African safaris are legendary for being a transformational family travel experience, one that provides unforgettable exposure to the great outdoors and wildlife. Few travelers realize, however, that the decision to book an African safari has likely never been more meaningful or important.
The word safari means “journey” in Swahili, and they play an important role in Africa’s economic empowerment, conservation, and sustainability.
While there has been a steady stream of news this past year highlighting how nature has recovered amid the global tourism shutdown, there is a less cheerful side to this story. When tourists disappear, so too do tourism dollars that fund vital conservation efforts, not to mention the entire ecosystem of local jobs associated with the tourism industry.