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Exploring Africa's Wildlife And Wild Places

Top 3 Places to Visit in Namibia

For many of our travelers, stunning Namibia tops the list of places they want to visit on their second trip to Africa. Alternatively – particularly for photographers -- a Namibia safari pairs beautifully with a Botswana program in the Okavango Delta, offering an unparalleled range of scenery and subject matter. When starting your planning, you’ll want to include these three destinations: all are proven favorites, offering landscapes, culture, and wildlife that can be experienced nowhere else on earth.

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1. Namib Desert: One of the World's Largest and Oldest Deserts

Marvel at the majestic dunes of the Namib Desert, one of the world’s largest and oldest deserts, as you explore on foot, or soar above them in a hot-air balloon. The undulating, orange dunes – captured in popular memory by the aerial scenes of the film The English Patient – are among the tallest in the world, with the tallest reaching 325 meters, or 1,066 feet, about the same height as New York City’s Chrysler Building. As if the stunning landscape and clear, starry skies weren’t reason enough to enjoy Sossusvlei, the area is home to desert-adapted flora and fauna such as ostriches, springbok, gemsbok, bat-eared foxes and aardwolves, all of which can be encountered on safaris in vehicles or on foot. One of our favorite desert retreats is Little Kulala, on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, with 11-thatched kulalas (or cottages) each with rooftop skybeds for stargazing and a private plunge pool.
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Mountain Trekking Safaris in Africa, Aliquid Novi


The word trekking is a uniquely African one (it is Afrikaans for a long journey, pretty much the same as the Swahili “safari”), so it is fitting we go mountain trekking in Africa.

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Congratulations to the Okavango Delta! The 1,000th UNESCO World Heritage Site Designee

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On June 22, 2014 UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) voted to recognize Botswana’s Okavango Delta as its 1,000th World Heritage Site, and only the second World Heritage Site in Botswana. The Okavango Delta now joins a list of the world’s most treasured cultural and natural sites, including the Pyramids, the Great Barrier Reef, the Taj Mahal, Stonehenge, Victoria Falls, and Serengeti National Park.

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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife, Planning, Tips, and Tools, Destinations

TOP 3 WEDDING VENUES IN AFRICA

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Looking for the best African safari destination for your wedding or honeymoon? Here are the top three best places to get married in Africa for the perfect romantic safari getaway. June remains one of the most popular times for weddings, and it happens to coincide with one of the very best times to go on safari in Africa. Custom safaris, which can be arranged around the date of your choosing, make tying a safari to your wedding or honeymoon one of the easiest parts of tying the knot!

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World Giraffe Day is June 21, 2014

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They are among the most easily recognized animals on earth, but you might be surprised to know how little you know about giraffes! To celebrate world giraffe day on June 21, 2014 here are five interesting facts about the world’s tallest mammals and where you can see them on a safari to Africa.

  1. Baby giraffes weigh 150 pounds and stand 6 feet high at birth. A baby giraffe drops about 5 feet to the earth when it is born, but is up and running a mere 10 hours later.
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GOOD NEWS FOR THE SERENGETI

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How to Plan the Best Family Safari

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For many of our travelers a trip to Africa is a chance to assemble generations of family in an extraordinary setting where each member of the family shares a sense of wonder and discovery together. We’ve been designing family safaris for multi-generational groups for over 20 years, and can offer helpful advice to families beginning to plan a custom African safari for summer 2015.

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The Big 5 & Shark Dive Safari

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LIONS, LEOPARDS, BUFFALOS, RHINOS, ELEPHANTS...AND SHARKS

Our newest safari The Big 5 & Shark Dive offers the best of land and sea with incredible game viewing in two of Southern Africa’s top reserves, plus the unparalleled aquatic adventure of shark cage diving.

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Best Horse Safaris in Botswana & Kenya

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David Bristow details unforgettable African adventures and landscapes by horseback, including our Botswana and Victoria Falls Horseback Safari.

Walking is a good way to experience the African bush, but riding a horse is so much easier. If you can ride a horse. You can go so much further than when walking. And  you can trot and canter and gallop, splashing through high grass or water like a crazy wild animal, running with herds of antelope, giraffes, zebras, and for a while being one with the wild beasts.

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Elephant Conservation: Does Elephant Compassion Deserve Our Own?

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African wildlife conservation photographer and Bushtracks traveler Susan McConnell describes the profoundly moving elephant interactions she witnessed on safaris in Namibia and Central Africa and offers a solution for African elephant conservation through the Wildlife Conservation Network.

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How to Stay Fit on Your African Safari

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A safari is unquestionably an outdoor experience. But, in Africa as elsewhere, just being outdoors does not always imply high activity. Mornings you’ll set out in your open vehicle accompanied by a guide to seek wildlife. Later, as animals retreat for a mid-day rest, you may take a nap or relax with a book. In the afternoon, you’ll embark on a second game drive often in a vehicle. Although every safari is an adventure, it is not necessarily high exertion, unless, of course, you design it that way.

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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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IN OUR TRAVELERS' WORDS: THE WILLIAM FAMILY ON SAFARI IN KENYA

William_family_breakfast_on_the_banks_of_river_in_norhtern_Kenya"While taken together we have travelled to all of the 7 continents, none of us has had a better time than this last expedition to Kenya. I have travelled to Africa many times, with my first visit in 1965 and my last several visits facilitated by Bushtracks Expeditions. I took this photo (above) of my son Paul, his wife and my grandchildren in Kenya."

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Paul William Playing Soccer with Samburu Warriors

"Paul (above) had said to me prior to this trip that since I had been to Africa many times, he wanted to at least go there once with me so I could share the experience with him and his family. This safari allowed us to share quality family time and learn and enjoy the values of other cultures that can only be encountered in the Serengeti.

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A Place Where the Elephants are in Charge

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David Tett describes the elephant conservation work of Dame Daphne Sheldrick and shares a custom Kenya safari to visit elephant orphanage, Tsavo National Park, Samburu, and the Masai Mara.

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Kenya Safaris: Walking with Warriors

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There are really two kinds of safaris in Kenya. One is where every attempt is made to make you feel as though you have stepped back in time into a romantic Africa: lots of leather and brass furnishings, luxurious drapes and a cocktail offered every time you turn around. The other is where no attempt is made to re-create that romantic Euro-centric illusion. It’s where the Africa of old and new meet in a much more meaningful way.

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