Best African Safaris of 2014 David Tett's Top Six Safari Ideas Ideas from The Presentation Given at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, CA On February 4, 2014, Bushtracks President David Tett offered his best African Safari Trips with top six safari ideas for 2014 and 2015 to an audience of over 100 interested travelers at the Morrison Planetarium in the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Here is a summary of his recommendations based on 23 years of operating African safaris for individual travelers and institutions like National Geographic Expeditions, Smithsonian Journeys, Lindblad Expeditions and the African Wildlife Foundation. 1. The Serengeti Migration with A Private Guide We recommend a Tanzania safari that includes Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater, and 2 stops in the Serengeti – one in the South and one in the North to showcase two different habitats and the experience of big migration herds and excellent predator viewing in a single safari. To create a private experience, in spite of the large number of visitors to the Serengeti, we use a seasonal tented camp that follows the migration, is very private compared to the large lodges at Ndutu and Seronera, and gives the feeling of being in the wild. We also build in a charter flight over the Serengeti to get you from the South to the North, and save you a day of travel. For two or more guests, we arrange a private guide and driver from the local tribes like the Masaai or the Chagga, so you can learn from people who grew up in the bushveld, and have a natural knowledge of the wildlife and ecosystems that has been enhanced by formal training. 2. Botswana's Green Season Safari From January through April, this safari combines the Central Kalahari Game reserve in the south at its prime, with the Okavango Delta in the north.The Kalahari is at its peak for optimal game viewing, with migrating herds of zebra and wildebeest and springbok calving, and lots of predator interaction from lions and cheetahs. We link these two with a strategic charter, so you will get some superb aerial views as you fly from the desert into the Okavango. It might surprise you to learn that the way the waters flow from the Okavango River through the Kalahari causes the Delta’s water to recede during the African summer, or green season. The islands in the delta actually get bigger, which means more territory for predators to hunt, and more area to go game driving in a wild, beautiful part of Africa which is inaccessible for most of the year.
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