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INSIDERS AFRICATM

Exploring Africa's Wildlife And Wild Places

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

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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

In Our Travelers' Words: Serengeti Safari

In Our Travelers' Words: Serengeti Safari

In June 2017 children’s book author Lori Stewart (pictured above, right) took her first trip to Africa on a Bushtracks safari spanning the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti, and Uganda. “I thought it might be my only trip to Africa,” she said, ”so I wanted to see as much as possible, from the big herds to gorillas.” Lori’s observations of the Serengeti – part of a longer narrative chronicling her entire adventure – appear below.

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Posted in: Destinations

Bushtracks Family Safari Guests Make AWF donation

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It wasn't all fun and games for the 37 Bushtracks travelers who visited Manyara Ranch this summer. They also presented John Salehe, Director of the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), and Fidelis Olekashe, the ranch manager, with a donation of $3,700 towards the Manyara Conservancy on June 26, 2017.

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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife

Featured Namibia Safari Camp: Desert Rhino Camp

Featured Namibia Safari Camp: Desert Rhino Camp

A rhinoceros sighting is always a magical experience on safari. And, of the two African rhinoceros species, the critically endangered black rhino is more difficult to find, with the number of animals remaining estimated at 5,040 to 5,458 (source: Save the Rhino Trust, 2015). However, your odds increase significantly when you visit Desert Rhino Camp in Namibia, home to the largest free-roaming black rhino population in Africa.

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Posted in: Where to Stay, Staff Picks

Safari Sundowners: Cocktails in the Namib Desert

Safari Sundowners: Cocktails in the Namib Desert

Lately we're seeking relief from Healdsburg's triple-digit summertime temperatures, and refreshing drinks are high on our list of remedies. So we asked our friends at Little Kulala Camp in the Namib Desert (people who know a thing or two about hot and dry conditions and how to treat them) to share some of their sundowner secrets for rehydrating guests after a day spent exploring. They kindly obliged with these three Namib-tested cocktails.

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Posted in: Safari Lifestyle

Namibia Sand Dunes with Teens

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“You took four teenagers to Namibia? Seriously?” Well, yes. Namibia is a pretty serious place.  When my sister and I were looking into a family excursion for summer 2017 we were looking for something out of the ordinary. We’d booked two other trips to Africa with Bushtracks, and loved their below-the-radar, greased skids approach to an African adventure. 

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Posted in: Activities and Culture

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