Culture & Daily Life in Africa

Culture & Daily Life in AfricaThe magic of Africa comes from that unique mixture of tribes and ethnic groups in which each has its own characteristics. The culture in Africa is mostly described as widely diverse and complex. African culture can be understood through recognizing its components such as arts and crafts, folklore and religion, clothing and music, poetry and languages. African people are not the same all over the continent, not only across different countries but also within one single country.  Expression of culture differs from region to region, from city to city, and sometimes from village to village. The abundance and diversity within Africa made anthropologists divide this continent into five distinct regions. North, West, East, Central and South

Throughout history, Africa has proved its willingness to influence and to be influenced by other civilizations, whether through invasion or trade. This can be vividly seen in the continuous adaptation to the ever-changing world. Rather than staying tightly connected to one static culture, African people has shown complete will to adapt to the dynamic world around them. Influenced by European lifestyle and Christianity, westernization depicts itself in many African countries. Other regions adapted to the Islamic way of living. In both cases, however, the rooted African culture and tradition that blend all the African in weren’t allowed to be wiped out or even touched.

The Opposite Bank of The Mediterranean Sea

Mostly inhabited by African Arabs and Arabs, northern African countries are considered part of the Middle East. North Africa has a better economy and strategic ties with the whole world, especially Europe. People of this part of Africa almost have similar characteristics due to the fact that Islam is the prevalent religion in this part of Africa. Even other minorities share the same history and tradition with the majority.

Residents of the northern coastal cities of Africa have a lot in common with the rest of Mediterranean cities. Notwithstanding the differences in ethnicity, religion, political and economic features, Italy, Egypt, and Jordan, for example, share a mutual cultural and historical heritage though they are located in different continents. Due to the influence of the Greek, Roman and Phoenicians civilization, people of the coastal cities in North Africa carry some mutual social and cultural characteristics.

Golden Sand

The Sahara regions are inhabited by Bedouin tribes who have a special way of living and doing things. The life of desert residents is characterized by raising livestock, migrating and moving from one place to another in search of pasture and water. Their lifestyle is simple and does not change very often, the thing that is reflected in their behavior. Although urbanization and modernity has entered the life of the Bedouins, their relationship with the Sahara still strong. A Bedouin can stay isolated from people for many days. People there are accustomed to being on their own for days in the desert, herding camels and sheep. At night, the Bedouins gather around the fire, drinking coffee and listening to poems and popular tales. The Bedouins have a sacred status for the father within the small family. On the extended family level, the grandfather and the elder uncle have a distinguished position as well. On top that, everyone in the tribe must show complete obedience to the sheikh of the tribe.

The Heart of Africa

West and Central Africa is well known for gold, diamonds, and cocoa. For more than 300 years, those natural resources has been attracting European invaders and exploiters to dominate and keep a tight grip on this part of Africa. Therefore, colonial languages such as French, English and Portuguese are widely spread. Residents of this part of Africa are a mixture of Muslims and Christians. All the above-mentioned factors shaped the residents of this part of Africa distinctively. Art, literature and architecture are what most differentiates western and central Africa form the rest of the continent. People have an ever-changing type of life, politically, economically and socially.

The Last Piece of Land

Consisted of a massive region and a large number of countries, eastern and southern Africa has a diverse culture, yet, a common thread and a shared heritage run through much of the region, and the rest of African as well. From a single African Empire or Sultanate to Western colonialism and subsequent independence, civil wars and internal clashed has portrayed the personality and mentality of eastern and southern African residents. The export of platinum, copper, cobalt and uranium has distinguished this part of Africa from the rest of the continent. Furthermore, land reclamation is one of the important agricultural activities in this part of the continent. Therefore, when passing through rural areas, no wonder you see rain gauges installed on the edge of land

Climate

Since Africa extends into both northern and southern hemispheres of the earth, the climate differs drastically in accordance. For example, when it is winter in Cape Town, it is summer in Cairo. However, the average annual temperature is high nearly everywhere in Africa, therefore, division of the continent into climatic regions is based chiefly on the amount and seasonal distribution of rainfall. Accordingly, Africa is divided into eight climatic regions: the equator region, the Savanna region, the Tropical desert regions, the eastern margins region, the Mediterranean region, the grassland region, the highland region, the Monsson region, the China type region.

Nevertheless, some African countries lie in two or more climatic regions. For example, the climate of Kenya lies in three climatic regions: the desert in the north with hot and dry climate, humid and hot in the coastal area and the adjacent plains, the mountain regions with lower temperature and higher rainfall. This variation in climate affects business and agricultural activities. Farmers and grains producers usually relay on rain gauge in order to keep an accurate rainfall record throughout the year.

Four main factors affect the climate in Africa

  1. The latitude: most of Africa lies in the Torrid Zone since the equator passes through the middle of the continent and makes it receive sunrays during the year. Hence, most of African experiences hot climate throughout the year.
  2. Altitude: plateaus are cooler than lowlands.
  3. Land and sea contrast: Due to the fact that Africa is surrounded by the Mediterranean sea and the Atlantic ocean and the Indian ocean, the costal ears of this continent has a moderate climate.
  4. Currents: Cool Canaries and regular currents in the west wash the costal ears of Africa and cool off the climate on this coastal side. However, these currents pick no moisture. On the other hand, the warm Mozambican current wash the southeast African coast and carries more moisture.

Your Golfing Vacation in Africa

Golfing Vacation in AfricaPeople from all around the world still think that Africa is a continent where tourists go for enjoying the wildlife. This is true, most tourists still go for the wildlife, but Africa today has so much more to offer than just lion safari. Africa has become a continent where golf as a sport is rising at a tremendous speed.

The good climate and the endless space offers perfect terrain for golf. Even though there are still much more golf terrains in the western world, you can be sure that soon the black continent will take over the golf business and the sport of golf too.

Thousands of golf courses are now available for practicing the game of golf in Africa. Here are some of the best golf terrains that even CNN mentions in their review about this continent.

Fancourt Links, South Africa

Fancourt Links, South Africa

The Links golf terrain at Fancourt has a tradition of almost 20 years. It is one of the most important courses in the country as it was the venue where the Presidents Cup was held back in 2003. This year is important because this is when the historic tie between Tiger Woods and Ernie Els happened. The Links course is one of the best in South Africa and in the continent altogether too.

Flamingo Golf Course, Monastir, Tunisia

Flamingo Golf Course, Monastir, Tunisia

At the shores of the Mediterranean, just a few miles off the sea there is the magnificent Flamingo Golf Course in Tunisia. Some of the holes are pretty long so you’re going to need some extra quality wood clubs together with the standard golf irons and balls.

Leopard Rock, Zimbabwe

Built in 1993, the Leopard Rock Golf Resort is maybe the best one in Zimbabwe. It is placed in a perfect surrounding with several obstacles that will make the game more interesting. It’s not a surprise to see some exotic wildlife while playing even though most of the time it’s guaranteed that you’ll enjoy the flora that’s chosen with care and nurtured perfectly.

Soma Bay, Egypt

The tourist attraction of Hurghada is the home of the Cascades at Soma Bay golf course in Egypt. The land of the pyramids now lives from tourism among other things and this is a true attraction for all golf lovers. There are a lot of hazards that will make the game more interesting and the Red Sea is one of them at five holes. So, make sure you know how to work your golf irons and balls if you want to make a good score here.

Le Meridien, Nigeria

As a part of the Le Meridien Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, this golf course is probably the best in the central region of Africa. Located on a hill it has some stunning views over the surrounding. That means some amazing connection with the African tropical forests. The flora is actually well connected with the course as you can see a lot of the forest trying to reach the green fields of the resort.

Mazagan Golf Club, Morocco

Mazagan Golf Club, Morocco

Mazagan Golf Club in El Jadida, Casablanca, was opened in 2009 and instantly became the number one golf course in the country. It is definitely one of the best at the continent too as the total length of the holes reaches up to 7.484 yards. That means you’re going to need your best swing and complete control over the wood clubs.

Windhoek Club, Namibia

Namibia is one of the most developed countries in Africa and golf is a sport that a lot of people love practicing. One of the best golf courses, if not the best – is the Windhoek Golf and Country Club just near the capital. Well constructed with a lot of hazards, trees, bunkers, ponds, and other, this is a true golfing paradise. Together with the course, there is a four-star hotel for a perfect stay of the visitors.

Lemuria, Seychelles

Seychelles is one of the most exotic destinations for tourists. The paradise islands in the Indian Oceans offer perfect climate and resorts that are out of this world. Lemuria resort is one of them. Located in the northern island of Praslin, it is an 18-hole course that’s kinda short but extremely joyful.

Gary Player, South Africa

Gary Player is one of the most important golfing figures in Africa. His influence is more than important for the development of golf in all of Africa. Designed by Player itself it is a course that offers 8.000 yards and par 72. This place is famous for the “Million dollar challenge”, a 12-players tournament that is invitation only. Some of the most famous golf players ever played on this tournament that’s held from 1981.

The Africa Cooling & Packing List Items You’ll Want to Have!

Africa's hot weatherAfrica is hot. It is hot by any standard. Some parts are slightly hot, some are amazingly hot but if you’re planning on traveling through its outstanding nature, then you’ll want to be well prepared. This means you need to make a list of many things, and in this article, we’ll help you to make that mandatory point chart in which you’ll check everything that’s needed to be packed if you want to have food and drinks for a longer period of time.

The first thing you need to know that as you go north and south from the center of the continent, the weather is very hot and very dry. At the center of Africa the weather is also very hot, but with lots of rains so the humidity is high. Knowing this, you need to be well prepared with accessories that will help in your travels. Things like coolers and gadgets that turn rainwater into drinkable water are a must. So let’s get the list.

Yeti Coolers

As mentioned before, the first and most important thing you need to have with you is a cooler. The Yeti brand is a proven number one for travels and their coolers are durable and convenient. Depending on the needs, the space you have and the time you plan to travel, you’ll want to choose the Yeti that’s most suitable for you. Usually, the more space the cooler has, the higher the price. Also, coolers that are resistant to falling and bumps are more expensive, but if your travels are rather safe, you don’t need to invest in an army protected cooler, right?

A good cooler will keep your drinks, food and other supplies cold and even frozen for days if you know all the little tricks to keep them that way. Otherwise, depending on the weather, your cooler will probably hold up to a day and then you’ll need to refreeze the previously packed items.

LifeStraw

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Something that should be a number one priority for all travelers in Africa is the LifeStraw available for everyone. The LifeStraw water filter turns the dirty water of any kind into drinkable water immediately. Its design is revolutionary and is mandatory equipment for every survivalist and nature enthusiast. When you travel to Africa, you can never know what can happen. Drinkable water is very rare and you can’t always find bottled drinkable water, so this is a perfect solution for emergencies.

First-Aid Kit

Even though it’s Africa, it is still not a place where it’s certain that you’ll get injured. However, in case you do, chances are big that you won’t be able to get a proper medical care right away for two reasons. One it’s because the health system is probably very different from the place you come, and second and much more important, it’s because visiting Africa doesn’t mean lurking the overpopulated cities in which the health care is the best there is. You’ll probably be visiting the savannahs, the jungles, oases, the mountains and Africa nature. There is no hospital on every corner, so it’s good to have that first-aid kit in case you get scratched or something.

Grizzly Coolers

Trying to highlight the importance of having a cooler in you packing for Africa, we’re suggesting another alternative if for some reason you want to find an alternative brand of a cooler and not Yeti. The Grizzly coolers are a good alternative as they’re usually more affordable, yet still pretty good. Their name is actually a guaranty for durability as the company is putting their items through a harsh testing process. The Grizzly coolers are made to be resistant for almost everything and they can endure even the teeth bite of a grizzly bear.

Sure, there are no grizzlies in Africa, but it’s good to know that the cooler with you is protected from falling or unwanted bumps on the ground. Whatever brand you choose on your travels, remember that it’s more important to learn how to pack and look for those little tricks so you can get more space and your supplies are cool longer.

Top International Tennis Events in Africa

If the sport of tennis was a hobby for the rich class back in the past, today it’s a worldwide sensation. Youngsters from all continents play on the same level and the ATP and WTA rang list is filled with people of all nations, religion, and colors.

Even though sport, in general, is more developed in Europe and North America, lately other continents are producing excellent professional athletes as well. Same goes for tennis where the game is moving forward at tremendous speed and many young people are very interested in it. These young athletes don’t lack motivation and talent, but they need better coaching and, of course, more tournaments.

At the moment, the most popular African tennis tournaments happen in Tunisia and Morocco, but there are plenty of other tournaments for younger categories which is something that makes a promise that future for the tennis in Africa is safe. Read more on Guidetennis!

Grand Prix Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco

Grand Prix Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco

The biggest tournament in Africa is the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca, Morocco. The event is happening annually and the game is played on clay. The prize money is $450.000 which is the highest amount of all African tournaments.

Lots of famous players played and won the tournament. Some of them are retired and some of them still play. Names like Tommy Robredo who won in 2013, or Stanislas Wawrinka who lifted the trophy back in 2010. Here also played Juan Carlos Ferrero, Gilles Simon, Sebastien Grosjean, and the best ranked African player, Kevin Anderson from the South African Republic who is ranked as number 8 on the ATP list.

Tunis Open, Tunis, Tunisia

The second largest tournament is happening in Tunis. On red clay, players compete for the prize of $125.000. This is a challenger tournament and the most popular player that was a part of the tournament is Gael Monfils from France who won the trophy back in 2005 against the also famous Fabrice Santoro. The tournament is held annually from 2005.

Morocco Open

Grand Prix de Sar la Princesse Lalla Meryem

The biggest women’s tournament in Africa is happening in Rabat, Morocco. It is also called Grand Prix de Sar la Princesse Lalla Meryem and over the years it was held in different cities around the country. It was founded in 2001 and was held in Casablanca, but then it moved to Rabat, Fes, Marrakesh and then back again in Rabat where it is held from 2016 until today.

The prize money is $226.750 and some of the most famous female players that attended this tournament are Francesca Schiavone from Italy who won the tournament in 2013 and the actual WTA No.1 Simona Halep from Romania who was a runner-up twice but never won the Morocco open. She was second twice in a row in 2010 and 2011.

Other Tournaments

Africa has lots of tennis tournaments for professionals, but more important, there are lots of tournaments for the young categories, like U14 and even U12 held almost every month in a different country. This is an excellent opportunity for young talents to chase and eventually achieve their dream in becoming the next Djokovic who came from a small and relatively unknown tennis country and placed it immediately on the map of tennis giants.

Tennis and sport, in general, are important for the development of every nation and in this case, for the whole continent because healthy kids mean a healthy nation. People who are involved in sport is proven to live longer and have a better life.

Since it’s almost 2020 and money is very important to everyone, the sport is also a way to become a national hero and a global star. There are lots of examples of world-famous athletes that earned lots of money and then came back to their place of birth to invest and help the people they used to grow up with. They are known as heroes and their example should be followed by everyone.

It’s very important to chase our dream no matter if it’s tennis, some other sport, or something else not connected with sports at all. But it is more important to remember our origin and always give back to the community.

Popularity Growth of Baseball in Africa

baseballDating back to the world’s famous baseball black players like Jackie Robinson, Cliff Johnson, and Roseboro just to mention a few, baseball has not been left out in the African continent. Even though the world is not eying on the baseball growth in the black continent, several bloggers have given a few countries credit on what they refer as the ‘appetite for baseball in Africa’. South Africa and Uganda are some of the leading countries embracing baseball in colleges and high schools.

According to coaches and the Head of Departments of Games in various institutions in the two African countries, baseball is constantly getting popular and players like it. This is a clear indication that the game may spread even to other African countries over the years. Most African schools prefer playing soccer even though it has not yet grown as anticipated. However, this is different in some schools in Kampala, Uganda. The students in those schools are ever practicing the foreign American game – baseball game.

One of the schools’ founders was reported saying that baseball is their main game. Surprisingly, even the girls are becoming active in the game because boys are perfectly doing it. Even though baseball is rarely played in Africa, Uganda seems to be a leading country where baseball is catching on very fast. South Africa is also launching pad for baseball’s entry into the soccer-dominated country.

Health Benefits of Playing Baseball Game

baseball and healthMany disease control and prevention associations in various countries are recommending baseball game as one of the good ways of getting moderate and vigorous exercise. Baseball game exercises different body muscles particularly the arms, thighs, and legs. It is also ideal for eye coordination and fast thinking, as well as improving one’s action and reaction skills.

Nowadays African countries have been taking baseball as one of their major games to boost body exercise. Of course, everyone in the world is putting effort to stay fit and healthy. That’s why colleges and high schools in Africa are taking baseball games seriously in order to improve the health of their students, as well as make the game popular across the soccer-dominated continent.

When students meet at a competition tournament, they will make new friends. They will also exercise vigorously, and thus get a natural dose of fitness. Baseball games involve running, throwing, and swinging baseball bats. All these exercises offer a wonderful cardiovascular and strength to the body, as well as burning several calories.

So, here are the health benefits of the baseball game that Africans are eying to reap.

Cardiovascular training

The baseball game will make your heart pump faster and the body to sweat. The heart muscles will strengthen, hence improving your lung capacity. During running and catching, you are already doing the recommended cardiovascular exercise. It is an ideal game, especially when exposed to young ones because they will love it and continue playing even at their older age.

Strengthen the arms

When players are swinging their baseball bats, they are giving their arms power. Throwing and catching are also other good ways to strengthen the arms and joints. All the muscles of the arms are involved including the triceps and biceps, as well as shoulder and chest muscles. The twisting motions give the shoulders a good workout, thus enhancing the power of your overall arms. You have to choose the right baseball bat for yourself.

Strengthening the legs

When playing a baseball game, the muscles in your legs are recruited into the exercise. The lateral moving, throwing, squatting and retrieving the ball engages your quadriceps, calf, and hamstring muscles. Running offers double health benefits by building the leg muscles and providing the required cardiovascular workout. Even those short bursts of running and resting for a few seconds help the muscles to recover after every exertion. Also, catchers squat often, hence building their leg muscles.

Burning calories

Several clinical studies show that an individual weighing about 160 pounds can get rid of 365 calories through playing baseball. This means the more a person weighs, the more he or she will burn calories when playing baseball. Physical exercise also boosts metabolic rate, making the body to burn more calories faster and reduce fats. Also, baseball training involves a lot of running and swinging throughout, and therefore a player is likely to lose more calories in the process.

 

Wildlife Watching – Monitoring Wild Animals

trail camera 4Tracking and monitoring of wildlife are prior steps to their conservation. Africa on its own provides a habitat to over 400 species of wild animals which are endangered. Tracking and monitoring these animals provides essential data on movement patterns, population demographics, and habitat utilization.

Additionally, tracking and monitoring provide information about snaring, breakouts and poaching incidents which are useful in wildlife conservation. Despite monitoring being an important wildlife conservation step, the majority of African game reserves lack the capacity and adequate funds to effectively track and monitor their wildlife. Several volunteer bodies and organizations such as wildlife ACT provide wildlife tracking and monitoring services free of charge. The data they obtain has managerial applications such as planning strategies on how to introduce and remove Africa’s wildlife.

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There are different types of equipment that are used to track and monitor wildlife. Among the most common and increasing in popularity is the use of trail cameras. Trail cameras initially were used to study animal activity and behavior in various African game reserves among other applications. Today trail cameras have been digitalized to a high extent. They have compact flash or digital card, power supply and visible or invisible flash. Additionally, they are equipped with a trigger mechanism which is enclosed in a weatherproof shell. The shell can be attached to a tree or a raised object. Modern trail cameras are designed to take still photographs of detected animals and short video clips according to the settings. Invisible flash technology in advanced wireless trail cameras has provided clear and still photos of animals at close range without disturbing the animal or endangering it.

When hunting, photos from trail cameras provide identification of individuals that are ready for harvest. Managers are therefore able to determine which animal is ready for harvesting. Organized trophy hunt is usually set in most African game reserves. Various contestants both foreign and local competition for the trophy in the hunting expedition. The weapon used by the hunters is exclusively determined by the safari hunt organization and differs from safari to safari. Usually, there is a final reward for the best hunter and a chance to be featured on the book records as per the policy of the safari hunt.

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Mechanism of Action

Trail cameras work by a simple mechanism. Animals passing by produce heat which can be detected by the camera. The motion of the animal can also trigger trail cameras within a particular distance (usually 60 feet). The sensitivity of the camera trigger is adjustable to provide optimized use of night and day settings. Traditionally there was a challenge on the memory size and battery life. Modern trail cameras have advanced battery life and separate memory card that can support mass storage greater than 1,000 pictures. Currently, trail cameras can operate for more than 150 days depending on a specific model without the need to recharge the battery. Also, separate accessories such as solar panels and external battery packs can be purchased together with a trail camera to provide extended life. Internet-enabled mobile devices can be used to monitor the activity and operation of a trail camera without necessarily moving close.

Time-saving is one of the most important advantages of using a trail camera. Trail cameras provide extra observational advantage along game trails for feeders, hunters and rarely observable wild animals. With trail cameras, you don’t need to stay all day long and night waiting for a traced animal to pass by your camera trap. As mentioned earlier internet access can facilitate watching even during the night. For more enthusiastic wildlife monitors, trail cameras provide inclusive behavioral patterns that are rarely observed.

Trail Camera Placement

Quantity and Placement of trail cameras differ significantly from one wildlife reserve to another. Other factors such as the objectives and goals for setting the camera to determine the number and subsequent placement.  Trail cameras are on the high demand in most African game reserves to observe behavior patterns and population size of various wild animals. Daily activities in wildlife monitoring and tracking in most African game reserves revolve around tracking and monitoring endangered animals. These include among others the African wild dog, black rhino, cheetah, and vultures. Tracking and monitoring these endangered species provides information on how they are affected by their ecology and priority species. Priority species include hyena, elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and white rhino. The endangered species are tracked and monitored on a daily basis to ensure their conservation.

Trail cameras are set at strategic places where the animals feed and quench their thirst. Simple tools such as the internet enabled devices are then used to track the behavior, number, and ecological effect.

Common Activities involved in Monitoring and Conservation

  • Re-introduction and relocation of wild animals
  • Monitoring nocturnal animals such as the hyena
  • Controlling alien vegetation
  • Bird ringing
  • Rescuing animals from traps laid by poachers
  • Tagging animals for identity
  • Setting trail cameras in strategic places
  • Nest survey and vulture count

Things to Include to the Backpack When Hunting in Wildlife

backpack 1Tactical backpacks come in different sizes and have different specifications. Most tactical backpacks can have more than one use apart from carrying items for outdoor hunting activities. They can be used as a daily carry bag or even when traveling. However, when choosing a hunting backpack, it’s important to consider the items the backpack can accommodate. Tactical backpacks come in different varieties of brands, shapes, colors, and sizes. When choosing a backpack one important thing to put in mind is the comfort. This can be described by how the bag lies on your back, as well as the grip of the hip straps and shoulder straps. The reliable backpacks are designed to provide comfort at different degrees and it’s thus an important issue to consider.

In addition, a good tactical backpack should be air tight. A common method of hunting is the use of scent and lure items to entice animals. Such items include drag rags and scent wicks, which have a strong unpleasant smell. To keep away this smell, an air tight bag is always required during hunting.

backpack 2Another important aspect to consider in tactical backpacks revolves around a number of pockets and compartments. A backpack with many compartments and side pockets provides a better organization of items. This ensures hunters avoid wasting time by knowing exactly where each item is in their backpack. Most importantly a hunting backpack should be able to accommodate the following important items.

Weapon Attachments

backpack 5It goes without saying; a weapon is the most important item when hunting. Most hunters prefer firearms while others prefer a bow hunting technique. Regardless of the weapon of choice, a hunter should choose a backpack that can accommodate the weapon attachments such as rifle magazines. But always remember to have a valid license and professional training to ensure the safety of the other hunters or the participants in the shooting range.

Hunter Certificate

In every game reserve, there is abundant illegal poaching of wild animals. A hunter should have a hunting certificate as a proof of expertise and experience. A hunting license is provided prior to completion and the acquisition of the hunter education certificate. The hunting license is, therefore, an important item to be included in the backpack.

Hunting Knife

This is an important tool for a hunter and an item which should never lack in the backpack. A good hunting knife should be of the best quality. Hunting knives have varying sizes of the blade. A hunting knife is suitable for short range attack, as well as cutting small twigs blocking your way. However, if the plan is to hunt big game, a hunting knife with a bigger blade is preferred. High-quality hunting knives offer firm grip in the hand.

First aid kit

A first aid kit is also an important item never missing in a backpack. A first aid kit is a precautionary step when embarking on any journey to the woods. One never knows what will happen in the woods, it’s impossible to avoid cuts and abrasions all day long. The kit, therefore, should contain alcohol swabs to clean the cuts, antibiotic cream for preventing infections and badges of different sizes.

Survival kit

backpack 4While hunting in the wilderness, one never knows what will happen in the next moment and you might find yourself lost in the jungle. A survival kit is, therefore, important and should be put in a waterproof bag. It contains waterproof matches, Mylar heating blanket, fire starter, rope, a compass, extra batteries, emergency food supplies and a water purifying tablet.

Supply of wet wipes

Hunting is a messy adventure and in the event of a kill, there is no avoiding blood on your body. A supply of wet wipes will come in handy during these times, so ensure your backpack doesn’t lack them.

Hunting Apparel

Hunting adventure is fun when a hunter is comfortable. Mode of dressing will dictate a happy and a successful hunt. Good boots that can withstand a full day hunt are recommended. Liners and thick socks are also a recommendation for warmth and comfort. Hurting feet pose a difficult hunt and therefore it’s always important to carry an extra pair of socks and liners in your backpack, in case your feet get wet. Bright hunting jackets or clothing is a recommendation when hunting, keeps hunters visible to their colleague hunters.

Lastly, hunting is an exciting activity and a hobby. But without the proper organization, it can turn out to be tiresome, not rewarding, boring, and hectic. It all starts by organizing your backpack and ensuring that all items are in place before embarking on the hunt.  Always consider durability and comfort when selecting a backpack. A good quality backpack won’t be torn even when walking through thick bushes, and therefore your items will be kept safe throughout.

The Rules of Hunting Wildlife

rules of hunting 2Hunting is an art or a practice of killing an animal, mostly the wild game. It is done for a number of reasons including food, trade, and security. Remember, there are those that pose danger not only to other animals but also to humans. But, very few animals are killed simply because they are dangerous to humans. Hunting is basically considered as an outdoor fun, even though traditional Africans kill them for food.

During the early days in the African continent, hunting was a recreation activity which provided food for families. Some communities defined their wealth and nobleness on the basis of hunting. The expert hunters were considered rich and respected people in the society.

rules of hunting

Today, hunting wildlife in Africa is not only done by Africans but also foreign hunters. They hunt for specific animals including the big five game, deer, gazelles, warthog, and wildebeest among others. These animals are hunted because of their products and wild meat, but almost all countries strictly prohibit hunting of endangered animals such as elephants and rhinos. Hunting such animals is illegal and is known as poaching.

Hunting wildlife in Africa is becoming immensely popular because most of the animals are found easily in their natural habitats, though not in all African countries. Some of the animals are found in national parks, and the overseas hunters can find them when accompanied by a professional safari guide. Africa is visited by hunters from different countries such as USA, Asian, and European countries. That is why nowadays hunting has been given a new name ‘trophy hunting’. This is because hunting of the animals especially the ‘big five’, for instance, buffalos is so rewarding especially in abroad.

One of the famous African countries that are commonly visited for wildlife hunting is South Africa. It is the most popular though most of the hunting takes place in closed areas as private activities. Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Mozambique are among other countries rich in wildlife. However, each country is renowned for specific species of animals that attract visitors annually. Hunting wildlife in Africa is one of the economic activities, and hunters usually pay permit fees in order to hunt.

Apart from legal requirements for any hunter out there, the activity requires specific use of hunting equipment. From hunting clothes to hunting tools, a hunter should be prepared for going out. A wisely selected hunting rifle with a reliable scope is quite essential. One of the most recommended guns is the AR-15. So, why use an AR-15 and rifle scope when hunting?

ar 15The AR-15 rifle is one of the popular hunting guns, and that is why many hunters rely on them for exceptional hunting. They have essential features to assist the hunter, and they are known for accuracy especially during target shooting. It is also praised for a good knock down power and thus the hunter needs just a single shot to down that buck. AR-15 rifles are a bit easy to carry around because of their relatively light weight. A hunter can move from one place to another without feeling fatigue and tiredness. The AR-15 rifle is reliable when it comes to open air hunting because they offer a wide and long- range for shooting. Therefore, they assist a hunter to down an animal even at a far distance. Modularity of the AR rifles is also an added advantage because of its compatibility and versatility.

On the other hand, an AR-15 rifle is said to be incomplete if it does not have a rifle scope. The scopes direct and give the hunter a closer grip while making a shot or when focusing on target prey. Their specific features make a complete accompaniment of the AR-15 rifle when going for hunting. The scopes have an accuracy of 20 inch which is advantageous to the hunter. Night scopes offer an advantage of light transmission during night hunting. This makes it easier for the hunter because night hunting is made easier. Since there are some animals that come out at night or can be found in areas or places with a little amount of light e.g. caves and thick forests.

As per Proguncare, the wildlife hunting in Africa has been increasing over the years. However, dishonest people are tarnishing the good exercise through illegal hunting and poaching. The unlawful hunting for endangered animals such elephants due to high demand for ivory is highly threatening. Some of the species are becoming extinct and thus more strict measures need to be taken.

In conclusion, wildlife hunting is an activity that should be done for tourism, leisure, and food. It should not be done for illegal trade of animal products. Every human has a responsibility to take care of the wild animals. Therefore, we should stand against poaching and illegal ivory trade that is endangering the existence of African rhinos and elephants.

River Fishing with Kayaks in the Wilderness

river fishing 4Kayak fishing is a healthy sport, simple, exciting, inexpensive and rewarding. It is considered to be a frontier sport in its early development. However many African rivers are endowed with a variety of fish and the sport is growing at a high rate. Navigating through African rivers you own a space and also have the chance to catch a variety of fish.

A kayak is a term used to describe a small boat which is usually narrow and propelled by a double-bladed paddle. Traditional kayaks found in Africa consist of cockpits (can be one or more), a covered deck and paddles. A cockpit can be protected by a spray deck to prevent water entry from waves. Modern kayaks are improved with inflated air chambers hence providing more security. Human propulsion of the traditional kayaks has been replaced with a small electric propeller in some kayaks.

river fishingKayak fishing as a sport is growing in popularity among most African rivers such as the Zambezi, orange, and Cunene Rivers. African coast seas and marine also offer kayak fishing expeditions. South African rivers are among the leading kayak fishing sites and growing in popularity. There is a big difference between African kayak fishing and fishing using fish finders. First of all, kayak fishing is all about adventure. Fishing from a kayak involves the use of a lot of manpower especially from paddling. It presents a set of a challenge but in a way rewarding. Think of the exercise advantage you gain from the paddling, the fun involved overrides the challenges.

Secondly, the rewarding experience and expertise involved in African kayaking are enormous. Expertise on using traditional methods of fishing is of obsolete value to African kayaks. Last but not least African kayaks are more maneuverable and easy to handle compared to canoes which are difficult to hold in position when fishing. Finally, a kayak offers a wide selection of areas to fish. The challenge is your ability to paddle and time frame involved.

river fishing 3Modern kayaks are fitted with a fish finder device for detecting fish at various depths. These devices can make kayak fishing easy but at the same time boring. Take a situation where you travel from your country to a foreign country for the key purpose of having fun or to enjoy yourself. An inexperienced angler will find automated and fish finder equipped kayaks more fun and suitable for a start. However, with time the adventure gets boring since everything is done for you. As the angler gains more experience, interest shifts to the kayak without a fish finder. More challenge more fun. Experienced anglers can navigate and even roll in their kayaks without water getting in their traditional African kayaks!

Fish finders are accessories that are made to make fishing easy. They are usually made up of two parts. a computer monitor or display attached to the kayak and a transducer which sends information from a sensor device. The device provides more accurate information on available fish by use of sonar waves. However, sonar waves do not discriminate other objects and therefore will pick up any obstacles on the way. Therefore rocks, logs and other objects will be displayed on the computer display. However the probability of being accurate each time you cast your net into the water is high. For beginners, fish finders are of great value and importance. They can be able to estimate the depth of water they are in to avoid snags as well as choosing lures. Most people keep their fish finders running to evade obstacles even when not fishing.

However, for experienced anglers, the fun is not in the fish finder. Most experienced anglers will prefer the traditional kayak fishing. More fun is found in the navigation through the wilderness and use of traditional methods to locate fish. Natural and traditional methods such as observing moon patterns and fish behavioral patterns are involved in many African kayak fishing. Even without catching fish kayaking is fun for the experienced anglers.

Kayak Angling Skills

kayak fishingKayak fishing can post a lot of challenge for beginners as well as for experts. The term expert is relative and doesn’t mean all knowing. However, angler beginners can find experienced individuals with more than four years experience a goldmine for skills. First, ensure that always the paddle is readily lying in your lap while at the same time fishing. Secondly, an important skill is holding your fishing rod with one hand and using the other to paddle. Drifting is another important technique while kayak fishing and this will amount to locating more fish.

Last but not least, when fishing upwind it’s advisable to use an anchor or what is called a stick-it pin. This holds the kayak and keeps it facing the target while you fish. Lastly standing from a kayak is an important skill to fishtailing. However, most kayaks are not stable enough to allow this and therefore not advisable for beginners.

Proper Outfit in Wildlife Hunting / Boots & Shoes

outfit 1Hunting activity has greatly evolved over the centuries. Days are gone when African hunters would only need bows and arrows to pursue animals in the jungle. They did not have hunting gears when going out and yet those traditional African hunters have not adopted the new hunting rules. They only go hunting with the only lower part of their body covered, courtesy of their cultures and customs. So, the traditional hunters are some of the key tourist attractions. Foreigners come to witness the harsh world men that don’t use hunting attires to prevent injuries. However, they down their bucks so easily because they already know how to do it!

The western hunting culture is gradually being adopted in Africa because people have begun seeing hunting as an outdoor fun. Hunting enthusiasts nowadays wear hunting outfits to prevent scratches and injuries when in the rough terrains.

Proper outfits for hunting

outfit 2Going for hunting should be fun and not one that will bring bad memories due to torturing experience. This can be incurred if the right gears are not carried when going out. Many hunting experts advise on not wearing bright colored clothes when going to hunt. For example, a white outfit is easily spotted by animals and thus the hunter may not down even a single animal. Also, white gets dirty easily. However, it may not be a factor that many would consider during hunting. Neutral colors like jungle green, tan, and khaki brown are most preferred for hunting. These colors are not easily spotted by animals and can camouflage well with the surrounding environment.

outfitssWhen hunting, one should opt for outfits that covers the body completely to avoid body scratches and pricks by thorns in the forest. The long sleeved t-shirts, jackets, and trousers instead of shorts. Also, this kind of attire will prevent insect bites which may disrupt your hunting experience. Some of the insects include mosquitoes and tsetse flies, usually found in rainforests of Africa. Other insects a hunter may encounter are found in east Africa and Namibia. Some experts say navy blue attire may attract tsetse flies easily, hence not recommended for hunting. Dark colors are also not fit because they might become uncomfortable during hot conditions. Don’t forget that the continent consists of some hot deserted areas.

hunting bootsSometimes hunting is not as easy as just walking on the beach. It is usually done under harsh conditions, either hot, cold, or rainy conditions. So, appropriate hunting outfit is necessary depending on the particular weather. One of the most important things to consider is the hunting boots, depending on the nature of the terrain and weather conditions. Basically, they must be comfortable in order to make your hunting day complete. There are many boots in the market, but your choice will be determined by various factors as just mentioned earlier.

Proper hunting boots

hunting boots 2Proper hunting boots should fit properly for comfort purposes. They should neither be too tight nor too loose. Choose those that fit perfectly and allow comfortable walking throughout the hunting time. Remember hunting is entirely walking through the woods, and probably you will climb up and down on rough terrains.

Depending on the season, choose your boots properly. For instance, rainy conditions need waterproof boots. Other conditions such as morning dew, the boots should offer maximum water resistance. The moisture can affect your toes after a prolonged hunting session. If you are hunting during hot conditions, ensure that the boots’ material is breathable. This will provide more comfort even when hunting all day long.

outfit 3Warm hunting boots are recommended especially if the hunting area is muddy. This will allow easy walking through the mud and prevent getting exhausted before the scheduled hunting time. You don’t want heavy boots that keep dragging you behind especially when trailing a target animal.

Don’ts in African wildlife hunting

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  • Hunters should avoid wearing jewels as this may attract robbers who pose as honest people. Suitable, simple, and comfortable attire is all that is needed during the hunting expedition.
  • Hunters should avoid wearing light outfits because they might be torn while walking through thickets and bushes.
  • A hunter should have a backpack packed with essential hunting tools such as earmuffs, earplugs, knife, and a tactical flashlight.
  • Do not forget to carry water because you may need water when dehydrated. The African continent is hot, and thirst may terminate your hunting session.

Why need a proper outfit hunting gear?

  • Protection from harsh environmental elements
  • Easy and safe movement, as well as a pleasant hunting experience
  • Make the hunting a memorable experience
  • Comfortable shoes will protect your feet from getting hurt
  • Comfortable boots make the hunting experience amazing
  • Proper boots help you respond swiftly when an animal appears