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The Safari Education - Africa’s Treasure Trove of History

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The Safari Education - Africa’s Treasure Trove of History
Going on a safari is a uniquely exciting and amazing experience that everyone should take advantage of if given the opportunity. A safari is about much more than camping out in the wilderness, viewing endangered species in their natural habitats and experiencing new cultures -- it’s about history.

Consider that this diverse continent was once part of the super-continent Pangaea (meaning “all lands” in Greek) that, according to the theory of continental drift, was believed to encompass all the land on earth. This continent is also known as the origin of the human race, the pyramids, the possible missing link between humans and primates and so much more. So going on safari or just traveling in Africa is as much about learning as it is about outdoor adventures.

Take Ethiopia for example. This is a country ensconced not only in ancient history but in biblical history as well with a civilization that goes back thousands and thousands of years. Where else in the world could you find a three million year old celebrity? According to Australopithecus, Human Evolution Index, the remains of an Australopithecus, (named Lucy by scientists and one of the most primitive human ancestors identified), was found in the Ethiopian Rift Valley in 1974 and changed the face of human genealogy forever by asserting that humans walked on two legs much earlier than was originally thought. Imagine all that history, and that’s just one country!

When you’re traveling on safari, don’t just consider the possibility of seeing an African elephant or a black rhino, think about all you could learn from the history of the land and the civilizations that occupied these regions thousands of years ago.

Another fantastic example of a vast treasure trove of history is South Africa. An ideal safari destination, South Africa is a region rich with landscapes and wildlife unlike any other. But consider for a moment that this country has hosted human life for more than 100,000 years. Evidence of advanced civilizations, artifacts and fossils are all right there for you to explore--it’s a learning experience you won’t get in any classroom.
           
Even the continent’s name is an education in and of itself. Africa derives its name from the Romans, who used the name Africa terra - "land of the Afri - to describe the northern part of the continent (modern day Tunisia).

According to author Pier Larson in Origins of Africa, the general belief is that the Afri were a tribe, possibly Berber, who lived in North Africa in the Carthage area. The origin of Afer may also be connected with the Arabic ‘to be dusty’ (afar = dust). Some other possible etymologies include:

• Greek -- aphrike meaning without cold and
• Latin -- aprica meaning sunny

So imagine traveling to a living, breathing encyclopedia that not only can you learn from, but that you can interact with, take pictures of and go back and visit time and time again. That’s the true treasure of Africa and the beauty of getting more out of your safari than some great animal photos and entertaining stories. A continent, a living history and a link to who we were and how far we've come, all lies on this vast continent waiting for you.

Eyes on Africa, an African safari company, boasts an extremely knowledgeable team of staff members, who are passionate about every aspect of travel to Africa, including its wildlife and safari destinations. When you're ready to plan your African safari, a holiday in Africa, or if you just have questions, please feel free to contact us toll free at 800-457-9575 or visit our web site at http://www.eyesonafrica.net/contactus.htm and complete an information request form.


Eyes on Africa was selected most knowledgeable Regional Expert for Southern Africa / Safaris by National Geographic Traveler Magazine, 20th Anniversary Special Issue, October 2004.
Eyes on Africa was selected most knowledgeable
Regional Expert for Southern Africa / Safaris by
National Geographic Traveler Magazine,
20th Anniversary Special Issue.

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