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Looking for a new and exciting adventure? These 30 famous quotes and safari sayings will literally make you fall in love with Africa! 😉

30 Safari Quotes to Inspire You About Africa

This is a very personal list. Some of these safari quotes first inspired me to explore Africa, many many moons ago. These safari quotes continue to inspire me.

After spending so long in Africa I know that these quotes are not only inspirational, they are incredibly accurate. So take a read and feel inspired.

Safari Quotes 1 – 10

1. “If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.”

* John Hemingway (American author)

2. “Why is it you can never hope to describe the emotion Africa creates? You are lifted. Out of whatever pit, unbound from whatever tie, released from whatever fear. You are lifted and you see it all from above.”

* Francesca Marciano (Italian novelist and filmmaker; extract from “Rules of the Wild”)

3. “Africa has her mysteries and even a wise man cannot understand them. But a wise man respects them.”

* Miriam Makeba (South African singer and civil rights activist)

4. “Africa is not a country, but it is a continent like none other. It has that which is elegantly vast or awfully little.”

* L. Douglas Wilder (American politician)

5. “Nothing but breathing the air of Africa, and actually walking through it, can communicate the indescribable sensations.”

* William Burchell (English explorer)

6. “The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa – for he has so much to look forward to.”

* Richard Mullin (Origin unknown)

7. “You can’t hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree. You can’t hate Africa and not hate yourself.”

* Malcolm X (American Muslim minister and human rights activist)

8. “Africa – You can see a sunset and believe you have witnessed the Hand of God. You watch the slope lope of a lioness and forget to breathe. You marvel at the tripod of a giraffe bent to water. In Africa, there are iridescent blues on the wings of birds that you do not see anywhere else in nature. In Africa, in the midday heart, you can see blisters in the atmosphere. When you are in Africa, you feel primordial, rocked in the cradle of the world.”

* Jodi Picoult (American author)

9. “If there were one more thing I could do, it would be to go on safari once again.”

* Karen Blixen (Danish author best known for “Out of Africa”, her account of living in Kenya)

10. “There are as many Africas as there are books about Africa — and as many books about it as you could read in a leisurely lifetime. Whoever writes a new one can afford a certain complacency in the knowledge that his is a new picture agreeing with no one else’s, but likely to be haugthily disagreed with by all those who believed in some other Africa. … Being thus all things to all authors, it follows, I suppose, that Africa must be all things to all readers.”

* Beryl Markham (British-born Kenyan aviator, adventurer, racehorse trainer and author; extract from “West with the Night”)

Safari Quotes 11 – 20

11. “I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy.”

* Ernest Hemingway (American author and journalist)

12. “When you leave Africa, as the plane lifts, you feel that more than leaving a continent you’re leaving a state of mind. Whatever awaits you at the other end of your journey will be of a different order of existence.”

* Francesca Marciano (Italian novelist and filmmaker; extract from “Rules of the Wild”)

13. “Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water.”

* W. C. Fields (American actor and writer)

14. “It’s really beautiful. It feels like God visits everywhere else but lives in Africa.”

* Will Smith (American actor and producer)

15. “Africa is mystic; it is wild; it is a sweltering inferno; it is a photographer’s paradise, a hunter’s Valhalla, an escapist’s Utopia. It is what you will, and it withstands all interpretations. It is the last vestige of a dead world or the cradle of a shiny new one. To a lot of people, as to myself, it is just home.”

* Beryl Markham (British-born Kenyan aviator, adventurer, racehorse trainer and author; extract from “West with the Night”)

16. “Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same. But how do you begin to describe its magic to someone who has never felt it? How can you explain the fascination of this vast, dusty continent, whose oldest roads are elephant paths? Could it be because Africa is the place of all our beginnings, the cradle of mankind, where our species first stood upright on the savannahs of long ago?”

* Brian Jackman (freelance writer best known for his interest in wildlife and wild places – especially Africa)

17. “…few can sojourn long within the unspoilt wilderness of a game sanctuary, surrounded on all sides by its confiding animals, without absorbing its atmosphere; the Spirit of the Wild is quick to assert supremacy, and no man of any sensibility can resist her.”

* James Stevenson-Hamilton (first warden of South Africa’s Sabi Nature Reserve)

18. “To witness that calm rhythm of life revives our worn souls and recaptures a feeling of belonging to the natural world. No one can return from the Serengeti unchanged, for tawny lions will forever prowl our memory and great herds throng our imagination.”

* George Schaller (American conservationist and author)

19. “There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne — bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.”

* Karen Blixen (Danish author best known for “Out of Africa”, her account of living in Kenya)

20. “In Africa you have space…there is a profound sense of space here, space and sky.”

* Thabo Mbeki (former South African president)

Safari Quotes 21 – 30

21. “Everything in Africa bites, but the safari bug is worst of all.”

* Brian Jackman (freelance writer best known for his interest in wildlife and wild places – especially Africa)

22. “The biggest lesson from Africa was that life’s joys come mostly from relationships and friendships, not from material things. I saw time and again how much fun Africans had with their families and friends and on the sports fields; they laughed all the time.”

* Andrew Shue (American actor)

23. “For as long as I can remember, I have been passionately intrigued by ‘Africa,’ by the word itself, by its flora and fauna, its topographical diversity and grandeur; but above all else, by the sheer variety of the colors of its people, from tan and sepia to jet and ebony.”

* Henry Louis Gates (Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University)

24. “The most hazardous part of our expedition to Africa was crossing Piccadilly Circus.”

* Joseph Thompson (English actor)

25. “One cannot resist the lure of Africa.”

* Rudyard Kipling (English writer)

26. “You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.”

* Karen Blixen (Danish author best known for “Out of Africa”)

27. “There is always something new out of Africa.”

* Pliny the Elder (Roman author)

28. “You cannot leave Africa, Africa said. It is always with you, there inside your head. Our rivers run in currents in the swirl of your thumbprints; our drumbeats counting out your pulse; our coastline the silhouette of your soul.”

* Bridget Dore (South African poet)

29. “But African time was not the same as American time…As African time passed, I surmised that the pace of Western countries was insane, that the speed of modern technology accomplished nothing, and that because Africa was going its own way at its own pace for its own reasons, it was a refuge and a resting place.”

* Paul Theroux (author, from Dark Star Safari)

30. “There is a language going on out there – the language of the wild. Roars, snorts, trumpets, squeals, whoops and chirps have meaning derived over eons of expression…we have yet to become fluent in the language – and music – of the wild.”

* Boyd Norton (wildlife photographer, from Serengeti: The Eternal Beginning)

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