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What are the Big 5 African Animals?

What are THE BIG 5 animals of Africa? If you planning a trip to Africa, you'll want to learn about the iconic animals that symbolize the wildness and scale of Africa, and they are the wild stars of all our personalized African safaris. Lion The “King of the Jungle” lives out on the at savannah and is a very powerful and agile hunter. Because lions prowl in prides, a coordinated lion attack on a buffalo herd can be an incredible battle. Since only 1/4 to 1/6 of lions’ predatory chases are successful, you can enjoy the thrill several times in a day. Once they’ve caught dinner, they’re not nearly as active; they sleep around 20 hours a day.
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Posted in: African Safaris, Elephants, Leopards, African Wildlife Safaris, The Big 5, Buffaloes, Lions, Rhinos

Map of Southern Africa

Map of Southern Africa Discover the most amazing animals on earth in some of the most incredible places in southern Africa.  Bushtracks is owned by a sixth-generation African family who has been making the  most exotic, unspoiled, and precious places  on earth accessible to travelers for more than two decades. Learn more about what makes the Bushtracks experience special by speaking to an Expert Safari Planner at 800-995-8689, or download or map of southern African featuring: 
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Posted in: Map of Africa, Planning an African Safari, Maps of Southern Africa

The People of the Serengeti

Discover the diverse culture, tribal traditions and history of the people of the Serengeti from ancient to modern times presented by the Serengeti National Park research team The Serengeti is home to a diversity of cultures. One way to see this diversity is to look at the different languages spoken today in the human ecosystem. There are four major language groups that make up the people of the Serengeti: Bantu, Nilotic, Cushitic and Khoisan. 
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Serengeti Migration Safaris: Following the Wildebeest Migration

You won’t be the only one following millions of wildebeest and zebra on our Serengeti Migration Safari in Tanzania in Eastern Africa. Predators can’t resist such a giant gathering of their prey. The drama of survival will play out before your eyes with lions, cheetahs, leopards, wild dogs and hyenas playing the main roles. Living their own life dramas, elephants, baboons, bushbabies, giraffes, aardvarks and a huge variety of other animals support one of the best wildlife adventures on earth.
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Posted in: The Serengeti Migration, Wildebeest Migration, Tanzania

The Deserts of Africa

Africa is the world's second largest and second most populous continent (30.2 million sq kilometers or 11.7 million sq miles), ranking second to Asia (44.4 million kilometers or 17.1 million sq miles) and larger than North America (24.2 sq kilometers or 9.4 sq miles). Accompanying its enormous size, Africa is home to the world's largest desert, the Sahara, as well as the Namib and the Kalahari. Each is incredibly diverse and vast covering a majority of Africa. With their alluring beauty, yet sometimes harsh environments, these regions of the continent offer a fascinating environmental and cultural history dating back millions of years.
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Posted in: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, The Deserts of Africa, Sahara Desert, Morocco, Kalahari Desert, Namib Desert

Expert Tips on Taking African Safari Photos

In the olden days (the days of film cameras) you had to follow a few golden rules to get great photos. You had to hold the camera dead steady because film speeds (ISO) were so low, usually only 50 or 100, so camera shake was a big issue – actually it still is, but people seem to give it less mind now, largely due to image stabilizers built into zoom lenses.  The other was light. What you shot was what you got and no amount of processing could change the exposure, or light and dark areas. To get the light right not only did you have to get the shutter speed right, but also the aperture. With digital cameras most people shoot on one of the auto settings (P or A), and let the camera sort out all the technical stuff. Note: unless you know better, always prefer the P setting.
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Posted in: African Wildlife Photography, Photo Safari

New African Safari Traveler Testimonials eBrochure

OUR TRAVELERS SAY IT BEST... THE MORIARITY WEDDING IN CHIAWA, ZAMBIA, SOUTHERN AFRICA “Chiawa Camp was an ideal location for our wedding, and the experience was beyond what we had ever imagined and hoped for. The staff handled every detail: going out into the bush to pick flowers and twigs for our wedding ceremony, bringing in the Chiawa Choir to liven up the event, and taking amazing photos. We had champagne in the tent while we were getting ready and the choir welcomed us separately down the aisle during sunset. The local village pastor conducted the ceremony, which took place in camp, down by the water, with hippos, birds and a few crocs! After the ceremony Rich and I were whisked off to a private dinner on the Chiawa barge in the middle of the Zambezi River. We will remember the experience forever. It was truly magical.” - Rich & Sarah Moriarity
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Catching Lions

African wildlife conservation photographer and Bushtracks traveler Susan McConnell describes efforts to protect lions in Mozambique’s Niassa Reserve from accidental snaring and offers a solution for lion conservation through the Wildlife Conservation Network.  Through a loudspeaker hung near the decaying carcass of a poached elephant, we broadcast the bawls of a distressed buffalo. The calls ended in quiet. We scanned the bush with a red spotlight, less visible to cats than white light. Nothing. Ten minutes later we played the calls again, and a second sound became audible—a low, grunty-breathy huhn huhn, coming from the right. Keith Begg touched my shoulder. “Lion,” he mouthed.
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Posted in: Lions

Saving African Elephants in the Serengeti

Ecologist and science journalist Cheryl Lyn Dybas reports on the use of beehives to save African elephants in the Serengeti. Where there are farms along the perimeter of Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, there are elephants—and all manner of attempts to prevent crops from being trampled.  Farmers have tried various elephant-deterring techniques, from beating tin cans to lighting fires, most of which haven’t appeared to work. Now officials in Tanzania’s Mara Region near the park have asked authorities to construct fences to keep elephants away from villages and agricultural holdings. The Mara Regional Commissioner, John Tuppa, told a Tanzanian newspaper, The Citizen, that the move will help end destruction of crops by stray elephants. Tuppa is asking for fences to be built as soon as possible.
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Posted in: African Wildlife Conservation, African Honey Beehives, Elephant Conservation

Namibia African Safari Destinations

DISCOVER NAMIBIA'S DESERT BEAUTY AND WILDERNESS SURVIVAL If you are searching for wide open spaces, wild deserts, ancient welwitschia plants and strange looking quiver trees, red sand dunes that are over 1,000 feet tall, the Big Five, innovative cheetah conservation projects, desert elephant, and Herero women who wear fantastic headdresses, then Namibia is for you. Flying over the red dunes of Sossusvlei, along the remote and rugged Skeleton Coast, and seeing colorful geological formations from the air also makes Namibia one of the most fantastic flight seeing countries on earth.
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Expert Packing Tips from a 10-Time Bushtracks' African Safari Veteran

Packing for an African safari is always a challenge, and Bushtracks often takes last-minute calls from guests seeking help packing their bags, which is understandable. You’ll be away from home over two weeks, traveling in places where it is hard to pop out for extra socks or your favorite brand of sunscreen. And maximum weight limits for luggage can be as light as 33 pounds per person in East Africa, or 41 pounds per person in Southern Africa. Here, one of Bushtracks’ most well-traveled safari-goers, Cynthia Tuthill, shares her secrets for packing everything she needs for her safari into a single carry-on.
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Posted in: African Safaris, what to pack for african safari

Conservation Safaris: Black Rhinos of Namibia's Damaraland

Bushtracks' Specialist Guide David Bristow details how one of Africa's harshest environments sustains and protects critically endangered black rhinos of Namibia's Damaraland Desert.  It is something of an irony that the desert-adapted black rhinos (Diceros bicornis spp. bicornis) of Namibia’s harsh Damaraland region, surviving as they are at the virtual limits of their environmental and evolutionary limits, should represent the best survival chances for the species.
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Posted in: African Wildlife Foundation, African Wildlife Conservation, Black Rhinos

The Ultimate African Safari By Private Jet - 7 Reasons Why

WHY GO BY PRIVATE JET? If you’re only going to Africa once, this is the ultimate African safari! Here are the 7 reasons why: 1. Travel in comfort and security by private jet and bush planes watching as unforgettable Rift Valley vistas unfold below you with your every need attended to by familiar staff and crew. 
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Namibia Desert & Cheetah Safari

THE BEAUTY, THE BEASTS AND THE BEACH Explore the dunes of Sossusvlei and the awesome space of the Namib Desert, counted as the oldest desert in the world. Sossusvlei is Namibia's famous highlight in the heart of the Namib Desert. Some of the spectacular hills of sand are, at a height of 300 metres, the highest in the world.
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Posted in: Namibia, Deserts of Africa, Cheetahs

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. 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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Posted in: Southern Africa, Namibia, Deserts of Africa

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