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Exploring Africa's Wildlife And Wild Places

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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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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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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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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Tourists Return to Zimbabwe in Record Numbers

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Zimbabwe is an amazing African country that has it all, and tourists are flocking here in record numbers to discover why. From big game parks such as Mana Pools National Park on the edge of the great Zambezi, to the golden grasslands and savannas of Hwange National Park, to the stunning scenery and granite hills of Matopos National Park, it's no wonder Zimbabwe is the place where David Tett, Bushtracks' Co-founder and President, was born and raised. Our travelers can experience the impressive stone ruins of the Kingdom of Monomatapa at Great Zimbabwe, and the World Heritage site of Victoria Falls, and it's all here in a safari country that does have it all. Our friends at ATTA (African Travel and Tourism Association) recently shared some important travel and tourism insights on Zimbabwe that travelers should consider as they start planning their African safaris. 

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Celebrating Rhino Day

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September 22 is World Rhino Day, an observance first introduced by WWF-South Africa in 2010. Today zoos, wildlife conservationists, businesses and concerned individuals honor both rhinos and efforts to protect all five rhino species: black, white, greater one horned, Sumatran and Javan.

Of the five species of rhino, only the black and white rhinos are found in Africa. Ranging from 1 to 2 tons in weight, and capable of galloping up to 30 mph, adult rhinos have no predators except for humans.  Sadly, that one predator has been more than enough to decimate their numbers which, in the black rhino’s case, are down 97.6 percent since 1960. Of all of Africa’s endangered species, the black rhino is unique because almost 100% of its decline can be attributed not to habitat loss or human-wildlife conflict but to outright poaching.

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My First African Safari in Southern Africa & the Okavango Delta

Bushtracks’ traveler Kathleen Cameron, just back from an August 2014 African safari in Zambia, Botswana and South Africa with her family, shares her impressions and photos from her first African safari.

Since childhood, Bushtracks’ traveler Kathleen Cameron has dreamed of going to Africa. She remembers poring over her Grandmother’s tall stack of National Geographic magazines and thinking “someday I’ll see these beautiful birds and animals in person and meet the people who actually live there.”  So, when family members suggested going to Zambia, Botswana and South Africa this August, she jumped on the bandwagon, or, in this case, the Land Rover! Traveling with two sisters, their spouses and her 25 year old nephew made for a wonderful adventure, and lifelong memories. Here, freshly returned from her trip, Kathleen recounts her safari and exciting wildlife encounters.

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Special Offer on Best of Botswana & Victoria Falls Safari

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South Africa, Botswana and Zambia
at Exceptional Savings

10 Days: Johanesburg, South Africa  I  Okavango, Botswana  I  Livingstone, Zambia

Travel Now: $8,955 Per Person
Travel Later: $19,677 Per Person

TOP 5 REASONS WHY YOU CAN'T MISS
THE BEST OF BOTSWANA & VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI

  1. Explore the unspoiled beauty of Okavango Delta – a newly named UNESCO World Heritage Site – with stays at two private concessions in the Delta, where crowds are few and the wildlife is plentiful.

  2. Experience Victoria Falls during this incredible time of year, and enjoy plentiful rainbows and the clear light precious to photographers.

  3. Get to know an elephant herd at Abu Camp, where researchers will facilitate your interaction with the elephants, and take you behind-the-scenes to observe elephant behaviors and conservation projects.
  4. Board mokoros (dug-out canoes) to see wildlife from water level, as you explore the deep channels and lush vegetation of the Okavango Delta’s island-dotted landscape.

  5. Stay at three premier safari camps where you’ll enjoy all of the comforts of home – hot showers, fine dining and spacious rooms -- and views from your deck that you’ll see nowhere else on earth.
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The Serengeti in Sonoma: Record-Breaking Harvest Wine Auction Safari

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Bushtracks Safari Lot Part of a Record-breaking Night
at Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction

Our U.S. office is based in beautiful Sonoma County, where we plan Serengeti safaris on a daily basis. Serendipity struck when Bushtracks – the area’s premier African safari specialist -- was asked to participate in this year’s Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction themed, “From Sonoma to the Serengeti.”

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Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, held annually over the Labor Day weekend, brings America’s leading wine and food destination to life, while giving back to leading local charities who champion childhood literacy programs including United Way of the Wine Country, Healdsburg Education Foundation, and Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, and many more.

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AFRICAN SAFARI SPECIALS: GO NOW & SAVE

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GO ON SAFARI NOW & SAVE*

SEE AFRICA'S BIG 5 IN PREMIER PRIVATE RESERVES AT EXCEPTIONAL RATES
WHEN YOU TRAVEL NOVEMBER 1, 2014 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2015

  • Quality game viewing and explosions of new life.
    Bright blue African skies. Vast green plains, colorful birds, and vibrant floral displays.

  • Premier safari camps on private reserves.  
    A personal, wild experience without the crowds at exclusive top-tier lodges.

  • Pristine light for wildlife photography.  
    Cloud formations and colorful contrasts. Stunning sunsets and rainbows over Victoria Falls.


*Availability must be finalized by one of our trip planners who will contact and confirm availability and pricing with all accommodations and operators. *Rates are valid only for travel between 01 November – 19 December, 2014 and 11 January – 31 March, 2015. No single supplements charged by the safari camps/lodges mentioned in the itinerary.
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Greater Kruger Safaris for Families in South Africa

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Every year three generations of the Rowland family assemble at a beach house they’ve dubbed “Camp Rowland.” Last year, with two of their grandchildren college-bound, they decided to take “Camp Rowland” on the road to Africa. Here, grandmother and storyteller Judy Rowland recounts a magical moment for her family at MalaMala Game Reserve, a private reserve bordering South Africa’s Kruger National Park. MalaMala is a Bushtracks’ perennial favorite destination due to its reliable wildlife sightings, welcoming staff and knowledgeable guides, and their Junior Ranger programs for kids and teens on safari. 

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AFRICAN SAFARIS IN THE GREEN SEASON

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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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Serengeti Migration Safaris: Following the Wildebeest Migration

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You won’t be the only one following millions of wildebeest and zebra on our Serengeti Migration Safari in Tanzania in Eastern Africa. Predators can’t resist such a giant gathering of their prey. The drama of survival will play out before your eyes with lions, cheetahs, leopards, wild dogs and hyenas playing the main roles. Living their own life dramas, elephants, baboons, bushbabies, giraffes, aardvarks and a huge variety of other animals support one of the best wildlife adventures on earth.

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The Deserts of Africa

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Africa is the world's second largest and second most populous continent (30.2 million sq kilometers or 11.7 million sq miles), ranking second to Asia (44.4 million kilometers or 17.1 million sq miles) and larger than North America (24.2 sq kilometers or 9.4 sq miles). Accompanying its enormous size, Africa is home to the world's largest desert, the Sahara, as well as the Namib and the Kalahari. Each is incredibly diverse and vast covering a majority of Africa. With their alluring beauty, yet sometimes harsh environments, these regions of the continent offer a fascinating environmental and cultural history dating back millions of years.

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Namibia Desert & Cheetah Safari

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THE BEAUTY, THE BEASTS AND THE BEACH

Explore the dunes of Sossusvlei and the awesome space of the Namib Desert, counted as the oldest desert in the world. Sossusvlei is Namibia's famous highlight in the heart of the Namib Desert. Some of the spectacular hills of sand are, at a height of 300 metres, the highest in the world.

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