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African Safaris for Families

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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Posted in: African Safari Tours, Best African Safaris, Photo Safaris

AFRICAN SAFARIS IN THE GREEN SEASON

It’s not too late to plan an African safari for 2014, or early 2015. End of year travel coincides with Africa’s Green Season, or summer. It’s a dream season when Africa comes alive with young of all species, and dry landscapes like the Kahalari Desert in Botswana are transformed into verdant seas. And it’s a time you will find better rates at many camps and lodges. The Green Season perfectly describes Africa’s summer: from December to March. Conveniently timed when the northern hemisphere’s weather is at its most dreary and cold, Africa’s Green Season offers a warm welcome to travelers, and often at a considerable savings. 
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Posted in: African Safari Tours, Adventure Safaris, Botswana Safaris, Kalahari Desert, Best Times of Year to Go to Africa, Summer in Africa, Photo Safaris, Green Season

If the World is Your Oyster, in Uganda You’ll Find Many Pearls by David Bristow

Whenever someone wants to do a PR job on Uganda they trot out the fact that Sir Winston Churchill called it the “pearl of Africa.” As with just about all things past and distant the truth turns out to be far more interesting than the myth. Way back in 1907 Churchill was the newly appointed under-secretary for colonial affairs (not a top job in the day). At age 33 he made the arduous journey – by ship, train, lake steamer, by canoe, on foot and even by bicycle. All the sir business and war accolades were still far in his future.
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Posted in: African Safari Tours, Gorilla Trekking Safari, Uganda, David Bristow, African Wildlife Conservation

Insiders Cape Town in South Africa by David Bristow

Colorful Old Cape Quarter in Cape Town Insiders Cape Town in South Africa by David Bristow David Bristow is a Bushtracks' Specialist Guide based in Cape Town. For 13 years David edited Africa’s leading travel magazine Getaway, and his colleagues dubbed him “the walking enviropedia.” Now a freelance writer, he continues to share this knowledge, primarily through storytelling. He is an environmental scientist and has written some 20 books that focus on the natural environment, culture and history of the region. His specific focus is the history of the Cape, its peoples, cultures, politics and how the natural environment has influenced human development there. The geological (including paleontological) and archeological record are among his abiding interests. From the time European settlers put their soft, stockinged feet on the beach at Table Bay around 350 years ago, things have gone steadily downhill. For one property prices have rocketed. And finding parking on the Foreshore is a pain. On the other hand the quality of the wine has improved greatly from that first agricultural vintage back in 1659, which records show was more medicinal than delightful.
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Posted in: African Safari Tours, Trips to Africa, South Africa, Table Mountain South Africa, Cape Town

Elephants Walking Through Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia Africa

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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Posted in: Trips to Zambia, African Safari Tours, Elephants, African Wildlife Conservation

Map of Africa

Map of Africa Discover What Makes a Bushtracks' African Safari - Get Our Poster-sized Comprehensive Map of Africa 
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Posted in: Africa Travel Guides and Tips, African Safari Tours, Map of Africa, Trips to Africa

Space is filling up on Western Africa by Private Air

Space is filling up on Western Africa by Private Air Reserve Your Space NOw For Our Across Western Africa by Private Air Safari in 2015 Time is running out if you are hoping to join Across Western Africa by Private Air exploring some of the Earth’s wildest places in the expansive Namib Desert, the Great African Rainforest, and along the West Coast of Africa. The journey begins January 13, 2015, taking 16 days to expose 12 travelers to wild life and wild places visited by only the fortunate few.
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Posted in: African Safari Tours, Best African Vacations, Most Romantic places in Africa

Bushtracks' Top 3 Romantic African Safari Getaways

Bushtracks' Top 3 Romantic African Safari Getaways From the fine white beaches of Zanzibar to the Sultry Red Sand of Sossuslvei 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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Posted in: African Safari Tours, Best African Vacations, Most Romantic places in Africa

Best African Safari Trips of 2014

Best African Safaris of 2014 David Tett's Top Six Safari Ideas Ideas from The Presentation Given at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, CA    On February 4, 2014, Bushtracks President David Tett offered his best African Safari Trips with top six safari ideas for 2014 and 2015 to an audience of over 100 interested travelers at the Morrison Planetarium in the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Here is a summary of his recommendations based on 23 years of operating African safaris for individual travelers and institutions like National Geographic Expeditions, Smithsonian Journeys, Lindblad Expeditions and the African Wildlife Foundation. 1. The Serengeti Migration with A Private Guide We recommend a Tanzania safari that includes Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater, and 2 stops in the Serengeti – one in the South and one in the North to showcase two different habitats and the experience of big migration herds and excellent predator viewing in a single safari. To create a private experience, in spite of the large number of visitors to the Serengeti, we use a seasonal tented camp that follows the migration, is very private compared to the large lodges at Ndutu and Seronera, and gives the feeling of being in the wild. We also build in a charter flight over the Serengeti to get you from the South to the North, and save you a day of travel. For two or more guests, we arrange a private guide and driver from the local tribes like the Masaai or the Chagga, so you can learn from people who grew up in the bushveld, and have a natural knowledge of the wildlife and ecosystems that has been enhanced by formal training. 2. Botswana's Green Season Safari From January through April, this safari combines the Central Kalahari Game reserve in the south at its prime, with the Okavango Delta in the north.The Kalahari is at its peak for optimal game viewing, with migrating herds of zebra and wildebeest and springbok calving, and lots of predator interaction from lions and cheetahs. We link these two with a strategic charter, so you will get some superb aerial views as you fly from the desert into the Okavango. It might surprise you to learn that the way the waters flow from the Okavango River through the Kalahari causes the Delta’s water to recede during the African summer, or green season.  The islands in the delta actually get bigger, which means more territory for predators to hunt, and more area to go game driving in a wild, beautiful part of Africa which is inaccessible for most of the year.
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Posted in: African Safaris, Top Travel Destinations, African Safari Tours

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

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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Posted in: Top Travel Destinations, African Safari Tours

BOOK YOUR AFRICAN SAFARI TOUR SOON TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT

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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Posted in: Top Travel Destinations, African Safari Tours

Top African Safaris - Chiawa Camp & Old Mondoro in Zambia Africa

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. Chiawa Camp Chiawa Camp blends in effortlessly with its idyllic surroundings and provides a retreat which guests are invited to make their home away from home, where guests receive the friendliest of welcomes, the biggest of smiles and where guests, who leave as friends to return time and again, experience the very best in Africa. On the banks of the Zambezi River, under a grove of evergreen Mahogany trees, Chiawa Camp holds the prime position in the heart of Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park. It is at this very spot where the Cumings Family first explored this area for themselves decades ago, where David Livingstone had ventured through nearly 150 years previously, and where in 1989 they created the very first photo safari operation in the Lower Zambezi National Park - and through their efforts what has since become one of Africa’s most desirable, sought after safari destinations.
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