Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda: A Mother & Daughter Adventure

    Very few mothers and daughters share the experience that my mom and I did in March 2010 when she joined me on Bushtracks' safari in Rwanda to go gorilla trekking. We were in Rwanda for 3 nights and 4 days, with one gorilla trek, before connecting on to our safari in Kenya. We arrived in Kigali off our international flight, and enjoyed a recovery night before being met by our private guide the next morning. He made sure we saw all the city’s highlights in the morning, the most notable being the genocide memorial. Although we came to Rwanda to see mountain gorillas, the genocide memorial’s self-guided tour through photography, video, and most poignantly, the tattered clothes and belongings of the victims, made a very strong impression on us.
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Posted in: Trips to Africa, Gorilla Trekking Safaris

Top 3 Reasons to Go on an African Safari in Uganda

Top 3 Reasons to Go on an African Safari in Uganda By Samantha Barbitta Expert Safari Planner Best single-country combined big game viewing and primate experience  As we think about Jane Goodall’s achievements on her 80th birthday, we are reminded that primate encounters capture the imagination and the heart in a way that few other wildlife viewing experiences can do. “No one who looks into a gorilla’s eyes – intelligent, gentle, vulnerable – can remain unchanged, for the gap between ape and human vanishes…” said American biologist George Schaller, and we agree. We’ve found that only Uganda allows you to enjoy gorilla and chimpanzee trekking plus Big Five game viewing in a single-country safari experience. Progressing from north to south, you can experience the chimpanzees of Kibale, head on to big game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and conclude with mountain gorillas trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in a straightforward program that requires no back-tracking.
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Posted in: Trips to Africa, Gorilla Trekking Safaris, Uganda

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


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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Where to Go on a Walking Safari in Africa

Where to Go on a Walking Safari in Africa Have you ever dreamed of waking up in your safari tent, and seeing the snows of Kilimanjaro from your bed? Amboseli National Park is where you can do just that. The camps we use are set on large private reserves that lie adjacent to the national park and allow you to do non-park activities such as walking safaris, night drives, and visits to Maasai communities and group ranches. You can also take game drives inside the park for views of some of the biggest bull elephants you have ever seen, all framed by Kilimanjaro in the background.
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