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AFRICA'S LARGEST GAME RESERVE: SPECIAL OFFER ON SAND RIVER SELOUS IN TANZANIA

Special Offer on Sand River Selous EXPLORE AFRICA'S LARGEST GAME RESERVE IN TANZANIA FOR LESS: STAY 4 NIGHTS, PAY FOR ONLY 3
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Bushtracks' Guide to Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Bushtracks' Guide to Gorilla Trekking in Uganda Uganda is home to approximately half of the world’s population of mountain gorilla families – the largest living primates on earth. A recent 2011 census puts the total population in Bwindi at around 400 gorillas, up from 302 in 2006. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park now has as many as 11 habituated gorilla families available for tracking. These families can be tracked from ranger posts in four different locations in Bwindi – Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga, Nkuringo. Please see page 6 for Gorilla Family Location Map for their precise locations. 
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Best Places to Stay in Uganda: Bwindi Safari Lodge

Best Places to Stay in Uganda: Bwindi Safari Lodge A SMALL-FOOTPRINT BASE FOR GORILLA TRACKING 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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Hiking with Chimpanzees in Uganda

  Kibale Forest National Park researchers are inviting safari travelers to help habituate a chimpanzee family to human observation so that future visitors can get up close and personal with our closest genetic relatives. One of the best places in Africa to hang with our closest relatives is Uganda's Kibale Forest National Park, home to more than 1,400 chimpanzees and the continent's highest diversity and density of primates. Most safari travelers opt for one of the twice-daily, ranger-guided, three-hour chimpanzee hikes. But as rewarding as this experience is, you are limited to spending just one hour with the primates once the guide locates them to avoid provoking stress or transmitting human-borne diseases.
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SOUTH AFRICA ADVENTURES: TRAVEL CHANNEL TRENDS 2013

Shown: Vineyard Hotel & Spa, Cape Town South Africa SOUTH AFRICA ADVENTURES: TRAVEL CHANNEL TRENDS 2013 This short travel video from the Travel Channel will transport you to South Africa with ideas for adding to your South Africa safari with shark or crocodile dives, bungee jumping, golf, wine tasting, and opportunities to experience South Africa’s rich culture and history. 
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Table Mountain Joins "Global Greening" Line up for Saint Patrick's Day 2014

Photo Credit: BBC News   Table Mountain Joins "Global Greening" Line up for Saint Patrick's Day 2014 For the fourth consecutive year Table Mountain will join the ever-expanding line up of global icons to be ‘greened’ for Ireland’s National Day, St Patrick’s Day, on 17th March. Since Tourism Ireland introduced its ‘global greening’ initiative in 2009, starting off with the Sydney Opera House, it has signed up a host of major landmarks and iconic sites around the world.  Sites include the Pyramids of Giza, Petra in Jordan, the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro and the London Eye…to name but a few.  In a great gesture of friendship from the respective governments, these sites are happily and enthusiastically turned green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day with the millions of Irish diaspora scattered around the world. Ireland is the one of very few countries whose National Day is celebrated worldwide. This is due mainly to the number of people around the world who claim Irish descent, particularly in the USA and Australia. The Irish are also associated with pubs, humour and merrymaking which every nation can relate to. Referring to the greening of Table Mountain, Gail Gilbert of Tourism Ireland points out that Ireland has always been close to the hearts of South Africans.  “Nelson Mandela received the Freedom of the City of Dublin, an Honorary Doctorate from Trinity College and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Galway…all gestures of solidarity and support for his ideals.” she says.
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The Magic of the Elephants


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Where to Go on a Walking Safari in Africa

Where to Go on a Walking Safari in Africa Have you ever dreamed of waking up in your safari tent, and seeing the snows of Kilimanjaro from your bed? Amboseli National Park is where you can do just that. The camps we use are set on large private reserves that lie adjacent to the national park and allow you to do non-park activities such as walking safaris, night drives, and visits to Maasai communities and group ranches. You can also take game drives inside the park for views of some of the biggest bull elephants you have ever seen, all framed by Kilimanjaro in the background.
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Luangwa Valley Walking Safaris in Zambia, Southern Africa

  Luangwa Valley Walking Safaris in Zambia, Southern Africa No matter where you go – in urban or wilder settings – the seasoned traveler knows you can only get to really know your surroundings by walking them:  not just to get your bearings, but to discover the sights, sounds and smells that are unique to that place. Although four-wheel-drive safari vehicles are inextricably linked to the image of the classic African safari, many safari-goers are taking their adventure to another level entirely by selecting a destination and camps which have perfected the art of the walking safari. Beyond connecting with the wilderness you’ve traveled so far to see, you have the added advantage of staying active on your vacation. One of our favorite destinations is the Luangwa Valley in Zambia, where Norman Carr pioneered walking safaris in the 1950’s, preferring the traditional way of exploring the surrounding wilderness. Every detail – from guide training to bush camps – is aimed at helping you become a part of your surroundings. You are alert to the sound of breaking branches and animal sounds, and smaller details reveal themselves, like subtle changes in the foliage and the presence of insects.
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Rare Albino Vervet Monkey in Timbavati Game Reserve

Rare Albino Vervet Monkey in Timbavati Game Reserve
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Victoria Falls Video - Luxury Safaris to Southern Africa by Air

Victoria Falls - Luxury Safaris to Southern Africa by Air Although Victoria Falls constitute neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, their claim to be the largest is based on a width of 1.7 km (1 mile) and height of 108 m (360 ft), forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world. The falls' maximum flow rate compares well with that of other major waterfalls. 
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Sneak Peek: Jackie Chan Stands Up for African Rhinos


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Best African Safari Trips of 2014

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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Top African Safaris - Chiawa Camp & Old Mondoro in Zambia Africa

Top African Safaris - Chiawa Camp & Old Mondoro in Zambia Africa Chiawa Camp and Old Mondoro are situated on the banks of the Zambezi River in the south-eastern part of Zambia, Africa, opposite Zimbabwe's Mana Pools National Park, the Lower Zambezi National Park occupies 4092 sq. kms, with 120 kms of river frontage. Its distinguishing features are the rugged escarpment to the north, the river itself, and its numerous islands, lagoons and floodplains which attract most of the wildlife. There are approximately 50 mammal species and 400 bird species, which thrive in the Park, as well as a wide variety of spectacular trees, grasses and flowers. Chiawa Camp Chiawa Camp blends in effortlessly with its idyllic surroundings and provides a retreat which guests are invited to make their home away from home, where guests receive the friendliest of welcomes, the biggest of smiles and where guests, who leave as friends to return time and again, experience the very best in Africa. On the banks of the Zambezi River, under a grove of evergreen Mahogany trees, Chiawa Camp holds the prime position in the heart of Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park. It is at this very spot where the Cumings Family first explored this area for themselves decades ago, where David Livingstone had ventured through nearly 150 years previously, and where in 1989 they created the very first photo safari operation in the Lower Zambezi National Park - and through their efforts what has since become one of Africa’s most desirable, sought after safari destinations.
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Bushtracks' African Safari Traveler Jessica Antola on the Colorful Tribes of Ethiopia

  The colorful tribes of Ethiopia   Bushtracks' African Safari traveler photographer Jessica Antola traveled to Ethopia with her famly in February 2013 on their tour of Africa. Jessica Antola is an American photographer based in New York. Follow her on Instagram and Tumblr.   As a child, Jessica Antola traveled the world with her family to places like Tibet, Antarctica and India. She always kept a camera handy to record her adventures, inspiring her later in life to find places off the beaten path. Jump forward a few decades, and the photographer from Brooklyn took her curiosity and her camera to the African country of Ethiopia. The country’s history and diversity were big attractions for her.
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