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Footy fever grips guides…and the hot topic? Who will win the 2014 World Cup.

Life on the road for many of our guides is an interesting and busy one. Between June and November in East Africa,  our guides are constantly on the go, sometimes only having a single day off between clients arriving and heading out on safari again. Our guides’ special expertise is introducing our clients to the rich and diverse cultures, landscapes, flora and fauna of Africa, which they do with passion, but sometimes they enjoy a little diversion and this month’s World Cup has given them all the encouragement they need.

Let’s face it, football is a universal currency – you can go right off the beaten track and still find someone in a Man U shirt who wants to know if you know David Beckham.

After a busy day in the field, the guides sometimes get to watch some Premier League action, and no doubt, over the next few weeks, some World Cup action. Some lodges have a  TV  in the guides’ accommodation which they all crowd around enthusiastically when they get the opportunity. They enjoy a bit of friendly banter amongst each other,  and maybe even the occasional game of footy.

With the last World Cup being held in South Africa in 2010, and heralded as one of the best for atmosphere, it is going to be tough for Brazil to match up.

Team Kenya & Tanzania give us their predictions

On a recent FAM trip at the end of May to the Serengeti and the Mara the guides and East African office staff had a chance for a well earned rest.

So forget Linekar, Lawro and Mills and all those other so-called pundits  – these are the World Cup predictions to take note of!

 

Team Kenya

Sasha – Germany

Bernard – Brazil

Caroline – the host nation – Brazil – am willing to put my money on it too

Nicole –  I am going to be the odd one out and go with France

Eyleen – Am sticking to Spain

Grace – Germany

Rose – I will go with Argentina because it’s a great team

Otieno – My team is Italy!

Maggie – Just like Caroline I’m going with BRAZIL

Elizabeth – I am also going with Germany

Boniface – England

Team Tanzania 

Julian – England (obviously!!)

Seema – Brazil

Helen – Brazil

Juliet – Uruguay

Samwel – Brazil

Abdalla – Germany

Gaudence – Ghana

Kheri- Belgium

Charles – Spain

Marco – Italy

Hashim-Brazil

Adam – England(for  the 1st time  only  because  of  the no  of  Liverpool players!!!)

Good to see a few votes for England! Let’s hope the football keeps us on the edge of our seats and that our team aren’t caught napping…

By Sara White

 

 

 

 

A World of Sport in Africa

Africa may not be the first place you think of when you think of a sport you enjoy but actually sports in general play a huge part in day-to-day African life. Should you be lucky enough to visit Africa you will find that sport is a great unifier. No matter where you come from or what you do you will always find someone keen to talk and share their passion for sport.

Across Africa football is by far and away the number one sport. The African Cup of Nations has a huge following throughout the world and here in the UK we have many of the top African footballers such as Didier Drogba, Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure playing in our Premiere League. Football is played pretty much everywhere from the smallest village on the savannah to the largest cities. Everywhere you go you will see small kids playing barefoot in the dust with homemade footballs and goalposts. And you are usually invited to join in!

Africa is also home to many other types of sports from the obscure to the thrilling.

Golf is very popular in South Africa with some of the world’s top golf courses found around Cape Town, Sun City and Mpumalanga, Durban, The Garden Route and the Winelands.  You can also catch major tournaments such as the South African Open, the SA Masters and the PGA Championship.

Rugby is also a huge game in South Africa with their immense national pride in their world beating Springboks. Watching a game in Cape Town, Johannesburg or Durban would be a truly exciting day out with an incredible atmosphere and top class rugby on display.

Sailing is another South African pastime and Cape Town is an excellent base for sailing anything from a laser to a full blown schooner. Or if you fancy a more mellow type of sailing trip then meandering on a felucca off the coast of Zanzibar takes some beating! Other fantastic sailing destinations include Lake Malawi and Mozambique.

Top surfers compete for the best breaks at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa whilst Essaouira in Morocco is fabulous for windsurfing. Scuba diving is amazing in Mozambique and deep water sport fishing can be done pretty much anywhere but is best in the teeming waters of the Indian Ocean. Rowing and kayaking hotspots include the Zambezi, the Okavango Delta and Lake Malawi.

Back on dry land horse-riding trips can be organised pretty much anywhere from trekking across the Namibian sand dunes to exploring the hill country of Lesotho. Hiking and mountain biking are equally popular. There are many mountain ranges to explore from the Atlas in Morocco to the Drakensburg Mountains in SA which provide some of the most stunning scenery as a backdrop. If you fancy a challenge you can climb Mount Kilimanjaro, go on a walking safari or trek through the Sahara desert!

And lastly not forgetting those adventure sports for adrenalin junkies which are also to be found across Africa. You can bungee over Victoria Falls, dive with sharks off Cape Town, kite-surf in Morocco, camel race in Egypt, go white water rafting down the Zambezi and skiing in the Atlas Mountains. Skiing in Africa – now there’s an adventure to be had!