Exploring Africa's Wildlife And Wild Places

Bushtracks Donates Southern Africa Safari at the San Francisco SPCA 150th Anniversary Celebration

By: Gulliver

Bushtracks auction lot San Francisco SPCA 150th Anniversary Entrance

On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, Bushtracks' owners David and Carolyn Tett joined San Francisco's animal welfare advocates, government officials, and local luminaries (including those of the canine, feline, equine, and porcine variety!) to celebrate 150 years of rescuing and caring for animals with a gala celebration at San Francisco City Hall.  David is pictured introducing the Southern Africa safari lot donated by Bushtracks.

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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife

Does Uganda Gorilla Trekking Help the Gorilla Population? Census Underway

gorilla, Volcanoes Safaris UgandaFrom now until mid-May the Uganda Wildlife Authority will be conducting a gorilla census to better help manage and protect its endangered mountain gorilla population. The census team is optimistic about finding more habituated gorillas which would contribute to an increase in the overall population.

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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife, Destinations

Southern Tanzania Safari with Selous & Zanzibar

Bushtracks Safari Sand Rivers Selous

In a previous post, I introduced Ruaha National Park in southern Tanzania, part of the 'secret' southern safari circuit. The main park of that region is actually the Selous Game Reserve, the largest game reserve in Africa and one of the world’s largest conserved areas. The Selous in combination with Zanzibar and its surrounding islands, are often referred to as a 'bush and beach' safari.

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Posted in: Destinations

Bushtracks to host a private screening of Vanishing Kings: Desert Lion Legacy

Desert Lion, Will and Lianne Steenkamp

On Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.  Bushtracks will host a private screening of the film Vanishing Kings: Desert Lion Legacy in San Francisco with African filmmakers Will and Lianne Steenkamp on hand to answer questions about their award-winning documentary.

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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife

New Okavango Delta Safari Camp: Splash Camp

Kwara Camp, Okavango Delta safari, BotswanaIf you've enjoyed stays at Kwara or Little Kwara camps in the Okavango Delta, you'll be excited to learn about some of the changes taking place in the private Kwara Reserve in summer 2018. Kwara and Little Kwara will be closing, but brand-new Splash Camp gives guests access to the same private reserve with plentiful wildlife, plus many activities to enjoy on land and on water.

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Posted in: Where to Stay

Beating the Safari Crowds: the Lower Zambezi & Mana Pools

Aerial, Zambezi River, Dana Allen

In his third article on alternatives to the Okavango Delta, Bushtracks guest blogger David Bristow paddles his canoe down the mighty Zambezi River to get away from the madding crowds and describes the stunning parks on either side of the river: Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia and Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe.

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Posted in: Destinations

Safari Spotlight: African Wild Dogs

Safari Spotlight: African Wild Dogsphoto taken by Bushtracks guest, Corey Goodman

For many first-time safari-goers an African wild dog sighting can be as memorable as the Big Five. Seeing the interactions of a multi-generational pack evokes hints of domestic dogs, but Lycaon pictus has a grace and wildness that is all its own. Read on for five facts from our friends at the African Wildlife Foundation, and a learn about a fascinating conservation project in Botswana.

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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife

Beating The Safari Crowds:  Zambia's Luangwa Valley

Beating The Safari Crowds:  Zambia's Luangwa Valley

In the second installment by David Bristow on alternatives to the Okavango Delta, we visit Zambia’s Luangwa Valley.

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Posted in: Our Field Experts, Where to Stay, Destinations

Beating the Safari Crowds: a Kafue Zambia Safari

Elephant at Kafue, credit Mike Myers, Busanga Bush Camp

In the first of three blogs on beating the safari crowds in Southern Africa, Cape Town-based guest blogger David Bristow reveals some lesser-known destinations that you'll want to add to your safari bucket list. He begins with Kafue National Park in south-central Zambia. 

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Posted in: Our Field Experts, Where to Stay, Destinations

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

WATCH: Interview with Africa by Private Jet Host Donald Johanson

Donald Johanson

Recently I had a chance to sit down and talk about our upcoming 2018 Incredible Africa by Private Jet trip with my fascinating co-host, anthropologist Donald Johanson, and found his enthusiasm for the continent just as impressive as his landmark discovery of the hominid fossil 'Lucy.'  This video captures the highlights of our conversation.

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Posted in: Our Field Experts, Expeditions by Private Jet

Lucy, Diamonds, and Africa by Private Jet

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For Bushtracks blogger and avid traveler Ellen Ludwig all that glitters is not gold: Africa travel tops her wish list this holiday season. Here's why she's got her eye on the upcoming 2018 Incredible Africa by Private Jet expedition, hosted by anthropologist Donald Johanson.

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Posted in: Expeditions by Private Jet

A New Camp for your Okavango Delta Safari

wild dog at Qorokwe Camp, Okavango Delta Safari

It's not every day that a new camp opens in Botswana's Okavango Delta, so we're very excited to share the news about this one. Qorokwe Camp is not only beautifully and thoughtfully constructed, but gives guests a uniquely private wildlife-viewing experience in one of the world's most famously abundant and diverse ecosystems.

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Posted in: Our Safari Specialists, Where to Stay, Destinations

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

Bushtracks Supports Conservation in Africa

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What do you get when you combine The Amazing Race with the challenging terrain of the Zambian bush and conservation in Africa? The Elephant Charge! This annual fundraising event puts teams in four-by-four vehicles and motorbikes in competition against one other as they race to complete a grueling course of ten checkpoints in the shortest distance possible within the allowed eight hours. The proceeds benefit Zambian conservation organizations.

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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife