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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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African Wildlife Foundation - Conserving, Protecting, Empowering Video

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Bushtracks' Top 3 Romantic African Safari Getaways

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Africa and romance have been synonymous at Bushtracks ever since Bushtracks’ founders David and Carolyn Tett honeymooned in Motopos National Park in Southern Zimbabwe in 1990. Twenty four years, and many trips later, we still think there are few better places in the world to enjoy a romantic, candlelit dinner than at a table for two set on Africa’s beaches, bushcamps, and  matchless natural splendor. It may be too late to spend this Valentine’s Day in Africa, but it is not too early to get a jump start on making next year’s celebration unforgettable.

So where would Bushtracks’ safari planners go for a romantic escape in Africa?

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The Best Times of Year to Go on an African Safari Trip

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The Best Times of Year to Go on an African Safari Trip

Planning Your African Safari One Year in Advance

For many of us, January is a time to finalize travel plans for the upcoming year. If long-range planning is your thing, you’ve probably already done your research on the destinations you’d like to explore, and are ready to start getting specific about dates and accommodations for your trip.

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BOOK YOUR AFRICAN SAFARI TOUR SOON TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT

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BOOK YOUR AFRICAN SAFARI TOUR SOON TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT

Heightened Interest in Africa Travel

It’s official, travel to Africa is hot! And if you’ve been thinking about an African safari trip, you are not the only one, so now is the time to start your planning your tour to Africa in earnest if you want to secure space in some of the more desirable camps and lodges with access to the best game viewing.

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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.

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The Colorful Tribes of Ethiopia

jessica-antola-photography-ethopia-safaris-bushtracks-691208-edited.jpgAs 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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Optimizing Your Safari: 10 Crucial Questions to Ask Your Safari Company

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Optimizing Your Safari:
10 Crucial Questions to Ask Your African Safari Company

  1. DOES THE SAFARI COMPANY CREATE AUTHENTIC AFRICAN SAFARI EXPERIENCES? 

    Africa is in our blood because we were born and raised there. It means we create authentic safari experiences based on six generations of family in Africa, and more than 20 years of hands-on experience. Other companies have little or no African heritage to guide them. 
    Other companies? No. Bushtracks? Yes.
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Happy Holidays 2013 From Bushtracks

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