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5 African Rhino Facts to Celebrate World Rhino Day

World Rhino Day is September 22. Since 2010, concerned organizations and individuals worldwide have used this day to celebrate the world's 5 rhino species, and to raise awareness about the illegal horn trade. 
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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife

A Grand Adventure: Grandparents and Grandchildren on Safari

Bridging the generation gap--whether it is measured by miles, years or technology preferences--can be challenging for grandparents and grandchildren. One of the best ways to bring these two groups closer together is through a shared experience, such as a special vacation together.

Campbell Family on SafariOne of Bushtracks' travelers, Abby Campbell, is about to embark with her husband Leon on their third safari with their grandchildren, and shared her advice on how this can be a wonderful bonding experience.

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Posted in: Where to Stay, Activities and Culture, Planning, Tips, and Tools

A Free Night in Victoria Falls on Select 2015 African Safaris

Game Drive, Chiawa Camp, Lower Zambezi National ParkIf you can't believe that we're already in April, and wonder where the year has gone, you'll be glad to know that there’s still plenty of time to plan a custom safari for 2015. And we're making it very easy to make your once-in-a-lifetime trip a reality with a fantastic Southern Africa program you can customize to your dates and style of travel. Plus, when you book our Best of Southern Africa 2015 Safari by June 30, 2015 you'll enjoy a complimentary night at the elegant Royal Livingstone Hotel in Victoria Falls (a $450 per person, or a $900 per couple, value).

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Posted in: Planning, Tips, and Tools, Destinations

Support African Wild Dogs at Kachina Vineyards Event

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Painted dogs, also sometimes called African wild dogs, are incredibly social creatures. The dogs rely on each other and are one of the only wild species that care for their sick and old. However, the dog population has been threatened by poaching, road kills, and mining and logging activities that destroy habitat. There were once as many as 500,000 dogs across Africa, but now only 6,600 dogs are thought to remain. Zimbabwe, where Painted Dog Conservation (PDC) is headquartered, is one of the last strongholds.

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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife

Zambia Safari Video: Lions and hippos and drones, oh my!

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One of Bushtracks' travelers' favorite safari camps is Chiawa Camp, located in the Lower Zambezi, Zambia amidst lush vegetation that attracts and sustains a diverse wildlife population of leopards, lions, elephants, hippos, buffalo, and more. 

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Serengeti Haven For Cheetahs Reopens after 20 Years

 

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Namiri Plains, a luxury tented safari camp in a remote eastern corner of the Serengeti, opened in summer 2014 after the area was closed off for 20 years to create a safe haven for cheetahs. We're happy to announce that Bushtracks just added Namiri Plains to the over 340 safari camps and lodges on bushtracks.comso now you can build a Bushtracks Serengeti safari with Namiri Plains by using the Bushtracks Trip Builder. 
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Live from Africa: Samantha Reports from Kruger Southern

Bushtracks Safari Samantha at Mashatu BotswanaBushtracks’ intrepid traveler and expert safari planner, Samantha Barbitta, is thankful for the wonderful African wildlife viewing opportunities she’s having on safari in Botswana and South Africa's Kruger Southern this week.

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Posted in: Our Safari Specialists, Activities and Culture, Destinations

Kenya Safaris and Our Morning with a Maasai Guide

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Pictured left to right: Bush and Beyond's private guide, Jackson Looseyia in traditional Maasai dress, Lyn Lavery, Samantha Barbitta, Tierney Craig, Anna Kohtz, and Josh Perrett of Ekorian's Mugie Camp. Photo by Liz Bean, Bush and Beyond.

 

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Posted in: Planning, Tips, and Tools

African Safaris for Families


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INSIDERS' PHOTOGRAPHS & STORIES FROM AFRICA:

Three generations of the Talbot family joined together in Kenya to enjoy a Bushtracks safari spanning the Laikipia Plateau and the Masai Mara regions. Here they share their safari photos and stories.

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Posted in: Activities and Culture

Tourists Return to Zimbabwe in Record Numbers

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Zimbabwe is an amazing African country that has it all, and tourists are flocking here in record numbers to discover why. From big game parks such as Mana Pools National Park on the edge of the great Zambezi, to the golden grasslands and savannas of Hwange National Park, to the stunning scenery and granite hills of Matopos National Park, it's no wonder Zimbabwe is the place where David Tett, Bushtracks' Co-founder and President, was born and raised. Our travelers can experience the impressive stone ruins of the Kingdom of Monomatapa at Great Zimbabwe, and the World Heritage site of Victoria Falls, and it's all here in a safari country that does have it all. Our friends at ATTA (African Travel and Tourism Association) recently shared some important travel and tourism insights on Zimbabwe that travelers should consider as they start planning their African safaris. 

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Serengeti Safari Special Offer*

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From Cheetah to Chimpanzee...Make a dash for some winter Sun

For those who are starting to think of escaping early next year, combine Lamai Serengeti with Greystoke Mahale for unbeatable experience and value

7 Nights at Lamai Serengeti & Greystoke Mahale Safari

  • Starting from $6,711 per person/double occupancy, valid for travel between 7 Jan - 15 Mar 2015 (includes 1 free night).
  • Add 3 nights in the thick of the migration at Serengeti Safari Camp to make a 10 night safari and get 2 nights free.
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STORIES FROM AFRICA BY OUR SAFARI EXPERTS


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INSIDERS' PHOTOGRAPHS & STORIES FROM AFRICA:

Bushtracks Travel Planners routinely visit Africa, and their travels help inspire and inform the custom safaris they design for our guests. Samantha is just about to embark on a Southern Africa safari, having already been to Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania. Since a picture speaks a thousand words, we asked Autumn, Anna, Lyn and Samantha to share their favorite safari photos and the stories behind them.

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Celebrating Rhino Day

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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: Conservation & Wildlife, Planning, Tips, and Tools, Destinations

What are the World's Best African Safaris?

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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: Planning, Tips, and Tools

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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