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INSIDERS AFRICATM

Exploring Africa's Wildlife And Wild Places

Safari Spotlight: African Wild Dogs

Safari Spotlight: African Wild Dogsphoto taken by Bushtracks guest, Corey Goodman

For many first-time safari-goers an African wild dog sighting can be as memorable as the Big Five. Seeing the interactions of a multi-generational pack evokes hints of domestic dogs, but Lycaon pictus has a grace and wildness that is all its own. Read on for five facts from our friends at the African Wildlife Foundation, and a learn about a fascinating conservation project in Botswana.

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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife

Beating The Safari Crowds, Part Two:  Zambia's Luangwa Valley

Beating The Safari Crowds:  Zambia's Luangwa Valley

In the second installment by David Bristow on alternatives to the over-traded and stellar priced Okavango Delta, we visit Zambia’s Luangwa Valley.

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Posted in: Our Field Experts, Where to Stay, Destinations

Beating the Safari Crowds: a Kafue Zambia Safari

Elephant at Kafue, credit Mike Myers, Busanga Bush Camp

In the first of three blogs on beating the safari crowds in Southern Africa, Cape Town-based guest blogger David Bristow reveals some lesser-known destinations that you'll want to add to your safari bucket list. He begins with Kafue National Park in south-central Zambia. 

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Posted in: Our Field Experts, Where to Stay, Destinations

The Bushtracks Bird: David, Goliath and the Zambezi

 

Goliath Heron, credit Alamy, Andre van HuizenAmidst the thousand-plus mammal species in Africa, and the more than two thousand African bird species, why did Bushtracks adopt the Goliath heron to adorn its logo?

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Posted in: Our African Heritage

WATCH: Interview with Africa by Private Jet Host Donald Johanson

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Recently I had a chance to sit down and talk about our upcoming 2018 Incredible Africa by Private Jet trip with my fascinating co-host, anthropologist Donald Johanson, and found his enthusiasm for the continent just as impressive as his landmark discovery of the hominid fossil 'Lucy.'  This video captures the highlights of our conversation.

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Posted in: Our Field Experts, Expeditions by Private Jet

Lucy, Diamonds, and Africa by Private Jet

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For Bushtracks blogger and avid traveler Ellen Ludwig all that glitters is not gold: Africa travel tops her wish list this holiday season. Here's why she's got her eye on the upcoming 2018 Incredible Africa by Private Jet expedition, hosted by anthropologist Donald Johanson.

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Posted in: Expeditions by Private Jet

A New Camp for your Okavango Delta Safari

wild dog at Qorokwe Camp, Okavango Delta Safari

It's not every day that a new camp opens in Botswana's Okavango Delta, so we're very excited to share the news about this one. Qorokwe Camp is not only beautifully and thoughtfully constructed, but gives guests a uniquely private wildlife-viewing experience in one of the world's most famously abundant and diverse ecosystems.

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Posted in: Our Safari Specialists, Where to Stay, Destinations

How to put a giraffe under the tree (gift wrap available)

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Bushtracks invites you to think outside the box this holiday season, and surprise your loved ones with an unforgettable gift: a safari to Africa’s top reserves on the date of your choice with all of the details handled by Africa experts.

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Posted in: Planning, Tips, and Tools

Bushtracks Supports Conservation in Africa

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What do you get when you combine The Amazing Race with the challenging terrain of the Zambian bush and conservation in Africa? The Elephant Charge! This annual fundraising event puts teams in four-by-four vehicles and motorbikes in competition against one other as they race to complete a grueling course of ten checkpoints in the shortest distance possible within the allowed eight hours. The proceeds benefit Zambian conservation organizations.

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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife

Bushtracks Presentation at the Golden Gate Club with Special Guest Donald Johanson

Bushtracks Presentation at the Golden Gate Club with Special Guest Donald Johanson

Although it was hard to imagine a more beautiful spot than San Francisco's Presidio illuminated by the soft glow of a harvest moon this past Wednesday evening, Bushtracks president David Tett took 100 attendees on a virtual safari to the wild beauty of Africa during his 45 minute presentation filled with stories, his favorite places for safaris, and the exciting announcement of a new host for the 2018 Incredible Africa by Private Jet trip.

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Posted in: Planning, Tips, and Tools, Expeditions by Private Jet

Donald Johanson to Host Incredible Africa by Private Jet 2018

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Donald Johanson, best known for his 1974 discovery of “Lucy,” one of the most complete skeletons of Australopithecus afarensis, will be the Expedition Host of Incredible Africa by Private Jet scheduled for September 2-22, 2018.

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Posted in: Our Field Experts, Expeditions by Private Jet

Okavango Delta Safari Summer Specials

Okavango Delta Safari Summer Specials

Do you think summer's over? Think again! It's only just beginning in Africa, where your safari dollar goes much farther this time of year, even in the most highly sought-after camps in the Okavango Delta. Bushtracks Vice President Carolyn Tett shares some of her favorite safari specials for travel now through March 2018.

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Posted in: Safari Special Offers, Our Safari Specialists, Planning, Tips, and Tools, Destinations

2017 Family Safari Recap, or What I Did on My Summer Vacation

2017 Family Safari Recap

In June 2017 Bushtracks welcomed 37 guests to East Africa on two departures of the Tanzania Family Safari. Take a look at the pictures shared by the travelers, and you'll see that a good time was had by all ages: from grandparents to grandchildren, and everyone in between. You'll also see that the friendships formed with the people they met along the way were as meaningful as the many wildlife sightings they enjoyed in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.

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Posted in: Activities and Culture, Destinations

Choosing Between Eastern & Southern Africa Safaris

Eastern Africa Safaris vs Southern Africa Safaris

Safari veterans broadly divide Africa into two regions, eastern and southern. Because of the continent's enormous size, if you can narrow down your interests, focusing on one region or another makes sense during a two-week stay. As you consider the distinctive qualities of each region, it is important to note that these are generalizations only, and exceptions abound. While Southern Africa generally features smaller camps on private reserves, for example, there are excellent small camps in private concessions in Eastern Africa, too, and both regions offer opportunities to see Africa's Big Five, indulge in some beach time, or engage with a local community.

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Posted in: Planning, Tips, and Tools, Destinations

Safari Dining: Wildebeests & Cream Puffs

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Ever wondered what dining in an African safari camp is like? Five-time Bushtracks traveler and guest blogger Ellyn Ludwig details her own safari dining experience in the Serengeti and explains why your African safari may not be the best place to start a diet.

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Posted in: Activities and Culture, Planning, Tips, and Tools

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