A safari addiction explained
Why does the soul long for the African Bush? What is it that keeps us returning time and time again? Africa, a continent so rich in diversity. A land of breathtaking beauty that draws in adventurous hearts for a closer…
Video: Dispelling a myth about Impala
It is so common in the safari industry that guides are taught things which are not inline with logic and the laws of nature, and I am out to dispel the myth pertaining to the birthing practise of Impala.
Selous Game Reserve: an authentic camping safari with Adventure Camps
Recently I travelled to the Selous Game Reserve with Sven Liebchen of Authentic Tanzania Safaris and experienced an incredibly real safari.
The Bushtracks bucket list for 2017
If your thoughts align with those of Brad Paisley, then right now your pen is poised and your fingers twitch. As we stand on the threshold of 2017, Bushtracks is ready to help you make this year’s book a number one best seller.
A Summer Storm at Rhino River Lodge
Guests find respite in air-conditioned rooms before climbing into game drive vehicles with beads of sweat rolling down their foreheads. It’s hot during the day but a Summer storm is looming and will soon cool the area.
When the most elusive of the safari Big Five changes its spots
The wild is a strange place. You can spend years searching for something, always missing it by inches or seconds. Years hearing how everyone else has seen the most elusive creature of the African bushveld. You’ll stop and stare at…
A trip to the eden of the Okavango Delta
There is no better way, I believe, to conquer a fear of flying, than to visit the Okavango Delta! Of course, I knew that this piece of paradise was well visited and had much to offer – but nothing prepared me for the immense beauty of this country they call “Botswana”.
Travel like the Samsons: Kalahari Transfrontier Park (Part Two)
Polentswa, a campsite situated in the heart of the Kalahari, becomes darker than the nights at the arctic once the new moon rises – it shows little mercy to those unable to see at night.
A cheetah hunt is successful in front of guests at Jacis Lodge
During a game drive on a Tuesday morning with young Rebecca, her parents and two other Jaci’s safari lodge guests, driving through airstrip road heading east following wild dogs’ tracks which confused the game ranger Oliver for a long time.
Gorilla trekking is an eco-friendly activity
Mountain Gorilla Trekking is a most unusual and highly desired wildlife experience in Africa; considered by wildlife enthusiasts across the globe as the number one human-animal encounter. These rare and endangered Mountain Gorillas only exist in the Virunga Range which…
Travel like the Samson’s through Southern Africa, part 1
It was decided to start via South Africa with a rental car and travel along the N14 motorway towards a small town called Upington
A day at the Office at Jacis Lodge in Madikwe
Four o’clock and the alarms sets off… it is still pitch dark and in the distance I can hear the two male lions we saw last night roaring. As I go to pick up my rifle from the safe at the Rangers’ Room, I bump into the only other creatures that are awake, my colleagues.
Facts about Eastern lowland gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega National Park
There is one experience you should definitely add to your bucket list and that is an eastern lowland gorilla trekking holiday.
What to expect on a mobile safari in Botswana
From your tent listen to the heart stopping roar of lions in the distance, the splashing and trudging of a hippo on the waters edge or the humorous whooping of hyenas late in to the night, and you will feel a closeness to nature like never before.
Spring is in the air and the bush babies are born
What a cliché description of a season this has become and like all great clichés, this one rings true year on year. Whether its the sounds newborn calves and lambs resonating amongst the new grass or the smell of pollen, released into the air by freshly sprouted flowers adding rich colours to an already impressive tapestry.
Five top tips to remember when climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
Thousands of people have climbed Kilimanjaro safely and successfully, but even the mildest route is fraught with difficulty.
An affordable safari holiday that won’t cost you a small fortune
A new year has arrived and we’re sure you’ll all agree that in anticipation of the trials and tribulations that 2017 could bring, our thoughts are already turning to that holiday reprieve.
The Beat of the African Drum
Life in the African bush follows the rising and setting sun; the flora and fauna change with from winter to summer, whilst the warm welcome by the Shenton Safaris Family in our camps always remains as steady as the beat of the African drum
Video: A leopards game of hide and seek
The element of surprise is the most crucial component for the success of a leopard. With a coat of complex patterning that breaks up the shape of the body, these magnificent cats can melt into their environment without being detected.
Africa’s safari big five: Who are they?
You want to be close to the Big Five in the wilderness? Viva Africa Tours will take you on an unforgettable safari through Tanzania’s most impressive national parks
Wildlife welcome the rains in Majete
At this time of year in Africa, season greetings do not come dressed in cold weather and snowfall like we see on the scenes of Christmas cards. Rather the season greets us with hot summer days and the welcome onset of rain.
What to pack when you’re going on a family safari!
A comprehensive guide to packing your bags for a family safari holiday.
The snake that made a surprise appearance
Sometimes we have our minds truly blown – and it was a rather shy, elusive and rarely seen snake that blew us away.
Video: Lions, impala, mud! An epic sighting at the hide!
Nkosi had taken some guests on a game drive to Ngweshla Pan, a commonly visited area by most who come to Hwange National Park.
Fleeing impalas – captured as it happened!
Lions are well known of their muscular strength of bringing down big prey such as buffalo, eland hippo, zebra, giraffe etc, but what our Head Guide Joseph witnessed this week by the river on the sand was fascinating.
Everything you need to know about self-driving in Botswana
Home to some of the last remaining unspoilt wilderness areas in the world, Botswana is a self-drivers haven.
10 most useful items for a Serengeti camping safari
Packing for any vacation is a challenge, but it’s even tougher when you’re off on a camping safari to the Serengeti. So here’s a list of must-packs so that you know what you can ditch.
What can guests expect from a safari visit to Cheetah Plains?
What do folks actually pay for when they come to Cheetah Plains?
Is it just the soft down-feather duvets; a steaming mug of fabulous filter coffee; a zesty gin and tonic on safari; a lion’s portion of deliciously prepared dinner and a tick-off on the Big Five checklist?
Botswana is the ideal destination for solo travellers
Travelling alone can be a slightly daunting prospect, knowing that you are going all the way to a remote location on your own, with little knowledge of the people or country itself.
Top 10 Safety Tips for Self-Drive Safari in Uganda
Self-drive tours are becoming very popular in Uganda, and car rental companies are mushrooming in Kampala and other towns like Entebbe, Mbarara, Kabale and Jinja among others.
Video: A pack of wild dogs turn on a pesky hyena
While staying at Mfuwe Lodge, in Zambia’s beautiful South Luangwa National Park, professional photographer Isak Pretorius witnessed a unique interaction between wild dogs and a pesky hyena.
Video: A vervet monkey takes on an eagle villain in defence of its baby
When my 2-way radio crackles to life and ‘Charlie 11’ is called, my stomach starts to tingle and the excitement builds. On the radio here in the Zululand Rhino Reserve, all Leopard Mountain staff go by the call sign ‘Charlie’. Invariably it means that something awesome is going down
The link between technology and wildlife
Having been a professional guide for the past 16 years has meant I have seen the industry and how guests experience the bush change. Some of it is for the better, and some of it I will with hold my judgement for now.
Highlights of a safari experience in Uganda
Crowned the Pearl of Africa by Winston Churchill in 1907, Uganda is renown for its beautiful landscapes, abundant flora and fauna, the 1057 bird species that make up 50% of Africa’s bird species and 11% of the World`s bird species and a diversity of over 56 tribal cultures that combine to make Uganda a unique and bucket list destination
Curious encounters with the most misunderstood animal in the bush, the hyena
It is no coincidence that the inspiration behind the name Sephiri Tours came from the spotted hyena and that the logo is a picture of an animal that has given us some of the best wildlife encounters we have ever had.
Banded brothers, the mongooses of Marula Lodge
Many people recognise meerkats thanks to a TV series and a UK comparison site but are less familiar with one of our more entertaining garden visitors. Both belong to the same family but there are no meerkats here, just our own banded mongoose
Zimbabwe – a country like no other
You won’t be blamed for knowing very little about Zimbabwe besides its rocky political history which doesn’t do this humble sub-Saharan African country any justice
Challenge yourself with photography at Jacis Lodges
I’ve worked as the photographic guide at Jaci’s lodges in Madikwe since the beginning of the year and just like with any type of guiding, there are plenty of opportunities to learn something new every day.
Going on adventures makes people happy, smart and attractive
Reminiscing about my family vacation in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe this past summer and all the wonderful adventures had.
Predators clashing in the wild is not a pretty sight
Ruaha National Park in Southern Tanzania is well known for its diverse landscapes, big elephant population and high density of predators.
5 proven ways to do a gorilla safari cheaply
Going on a gorilla safari in Rwanda or Uganda has been proved expensive by travellers, from flights and accommodation to permits and catering, we’re here to help make it a little less expensive for you.
Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
Covering an area of 28,000 acres Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is a private game sanctuary situated just across the road from the vast Tsavo west.
Rainfall in the bush means wildlife sightings galore
From baron landscapes to wildlife in distress, the drought that the Greater Kruger has been experiencing has been very well documented over the past few months.
Magic moments in the Maasai Mara caught on camera
The well-known phrase “Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints” is Journey’s Discovering Africa’s unofficial mantra, and we took that with us to the Mara
Treat yourself in Pakamisa’s bush pantry
As the world turns more and more towards organic and holistic practices, it’s time we sat up and looked at what is happening on the ground in traditional cultures.
Video: An unusual sighting at Tanda Tula
A sighting was recently experienced by guests at Tanda Tula, Kevin Hill and his fiancé, during a game drive they happened upon this unusual interaction between a lion looking to hunt a baby rhino.