Exploring Africa's Wildlife And Wild Places

Happy World Lion Day!

Over the past couple of weeks lions have been in the international spotlight. Lions are facing threats like never before. There are fewer than 35,000 lions left in the wild. The greatest threats facing them are loss of habitat and prey, and conflict with local people. In northern Kenya where Ewaso Lions works, we face this grave reality every day. Just two weeks ago, we lost two cubs from the Ngare Mara Pride.


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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife

A New Serengeti Safari Lodge Designed for Families

We're excited to introduce a new way to experience the magnificent Serengeti. Just opened July 1st, 2015, Mkombe's House Lamai is the first and only true private house in the Serengeti National Park. Able to accommodate 10 guests, this contemporary house is set in the heart of one of the Serengeti's richest mammal habitats.


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Posted in: Where to Stay

African Lion Conservation and Ewaso Lions in Samburu

It's incredible how few people know that Africa's lions are disappearing. We hear a lot about the threats facing elephants and rhinos, but lions are quietly slipping away. Lions have declined by 90% in just the last 75 years. One of the main drivers is conflict with people, primarily over livestock depredation. When lions attack livestock, pastoralists may retaliate and kill lions.

Ewaso Lions, Lions Greeting

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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife, Our Field Experts

5 Tips for Travel with Teens to Africa

Since I returned from a Southern Africa safari with my husband and 2 teens in June, we’ve fielded many questions from friends wanting to know what it’s like to travel with teens to Africa. In a nutshell: it was the most remarkable family vacation we've ever had, and an incredibly meaningful way to spend time together. 

Bushtracks Travel with Teens MalaMala

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Posted in: Planning, Tips, and Tools

7 Reasons You Can't Miss Our New Green Season Safaris

The secret is out! If you’re seeking lush landscapes filled with big game and predators, Green Season safaris -- which take place in Africa's summer -- are for you. We have 4 great, specially priced Southern Africa safaris to top destinations like the Okavango Delta, the Kalahari Desert, Victoria Falls, Cape Town and Sossusvlei to help you discover this special time of year preferred by birders, photographers, and Africa insiders.


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Posted in: Safari Special Offers, Planning, Tips, and Tools

New 2016 African Safaris Brochure Just Published

African Safaris 2016 Brochure

Inspire your next adventure with our just-published African Safaris 2016 brochure, featuring 8 proven-winner safaris you can customize around your dates, and number of travelers. Plus, insiders and experts offer tips on topics from photographing wildlife to conservation-focused lodges and summiting Sossusvlei's storied sand dunes.

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Posted in: Planning, Tips, and Tools, Destinations

A Grand Adventure: Grandparents and Grandchildren on Safari

Bridging the generation gap--whether it is measured by miles, years or technology preferences--can be challenging for grandparents and grandchildren. One of the best ways to bring these two groups closer together is through a shared experience, such as a special vacation together.

Campbell Family on SafariOne of Bushtracks' travelers, Abby Campbell, is about to embark with her husband Leon on their third safari with their grandchildren, and shared her advice on how this can be a wonderful bonding experience.

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Posted in: Where to Stay, Activities and Culture, Planning, Tips, and Tools

Ethiopia Travel: The Bale Mountains, a Place Like Nowhere Else

Bale Mountains view from Bale LodgeThe Bale Mountains are to Ethiopia what Alaska is to the contiguous USA: a world apart where everything found there is like nothing found anywhere else. Ethiopia itself is like nowhere else, a cultural island with its own language, religion and history that can be traced back to the time of the Queen of Sheba.

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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife, Our Field Experts, Destinations

Top 5 Safari Destinations for Fall and Holidays 2015

Botswana LeopardNow is the time to plan your 2015 late fall and winter travel to Africa. And, if you are hoping to spend the holidays in Africa, don't wait any longer to start making plans, as space will become increasingly difficult to secure. Here are Bushtracks’ top five safari destinations for fall and holidays to help get you dreaming of warm days outdoors, with options for city attractions, beachy escapes, and the beauty of the African bush at a very special season: when animal babies are born, and places like the Kalahari and Victoria Falls transform, offering a completely different experience from other times of year.

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Posted in: Planning, Tips, and Tools, Destinations

Author Jared Diamond to host 2016 Africa by Private Jet Expedition

Bushtracks is pleased to announce that Pulitzer-prize-winning author Jared Diamond will be joining Bushtracks President David Tett on the 2016 Jerusalem to Cape Town by Private Jet expedition, September 1-21, 2016. Here, Professor Diamond shares his thoughts on the expedition.

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Posted in: Our Field Experts, Activities and Culture, Destinations, Expeditions by Private Jet

Impressions from my First African Safari

Bushtracks safari, Chobe National Park, BotswanaA visit to Africa is a must-do for each Bushtracks expert safari planner. Lauren, a Bushtracks associate program coordinator and a very seasoned international traveler, just returned from her first African safari, visiting reserves in South Africa, Botswana and Zambia. Her first African safari was a wonderful experience, changing her perspective and dispelling some myths she'd had before her adventure.

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Posted in: Our Safari Specialists, Destinations

African Safari Tips: How to Plan Your Flight to Africa from the U.S.

Delta, photo credit Chris Parypa PhotographySo much of the excitement in planning your African safari understandably focuses on your experiences in Africa. But equally importantly, your planning needs to address how you will get to Africa from the United States. 

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Posted in: Planning, Tips, and Tools

Wild Tanzania Safari: Top Game Viewing, No Crowds and Killer Lions

Kigelia Ruaha, Tanzania Game Viewing

Game viewing is something like fishing in that, even in the very best fishing holes, a catch can never be guaranteed. However, there is one place in Africa I know (and only one) where you can sit pretty much on your own and pull in whoppers from sun up to sun down. Its name is Ruaha National Park in southern Tanzania, but don’t tell anyone else or you’ll spoil the fishing.

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A Free Night in Victoria Falls on Select 2015 African Safaris

Game Drive, Chiawa Camp, Lower Zambezi National ParkIf you can't believe that we're already in April, and wonder where the year has gone, you'll be glad to know that there’s still plenty of time to plan a custom safari for 2015. And we're making it very easy to make your once-in-a-lifetime trip a reality with a fantastic Southern Africa program you can customize to your dates and style of travel. Plus, when you book our Best of Southern Africa 2015 Safari by June 30, 2015 you'll enjoy a complimentary night at the elegant Royal Livingstone Hotel in Victoria Falls (a $450 per person, or a $900 per couple, value).

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Posted in: Planning, Tips, and Tools, Destinations

Where to See Serengeti Lions

Photo by Susan McConnellThe millions of zebras and wildebeests of the Great Migration too often get all the attention when we talk about the Serengeti. And why not? They’ve certainly got the numbers on their side, and their ground-shaking annual progress has understandably been dubbed one of the top ten wonders of the world. But for many people, the Serengeti is all about the lions who call it home.

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Posted in: Destinations