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Celebrating Rhino Day

September 22 is World Rhino Day, an observance first introduced by WWF-South Africa in 2010. Today zoos, wildlife conservationists, businesses and concerned individuals honor both rhinos and efforts to protect all five rhino species: black, white, greater one horned, Sumatran and Javan. Of the five species of rhino, only the black and white rhinos are found in Africa. Ranging from 1 to 2 tons in weight, and capable of galloping up to 30 mph, adult rhinos have no predators except for humans.  Sadly, that one predator has been more than enough to decimate their numbers which, in the black rhino’s case, are down 97.6 percent since 1960. Of all of Africa’s endangered species, the black rhino is unique because almost 100% of its decline can be attributed not to habitat loss or human-wildlife conflict but to outright poaching.
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Posted in: African Safaris, African Wildlife Conservation, African Wildlife Safaris, Namibia, Botswana Safaris, Okavango Delta, Black Rhinos, Rhinos

The World's Best African Safaris

Dear Traveler, In wildness is the preservation of the world,” wrote Henry David Thoreau over 150 years ago. For the past 24 years designing African safaris, we’ve heard this sentiment restated in countless ways by our returning travelers whose views of the world and its creatures are forever altered on safari in some of the world’s wildest places. In this issue, we’re excited to share two of these firsthand experiences: Bushtracks traveler and Stanford professor Susan McConnell writes about her connection to Africa’s lions in a moving photo-essay on page 16, while eight-time Bushtracks traveler and photographer Shirley Sanderson offers her tips for photographing gorillas, considered one of the most profound wildlife interactions, on page 40.
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Posted in: African Safaris, Planning an African Safari

My First African Safari in Southern Africa & the Okavango Delta

Bushtracks’ traveler Kathleen Cameron, just back from an August 2014 African safari in Zambia, Botswana and South Africa with her family, shares her impressions and photos from her first African safari. Since childhood, Bushtracks’ traveler Kathleen Cameron has dreamed of going to Africa. She remembers poring over her Grandmother’s tall stack of National Geographic magazines and thinking “someday I’ll see these beautiful birds and animals in person and meet the people who actually live there.”  So, when family members suggested going to Zambia, Botswana and South Africa this August, she jumped on the bandwagon, or, in this case, the Land Rover! Traveling with two sisters, their spouses and her 25 year old nephew made for a wonderful adventure, and lifelong memories. Here, freshly returned from her trip, Kathleen recounts her safari and exciting wildlife encounters.
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Posted in: African Safaris in Zambia and Botswana, Elephants Safaris, Botswana Safaris

Top African Safaris - Namibia's Big 5 Wildlife & Wild Deserts Special

Namibia's Big 5 Wildlife & Wild Deserts Safari Special Offer 12 Days: Johannesburg, South Africa | Windhoek | Sossusvlei | Damaraland | Kunene River | Etosha - Southern | Windhoek Travel Now* VS Travel Later $11,335 $16,668
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Posted in: Namibia, Deserts of Africa, African Safari Specials, Top Trips to Africa

AFRICAN SAFARI SPECIALS: GO NOW & SAVE

GO ON SAFARI NOW & SAVE* SEE AFRICA'S BIG 5 IN PREMIER PRIVATE RESERVES AT EXCEPTIONAL RATES WHEN YOU TRAVEL NOVEMBER 1, 2014 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2015 Quality game viewing and explosions of new life. Bright blue African skies. Vast green plains, colorful birds, and vibrant floral displays. Premier safari camps on private reserves.   A personal, wild experience without the crowds at exclusive top-tier lodges. Pristine light for wildlife photography.   Cloud formations and colorful contrasts. Stunning sunsets and rainbows over Victoria Falls.              Southern  Africa's  Big Cats &  Beach Safari      12   Days Travel Now* $6,685  Per Person  Travel Later $8,195 Per Person  Best of  Botswana  & Victoria Falls  Safari  10    Days  Travel Now* $8,955 Per Person    Travel Later $19,677  Per Person  Best of  Southern  Africa Safari  13 Days  Travel Now* $10,405 Per Person Travel Later $18,849 Per Person  Namibia's  Big 5 Game  Wildlife & Wild  Deserts Safari 12 Days  Travel Now* $11,335 Per Person  Travel Later $16,668 Per Person   *Availability must be finalized by one of our trip planners who will contact and confirm availability and pricing with all accommodations and operators. *Rates are valid only for travel between 01 November – 19 December, 2014 and 11 January – 31 March, 2015. No single supplements charged by the safari camps/lodges mentioned in the itinerary.
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Posted in: African Elephant, South African Safaris, African Safari Specials

Kruger National Park Safaris for Families in South Africa

Every year three generations of the Rowland family assemble at a beach house they’ve dubbed “Camp Rowland.” Last year, with two of their grandchildren college-bound, they decided to take “Camp Rowland” on the road to Africa. Here, grandmother and storyteller Judy Rowland recounts a magical moment for her family at MalaMala Game Reserve, a private reserve bordering South Africa’s Kruger National Park. MalaMala is a Bushtracks’ perennial favorite destination due to its reliable wildlife sightings, welcoming staff and knowledgeable guides, and their Junior Ranger programs for kids and teens on safari. 
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Posted in: Kruger National Park, South African Safaris, MalaMala

Map of Southern Africa

Map of Southern Africa Discover the most amazing animals on earth in some of the most incredible places in southern Africa.  Bushtracks is owned by a sixth-generation African family who has been making the  most exotic, unspoiled, and precious places  on earth accessible to travelers for more than two decades. Learn more about what makes the Bushtracks experience special by speaking to an Expert Safari Planner at 800-995-8689, or download or map of southern African featuring: 
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Posted in: Map of Africa, Planning an African Safari, Maps of Southern Africa

The People of the Serengeti

Discover the diverse culture, tribal traditions and history of the people of the Serengeti from ancient to modern times presented by the Serengeti National Park research team The Serengeti is home to a diversity of cultures. One way to see this diversity is to look at the different languages spoken today in the human ecosystem. There are four major language groups that make up the people of the Serengeti: Bantu, Nilotic, Cushitic and Khoisan. 
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The Deserts of Africa

Africa is the world's second largest and second most populous continent (30.2 million sq kilometers or 11.7 million sq miles), ranking second to Asia (44.4 million kilometers or 17.1 million sq miles) and larger than North America (24.2 sq kilometers or 9.4 sq miles). Accompanying its enormous size, Africa is home to the world's largest desert, the Sahara, as well as the Namib and the Kalahari. Each is incredibly diverse and vast covering a majority of Africa. With their alluring beauty, yet sometimes harsh environments, these regions of the continent offer a fascinating environmental and cultural history dating back millions of years.
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Posted in: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, The Deserts of Africa, Sahara Desert, Morocco, Kalahari Desert, Namib Desert

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