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INSIDERS AFRICATM

Exploring Africa's Wildlife And Wild Places

Deborah Olsen

Deborah Olsen
Deborah Olsen is Bushtracks Marketing Director. Although she’s lived and traveled abroad, Deborah finds most of her travel inspiration at home around the dinner table, where international family and friends routinely fuel her interest in the world beyond with vivid insider accounts of off-the-beaten path places. In telling the Bushtracks story, and sharing Bushtracks remarkable adventures, Deborah hopes to ignite the same spark of wanderlust in others. Her journey to Bushtracks marketing has wound an itinerant path from her education at Duke University, the University of Paris, and the University of Washington, to a decade of marketing in the wireless telecommunications industry, and five years with Bushtracks, where she daily learns something new and wonderful about the natural world she loves exploring in her free time.

Recent Posts

Bushtracks & PEAS: A One-for-One Commitment to African Education

PEAS Public Speaking Competition
Bushtracks is proud to announce a partnership with PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools), a U.K.-based non-profit organization which has spent a decade creating a network of 31 African schools educating over 15,000 children in Uganda and Zambia. Here's how every Bushtracks safari helps an African schoolchild build a 'Big Life.'

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Posted in: Giving Back

The Bushtracks Bird: David, Goliath and the Zambezi

 

Goliath Heron, credit Alamy, Andre van HuizenAmidst the thousand-plus mammal species in Africa, and the more than two thousand African bird species, why did Bushtracks adopt the Goliath heron to adorn its logo?

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Posted in: Our African Heritage

Bushtracks Presentation at the Golden Gate Club with Special Guest Donald Johanson

Bushtracks Presentation at the Golden Gate Club with Special Guest Donald Johanson

Although it was hard to imagine a more beautiful spot than San Francisco's Presidio illuminated by the soft glow of a harvest moon this past Wednesday evening, Bushtracks president David Tett took 100 attendees on a virtual safari to the wild beauty of Africa during his 45 minute presentation filled with stories, his favorite places for safaris, and the exciting announcement of a new host for the 2018 Incredible Africa by Private Jet trip.

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Posted in: Planning, Tips, and Tools, Expeditions by Private Jet

Safari Sundowners: Cocktails in the Namib Desert

Safari Sundowners: Cocktails in the Namib Desert

Lately we're seeking relief from Healdsburg's triple-digit summertime temperatures, and refreshing drinks are high on our list of remedies. So we asked our friends at Little Kulala Camp in the Namib Desert (people who know a thing or two about hot and dry conditions and how to treat them) to share some of their sundowner secrets for rehydrating guests after a day spent exploring. They kindly obliged with these three Namib-tested cocktails.

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Posted in: Safari Lifestyle

Safari Spoonful: South African Farm Milk Tart

South African Farm Milk Tart

If you’re not already familiar with this custard dessert, it is as beloved and ubiquitous in South Africa as apple pie is in the United States. It is also one more reason we are happy to work at Bushtracks, where the newest addition to the Bushtracks team, Gayle Lehman, whipped one up to share with us for a Friday coffee break.

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Posted in: Our Safari Specialists, Safari Lifestyle

Victoria Falls Activities: Dining with Elephants

Elephant Cafe, Victoria Falls

As far as we know, there is only one place in the world where the locavore and elephant conservation movements intersect: the Elephant Café upstream from Victoria Falls, which will celebrate its first year in July.

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Posted in: Activities and Culture

10 More Collective Nouns for African Animals

 

For those of us who love both words and animals, collective nouns --those anthromorphic and sometimes alliterative descriptions for groups of animals -- are an irresistable form of word play. Here are ten more for your amusement. 
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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife

Serengeti Safari Six Ways: In our Travelers' Words

Serengeti safaris

Designing excellent custom African safaris means we spend a lot of time talking with guests before they embark on their adventures. But, we also listen when they get back, hearing trip highlights as we learn how we can further perfect our safaris. When it comes to explaining what makes a Serengeti safari so inspiring, our travelers certainly say it best. Their different experiences also show how custom safaris, even in the same region, can vary to address individual interests. 

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Posted in: Destinations

5 Tips for Travel with Teens to Africa

Since I returned from a Southern Africa safari with my husband and 2 teens in June, we’ve fielded many questions from friends wanting to know what it’s like to travel with teens to Africa. In a nutshell: it was the most remarkable family vacation we've ever had, and an incredibly meaningful way to spend time together. 

Bushtracks Travel with Teens MalaMala

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Posted in: Planning, Tips, and Tools

New 2016 African Safaris Brochure Just Published

African Safaris 2016 Brochure

Inspire your next adventure with our just-published African Safaris 2016 brochure, featuring 8 proven-winner safaris you can customize around your dates, and number of travelers. Plus, insiders and experts offer tips on topics from photographing wildlife to conservation-focused lodges and summiting Sossusvlei's storied sand dunes.

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Posted in: Planning, Tips, and Tools, Destinations

Leaving Before the Rains Come: A Bushtracks Book Review

Leaving_before_the_Rains_ComeSitting down with Alexandra Fuller’s newly published book, Leaving Before the Rains Come, evoked in me the same pleasure one feels in running into a particularly insightful, articulate friend after too much time has elapsed, and spontaneously deciding to pop out for a glass of wine together and get caught up. You may not remember all of the details of your last encounter, but you pick up exactly where you'd last left off. Read More

Posted in: Destinations

Custom African Safaris for 2015: Our New Brochure Now Available

If you are starting to make 2015 travel plans, our newly published African Safaris brochure is an excellent place to get started. It contains everything you need to know about planning custom African safaris around your desired dates, number of travelers and points of interest, including:

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Jodi Picoult's Leaving Time and Botswana Elephants

Jodi Picoult Elephant Book

Jodi Picoult Leaving Time and Botswana's Elephants

Bushtracks explains what bestselling author Jodi Picoult's latest book and one of its favorite Botswana safari camps have in common: elephants.

We were excited to learn that the latest book by international bestselling author, Jodi Picoult, Leaving Time, has a very affectionate association with Mashatu Game Reserve, one of Bushtracks’ favorite Botswana safari camps. The concept of how elephants display and deal with grief is a focal point of Picoult’s 24th novel which is partly set in Botswana. Ms. Picoult has had a close working relationship with Jeanetta Selier, the elephant researcher at Mashatu, during the research of her novel.

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Biking Safaris in Africa for a Cause

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HOW MY CYCLING SAFARI BECAME CYCLING FOR A CAUSE

When your father is David Tett, Bushtracks president and co-founder, Africa is in your blood, and biking is a way of life. Here, David’s 13 year old son Porter, shares his impressions on biking safaris in Africa with his dad, and how that experience inspired him to fundraise for World Bicycle Relief, an organization providing specially designed, locally assembled bicycles to entrepreneurs, students and healthcare workers across rural Africa.

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Posted in: Destinations, Activities and Culture

PICKING THE BEST PHOTO EQUIPMENT FOR YOUR SAFARI

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PICKING THE BEST PHOTO EQUIPMENT FOR YOUR SAFARI

Given the endlessly captivating subject matter, every safari is a photographic safari, and every traveler, from the casual photographer to the serious shutterbug wants to return home with an array of stunning wildlife images to share.

Unforgettable photographs begin with selecting equipment that takes Africa’s unique conditions and the range of camera options into consideration. Here we offer tips for digital photography equipment, which gives instant feedback on images and allows adjustments in the field to ensure that one’s photographs are correctly exposed.

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Posted in: Activities and Culture

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