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The Serengeti in Sonoma: Record-Breaking Harvest Wine Auction Safari

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.” 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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Posted in: victoria falls, South Africa, Botswana, Okavango Delta, South African Safaris, Gallo Wine, Best Sonoma Wineries

The Big 5 & Shark Dive Safari

LIONS, LEOPARDS, BUFFALOS, RHINOS, ELEPHANTS...AND SHARKS Our newest safari The Big 5 & Shark Dive offers the best of land and sea with incredible game viewing in two of Southern Africa’s top reserves, plus the unparalleled aquatic adventure of shark cage diving.
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Posted in: South Africa, Shark Diving, Botswana, Best Game Viewing Safaris, The Big 5

Best Horse Safaris in Botswana & Kenya

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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Posted in: victoria falls, South Africa, Botswana, Adventure Safaris, Horse Safaris, Zimbabwe

Insiders Cape Town in South Africa by David Bristow

Colorful Old Cape Quarter in Cape Town Insiders Cape Town in South Africa by David Bristow David Bristow is a Bushtracks' Specialist Guide based in Cape Town. For 13 years David edited Africa’s leading travel magazine Getaway, and his colleagues dubbed him “the walking enviropedia.” Now a freelance writer, he continues to share this knowledge, primarily through storytelling. He is an environmental scientist and has written some 20 books that focus on the natural environment, culture and history of the region. His specific focus is the history of the Cape, its peoples, cultures, politics and how the natural environment has influenced human development there. The geological (including paleontological) and archeological record are among his abiding interests. From the time European settlers put their soft, stockinged feet on the beach at Table Bay around 350 years ago, things have gone steadily downhill. For one property prices have rocketed. And finding parking on the Foreshore is a pain. On the other hand the quality of the wine has improved greatly from that first agricultural vintage back in 1659, which records show was more medicinal than delightful.
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Posted in: African Safari Tours, Trips to Africa, South Africa, Table Mountain South Africa, Cape Town

How to Spot a Leopard in South Africa

How to Spot a Leopard in South Africa By Lyn Lavery Expert Safari Planner When you are ready to begin planning your trip to Africa, the first safari you will take is often of the online, bewildering type: researching camps and parks with not a lot to go on. If you haven’t explored it already, www.bushtracks.com offers one-stop-shop planning tools to help design your dream safari. We’ve applied over 20 years of fielding traveler questions into filters that anticipate many of the desires that spark a safari adventure. Sometimes the trip-of-a-lifetime starts with a childhood dream you could never get out of your head:  like seeing a leopard in its habitat. So, if you are interested in a Cape Town visit for your family, but can’t imagine going all the way to Africa without seeing a leopard – and you want to make sure that your 12 year old twins have access to a swimming pool – by using our filters, you’ll find 19 safari camps that fit the bill.
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Posted in: trips to cape town south africa, South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA ADVENTURES: TRAVEL CHANNEL TRENDS 2013

Shown: Vineyard Hotel & Spa, Cape Town South Africa SOUTH AFRICA ADVENTURES: TRAVEL CHANNEL TRENDS 2013 This short travel video from the Travel Channel will transport you to South Africa with ideas for adding to your South Africa safari with shark or crocodile dives, bungee jumping, golf, wine tasting, and opportunities to experience South Africa’s rich culture and history. 
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Posted in: Trips to Africa, South Africa, Table Mountain South Africa, Shark Diving

Cape Town Family Safari Escape in South Africa - Bushmans Kloof Resort

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 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 Albert Waterfront’s Two Oceans Aquarium and Springbok Experience Rugby Museum, just to name a few.
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Posted in: trips to cape town south africa, trips to southern africa, South Africa, Victoria Falls South Africa

GREAT WHITE SHARK DIVING ON SAFARI IN SOUTH AFRICA

GREAT WHITE SHARK DIVING ON SAFARI IN SOUTH AFRICA By David Tett Founder & President, Bushtracks Expeditions One of Bushtracks’ greatest thrills is connecting our travelers with some of our favorite African experts who are skilled not only at spotting wildlife and interpreting their behaviors, but who are passionate advocates of the animals and their habitats, and who strive to offer our guests the most natural animal encounters.   
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Posted in: South Africa, Shark Diving

Table Mountain Joins "Global Greening" Line up for Saint Patrick's Day 2014

Photo Credit: BBC News   Table Mountain Joins "Global Greening" Line up for Saint Patrick's Day 2014 For the fourth consecutive year Table Mountain will join the ever-expanding line up of global icons to be ‘greened’ for Ireland’s National Day, St Patrick’s Day, on 17th March. Since Tourism Ireland introduced its ‘global greening’ initiative in 2009, starting off with the Sydney Opera House, it has signed up a host of major landmarks and iconic sites around the world.  Sites include the Pyramids of Giza, Petra in Jordan, the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro and the London Eye…to name but a few.  In a great gesture of friendship from the respective governments, these sites are happily and enthusiastically turned green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day with the millions of Irish diaspora scattered around the world. Ireland is the one of very few countries whose National Day is celebrated worldwide. This is due mainly to the number of people around the world who claim Irish descent, particularly in the USA and Australia. The Irish are also associated with pubs, humour and merrymaking which every nation can relate to. Referring to the greening of Table Mountain, Gail Gilbert of Tourism Ireland points out that Ireland has always been close to the hearts of South Africans.  “Nelson Mandela received the Freedom of the City of Dublin, an Honorary Doctorate from Trinity College and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Galway…all gestures of solidarity and support for his ideals.” she says.
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Posted in: South Africa, Table Mountain South Africa, Saint Patricks Day in Africa 2014, Saint Patricks Day

ON SAFARI IN SOUTH AFRICA SPOTTING A ROYAL BEETLE

ON SAFARI IN SOUTH AFRICA SPOTTING A ROYAL BEETLE By David Tett 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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Posted in: Family Safaris, South Africa, Victoria Falls South Africa

Top 5 Reasons to Visit South Africa

Top 5 Reasons to Visit South Africa By Carolyn Tett 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.   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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Posted in: African Safari Trips, South Africa, Victoria Falls South Africa

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