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INSIDERS AFRICATM

Exploring Africa's Wildlife And Wild Places

Jane Goodall Celebrates Her 80th Birthday Today

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Insiders Cape Town in South Africa

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From the time European settlers put their soft, stockinged feet on the beach at Table Bay around 350 years ago, things have gone steadily downhill. For one property prices have rocketed. And finding parking on the Foreshore is a pain. On the other hand the quality of the wine has improved greatly from that first agricultural vintage back in 1659, which records show was more medicinal than delightful.

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BOTSWANA & VICTORIA FALLS ON HORSEBACK: AN EQUESTRIAN SAFARI

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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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How to Spot a Leopard in South Africa

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How to Spot a Leopard in South Africa

When you are ready to begin planning your trip to Africa, the first safari you will take is often of the online, bewildering type: researching camps and parks with not a lot to go on. If you haven’t explored it already, www.bushtracks.com offers one-stop-shop planning tools to help design your dream safari. We’ve applied over 20 years of fielding traveler questions into filters that anticipate many of the desires that spark a safari adventure. Sometimes the trip-of-a-lifetime starts with a childhood dream you could never get out of your head:  like seeing a leopard in its habitat.

So, if you are interested in a Cape Town visit for your family, but can’t imagine going all the way to Africa without seeing a leopard – and you want to make sure that your 12 year old twins have access to a swimming pool – by using our filters, you’ll find 19 safari camps that fit the bill.

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Cape Town Family Safari Escape in South Africa - Bushmans Kloof Resort

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Bushman's Kloof Reserve & Wellness Retreat

You can’t beat Cape Town for a perfect mix of stunning landscapes, culture, history and a world-class food and wine scene – but, what’s in it for your kids, really?

There’s more than enough in Cape Town to fill two or three action packed days for your family. But adding a few days of outdoor discoveries (for them) and an opportunity to relax (for you) is a great way to round out your Cape Town family vacation.

 Start Your Adventure with 3 Days in Cape Town

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Two or three days in Cape Town will allow you to ride the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain, take a ferry to historic Robben Island,  check out the memorabilia of District 6 Museum, and enjoy the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront’s Two Oceans Aquarium and Springbok Experience Rugby Museum, just to name a few.

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GREAT WHITE SHARK DIVING ON SAFARI IN SOUTH AFRICA

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GREAT WHITE SHARK DIVING ON SAFARI IN SOUTH AFRICA

 

One of Bushtracks’ greatest thrills is connecting our travelers with some of our favorite African experts who are skilled not only at spotting wildlife and interpreting their behaviors, but who are passionate advocates of the animals and their habitats, and who strive to offer our guests the most natural animal encounters. 

 

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ON SAFARI IN SOUTH AFRICA SPOTTING A ROYAL BEETLE

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ON SAFARI IN SOUTH AFRICA SPOTTING A ROYAL BEETLE

This December, when Carolyn and I took our two kids on their 5th safari in Africa in Madikwe Private Game Reserve in South Africa, up by the Botswana border, we had the great pleasure of learning more about some fascinating creatures – great and small

From many aspects, this lesser known private reserve in South Africa revealed wonderful safari moments, from busy scurrying scarab beetles fighting over dung balls, to stunning sightings of numerous white rhino, and even a rare brown hyaena. Maybe surprisingly, it was the African Wild Dogs and the Scarab (a.k.a Dung) Beetles that really captivated us. Neither are exactly kings of the jungle, but on close observation, they are really cool animals.

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AFRICAN WILD DOGS VIDEO

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit South Africa

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit South Africa

1. A year-round destination with a great climate

Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Indian Ocean to the east, South Africa enjoys a temperate climate, with some regional variation, but a very low annual rainfall overall, making it a destination for all seasons, and ideal for building a custom safari (with options for beach time, wine tasting, whale watching, and much more) around any dates you desire.

Tswalu, South Africa, photographed by Cameron Pearce

2. World-class wildlife viewing and private reserves perfect for families

South Africa’s Kruger National Park is a world-renowned wildlife destination, and the oldest national park in Africa. Sharing a border with Kruger, Mala Mala Game Reserve is a private reserve with exclusive game viewing areas and the highest land to guest ratio in the region.  90% of the reserve is strategically sandwiched between the 11 mile open boundary with the Kruger National Park and the Sand River. If you only visit Africa once, this is the place where you are most likely to see the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros). In addition, Mala Mala offers a Junior Ranger program with activities designed just for kids and teens.

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Elephants Walking Through Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia Africa

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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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CNN Travel's 26 of the Most Stunning Places to Visit in Africa

 

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CNN Travel's 26 of the Most Stunning Spots in Africa

With its expansive landscapes and formidable animal life, the world's second-biggest continent is arguably the best for photographers.

Throw in that sense of being in a place that hasn't changed for centuries and sometimes millennia, and you get some of the most inspiring, and inspired, spots on the planet.

It's not the river they need to worry about.A photo won't capture the thunder of hooves on dirt as more than a million wildebeest and several hundred thousand zebra make their annual migration, but still, this is one for the top of the pile.

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Luangwa Valley Walking Safaris in Zambia, Southern Africa

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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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The Serengeti: A Destination for all Seasons

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Google “Serengeti Migration” and you will see that the Great Migration of zebras and wildebeest is alternatively dubbed the One of the 7 Natural Wonder of Africa, One of the 10 Natural Travel Wonders,  One of the 7 New Wonders of the World, or even the 8th Wonder of the World.

It certainly makes you wonder!

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Victoria Falls Video - Luxury Safaris to Southern Africa by Air

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Victoria Falls - Luxury Safaris to Southern Africa by Air

Although Victoria Falls constitutes 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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The Serengeti Migration in Eastern Africa

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