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INSIDERS AFRICATM

Exploring Africa's Wildlife And Wild Places

Carolyn Tett

Carolyn Tett
Carolyn Tett is Bushtracks' Co-Founder and Owner. Carolyn’s family has lived on the West Coast of the U. S. for six generations. She attended the University of California, Berkeley and, during her junior year, she studied at the University of St. Andrew’s in Scotland. While in the U.K, Carolyn met a charming and adventurous Zimbabwean, David Tett, who captivated her heart and instilled in her the fascination and thrill of travel, which they still share today. Many years, countless trips to Africa and two children later, Carolyn serves as the bridge between American sensibilities and David's grass-roots understanding of Africa. She is still active in sales and is a vigilant protector of the Bushtracks experience, continually working to ensure that our quality never wavers. Her passion for Africa and relentless demand for excellence have allowed us to maintain our high-level service as we've grown in the past 20 years, and will continue as we grow over the next two decades.

Recent Posts

How to put a giraffe under the tree (gift wrap available)

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Bushtracks invites you to think outside the box this holiday season, and surprise your loved ones with an unforgettable gift: a safari to Africa’s top reserves on the date of your choice with all of the details handled by Africa experts.

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Posted in: Planning, Tips, and Tools

Okavango Delta Safari Summer Specials

Okavango Delta Safari Summer Specials

Do you think summer's over? Think again! It's only just beginning in Africa, where your safari dollar goes much farther this time of year, even in the most highly sought-after camps in the Okavango Delta. Bushtracks Vice President Carolyn Tett shares some of her favorite safari specials for travel now through March 2018.

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Posted in: Destinations, Our Safari Specialists, Safari Special Offers, Planning, Tips, and Tools

Choosing Between Eastern & Southern Africa Safaris

Eastern Africa Safaris vs Southern Africa Safaris

Safari veterans broadly divide Africa into two regions, eastern and southern. Because of the continent's enormous size, if you can narrow down your interests, focusing on one region or another makes sense during a two-week stay. As you consider the distinctive qualities of each region, it is important to note that these are generalizations only, and exceptions abound. While Southern Africa generally features smaller camps on private reserves, for example, there are excellent small camps in private concessions in Eastern Africa, too, and both regions offer opportunities to see Africa's Big Five, indulge in some beach time, or engage with a local community.

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Posted in: Destinations, Planning, Tips, and Tools

Bushtracks Experts Share Safari Packing Tips

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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: Planning, Tips, and Tools, Our Safari Specialists

Green Season Safaris: Save On Travel October to March

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The "green season" is safari-speak for Africa's summer, a time of year favored by many insiders who enjoy traveling when crowds are few and Africa's wild babies are numerous and varied. Special pricing for green season safaris is now available for fall 2017 and early 2018.

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Posted in: Planning, Tips, and Tools

5 Ways to Manage Your Custom Safari Cost

Game Drive Wilderness Safaris

Words like custom, concierge and tailor-made have all been used to describe the type of safari we've been designing for over 25 years, and while they are all accurate, none expresses the fact that this type of safari can actually be more affordable than others because we design each one around your preferences, schedule and budget. When budget-conscious travelers call me, there are five ways I can reduce their overall custom safari cost.

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

Safari Spoonful: Amarula Dessert Recipe for the Holidays

 

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Relive memories of your African safari -- or maybe inspire your next safari -- by sharing an African dish this holiday season. Learn how to make this delicious Amarula dessert and why it's uniquely South African. 

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Posted in: Safari Lifestyle

Planning Family African Safaris over the Holidays

Hall-Wiley Family on safariThere's no better way for extended families to connect and create memories than on safari. However, planning a trip with lots of people isn't always easy. Learn how to plan sure-to-please family African safaris with advice from Bushtracks co-founder Carolyn Tett.

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Posted in: Our Safari Specialists, Planning, Tips, and Tools, Where to Stay

Just One of The Guides: Interview with a Female Safari Guide

 

Guide_Marelize_Conradie_cropMarelize Conradie is a safari guide at Tswalu Kalahari in South Africa. Bushtracks Vice President Carolyn Tett asked Marelize to share her thoughts on being a female guide in a profession still largely dominated by male safari guides.

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Posted in: Our Field Experts

Top 5 Safari Destinations for Fall and Holidays 2015

Botswana LeopardNow is the time to plan your 2015 late fall and winter travel to Africa. And, if you are hoping to spend the holidays in Africa, don't wait any longer to start making plans, as space will become increasingly difficult to secure. Here are Bushtracks’ top five safari destinations for fall and holidays to help get you dreaming of warm days outdoors, with options for city attractions, beachy escapes, and the beauty of the African bush at a very special season: when animal babies are born, and places like the Kalahari and Victoria Falls transform, offering a completely different experience from other times of year.

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Posted in: Planning, Tips, and Tools, Destinations

The Perfect Safari Packing List

Bushtracks Vice President and Co-Founder, Carolyn Tett, regularly advises travelers what to pack on an African safari. Her expertise is based on her own travels and assisting thousands of Bushtracks guests prepare for their trip of a lifetime. Below she offers her top three tips to help dress for success on your next safari, plus Bushtracks' safari packing list. 

Packed Bushtracks Duffle BagYou can manage bag weight limits with a tried-and-true complimentary bag given to all Bushtracks guests.

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Posted in: Planning, Tips, and Tools

Bushtracks-Designed East Africa Map Now Available

 "Maps are essential. Planning a journey without a map 
is like building a house without drawings,"

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Posted in: Planning, Tips, and Tools

AFRICAN SAFARIS IN THE GREEN SEASON

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It’s not too late to plan an African safari for 2014, or early 2015. End of year travel coincides with Africa’s Green Season, or summer. It’s a dream season when Africa comes alive with young of all species, and dry landscapes like the Kahalari Desert in Botswana are transformed into verdant seas. And it’s a time you will find better rates at many camps and lodges.

The Green Season perfectly describes Africa’s summer: from December to March. Conveniently timed when the northern hemisphere’s weather is at its most dreary and cold, Africa’s Green Season offers a warm welcome to travelers, and often at a considerable savings. 

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Posted in: Destinations, Activities and Culture

Serengeti Migration Safaris: Following the Wildebeest Migration

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You won’t be the only one following millions of wildebeest and zebra on our Serengeti Migration Safari in Tanzania in Eastern Africa. Predators can’t resist such a giant gathering of their prey. The drama of survival will play out before your eyes with lions, cheetahs, leopards, wild dogs and hyenas playing the main roles. Living their own life dramas, elephants, baboons, bushbabies, giraffes, aardvarks and a huge variety of other animals support one of the best wildlife adventures on earth.

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Posted in: Destinations, Activities and Culture

New African Safari Traveler Testimonials eBrochure

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OUR TRAVELERS SAY IT BEST...

THE MORIARITY WEDDING IN CHIAWA, ZAMBIA, SOUTHERN AFRICA

“Chiawa Camp was an ideal location for our wedding, and the experience was beyond what we had ever imagined and hoped for. The staff handled every detail: going out into the bush to pick flowers and twigs for our wedding ceremony, bringing in the Chiawa Choir to liven up the event, and taking amazing photos. We had champagne in the tent while we were getting ready and the choir welcomed us separately down the aisle during sunset. The local village pastor conducted the ceremony, which took place in camp, down by the water, with hippos, birds and a few crocs! After the ceremony Rich and I were whisked off to a private dinner on the Chiawa barge in the middle of the Zambezi River. We will remember the experience forever. It was truly magical.”

- Rich & Sarah Moriarity
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