.
One the rise, even before integral ecotourism was, is the animal-friendly version known as photo-safari, where only shots aimed at wildlife come from camera lenses. The synonym bloodless hunt for hunting with the use of film and a still photo camera was first used by the Polish photographer Wlodzimierz Puchalski.
Africa is the world’s most sought after travel destination as it is a diverse and varied destination excellent for game viewing with abundant wildlife.
Kenyan Safari offers unbelievable mixture of Kenya’s snow capped mountain peaks like Mt. Kenya, pristine white beaches, forests, deserts, lakes and fantastic wildlife.
The other common safari destination within Africa is Tanzania with the legendary Serengeti migrations, Ngorongoro Crater and Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, spectacular sceneries and amazing wildlife.