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Exploring Africa's Wildlife And Wild Places

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

Bushtracks Family Safari group, photographed by Peter Jaunich

It wasn't all fun and games for the 24 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

Africa by Private Jet & the Big Seven

game drive at Savute Elephant Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Most people dream of spotting the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo) on safari, and consider themselves lucky if they do. But did you know that our Incredible Africa by Private Jet expedition adds mountain gorillas and great white shark sightings to the Big Five (making it the Big Seven)?

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Posted in: Expeditions by Private Jet

Bushtracks Experts Share Safari Packing Tips

Game drive, Jack's Camp, Botswana

Packing for your African safari is a tricky business as you balance between being well-prepared for a two-week plus adventure in variable temperatures and staying within baggage weight restrictions. To help, our expert safari planners share packing tips: from must-have items to what you should leave at home.

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Posted in: Our Safari Specialists, Planning, Tips, and Tools

Africa by Private Jet: The World is Your Classroom

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Our  Incredible Africa by Private Jet 2018 expedition showcases some of the world's best known outdoor galleries like the Acropolis and Luxor, as well as some lesser known ones like Lalibela's subterranean churches and a sculpture gallery on the slopes of Stellenbosch Mountain outside Cape Town. While these places are legendary and timeless, the manner in which you'll see them is personalized and very much in the present moment, with resident experts who will engage your interest, and all your senses.

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Posted in: Expeditions by Private Jet

Namibia Safaris: Exploring the Dunes of Sossusvlei

Wolwedans, Sossusvlei, Namibia

Here, the desert is almost complete: it is prehistoric, with sand in layers everywhere, bare rock peeping out between tufts of grass and a few hardy (or foolhardy) bushes, and shadows stretching away ink-black as the sun sinks.

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Posted in: Our Field Experts, Destinations

A Photo Safari Captures Lion Drama

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Bud and Trina Pate are repeat Bushtracks travelers to Africa who went on a Bushtracks photo safari with Russell Gammon to the Serengeti, Masai Mara, and Ruaha in summer 2016. Here are some stunning photos taken by Trina on what she describes as “just your average morning on a Bushtracks safari.” The photos are a credit to the photographer, and to their specialist guide, whose ability to position the vehicle and observe the unfolding lion drama resulted in some exceptional images.

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Posted in: Activities and Culture

10 Things That Will Surprise (& Delight) You On Safari

Eddy's in Southern Africa

Everyone goes on safari expecting the wildlife experience to be the most significant part of the adventure, and wildlife sightings surely are unforgettable. However, the wildlife is only part of a fantastic story our travelers like to call "the trip of a lifetime." Here is a list of only some of the delightful things you'll find on safari; you'll need to add to the list with your own!

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Posted in: Activities and Culture

A New EcoLodge for Your Rwanda Safari

Bisate Lodge, Rwanda

Bushtracks office may be 9,327 miles away from Bisate Lodge in Rwanda, but we feel a strong sense of connection to Bisate Lodge -- opening in summer 2017 -- which offers guests a chance to make a meaningful change and encounter mountain gorillas.

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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife, Destinations

Safari Spoonful: South African Farm Milk Tart

South African Farm Milk Tart

If you’re not already familiar with this custard dessert, it is as beloved and ubiquitous in South Africa as apple pie is in the United States. It is also one more reason we are happy to work at Bushtracks, where the newest addition to the Bushtracks team, Gayle Lehman, whipped one up to share with us for a Friday coffee break.

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Posted in: Our Safari Specialists, Safari Lifestyle

Chimpanzee Trekking Guide Video, Part Two

Chimp Trekking, Greystoke Mahale, photographed by Samantha Barbitta

If you've ever wondered why people love primate safaris, watch top chimpanzee trekking guide, Mwiga Mambo in this video as he tells his story of a very clever female chimp at Greystoke Mahale.

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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife, Our Field Experts

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