Tourists Return to Zimbabwe in Record Numbers

Zimbabwe is an amazing African country that has it all, and tourists are flocking here in record numbers to discover why. From big game parks such as Mana Pools National Park on the edge of the great Zambezi, to the golden grasslands and savannas of Hwange National Park, to the stunning scenery and granite hills of Matopos National Park, it's no wonder Zimbabwe is the place where David Tett, Bushtracks' Co-founder and President, was born and raised. Our travelers can experience the impressive stone ruins of the Kingdom of Monomatapa at Great Zimbabwe, and the World Heritage site of Victoria Falls, and it's all here in a safari country that does have it all. Our friends at ATTA (African Travel and Tourism Association) recently shared some important travel and tourism insights on Zimbabwe that travelers should consider as they start planning their African safaris. 
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Posted in: Zimbabwe

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

  Kenya's Top 5 Places to Visit on Your African Safari Masai Mara. Mount Kilimanjaro. Samburu & Beyond  From the Africa's wildlife in the Masai Mara to the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, take a journey through our top 5 African safari destinations in Kenya, the gateway to Eastern Africa. 1. Masai Mara, Kenya: Best Places to See African Wildlife and Game There is a very good reason the Masai Mara is such a popular safari destination. It is hands down the best place to see wildlife in Kenya. It is... Discover More 2. Amboseli: The Majestic Mount Kilimanjaro 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... Discover more 3. Mount Kenya in Laikipia: Elevated Adventures This is an up and coming wildlife area of Kenya. The Laikipia National Park was created on November 8, 2011 and is a very new national park. It is...Discover More
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Posted in: Top African Safaris, Kenya Safaris

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

Top Safari Trips to Kenya Africa: Kenya's Private Reserves Safari 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: Trips to Tanzania, African Safari Specials

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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Posted in: Gorilla Trekking Safaris, Trips to Uganda

Across East and Southern Africa by Private Jet

Across East and Southern Africa by Private Jet Northbound - August 11-26, 2015 OR Southbound - August 20-September 4, 2015 An Interview with Bushtracks Founder and President, David Tett What is the inspiration for this 16 day journey across Eastern and Southern Africa? The Great Rift Valley inspired this program. It is Africa’s wild heart: migrating herds, big cats, magnificent vistas and human origins. So in the most general sense, this program combines the highlights of Eastern and Southern Africa which top our travelers’ “must-see” list: the Okavango Delta and Kalahari Desert in Botswana; Victoria Falls in Zambia; the Great Migration of the Serengeti in Tanzania; and the anthropological and cultural treasures of Ethiopia. It offers in one sweeping adventure what many of our guests take 2 or even 3 separate trips to Africa to discover. But, perhaps more interestingly, it connects these seemingly distinct destinations, and the people and wildlife that call them home, into a geological story going back 30 million years. Soussusvlei, Namibia What makes this expedition-style journey different from other Bushtracks safaris? Four things set this safari apart from our custom safari programs. First, the 16 day duration is longer than our average safari – but necessary to capture the sense of the 3,000 mile long Great African Rift! Second, we’ll fly by private jet and bush planes throughout which offers excellent “flight-seeing” in addition to personalized care, while minimizing long road transfers. Plus, our bush flights will take you directly to your remote safari lodge’s door step. Third, the trip is designed to give you a true insider-experience with perspectives from your African-based expedition leader, hand-picked experts on a range of topics at every stop, and even me and Carolyn at a stunning camp perched in the rocky kopjes of the Serengeti. Last, unlike our custom programs, this journey departs on two set departure dates (August 11, 2015 or August 20, 2015) with a maximum of 24 guests. Shown left: Okavango Delta, Botswana
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Posted in: African Safaris, The Serengeti, Trips to Eastern Africa, The Great Migration, Safaris By Private Jet

Africa's Finest by David Bristow and Colin Bell

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 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: Africa Travel Guides and Tips, Photographic Safaris

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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Posted in: Africa Travel Guides and Tips, Gorilla Trekking Safaris, Uganda, Eastern Africa Safaris, Uganda Safaris

Hiking with Chimpanzees in Uganda: Why Haven't You Done This Yet?

Hiking with Chimps in Uganda: Why Haven't You Done This Yet? A chimpanzee mother rests with her four-month-old infant while babysitting an older baby from another mother. 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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Posted in: Africa Travel Guides and Tips, Gorilla Trekking Safaris, Uganda, Trips to Eastern Africa

Jane Goodall Celebrates Her 80th Birthday Today

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Posted in: Trips to Tanzania, Gorilla Trekking Safaris, Uganda


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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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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Posted in: Trips to Africa, South African Safaris

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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Posted in: South African Safaris

Elephants Walking Through Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia Africa

Elephants Walking Through Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia Africa Elephants won't be the only ones walking through the bush on a walking safari in Zambia. Check out the gently giant strutting straight through Mfuwe Lodge in the South Luangwa, Zambia. The vimeo is courtesy of our partners at The Bushcamp Company. 
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Posted in: Zambia African Safaris, African Safaris, African Wildlife Conservation

The Magic of the Elephants

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