Africa is home to thousands of ethnic groups, each with its own cultural traditions and language or dialect. There is not a single African way of life.
Just by talking with your guides, you can learn a lot about the cultures of the places you’re visiting. Staying at a lodge or reserve owned by local people is also a great way to engage. At Mara North Conservancy in Kenya, for example, you may be joined at dinner by one of the 800 local Maasai who own the reserve’s land. Spending time in conversation creates a meaningful cultural exchange.
Visits to local villages, schools, museums, and memorials are other ways to learn. Near Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, for example, you can get lessons in local cooking from community women or learn about medicinal plants from a traditional healer. In Nairobi, you can take in Kenyan art and history at the National Museum or enjoy a neighborhood tour to understand daily life.
Our Madagascar itineraries offer a great mix of wildlife and culture. On our Madagascar Baobabs, Rainforests & Deep South safari, you’ll see a lot of lemurs, but you’ll also take in some of the island’s history at the Queen’s Palace, learn about traditional papermaking and woodworking, and enjoy the rickshaw culture of Antsirabe town.
Whatever country you visit, there are infinite ways to learn about the local culture!