I have been all set to sign up for a safari for awhile now, there are just a couple of things that have been nagging at me after researching and was wondering if I could get some advice/guidance. I am going to be completely honest so I'm sorry if I offend anyone.
1. Animals killing each other- I love animals and have a lot of compassion for them. I have read that many people are able to witness "animal kills" which I think would be devastating- I can't even watch them on National Geographic. I also would get really sad if I saw old animals left to die or other things of that nature. Can someone please tell me how often one encounters "sad" things on a safari? I can't tolerate to see creatures in pain or suffering.
2. Rampant AIDs- I am fully aware of how the disease is contracted and I have no fear of that. However, I remember reading that at certain camps, like Richards branson's Ulusaba he has lost many employees to AIDS and the surrounding villages have high cases of the virus. Does this concern anyone at all for any reason- even just that it would be hard to meet these people and know deep down that many of them are afflicted with such a horrible disease?
3. Safety in Johannesburg- I have to stay here for a night before I fly out. You always hear so much about how dangerous it is etc. is this a concern for anyone? You never hear any of these issues mentioned on the forum, so I just wnat to make sure that this is the right thing for me to do- because I do really want to go. I just want to make sure that I have thought of everything.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this.