Africa has touched the hearts of many. The simple way of life, the friendly people, the many fascinating cultures, the wildlife, the natural beauty – it amazes visitors, and most will say that their African adventure will forever be ingrained in their hearts and minds.
Some of the most famous people in the world have publicly spoken of their life-changing trips to Africa, and how it marked a distinct before and after in their life’s journey.
Let’s take a look at some of the famous names that were deeply moved by the enchanting continent of Africa:
Richard Branson | Entrepreneur
“I love Africa, and Ulusaba, our home in South Africa is pretty special. It’s on a rock overlooking the bush, and from your room you can see lions stalking zebras by the waterhole”.
Richard Branson speaks of his luxury game lodge in South Africa’s Kruger National Park – the perfect place to enjoy a wildlife safari.
Francesca Marciano | Italian Novelist and Filmmaker
“Why is it you can never hope to describe the emotion Africa creates? You are lifted. Out of whatever pit, unbound from whatever tie, released from whatever fear. You are lifted and you see it all from above.”
This was an extract from her book “Rules of the Wild”. Perhaps the perfect read to take on your African Overland Tour!
Will Smith | Actor/Singer
“It feels like God visits everywhere else, but lives in Africa”.
We agree, Will!
Leonardo DiCaprio | Actor
“I saw a pack of 35 lions eat a wildebeest carcass and swam with giant manta rays. That was unbelievable. Africa’s natural beauty is unmatched”.
Sounds like Leo either went on a wildlife safari in Botswana, or visited Tanzania’s Serengeti, Kenya’s Masai Mara, or South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Swimming with Manta Rays? That sounds like Mozambique!
Brian Jackman | Journalist/Writer
“Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same. But how do you begin to describe its magic to someone who has never felt it? How can you explain the fascination of this vast, dusty continent, whose oldest roads are elephant paths? Could it be because Africa is the place of all our beginnings, the cradle of mankind, where our species first stood upright on the savannahs of long ago?”
Experience the magic of Africa and find out just what Brian Jackman means, when he speaks of his African adventures. See our tour offering here.
Ernest Hemingway | American Novelist/Writer/Journalist
“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy.”
We feel the same, Ernest Hemingway.
Shakira | Singer/Songwriter
“I’ve learnt to see Africa with new eyes, from the perspective of a continent that has given the world so much, that has nourished it like a mother nourishes her child. A continent full of colours, feelings, smiles, and kids with enormous talent that are just waiting for the chance to shine (…) I wasn’t surprised to find so much beauty, but I never expected to see such warm, gentle and loving people; I had never been given that much love, that many hugs and kisses, that many smiles. That is what makes me believe in humankind over and over again”
Africa is a place filled with warmth and love. Meet the beautiful people of Africa on one of our overland tours.
Roger Federer | Tennis Player
“My heart is in South Africa, through my mum. My mum being from here, me spending a lot of time here as well, I feel most connected to this part of the world”.
Word on the street is that the Garden Route (a few hours outside of Cape Town) is Roger Federer’s favourite place in South Africa.
George Schaller | American Conservationist and Author
“To witness that calm rhythm of life revives our worn souls and recaptures a feeling of belonging to the natural world. No one can return from the Serengeti unchanged, for tawny lions will forever prowl our memory and great herds throng our imagination.”
Visit the majestic Serengeti in Tanzania and encounter breathtaking landscapes and life-altering wildlife experiences.
Jared Leto | Actor/Singer
“We have been very lucky in that we have toured South Africa twice, and plan on coming back. It’s one of the great inspiring places, a magical place and some of our best shows have been in your beautiful country. We’ve been inspired to write songs there, and recording there was an experience to be remembered”.
You may just spot Jared Leto on your African trip! You never know!
John Hemingway | Author
“If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.”
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