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Exploring Africa's Wildlife And Wild Places

2017 Family Safari Recap, or What I Did on My Summer Vacation

2017 Family Safari Recap

In June 2017 Bushtracks welcomed 37 guests to East Africa on two departures of the Tanzania Family Safari. Take a look at the pictures shared by the travelers, and you'll see that a good time was had by all ages: from grandparents to grandchildren, and everyone in between. You'll also see that the friendships formed with the people they met along the way were as meaningful as the many wildlife sightings they enjoyed in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.

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Safari Dining: Wildebeests & Cream Puffs

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Ever wondered what dining in an African safari camp is like? Five-time Bushtracks traveler and guest blogger Ellyn Ludwig details her own safari dining experience in the Serengeti and explains why your African safari may not be the best place to start a diet.

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Namibia Sand Dunes with Teens

Namibia safari with teens

“You took four teenagers to Namibia? Seriously?” Well, yes. Namibia is a pretty serious place.  When my sister and I were looking into a family excursion for summer 2017 we were looking for something out of the ordinary. We’d booked two other trips to Africa with Bushtracks, and loved their below-the-radar, greased skids approach to an African adventure. 

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A Photo Safari Captures Lion Drama

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Bud and Trina Pate are repeat Bushtracks travelers to Africa who went on a Bushtracks photo safari with Russell Gammon to the Serengeti, Masai Mara, and Ruaha in summer 2016. Here are some stunning photos taken by Trina on what she describes as “just your average morning on a Bushtracks safari.” The photos are a credit to the photographer, and to their specialist guide, whose ability to position the vehicle and observe the unfolding lion drama resulted in some exceptional images.

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10 Things That Will Surprise (& Delight) You On Safari

Eddy's in Southern Africa

Everyone goes on safari expecting the wildlife experience to be the most significant part of the adventure, and wildlife sightings surely are unforgettable. However, the wildlife is only part of a fantastic story our travelers like to call "the trip of a lifetime." Here is a list of only some of the delightful things you'll find on safari; you'll need to add to the list with your own!

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Staff Picks: Chimpanzee Trekking at Mahale

Samantha with hippos, Chada Katavi

Bushtracks expert safari planner Samantha Barbitta (pictured above at Katavi in front of a partially submerged hippo, not a boulder!) shares her fall 2016 safari to Katavi National Park and Mahale National Park, both in Tanzania. Among the many highlights of her adventure to these less-traveled destinations in Tanzania was the opportunity to go chimpanzee trekking in Mahale.

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

Victoria Falls Activities: Dining with Elephants

Elephant Cafe, Victoria Falls

As far as we know, there is only one place in the world where the locavore and elephant conservation movements intersect: the Elephant Café upstream from Victoria Falls, which will celebrate its first year in July.

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Rare Safari Sighting: A Lunar Rainbow at Victoria Falls

 Lunar rainbow, Victoria Falls

The most remarkable thing you see on an African safari could be up in the night sky! Learn where and when to spot a lunar rainbow at Victoria Falls -- one of the few places in the world to see them.

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In Our Travelers' Words: New Safari Photos

Rusty and Donna Hayes took a Bushtracks custom safari in June 2016 spanning Greater Kruger, Victoria FallsLower Zambezi National ParkVolcanoes National Park, and the Masai Mara. Here they share their planning experience, and some stunning African wildlife photos.

Snake Eagle on Acacia Tree in Masai Mara, photo credit Rusty Hayes

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Seeking Hides for Unforgettable Safari Photos

Mashatu Photo Hide

Photographic hides offer an excellent way for photographers of all levels to complement their African safari photos with up-close, candid images of a variety of animals, from the very large to the quite small. Learn about the photo hide experience, and which safari camps offer them.

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Devil's Pool at Victoria Falls Opens Soon

Lewis Family, Victoria Falls ActivitiesThere are some very good reasons to visit Victoria Falls outside of the peak travel months of June and July. One of these is Devil's Pool.  

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The Best Places for Birding Safaris

Where are the best safari destinations for birding safaris that showcase Africa's spectacular avian diversity? Cape Town-based guest blogger David Bristow shares his top two favorites.

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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

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

Why the best serengeti safari camp is a mobile one

Serengeti Safari Camp,Serengeti National Park,TanzaniaWant to capture the essence of real Africa? A mobile camp in the Serengeti National Park's vast wilderness has to be one of the best experiences available. Here Cornelius Mukus, an expert guide at Serengeti Safari Camp, shares how and why to experience this most traditional of East African safaris.

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