Big Five Cultural Experiences
Africa’s rich culture and fascinating history make it the remarkable continent we know today. Visiting the sites which have defined and shaped the African nation is both an enriching and informative experience, helping you to get to grips with the country you visit on holiday.
We’ve handpicked a selection of the most interesting experiences which are bound to make your trip particularly memorable. From meeting indigenous people to visiting a world renowned museum, these experiences are a truly unique addition to your African itinerary.
Once the place of Nelson Mandela’s incarceration, Robben Island is now a centre of huge cultural significance in South Africa. Acting as an educational centre, Robben Island now offers visitors the chance to learn about the history of the country. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a pertinent marker of the chequered history of South Africa and visiting this cultural landmark is an important experience to gain a greater understanding of the country.
The Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre is a significant place to visit whilst in Rwanda’s capital to really understand the horrifying history of the genocide. It is an informative reminder of the country’s struggle throughout the recent history, plus a reassuring testament to the ongoing recovery of the country in the aftermath of the genocide. Whilst education is at the heart of the centre, it also serves to commemorate the many victims of the genocide.
This experience allows visitors to spend time with the Kalahari Bushmen, learning their hunter gatherer ways. Learn how the San people have learned how to interpret the bush, living harmoniously with nature in order to forage for food and resources. Trekking through the bush on foot is unique experience giving visitors a fascinating insight into the livelihoods of the San people. Follow in their footsteps and learn how they track wildlife, find water and hunt animals.
As one of the last hunter-gatherer tribes of Tanzania, the Hadza are a testament to the enduring strength of the indigenous people who have lived on these plains for hundreds of years. Spending the day with the tribe and learning how they have come to adapt to the harsh conditions of the bush is both humbling and captivating. Story-telling time is bound to be a highlight as the tribesmen share stories which have been passed down for generations.
The ‘singing wells’ of the Samburu are bound to be a definite highlight on any Kenyan itinerary. The singing of Samburu warriors as they call their cattle to drink at their wells is almost hypnotic. This tradition dates back as far as time began, and emphasises the relationship between the tribe and their their livestock. You will become acutely aware of the Samburu’s interdependence with cattle, making for a humbling experience and one that is bound to stay with you, long after you have returned.