How much do you know about African safaris?



9 Questions

What is the purpose of a safari journey?

Which animals are known as the 'Big Five' game animals of Africa?

Who is credited with establishing the safari style of journey in 1836?

What is the origin of the word 'safari'?

Which country in Southeast Africa is a popular destination for safari tourism?

What is the origin of the safari style of clothing?

Which author wrote several fiction and non-fiction pieces about African safaris?

What is the safari chic style?

Which luxury safari outfitter is mentioned in the text as having pioneered luxury tented safaris?


Overview of Safari: A Journey to Observe or Hunt African Wildlife

  • Safari is an overland journey with the purpose of observing or hunting wild animals, especially in Southeast Africa.
  • The "Big Five" game animals of Africa, lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo, are the most popular animals among safari tourists.
  • The term safari comes from the Swahili word 'safari' meaning 'journey' which originated from the Arabic word 'Safar' meaning 'to journey'.
  • William Cornwallis Harris is credited with establishing the safari style of journey in 1836, which includes rising early, walking, afternoon rest, formal dinner, and storytelling in the evening.
  • Safari adventure novels and films, such as Jules Verne's Five Weeks in a Balloon and H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines, have given rise to the safari genre.
  • The safari style originated from British officers and the jackets worn during their campaigns in Africa, which include khaki clothing, belted bush jackets, pith helmets or slouch hats, and animal skin patterns.
  • Luxury safari outfitters, such as Newland & Tarlton Ltd, have pioneered luxury tented safaris.
  • Safari-style interiors feature African decor, various hues of brown, natural materials, animal print furniture, rugs, and wallpaper.
  • Safari fashion has been worn by celebrities like Grace Kelly, Johnny Weissmuller, and Melania Trump.
  • The safari genre has been parodied in films like Road to Zanzibar and Call Me Bwana.
  • Ernest Hemingway wrote several fiction and non-fiction pieces about African safaris, including Green Hills of Africa and True at First Light.
  • The safari chic style originated after the release of the film Out of Africa and includes not only clothing but also interior design and architecture.
  • Safari fashion also extends to fragrance collections by American designer Ralph Lauren.


Test your knowledge on the exciting world of African safaris with this quiz! From the origins of the word to the "Big Five" game animals and famous safari enthusiasts, this quiz covers it all. Whether you're a seasoned safari-goer or just fascinated by the adventure genre, put your skills to the test and see how much you know about this timeless journey through the African wilderness.

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