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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: Africa Travel Guides and Tips

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: Safaris in Eastern Africa, Tanzania Safaris, The Serengeti Migration

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: African Wildlife Conservation

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: walking safaris, Elephants, Zimbabwe, Zambezi River

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: Elephants, Zimbabwe, African Wild Dogs

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: Southern Africa, Zimbabwe, Book Reviews

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: Safaris By Private Jet

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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Posted in: Top African Safaris, African Safaris in Zambia, Zambia, Zambezi River

Custom African Safaris for 2015: Our New Brochure Now Available

If you are starting to make 2015 travel plans, our newly published African Safaris brochure is an excellent place to get started. It contains everything you need to know about planning custom African safaris around your desired dates, number of travelers and points of interest, including:
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Posted in: African Safaris, Best African Vacations, Safari Travel Tips

Insider's Ethiopia: Ethiopian Rock Churches of Lalibela

Bushtracks' guest blogger David Bristow describes the remarkable Ethiopian rock churches of Lalibela, their history and efforts to protect the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bushtracks' August 2015 Africa by Private Jet expedition includes a guided visit to Lalibela and its hand-hewn stone churches.
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Posted in: Safaris By Private Jet, African History, Ethiopia Travel, African Architecture

Serengeti Haven For Cheetahs Reopens after 20 Years

  Namiri Plains, a luxury tented safari camp in a remote eastern corner of the Serengeti, opened in summer 2014 after the area was closed off for 20 years to create a safe haven for cheetahs. We're happy to announce that Bushtracks just added Namiri Plains to the over 340 safari camps and lodges on bushtracks.com, so now you can build a Bushtracks Serengeti safari with Namiri Plains by using the Bushtracks Trip Builder. 
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Posted in: Serengeti, African Safaris in the Serengeti, Leopards, Lions, Cheetahs

Bushtracks-Designed East Africa Map Now Available

 "Maps are essential. Planning a journey without a map  is like building a house without drawings,"
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Posted in: Africa Travel Guides and Tips, How to Plan a Trip to Africa, Planning an African Safari

Why a Kruger Safari is One of Africa's Iconic Experiences

Bushtracks guest blogger David Bristow describes the history, climate and landscape of South Africa's beloved Kruger National Park, and explains why it remains a must-see African safari destination for South Africans and everyone seeking an authentic African wildlife experience.
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Posted in: Kruger National Park

A Perfect Day in Victoria Falls

Bushtracks expert safari planner, Samantha (pictured above with Bop the elephant) enjoyed a very non-traditional Thanksgiving Day in Victoria Falls checking out two of our guests' favorite activities: splashing at the edge of Victoria Falls at Devil's Pool and going on an elephant safari.
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Posted in: Africa travelers experiences, victoria falls, Zambia, Elephants Safaris

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