"AFRICAN TIME"

AFRICAN SAFARI CULTURE - The need to understand the concept of "African Time"
African Time
·· What is "African Time"?


AFRICA IS FULL OF DELIGHTFUL SURPRISES - THE PEOPLE, WILDLIFE, LANDSCAPES, CULTURES AND LANGUAGES ARE SOME OF THEM. THERE IS ALSO THE AFRICAN WAY OF LOOKING AT LIFE AND UNDERSTANDING ITS RHYTHMS AND INTRIGUES. ONE OF THESE IS THE IDEA OF "AFRICAN TIME".

Masai reflected in a river The most important aspect of life in Africa is to realize the moment. This is a lifestyle transformation for many from the western world.African time is not driven by conventional time it is rather governed by each person’s simple expectations to only achieve what is really necessary. The environment has a great influence on what needs to be done and when.

If you experience delays, the only way that you will make any progress in Africa is with patience and courtesy. Officials here seem to have all the time in the world and if you place any extra stress on them, they are sure to react with a go-slow type of response.

The only fast pace activity in Africa is the informal taxi industry. Here mini-bus vans hastily ferry their overcrowded occupants on competitive routes and complete as many turnarounds as possible. They are the rule of the road here, so if you are driving yourself rather give them the right of way.

You may wonder why people in Africa just sit for hours in the same position for hours and seem to do nothing. This is a question, which has no real answer. You may rather contemplate what it means to us in our hectic lives to find forms of meditation or reflection to bring us back to normality and ourselves.

When you visit Africa to experience her true essence, it is vital to leave behind your own conditioning and rather become receptive to a whole new way. You can gain so much from this experience. The encounters you have in Africa may become a life-changing event.










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