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INSIDERS AFRICATM

Exploring Africa's Wildlife And Wild Places

Insider's Ethiopia: Ethiopian Rock Churches of Lalibela

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Bushtracks' guest blogger David Bristow describes the remarkable Ethiopian rock churches of Lalibela, their history and efforts to protect the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bushtracks' August 2015 Africa by Private Jet expedition includes a guided visit to Lalibela and its hand-hewn stone churches.

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Posted in: Where to Stay

Serengeti Haven For Cheetahs Reopens after 20 Years

 

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Namiri Plains, a luxury tented safari camp in a remote eastern corner of the Serengeti, opened in summer 2014 after the area was closed off for 20 years to create a safe haven for cheetahs. We're happy to announce that Bushtracks just added Namiri Plains to the over 340 safari camps and lodges on bushtracks.comso now you can build a Bushtracks Serengeti safari with Namiri Plains by using the Bushtracks Trip Builder. 
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Posted in: Destinations

Bushtracks-Designed East Africa Map Now Available

 "Maps are essential. Planning a journey without a map 
is like building a house without drawings,"

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Posted in: Planning, Tips, and Tools

Why a Kruger Safari is One of Africa's Iconic Experiences

lion-Sabi-Sabi-Selati-Camp-Greater-Kruger-National-Park-South-Africa_(26)Bushtracks guest blogger David Bristow describes the history, climate and landscape of South Africa's beloved Kruger National Park, and explains why it remains a must-see African safari destination for South Africans and everyone seeking an authentic African wildlife experience.

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A Perfect Day in Victoria Falls

Samantha Bushtracks Victoria Falls Elephant Safari with BopBushtracks expert safari planner, Samantha (pictured above with Bop the elephant) enjoyed a very non-traditional Thanksgiving Day in Victoria Falls checking out two of our guests' favorite activities: splashing at the edge of Victoria Falls at Devil's Pool and going on an elephant safari.

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Posted in: Planning, Tips, and Tools, Destinations, Our Safari Specialists

Live from Africa: Samantha Reports from Kruger Southern

Bushtracks Safari Samantha at Mashatu BotswanaBushtracks’ intrepid traveler and expert safari planner, Samantha Barbitta, is thankful for the wonderful African wildlife viewing opportunities she’s having on safari in Botswana and South Africa's Kruger Southern this week.

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Posted in: Destinations, Activities and Culture, Our Safari Specialists

Last Minute Travel Preparation Tips for African Safaris

Bushtracks Safari Samantha Barbitta in KenyaSamantha (pictured above with her camera in Kenya), one of Bushtracks expert travel planners, is out on safari in Southern Africa on her third visit to the continent. On her way out the door, she shared her last-minute travel preparation tips for African safaris.

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Kenya Safaris and Our Morning with a Maasai Guide

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Pictured left to right: Bush and Beyond's private guide, Jackson Looseyia in traditional Maasai dress, Lyn Lavery, Samantha Barbitta, Tierney Craig, Anna Kohtz, and Josh Perrett of Ekorian's Mugie Camp. Photo by Liz Bean, Bush and Beyond.

 

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Posted in: Planning, Tips, and Tools

Beyond the Headlines: My Botswana Safari

Elephants in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, photo by David Tett, BushtracksJust back from two weeks in Southern Africa where he joined African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) board members in advancing African conservation efforts, Bushtracks President David Tett explains why his trip reminded him that African safaris in Africa's wild places may offer travelers an antidote to headline-induced anxieties.

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10 Camera Setup Tips for Your Photo Safari

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Bushtracks specialist guide and guest blogger, David Bristow, shares his tips on setting up your digital camera to take stunning photos of African wildlife on your photo safari.

Modern digital cameras are extremely complex machines. In the “olden days” of film cameras you had to think of only a few camera settings namely, film rating (ISO or the old ASA), shutter speed, depth of field and focus (often manual).

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Posted in: Activities and Culture

Planning a Trip to the Serengeti

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Say “African wildlife” and the first image that pops into many people’s heads is a river churning with wildebeests and the occasional croc. That river is the Mara River, and it is located in northern Tanzania, where it cuts across the uppermost part of Serengeti National Park. Here and in the central Serengeti and the Masai Mara, from June through November you can follow the annual migration of millions of wildebeests and zebras. So if you are thinking about seeing the Serengeti Migration in 2015, you’re about 8 to 9 months out from the expected beginning of the migration, which is a great time to start looking into camp availability.

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Jodi Picoult's Leaving Time and Botswana Elephants

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Jodi Picoult Leaving Time and Botswana's Elephants

Bushtracks explains what bestselling author Jodi Picoult's latest book and one of its favorite Botswana safari camps have in common: elephants.

We were excited to learn that the latest book by international bestselling author, Jodi Picoult, Leaving Time, has a very affectionate association with Mashatu Game Reserve, one of Bushtracks’ favorite Botswana safari camps. The concept of how elephants display and deal with grief is a focal point of Picoult’s 24th novel which is partly set in Botswana. Ms. Picoult has had a close working relationship with Jeanetta Selier, the elephant researcher at Mashatu, during the research of her novel.

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Biking Safaris in Africa for a Cause

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HOW MY CYCLING SAFARI BECAME CYCLING FOR A CAUSE

When your father is David Tett, Bushtracks president and co-founder, Africa is in your blood, and biking is a way of life. Here, David’s 13 year old son Porter, shares his impressions on biking safaris in Africa with his dad, and how that experience inspired him to fundraise for World Bicycle Relief, an organization providing specially designed, locally assembled bicycles to entrepreneurs, students and healthcare workers across rural Africa.

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Posted in: Destinations, Activities and Culture

African Safaris for Families


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INSIDERS' PHOTOGRAPHS & STORIES FROM AFRICA:

Three generations of the Talbot family joined together in Kenya to enjoy a Bushtracks safari spanning the Laikipia Plateau and the Masai Mara regions. Here they share their safari photos and stories.

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I Can’t Wait to Get Back to Africa

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I’m heading back to Africa next week on what I expect to be a very exciting, inspiring and productive visit. Although I always enjoy an excuse to head back home to southern Africa, this trip is all about conservation, and addressing how the African Wildlife Foundation can more effectively respond to the many threats facing Africa’s wildlife and wild places. 

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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife

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