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These Are the Reasons You Should Travel to Africa

 

Africa is a land of Magic. Of mystical creatures, enchanted forests and endless horizons.

 

A continent of unimaginable beauty, truly unique diversity, and endless opportunity for authentically wild adventure and exploration.

 

There is a rawness to Africa that you’re unlikely to witness anywhere else in the world, and that’s what makes it the premier Safari destination on the planet. But there’s so much more to Africa than the in-your-face wildlife.

 

Rarely a person travels to Africa and doesn’t return home enraptured by the experiences they’ve had – where you’re transfixed so deeply it feels like it runs through your veins. Like life before can never be the same again now Africa has permeated every thought of every day. Your entire body ripples in goosebumps as you passionately re-tell stories of adventures on distant shores, to audiences hanging on every word whether you’re describing the profound presence of a towering bull elephant, or the majesty of a thick-maned, scarred old Lion.

 

It’s especially difficult to explain to someone who hasn’t been to Africa how wonderfully eye-opening and life-changing an experience it can be – the only answer is to travel there and experience it for yourself.

But there’s something for everyone, no matter your passions, hobbies, life experiences, career choices, or love (or not) of travel. Africa is so familiar to us all, from learning animal names and sounds when you’re first grasping words, to your parents reading you bedtime stories and flicking through pictures books bursting with stripes and spots, whiskers and tusks.

Know Your Guide - Before You Go!

Hi folks! I'm Shane, and I'm the Safari Leader and Nature Guide/Tracker for RAW Worldwide. I'm also a Nature Photographer and Trainer for Shane Ross Photography, Founder/Director of both, and have a passion for writing, storytelling (as you can probably now tell) and for helping people have life-changes experience in the great outdoors.

 

I've been visiting and travelling Africa for over 5 years now, almost full time, and after zig-zagging 100,000km of 11 countries with a goal to visit every national park and wildlife reserve between Cape Town and Kenya (over 200 between 2015-2017), I founded my own specialist guiding venture in Africa in 2017 - now lovingly known as RAW Worldwide.

 

After an incredible three years of guiding clients across Africa from 2017 to 2019, I've fine-tuned my 2020 (now 2021) tours to not only bring you the usual African guiding experience but also a tonne of extras, including teaching you how to track fresh spoor, read animal behaviour, discuss animal symbolism and connection to humans, and a suite of specific training, from photography to the mastery of campfire cooking. Bringing together the best of the best wildlife experiences Africa has to offer with the rustic beauty of mobile safari glamping, I'll be leading Safaris through Botswana, Tanzania and a multi-country 21-day combo between May and October this year. Check out my tour dates below, and full packages here.

 

*If you've ended up on this page but are more interested in viewing or purchasing my nature images, head to my new Shopify website at Shane Ross Photography, or scroll down on this page to buy my 2020 Calendar, or Caffiend prints currently on exhibition. If you're here to find out more about the African Safaris that I offer, you're in the right place.

All 2020 Safaris Postponed Until 2021

Due to the worldwide ripple-effects of the COVID-19 virus, international travel has been drastically limited, borders closed and entry to most countries banned to foreigners. It's a sad story, but as a result we've decided to postpone all 2020 Safaris until 2021, to ensure our clients remain safe and also to prevent effecting other nations potentially with our own movements.

 

We have listed dates for next year and will be posting those up soon! Keep an eye out :)

2020 Wildlife Calendar "An Expedition into Africa" is Out Now

My 2020 Wildlife Photography Calendar is out now, jam packed with animals from this year's safaris and accompanied by cool facts and an animal noises activity for your little ones! To buy now, go to my 2020 Calendar page.

Exhibition Prints - Now Available

From early November 2019 until early February 2020, I displayed 11 of my African wildlife images in Caffiend on Grafton Street, Cairns. If you would like to purchase one, head to my Caffiend Gallery page.


Who Are We?

RAW Worldwide is an environmentally and culturally-conscious company steeped in adventure and overland travel, wildlife observation, bush survival and natural and cultural history interpretation.

 

We're a small force at the moment... but, we're not planning on expanding at a rapid rate, either. We believe that what we offer has to stay genuine and unique, and focused on you, our awesome expedition family, rather than expanding purely because of money or demand.

 

We've built solid networks and are collaborating with talented folks around the world - outdoor equipment retailers to environmental managers, nature guides, indigenous groups, world travellers, schools, young entrepreneurs, fellow-philanthropists, dreamers, believers, and everyone in-between. We're fostering a family around us, and want you to be part of it. Brace yourselves for an adventure, and come along for the ride ...


What Do We Do?

After over a decade of international travel - experiencing the world's diverse cultures, environments and magnificent wildlife - we've decided to share our secret spots, now offering epic expeditions and tailored tours to spectacular locations around the world!

 

From the beauty of Botswana's Okavango Delta to the chaos of Tanzania's Great Migration, we've developed a range of truly special, life-changing experiences suited to every type of person.

 

And, what we're truly passionate about is showing you how you can build more awesome into your lifestyle - and keep it there! By taking you to amazing places and showing you a diversity of outdoor activities you can do in each, we're convinced you'll leave your expedition a new person :)


Why Do We Do It?

The most important aspect driving our business... is our WHY.

The Why for us? We believe that everyone should have an opportunity to spend quality time in the great outdoors - and we're all about figuring out how to do that best, for every situation.

 

Our expeditions are conceived for delivery in a low-impact manner, ensuring minimal negative disruption of traditional cultures and the natural environment. We're well aware of the impact tourism visitation can have on people and environment, so our "worldwide expeditions" model ensures limited long-term return impacts. It also means variety, which keeps things fresh!

 

The best part - our world experiences and diverse skill sets allow us to deliver tailored packages to any group, anywhere around the world. If you're in a corporate environment and want team-building experiences, we'll help bring you together in an amazing setting. School camps or development opportunities - right down our alley! And if you want to build your own expedition but just haven't had the time to do it - we'll do it for you. We just want you to spend quality time outdoors, in the most beneficial way.


Where Do We Run Our Safaris?

See that map to your right? At the moment, we run Safaris primarily in Africa - specifically, in Tanzania and Botswana.

 

Both of these countries, and the locations we've woven into the three different Safaris we offer, were hand picked by our Director after he travelled +100,000km across 11 countries, for three years almost full-time.

 

Tanzania and Botswana are true examples of African wilderness, and are home to some incredibly pristine environments - and some of Africa's most iconic landmarks too. They also hold lots of hidden secrets, which we'd love to show you on your own private RAW Worldwide Safari.

 

Locations include:

 

Botswana - Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Moremi Game Reserve, Nxai and Makgadikgadi Pans, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Maun, Kasane (the gateway to Victoria Falls), Khoisan Bushman tribes - plus those secret spots, which we won't mention here.

 

Tanzania - Arusha/Moshi and other townships, Maasai villages, cultural experiences, Ol Doinyo Lengai Live Carbonatite Volcano, Lake Natron, and a hundred different habitats and unique environments in the lesser-known northern section of Serengeti National Park.