For many people, the word "safari" conjures up faded, sepia-tone images from the late 1800s and early 1900s. You know the ones: A khaki-clad man wearing pith helmet brandishes his rifle and proudly poses beside the carcass of a slain beast in colonial Africa. But, as you might imagine, like most places, Africa has changed in the last century, and the venerable tradition of the safari has changed with it.
Maybe there are still macho hunters out there who long to trek into the wild like Teddy Roosevelt and Ernest Hemingway and bring back endangered species.
More recently, the travel industry has expanded the meaning of the word safari to include journeys and expeditions not necessarily related to the search for wildlife. For example, there are safaris by camel in Egypt, safaris into Australia's famed outback and adventure safaris in Alaska. But the most popular kind of safari -- the kind that most people still think of as the ultimate adventure -- continues to involve exotic animals and spending time in Africa's unique landscape. In this article, we'll focus on that classic African adventure.
How did safaris begin and where are they today? Let's dive into the past on the next page.