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Exploring Africa's Wildlife And Wild Places

Map of Southern Africa

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Map of Southern Africa

Discover the mosamazing animalon earth in some of the most incredible places in southern Africa. 

Bushtracks is owned by a sixth-generation African family who has been making the  most exotic, unspoiled, and precious places  on earth accessible to travelers for more than two decades. Learn more about what makes the Bushtracks experience special by speaking to an Expert Safari Planner at 800-995-8689, or download or map of southern African featuring: 

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Expert Packing Tips from a 10-Time Bushtracks' African Safari Veteran

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Packing for an African safari is always a challenge, and Bushtracks often takes last-minute calls from guests seeking help packing their bags, which is understandable. You’ll be away from home over two weeks, traveling in places where it is hard to pop out for extra socks or your favorite brand of sunscreen. And maximum weight limits for luggage can be as light as 33 pounds per person in East Africa, or 41 pounds per person in Southern Africa. Here, one of Bushtracks’ most well-traveled safari-goers, Cynthia Tuthill, shares her secrets for packing everything she needs for her safari into a single carry-on.
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Congratulations to the Okavango Delta! The 1,000th UNESCO World Heritage Site Designee

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On June 22, 2014 UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) voted to recognize Botswana’s Okavango Delta as its 1,000th World Heritage Site, and only the second World Heritage Site in Botswana. The Okavango Delta now joins a list of the world’s most treasured cultural and natural sites, including the Pyramids, the Great Barrier Reef, the Taj Mahal, Stonehenge, Victoria Falls, and Serengeti National Park.

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

Best Horse Safaris in Botswana & Kenya

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David Bristow details unforgettable African adventures and landscapes by horseback, including our Botswana and Victoria Falls Horseback Safari.

Walking is a good way to experience the African bush, but riding a horse is so much easier. If you can ride a horse. You can go so much further than when walking. And  you can trot and canter and gallop, splashing through high grass or water like a crazy wild animal, running with herds of antelope, giraffes, zebras, and for a while being one with the wild beasts.

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Africa's Finest by David Bristow and Colin Bell

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Africa's Finest by David Bristow and Colin Bell

Africa's Finest (Hardcover) by David Bristow and Colin Bell was published in December 15, 2013 - A stunning perspective of the most sustainable and responsible safari destinations in sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. Africa's Finest is the game-changing book that celebrates the lodges and camps in Africa that are making a difference: those practicing environmentally friendly and sustainable tourism methods while providing world class safari and nature experiences. Explore this book here on http://africasfinest.co.za/ Also available on Amazon

DAVID BRISTOW

david-bristow-africa-1David Bristow is also a guest blogger and Bushtracks' Specialist Guide based in Cape Town, South Africa. Read his latest article "Insiders Cape Town" on our blog here.

"Still so many mountains to climb, still so many books to write," says nature and environmental writer David Bristow.

Stints on Johannesburg’s two biggest circulating dailies – The Star and The Sowetan – following a double honors degree in Journalism and Speech and Drama at Rhodes University – made him realize a desk job would not be the life for him.

Soon after returning from an expedition to Nepal he set off on an 18-month mountaineering odyssey that culminated in the best-selling coffee table book Mountains of Southern Africa (Struik, Cape Town, 1984). Since then he has authored some 20 books and written hundreds of travel articles – mainly on Africa but as far flung as Antarctica and Alaska. Some time in mid career David decided he needed a firmer grounding in the earth sciences. There followed a masters degree in Environmental Sciences at Cape Town University.

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Best Places to Stay in Uganda: Bwindi Safari Lodge

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The Bwindi Safari Lodge is among the best places to stay in Uganda and is a Bushtracks favorite. The Bwindi Safari Lodge in Uganda overlooks the primeval Bwindi Forest, home to gorillas, monkeys, chimpanzees and birds. Tracking gorillas in the so-called ‘impenetrable' forest is a magical experience. At this stunning eco-lodge with eight bandas, clients can spend the day on the terrace, which juts out into the forest, mesmerized by its exotic sounds, watching primates and birds in the canopy. 
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Cape Town Family Safari Escape in South Africa - Bushmans Kloof Resort

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Bushman's Kloof Reserve & Wellness Retreat

You can’t beat Cape Town for a perfect mix of stunning landscapes, culture, history and a world-class food and wine scene – but, what’s in it for your kids, really?

There’s more than enough in Cape Town to fill two or three action packed days for your family. But adding a few days of outdoor discoveries (for them) and an opportunity to relax (for you) is a great way to round out your Cape Town family vacation.

 Start Your Adventure with 3 Days in Cape Town

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Two or three days in Cape Town will allow you to ride the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain, take a ferry to historic Robben Island,  check out the memorabilia of District 6 Museum, and enjoy the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront’s Two Oceans Aquarium and Springbok Experience Rugby Museum, just to name a few.

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ON SAFARI IN SOUTH AFRICA SPOTTING A ROYAL BEETLE

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ON SAFARI IN SOUTH AFRICA SPOTTING A ROYAL BEETLE

This December, when Carolyn and I took our two kids on their 5th safari in Africa in Madikwe Private Game Reserve in South Africa, up by the Botswana border, we had the great pleasure of learning more about some fascinating creatures – great and small

From many aspects, this lesser known private reserve in South Africa revealed wonderful safari moments, from busy scurrying scarab beetles fighting over dung balls, to stunning sightings of numerous white rhino, and even a rare brown hyaena. Maybe surprisingly, it was the African Wild Dogs and the Scarab (a.k.a Dung) Beetles that really captivated us. Neither are exactly kings of the jungle, but on close observation, they are really cool animals.

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit South Africa

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit South Africa

1. A year-round destination with a great climate

Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Indian Ocean to the east, South Africa enjoys a temperate climate, with some regional variation, but a very low annual rainfall overall, making it a destination for all seasons, and ideal for building a custom safari (with options for beach time, wine tasting, whale watching, and much more) around any dates you desire.

Tswalu, South Africa, photographed by Cameron Pearce

2. World-class wildlife viewing and private reserves perfect for families

South Africa’s Kruger National Park is a world-renowned wildlife destination, and the oldest national park in Africa. Sharing a border with Kruger, Mala Mala Game Reserve is a private reserve with exclusive game viewing areas and the highest land to guest ratio in the region.  90% of the reserve is strategically sandwiched between the 11 mile open boundary with the Kruger National Park and the Sand River. If you only visit Africa once, this is the place where you are most likely to see the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros). In addition, Mala Mala offers a Junior Ranger program with activities designed just for kids and teens.

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The Serengeti: A Destination for all Seasons

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Google “Serengeti Migration” and you will see that the Great Migration of zebras and wildebeest is alternatively dubbed the One of the 7 Natural Wonder of Africa, One of the 10 Natural Travel Wonders,  One of the 7 New Wonders of the World, or even the 8th Wonder of the World.

It certainly makes you wonder!

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Victoria Falls Video - Luxury Safaris to Southern Africa by Air

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Victoria Falls - Luxury Safaris to Southern Africa by Air

Although Victoria Falls constitutes neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, their claim to be the largest is based on a width of 1.7 km (1 mile) and height of 108 m (360 ft), forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world. The falls' maximum flow rate compares well with that of other major waterfalls. 

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The Serengeti Migration in Eastern Africa

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

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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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BOOK YOUR AFRICAN SAFARI TOUR SOON TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT

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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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Optimizing Your Safari: 10 Crucial Questions to Ask Your Safari Company

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Optimizing Your Safari:
10 Crucial Questions to Ask Your African Safari Company

  1. DOES THE SAFARI COMPANY CREATE AUTHENTIC AFRICAN SAFARI EXPERIENCES? 

    Africa is in our blood because we were born and raised there. It means we create authentic safari experiences based on six generations of family in Africa, and more than 20 years of hands-on experience. Other companies have little or no African heritage to guide them. 
    Other companies? No. Bushtracks? Yes.
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