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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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Posted in: Activities and Culture

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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Posted in: Destinations

AFRICAN SAFARI SPECIALS: GO NOW & SAVE

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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.


*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: Safari Special Offers, Destinations

Greater Kruger Safaris for Families in South Africa

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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: Destinations

Map of Southern Africa

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Map of Southern Africa

Discover the mosamazing animalon 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: Planning, Tips, and Tools

The Deserts of Africa

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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: Destinations

Namibia African Safari Destinations

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DISCOVER NAMIBIA'S DESERT BEAUTY AND WILDERNESS SURVIVAL

If you are searching for wide open spaces, wild deserts, ancient welwitschia plants and strange looking quiver trees, red sand dunes that are over 1,000 feet tall, the Big Five, innovative cheetah conservation projects, desert elephant, and Herero women who wear fantastic headdresses, then Namibia is for you. Flying over the red dunes of Sossusvlei, along the remote and rugged Skeleton Coast, and seeing colorful geological formations from the air also makes Namibia one of the most fantastic flight seeing countries on earth.

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Kenya's Top 5 Places to Visit on Your African Safari

From the Africa's wildlife in the Masai Mara to the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, take a virtual journey through our top 5 African safari destinations in Kenya, the gateway to East Africa.

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Posted in: Where to Stay, Destinations

Top Safari Trips to Kenya Africa: Kenya's Private Reserves Safari

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ONE COUNTRY. LIMITLESS ADVENTURE.

Why go to Kenya? As one of our top trips to Africa, this Kenya safari delivers the feeling of days of yore in an untrammeled setting by taking advantage of private wilderness reserves in bucolic places with access to top game-viewing. So many dream of visiting Africa as depicted by legendary explorers only to find themselves surrounded by crowds of fellow adventure-seekers, rather than in a pristine "Out of Africa" setting.

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Posted in: Destinations

Africa's Finest by David Bristow and Colin Bell

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Africa's Finest by David Bristow and Colin Bell

Africa's Finest (Hardcover) by David Bristow and Colin Bell was published in December 15, 2013 - A stunning perspective of the most sustainable and responsible safari destinations in sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. Africa's Finest is the game-changing book that celebrates the lodges and camps in Africa that are making a difference: those practicing environmentally friendly and sustainable tourism methods while providing world class safari and nature experiences. Explore this book here on http://africasfinest.co.za/ Also available on Amazon

DAVID BRISTOW

david-bristow-africa-1David Bristow is also a guest blogger and Bushtracks' Specialist Guide based in Cape Town, South Africa. Read his latest article "Insiders Cape Town" on our blog here.

"Still so many mountains to climb, still so many books to write," says nature and environmental writer David Bristow.

Stints on Johannesburg’s two biggest circulating dailies – The Star and The Sowetan – following a double honors degree in Journalism and Speech and Drama at Rhodes University – made him realize a desk job would not be the life for him.

Soon after returning from an expedition to Nepal he set off on an 18-month mountaineering odyssey that culminated in the best-selling coffee table book Mountains of Southern Africa (Struik, Cape Town, 1984). Since then he has authored some 20 books and written hundreds of travel articles – mainly on Africa but as far flung as Antarctica and Alaska. Some time in mid career David decided he needed a firmer grounding in the earth sciences. There followed a masters degree in Environmental Sciences at Cape Town University.

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Posted in: Activities and Culture, Planning, Tips, and Tools

Best Places to Stay in Uganda: Bwindi Safari Lodge

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The Bwindi Safari Lodge is among the best places to stay in Uganda and is a Bushtracks favorite. The Bwindi Safari Lodge in Uganda overlooks the primeval Bwindi Forest, home to gorillas, monkeys, chimpanzees and birds. Tracking gorillas in the so-called ‘impenetrable' forest is a magical experience. At this stunning eco-lodge with eight bandas, clients can spend the day on the terrace, which juts out into the forest, mesmerized by its exotic sounds, watching primates and birds in the canopy. 
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Jane Goodall Celebrates Her 80th Birthday Today

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BOTSWANA & VICTORIA FALLS ON HORSEBACK: AN EQUESTRIAN SAFARI

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BOTSWANA & VICTORIA FALLS ON HORSEBACK:
AN EQUESTRIAN SAFARI
This Southern Africa safari offers intermediate and advanced horseback riders the diverse and game-rich landscapes of Southern Africa, while the selection of Botswana's premier wildlife destinations, and breathtaking Victoria Falls, offer safaris and a range of other activities to non-riders. Explore three different areas of Botswana over the course of this 10 day safari adventure: the Mashatu Game Reserve in eastern Botswana, the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana and magnificent Victoria Falls. Each day on safari, experience up-close game viewing and a variety of safari activities in small groups led by experienced naturalist guides. 

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