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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

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

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

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

Rare Safari Sighting: A Lunar Rainbow at Victoria Falls

 Lunar rainbow, Victoria Falls

The most remarkable thing you see on an African safari could be up in the night sky! Learn where and when to spot a lunar rainbow at Victoria Falls -- one of the few places in the world to see them.

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Posted in: Activities and Culture

African Safari Gift Ideas for the Holidays

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For the African safari aficionados or wildlife enthusiasts on your list here are ten of our favorite African safari gift ideas to either recall their time in Africa or inspire future travel. 

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Posted in: Safari Lifestyle

In Our Travelers' Words: New Safari Photos

Rusty and Donna Hayes took a Bushtracks custom safari in June 2016 spanning Greater Kruger, Victoria FallsLower Zambezi National ParkVolcanoes National Park, and the Masai Mara. Here they share their planning experience, and some stunning African wildlife photos.

Snake Eagle on Acacia Tree in Masai Mara, photo credit Rusty Hayes

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Posted in: Activities and Culture

Seeking Hides for Unforgettable Safari Photos

Mashatu Photo Hide

Photographic hides offer an excellent way for photographers of all levels to complement their African safari photos with up-close, candid images of a variety of animals, from the very large to the quite small. Learn about the photo hide experience, and which safari camps offer them.

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Posted in: Activities and Culture

How an Expert Guide Can Improve Your African Wildlife Photos

Bob and Shirley Sanderson have been on 13 Bushtracks safaris, most recently, to southern Africa in the company of photographer Dana Allen. Here Shirley explains the impact that Dana Allen has had on her photography, and why she and Bob have been on five photographic trips with him.

Shirley and Bob Sanderson

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Posted in: Our Safari Specialists

Our 10 Favorite Collective Nouns for African Animals

giraffes, Solio Lodge Laikipia Plateau Kenya

What do you call a group of giraffes? A TOWER of giraffes! Read on for nine more of our favorite names for groups of African animals.

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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife

What's So Big About Africa's Big Five?

Leopard, credit Mary Beth HattenQuick! Can you name Africa's Big Five? Lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo are the members of this exclusive club. But what exactly makes them so special, and where can you find them?

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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife

Amazing Botswana Safari Photos from a 5 Time Bushtracks Traveler

Bushtracks traveler Larry William is just back from his 5th Bushtracks safari, this one in the company of his wife, daughter and teenaged granddaughter. Here he shares some stunning African wildlife photos taken in Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, and the Okavango Delta.

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Posted in: Destinations

2 New Custom African Safaris in Just-Published Brochure

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Nothing says comfort and adventure like the beanbags and elephants on the cover of our latest African Safaris brochure! We invite you to sit back, relax and let us take you to Africa in ways you've never imagined, but which are just right for you. Inside you'll find two new trips you can customize for 2016, as well as travel advice and inspiration from Africa experts.

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Posted in: Planning, Tips, and Tools, Destinations

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