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African People and Culture
San (Bushman) Mother and Child, Kalahari, Namibia

San (Bushman) Mother and Child, Kalahari, Namibia

Charles Roffey
One of the most rewarding aspects of a trip to Africa is meeting its people. African culture is incredibly interesting because it is so diverse. Every country has a mix of tribes each with their own unique language and culture. Countries as small as Uganda is home to more than 30 tribes. In Kenya you could be riding a camel in the desert with the Samburu one day; go on a walking safari with the Maasai a few days later; and finish your week exploring old Islamic coastal towns with the Swahili on the shores of the Indian Ocean.

If you enjoy African music and film, check out some of Africa's best festivals. I also have a African festival guide for every month, if you want to see what's on when you go.

Another great way to explore African culture is by taking a craft tour, culinary vacation, volunteering some of your vacation time, or even just shopping at local markets. Pick up a soccer game or learn some traditional African board games, it's fun and you don't have to speak the same language to enjoy yourself. You can also go hunting with San Bushmen in Botswana, herding with the Maasai of East Africa and camel riding in the Sahara with the Touareg of Mali.

The key is to get out there and mingle.

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