African Safari

Today I am a bit excited as I write this blog. First it’s because I bumped into a longtime friend who we share a great history of our childhood moments. She later moved to the States with her parents and recently she came to tour her motherland and she was trying to explain her experience to me. Therefore, I am going to share her experience here because for a second it made me appreciate the fact that I am an African. Well, for lack of better words, it gave me a sense of belonging.

I believe that almost everyone from overseas who has done a tour to East Africa will tell you how great it was and all great experiences that come with East Africa. This is because Africa is renowned for being wild, authentic, spectacular and rugged and here is my friend’s story who kept wondering if it would live up to her expectations. She left Africa when she was 6, therefore Africa sounded so new to her.Her name is Maxwell and she went on a safari to Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania.

She decided to start describing the game viewing as according to her it was the most exciting moment of her tour. “Never would I imagine seeing so many animals in such a short period of time. In Rwanda we hiked deep into the forest to spend time with a Gorilla family – a Silverback, mature males and females, juveniles and babies! Watching these primates interact with each other and recognize us as friendly visitors truly made me believe in evolution.

We also trekked to see the Monkeys, an experience that filled me with the joy of a child. Watching these small monkeys swing, play, flight, feed and run through the jungle in their natural habitat was thrilling.

Then there was Serengeti– within less than an hour of arriving at the reserve we had seen, heard of zebras, wildebeest, giraffe, buffalo, elephant, hippos and more! On an early morning game drive we saw a cheetah devouring its prey. We watched three, yes three leopards, a mother and her cubs feeding on a Thompson Gazelle in a tree. We watched as a lioness hunted down a warthog just as a snack.

That afternoon we spent watching a pride of lions walking for their evening hunt. We saw hyenas, which later that night, uninvited, visited our camp site. Then the very next morning we quietly observed a pride of lioness stalk a herd of buffalo and later spotted two male lions watching on the other side of the herd in wait.

In Ngorongoro crater we counted seeing nearly all the same animals again in one day. In Lake Nakuru we spotted Rhinos! We watched as a giraffe casually walked the length of the local air strip and our group followed a lioness and her three cubs as they started their evening hunt. In Lake Naivasha we walked, yes walked, with zebras, gazelles and more. We motored a boat past hippos and flamingos.

And the Maasai Mara had been just amazing, we saw beautiful herds of hoofed animals. We watched a pregnant cheetah finding a place to rest. What you would enjoy most is meeting the East African people”. Most are the times when you would get to learn of travel advisories against travelling to most parts of Africa. Unfortunately, these days terrorism is something that can happen anywhere and to anyone, if I can put it better it is a worldwide concern as we sadly see time and again.

The East African people are friendly, welcoming and respectful. They work together towards a brighter future and what will shock you is the Rwandese knowledge of ecotourism. East Africa is a place that anyone would most definitely feel safe throughout their travel.

Is it important to get a travel insurance?

My answer is yes but let’s take a minute of our time and find out what other people think. Travel insurance is worth every single cent that comes with it. Why do I say that? I once gathered the courage to talk to one of my favorite cousins on the relationship between travelling and a travel cover. Trust me I got some shocking details from her, I almost grabbed a cup of tea to try and relieve the chills that had popped up.

She said she doesn’t need one because what she does is travel light with stuff she can easily afford to replace. I was so shocked to get such details from her as I would put it, it is beyond any learned man’s thinking. I keep asking her about how many emergencies and evacuations she has heard since she started travelling not even born because I was pretty sure the debate had got hotter.

A travel insurance is a must have for anyone taking a trip or a vacay to any part of this world. There are many reasons as to why a travel insurance is important. I will do a brief discussion of a good reason with an example.

Imagine yourself on a trip of your lifetime to the sandy beaches in Zanzibar. Then, as you were swimming in the beaches uncertainty strikes. Unfortunately, you hit a coral reef and you need to be rushed to the hospital. Let’s assume you had planned for enough money for the trip with no extra cash and there some extra expenses came up. This is where the importance of a travel cover comes in, well, not all insurance covers cater for such. You need to get to the core of your cover details to be on the safe side.

Anyway, as I put it if you can’t afford a travel insurance then, you can’t afford to travel.

 

Advantages of Online Payment System

Advancement in technology has a great impact on human lives in our society today. The sole reason why more technological improvements are made by the day is because they tend to impact on our lives positively. Online payment methods have made our transactions better, that’s why its use is getting wide spread with time. Below are some of the advantages of online payment systems.

Online payments methods are convenient. Regardless of the time, place, weather etc. One can still carry on with their businesses or purchase goods. Consider a scenario where you happen to remember at the middle of the night that you need something urgently. With online shopping, at the comfort of your bed, all you need to do is to go online and buy that which you need.

It is conserves time. The time you spend to visit a shop, make your selection and queue at the cashier can be but to better use. With e-shopping, you only need to press a few buttons and in a few minutes, you will have completed your transactions.

Users can independently shop for commodities. With ecommerce a customer does not need to wait for a shopping assistant or a cashier to come serve them. With the proper gadgets at hand, transactions are done with both parties (the vendor and customer) independent of the other.

On the retailer’s side, it is cost effective. As a business owner, you don’t need to employ people to handle transactions with clients or even rent a business premise. With the aid of good advertising, once you have posted your commodities online, you just sit back and watch money get into your account.

E-commerce broadens your market as a vendor. This is because your business is not limited to people of a certain locality. Customers can shop from whichever, country they are in and the wider your market the more prosperous your business becomes.

Security on both the vendor’s and consumer’s side is ensured. With credit and debit card fraud protection, customers are less likely to be conned of their money. Retailers on the other hand have their money either in trust accounts or business accounts hence in case of robbery, there is no tangible money that burglars can escape with.

 

Customers can purchase goods on credit thanks to credit cards. This means you don’t have to wait till you physically have a certain amount of money in order to own something. What if by the time you get that money the commodity of your choice would already be taken by someone else? With credit cards you can buy goods and make payments later.

With online shopping, customer-retailer conflicts are minimized. This is because transactions can be made with both parties not having to interact. Conflicts that arise due to disagreements on bargains, impolite language during transactions etc, are minimized.

These are but a few of the merits that come with e-transactions. You stand to gain and save a lot both as a client or vendor when you shop online. Be part of this digital revolution and watch your business grow. For consumers, ease up the burden of moving from shop to shop looking for commodities; seat back and purchase goods at the comfort of your house, office etc.