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INSIDERS AFRICATM

Exploring Africa's Wildlife And Wild Places

Amazing Botswana Safari Photos from a 5 Time Bushtracks Traveler

Bushtracks traveler Larry William is just back from his 5th Bushtracks safari, this one in the company of his wife, daughter and teenaged granddaughter. Here he shares some stunning African wildlife photos taken in Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, and the Okavango Delta.

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2 New Custom African Safaris in Just-Published Brochure

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Nothing says comfort and adventure like the beanbags and elephants on the cover of our latest African Safaris brochure! We invite you to sit back, relax and let us take you to Africa in ways you've never imagined, but which are just right for you. Inside you'll find two new trips you can customize for 2016, as well as travel advice and inspiration from Africa experts.

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Posted in: Planning, Tips, and Tools, Destinations

2015 Africa by Private Jet Expedition Highlights

In August, Bushtracks President David Tett hosted an Africa by Private Jet expedition: exploring Africa's Great Rift Valley from the Kalahari to Ethiopia over 16 days with 25 travelers. Here David shares some of his photos and highlights from this extraordinary Africa by Private Jet program.

Bushtracks Africa by Private Jet, Ethiopia 

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Posted in: Destinations, Expeditions by Private Jet

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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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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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

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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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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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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Introducing A New Classic: Mana Pools Safari

Growing up in Zimbabwe in the 60's and 70's was a dream. Life was simple, and we spent our school holidays in pristine national parks full of the big five and herds of buffalo, and devoid of any other safari goers. The one park which was a family favorite was Mana Pools which encompasses part of the middle Zambezi floodplain.

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Four Reasons You Can't Miss Hwange National Park

Somalisa Camp, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Perhaps like many of our travelers, you’re hearing more about Zimbabwe safaris, and are curious about where to begin, and what you might see. To answer the second question first, everything: you’ll experience classic African game-viewing, including some of Africa’s largest elephant herds, in a very private setting, at a much lower price than comparable wildlife parks. And you should start your research by getting to know Hwange.

 

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Leaving Before the Rains Come: A Bushtracks Book Review

Leaving_before_the_Rains_ComeSitting down with Alexandra Fuller’s newly published book, Leaving Before the Rains Come, evoked in me the same pleasure one feels in running into a particularly insightful, articulate friend after too much time has elapsed, and spontaneously deciding to pop out for a glass of wine together and get caught up. You may not remember all of the details of your last encounter, but you pick up exactly where you'd last left off. Read More

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Zambia Safari Video: Lions and hippos and drones, oh my!

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One of Bushtracks' travelers' favorite safari camps is Chiawa Camp, located in the Lower Zambezi, Zambia amidst lush vegetation that attracts and sustains a diverse wildlife population of leopards, lions, elephants, hippos, buffalo, and more. 

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