A wonderful side benefit of wildlife safaris is the opportunity to experience new cultures. I have learned so much from the people I have encountered in Africa, and have found that understanding the culture has made my travel experiences so much richer.
Take, for example, Tanzania. Over the centuries, a profusion of various native peoples as well as Portuguese, Arabs, Germans, and English have converged here to create a fascinating and vibrant culture. Wisconsin Public Radio recently aired a fascinating interview with historian Emily Callaci about mainland Tanzania and the islands of Zanzibar. I highly recommend it for anyone planning a safari to the area!