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INSIDERS AFRICATM

Exploring Africa's Wildlife And Wild Places

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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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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