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A Free Night in Victoria Falls on Select 2015 African Safaris

If 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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Posted in: Victoria Falls Safaris, South African Safaris

Leaving Before the Rains Come: A Bushtracks Book Review

Sitting 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.
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Posted in: Zimbabwe, South African Safaris

Live from Africa: Samantha Reports from Kruger Southern

Bushtracks’ 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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Posted in: Africa Traveler Experiences, Photographic Safaris, South African Safaris

Biking Safaris in Africa for a Cause

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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Posted in: African Safaris, trips to southern africa, Adventure Safaris, South African Safaris

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 Safaris, Botswana Safaris, Okavango Delta, South African Safaris

AFRICAN SAFARI SPECIALS: GO NOW & SAVE

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.              Southern  Africa's  Big Cats &  Beach Safari      12   Days Travel Now* $6,685  Per Person  Travel Later $8,195 Per Person  Best of  Botswana  & Victoria Falls  Safari  10    Days  Travel Now* $8,955 Per Person    Travel Later $19,677  Per Person  Best of  Southern  Africa Safari  13 Days  Travel Now* $10,405 Per Person Travel Later $18,849 Per Person  Namibia's  Big 5 Game  Wildlife & Wild  Deserts Safari 12 Days  Travel Now* $11,335 Per Person  Travel Later $16,668 Per Person   *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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Posted in: South African Safaris, African Safari Specials

Kruger National Park Safaris for Families in South Africa

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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Posted in: South African Safaris

Top 3 Places to Visit in Namibia

For many of our travelers, stunning Namibia tops the list of places they want to visit on their second trip to Africa. Alternatively – particularly for photographers -- a Namibia safari pairs beautifully with a Botswana program in the Okavango Delta, offering an unparalleled range of scenery and subject matter. When starting your planning, you’ll want to include these three destinations: all are proven favorites, offering landscapes, culture, and wildlife that can be experienced nowhere else on earth. 1. Namib Desert: One of the World's Largest and Oldest Deserts Marvel at the majestic dunes of the Namib Desert, one of the world’s largest and oldest deserts, as you explore on foot, or soar above them in a hot-air balloon. The undulating, orange dunes – captured in popular memory by the aerial scenes of the film The English Patient – are among the tallest in the world, with the tallest reaching 325 meters, or 1,066 feet, about the same height as New York City’s Chrysler Building. As if the stunning landscape and clear, starry skies weren’t reason enough to enjoy Sossusvlei, the area is home to desert-adapted flora and fauna such as ostriches, springbok, gemsbok, bat-eared foxes and aardwolves, all of which can be encountered on safaris in vehicles or on foot. One of our favorite desert retreats is Little Kulala, on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, with 11-thatched kulalas (or cottages) each with rooftop skybeds for stargazing and a private plunge pool.
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Posted in: Namibia Safaris, South African Safaris

How to Plan the Best Family Safari

For many of our travelers a trip to Africa is a chance to assemble generations of family in an extraordinary setting where each member of the family shares a sense of wonder and discovery together. We’ve been designing family safaris for multi-generational groups for over 20 years, and can offer helpful advice to families beginning to plan a custom African safari for summer 2015.
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Posted in: Family Safaris, South African Safaris

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: Game Viewing Safaris, Botswana Safaris, The Big 5, South African Safaris

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 Safaris, Adventure Safaris, Horse Safaris, Botswana Safaris, Zimbabwe, South African Safaris

Chelsea Handler's Uganda Be Kidding Me: A Bushtracks Book Review

Uganda Be Kidding Me A Bushtracks Book Review By Deborah Olsen The title alone was irresistible, so when my colleague, Liz, mentioned E! personality and comedienne Chelsea Handler’s latest autobiographical book, she didn’t have to ask me twice to do a little primary research. First (spoiler alert!), Chelsea and her five friends went on safari in Southern Africa, so if you are looking for a book on Uganda, you should keep looking – there are no gorillas here. You may also want to know that her recap of Africa accounts for less than half of the book, from there she’s off to the Bahamas, Switzerland and beyond. But her views on an African safari inject some much-needed levity into a topic generally treated with the gravitas reserved for a BBC production.  Fans of Chelsea Handler will not be surprised by her irreverent approach to the African safari, nor will they be deterred by her impressions viewed mainly through the lens of glasses made rosy by perpetual Bloody Marys. Never a traditionalist, her idea of safari adds a sixth conquest to Africa’s big five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino for the uninitiated) in the shape of her ruggedly handsome South African guide Rex – the one that got away.
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Posted in: Zambia African Safaris, Botswana Safaris, South African Safaris

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 Safaris, Trips to Africa, South African Safaris

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 African Safaris

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 African Safaris

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