Why Prince Harry Doesn’t Go on African Safaris

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, loves Africa. It’s a place that’s close to his heart and has been for many years (learn when and why he began visiting Africa ahead).

The prince loves Africa so much so, that rumors recently surfaced about him moving there with his wife, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, after the birth of their baby. Buckingham Palace quickly dispelled the rumors. However, it made sense that the royal couple might consider moving there because of the close ties Prince Harry — and now Markle — have to Africa.

After they’d had a few dates in July of 2016, Prince Harry invited Markle on a trip to Botswana where, in his words, they “camped out under the stars.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at engagement photocall.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017, in London, England. | Karwai Tang/WireImage

“Then we were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to get to know each other,” he told the BBC following their engagement announcement in Nov. 2017.

While Prince Harry will camp in Africa, there’s one thing the prince, who is sixth in line to the British throne, won’t do when he’s there and that’s go on safari. Continue reading to learn the specific reason Prince Harry won’t go on safari when he’s in Africa, as explained by the prince himself.

Prince Harry first went to Africa after his mother died

“I first came in 1997, straight after my mum died,” Prince Harry told Town & Country. “My dad told my brother and me to pack our bags—we were going to Africa to get away from it all. My brother and I were brought up outdoors. We appreciate the countryside; we appreciate nature and everything about it. But it became more…”

Prince Harry feels most like himself in Africa

Prince Harry helped the organization, African Parks, relocate elephants and other animals from overpopulated parks to less populated ones, according to Town & Country. The publication observed Prince Harry’s efforts with African Parks in Malawi firsthand and spoke to him about conservation and his connection to Africa.

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Prince Harry on July 11, 2018, in Dublin, Ireland. | Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage

“This is where I feel more like myself than anywhere else in the world,” the prince said. “I wish I could spend more time in Africa. I have this intense sense of complete relaxation and normality here. To not get recognized, to lose myself in the bush with what I would call the most down-to-earth people on the planet, people [dedicated to conservation] with no ulterior motives, no agendas, who would sacrifice everything for the betterment of nature…I talk to them about their jobs, about what they do. And I learn so much.”

Why Prince Harry won’t go on African safaris

During his interview with Town & Country, Prince Harry explained why he doesn’t go on African safaris when he visits. “I don’t go on safari,” he told the publication. “I come so I can surround myself with people [working in conservation] and support them.” Don’t expect to see Prince Harry on safari, instead find him helping with conservation efforts.