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Author Jared Diamond to host 2016 Africa by Private Jet Expedition

Bushtracks is pleased to announce that Pulitzer-prize-winning author Jared Diamond will be joining Bushtracks President David Tett on the 2016 Jerusalem to Cape Town by Private Jet expedition, September 1-21, 2016. Here, Professor Diamond shares his thoughts on the expedition.
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Posted in: Our Field Experts, Activities and Culture, Destinations

Impressions from my First African Safari

A visit to Africa is a must-do for each Bushtracks expert safari planner. Lauren, a Bushtracks associate program coordinator and a very seasoned international traveler, just returned from her first African safari, visiting reserves in South Africa, Botswana and Zambia. Her first African safari was a wonderful experience, changing her perspective and dispelling some myths she'd had before her adventure.
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Posted in: Our Safari Specialists, Destinations

African Safari Tips: How to Plan Your Flight to Africa from the U.S.

So much of the excitement in planning your African safari understandably focuses on your experiences in Africa. But equally importantly, your planning needs to address how you will get to Africa from the United States. 
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Posted in: Planning, Tips, and Tools

Wild Tanzania Safari: Top Game Viewing, No Crowds and Killer Lions

Game viewing is something like fishing in that, even in the very best fishing holes, a catch can never be guaranteed. However, there is one place in Africa I know (and only one) where you can sit pretty much on your own and pull in whoppers from sun up to sun down. Its name is Ruaha National Park in southern Tanzania, but don’t tell anyone else or you’ll spoil the fishing.
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A Free Night in Victoria Falls on Select 2015 African Safaris

If you can't believe that we're already in April, and wonder where the year has gone, you'll be glad to know that there’s still plenty of time to plan a custom safari for 2015. And we're making it very easy to make your once-in-a-lifetime trip a reality with a fantastic Southern Africa program you can customize to your dates and style of travel. Plus, when you book our Best of Southern Africa 2015 Safari by June 30, 2015 you'll enjoy a complimentary night at the elegant Royal Livingstone Hotel in Victoria Falls (a $450 per person, or a $900 per couple, value).
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Posted in: Planning, Tips, and Tools, Destinations

Where to See Serengeti Lions

The millions of zebras and wildebeests of the Great Migration too often get all the attention when we talk about the Serengeti. And why not? They’ve certainly got the numbers on their side, and their ground-shaking annual progress has understandably been dubbed one of the top ten wonders of the world. But for many people, the Serengeti is all about the lions who call it home.
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Posted in: Destinations

The Perfect Safari Packing List

Bushtracks Vice President and Co-Founder, Carolyn Tett (pictured above with her family on safari in Southern Africa), regularly advises travelers what to pack on an African safari, based on her own travels and assisting thousands of Bushtracks guests prepare for their trip of a lifetime. Here she offers her top three tips to help dress for success on your next safari, plus Bushtracks' safari packing list.  
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Posted in: Planning, Tips, and Tools

Why the best serengeti safari camp is a mobile one

Want to capture the essence of real Africa? A mobile camp in the Serengeti National Park's vast wilderness has to be one of the best experiences available. Here Cornelius Mukus, an expert guide at Serengeti Safari Camp, shares how and why to experience this most traditional of East African safaris.
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Posted in: Activities and Culture, Destinations

Support African Wild Dogs at Kachina Vineyards Event

Painted dogs, also sometimes called African wild dogs, are incredibly social creatures. The dogs rely on each other and are one of the only wild species that care for their sick and old. However, the dog population has been threatened by poaching, road kills, and mining and logging activities that destroy habitat. There were once as many as 500,000 dogs across Africa, but now only 6,600 dogs are thought to remain. Zimbabwe, where Painted Dog Conservation (PDC) is headquartered, is one of the last strongholds.
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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife

Introducing A New Classic: Mana Pools Safari

Growing up in Zimbabwe in the 60's and 70's was a dream. Life was simple, and we spent our school holidays in pristine national parks full of the big five and herds of buffalo, and devoid of any other safari goers. The one park which was a family favorite was Mana Pools which encompasses part of the middle Zambezi floodplain.
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Posted in: Activities and Culture, Destinations

Four Reasons You Can't Miss Hwange National Park

Perhaps like many of our travelers, you’re hearing more about Zimbabwe safaris, and are curious about where to begin, and what you might see. To answer the second question first, everything: you’ll experience classic African game-viewing, including some of Africa’s largest elephant herds, in a very private setting, at a much lower price than comparable wildlife parks. And you should start your research by getting to know Hwange.  
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Posted in: Destinations

Leaving Before the Rains Come: A Bushtracks Book Review

Sitting down with Alexandra Fuller’s newly published book, Leaving Before the Rains Come, evoked in me the same pleasure one feels in running into a particularly insightful, articulate friend after too much time has elapsed, and spontaneously deciding to pop out for a glass of wine together and get caught up. You may not remember all of the details of your last encounter, but you pick up exactly where you'd last left off.
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Posted in: Destinations

Bushtracks Traveler's "Wild" African Wildlife Photography


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Aug 2015 Africa by Private Jet Hosted by Bushtracks President

Africa by Private Jet is a program that I have been lucky to experience myself many times over the past 25 years, and I'd recommend it without hesitation to anyone who wants to see Africa's great wildlife destinations in a single, 16 day trip.
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Posted in: Where to Stay

Zambia Safari Video: Lions and hippos and drones, oh my!

One of Bushtracks' travelers' favorite safari camps is Chiawa Camp, located in the Lower Zambezi, Zambia amidst lush vegetation that attracts and sustains a diverse wildlife population of leopards, lions, elephants, hippos, buffalo, and more. 
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