are possible in many locations in Africa, with lodges and safari operators providing opportunities to meet with local communities.
At their very worst, these experiences can be staged, artificial, inconvenient, insensitive and generally of no great value to either the visitor or the host.
But when well done, village visits can be superb experiences, a fantastic way to increase your exposure to the people of Africa and provide your hosts with an increased sense of self-esteem and positive income stream.
A good village visit usually involves taking a guide along with you, preferably someone who comes from the community itself, which suddenly transforms you from being an outsider to a personally invited guest. Many safari operators and lodge owners work with local communities to help build schools and pay for teachers and educational supplies. It is often possible for guests to visit these schools, have tea with the teachers, meet the pupils and maybe even give a lesson. You may like to make a donation in return. This can be an incredibly eye-opening and rewarding experience, which could well feature as one of the highlights of your trip.Code of conduct for interacting with local people