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INSIDERS AFRICATM

Exploring Africa's Wildlife And Wild Places

7 Reasons You Can't Miss Our New Green Season Safaris

The secret is out! If you’re seeking lush landscapes filled with big game and predators, Green Season safaris -- which take place in Africa's summer -- are for you. We have 4 great, specially priced Southern Africa safaris to top destinations like the Okavango Delta, the Kalahari Desert, Victoria Falls, Cape Town and Sossusvlei to help you discover this special time of year preferred by birders, photographers, and Africa insiders.

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Posted in: Safari Special Offers, Planning, Tips, and Tools

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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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

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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African Safari Tips: How to Plan Your Flight to Africa from the U.S.

Delta, photo credit Chris Parypa PhotographySo much of the excitement in planning your African safari understandably focuses on your experiences in Africa. But equally importantly, your planning needs to address how you will get to Africa from the United States. 

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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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The Perfect Safari Packing List

Bushtracks Vice President and Co-Founder, Carolyn Tett, regularly advises travelers what to pack on an African safari. Her expertise is based on her own travels and assisting thousands of Bushtracks guests prepare for their trip of a lifetime. Below she offers her top three tips to help dress for success on your next safari, plus Bushtracks' safari packing list. 

Packed Bushtracks Duffle BagYou can manage bag weight limits with a tried-and-true complimentary bag given to all Bushtracks guests.

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Bushtracks-Designed East Africa Map Now Available

 "Maps are essential. Planning a journey without a map 
is like building a house without drawings,"

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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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Posted in: Our Safari Specialists, Planning, Tips, and Tools, Destinations

Kenya Safaris and Our Morning with a Maasai Guide

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Pictured left to right: Bush and Beyond's private guide, Jackson Looseyia in traditional Maasai dress, Lyn Lavery, Samantha Barbitta, Tierney Craig, Anna Kohtz, and Josh Perrett of Ekorian's Mugie Camp. Photo by Liz Bean, Bush and Beyond.

 

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GORILLA PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

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My husband Bob and I have been on safari eight times since 2000. On a typical African safari, I rely primarily on a Canon 1D series DSLR body together with a 100 to 400 mm telephoto zoom lens and also have a second DSLR available coupled with a shorter lens. I have found this equipment is suitable for most of my safari photography, due to the large distances between the animals and the vehicle.

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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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Posted in: Conservation & Wildlife, Planning, Tips, and Tools, Destinations

What are the World's Best African Safaris?

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Dear Traveler,

In wildness is the preservation of the world,” wrote Henry David Thoreau over
150 years ago. For the past 24 years designing African safaris, we’ve heard
this sentiment restated in countless ways by our returning travelers whose
views of the world and its creatures are forever altered on safari in some of the
world’s wildest places. In this issue, we’re excited to share two of these firsthand
experiences: Bushtracks traveler and Stanford professor Susan McConnell
writes about her connection to Africa’s lions in a moving photo-essay on page
16, while eight-time Bushtracks traveler and photographer Shirley Sanderson
offers her tips for photographing gorillas, considered one of the most
profound wildlife interactions, on page 40.

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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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