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The Little 5: heroes of the African bush

The Big 5, a term from the old hunting days, devoted to the 5 most dangerous animals to hunt, has been a target for the avid Safari goer since the birth of Photographic tourism in Africa.

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.

The best time to visit the fabulous Fanjove island

It’s a great time to visit, winds are light and it’s cool – set against the spectacular backdrop of the crystal clear water of the Indian Ocean, Fanjove Island is the perfect location to relax. It’s a dream island! With a max capacity of 12 guests, you will have a private and intimate experience on one of the most pristine Islands in the world. Conservation is the aim of the people who run the lodge and look after the island.

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”.

Why you should visit Nairobi National Park

To the north, the skyline of Nairobi looms, as surreal as Manhattan seen from Central Park. Both parks are listed by Birdlife International as Important Bird Areas, vital oases for winged species.

Round up of conservation success stories

While conservation is as much a buzzword as almond milk, the last few months has seen strong and positive success stories emerging in conservation for Africa.

Botswana’s unique approach to tourism

Botswana gained independence in 1966 and the discovery of diamonds came shortly after. However, while diamonds were to be an industry to nurture, the Botswana government looked long term and decided to focus attention on its wildlife and places of natural beauty as well.

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.

Safe guarding the Southern ground-hornbill

The Southern ground-hornbill is one of South Africa’s most endangered animals and its plight is lost in the mass of threatened creatures that are struggling to survive the onslaught of all the usual factors contributing to the decline of animal diversity on our continent.

The effect of time and conservation at Nanzhila Plains in Kafue National Park

So exalted David Livingstone, having climbed up what is likely the Muchinga Escarpment of the Luangwa Valley of Zambia in 1866 and seeing the magnificence of the miombo woodland stretched out before his eyes.

A night safari in a private Conservancy at Mara Bushtops

The rich wildlife of the Maasi Mara has always enchanted visitors. During the day gazelles, ostriches, zebras, buffalos, giraffes and elephants are the stars of the show. But after dark, the fauna changes completely. It is the time of hunting lions, leopards and hyenas

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.

Video: buffalo gives birth in the Timbavati!

This special and heartwarming moment of a buffalo giving birth was captured in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve by field guide Morné Hamlyn.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A artist’s opinion on wildlife conservation from the heart

We all know that in working towards sustainable wildlife conservation, the value of wildlife for communities and countries must be intrinsically recognised and made use of to its fullest potential.

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.

The Rain has arrived in South Luangwa

With the year fast drawing to a close, comes the onset of the summer rains in Zambia. The migrant birds return, and bush begins to sprout with new life and bursts into vivid green. This heralds the start of the Emerald Season.

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.

A sunrise cruise with the lions at Tongabezi

Early mornings before sunrise are generally the best time of day to scout for wildlife. The temperature is cool and the animals are still active, especially the big cats that are returning from a night of hunting.

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.

Anger over R100m ‘wildlife’ donation to politically connected individuals

A row is brewing over a donation of 150 buffaloes, 50 rhinos and 50 sable antelopes worth R100-million to politically connected private individuals in South Africa’s North West Province.

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.

Photographic safaris at Indlovu river lodge

Greater Kruger National Park – Indlovu River Lodge is situated near Hoedspruit, in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve (part of an area called the greater Kruger National Park).

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.

5 fantastic wildlife sightings at rhino river lodge

One of my favourite questions to ask a game ranger is “What has been your favourite wildlife sighting so far?”

A salt lick safari spectacular

Sitting back to enjoy the stream of wildlife that come to the salt lick at Mara Bushtops.

13 tips for taking children on safari

Taking an African safari with your children can be a very rewarding experience, creating some unforgettable family memories!

What to expect on safari in Rwanda

Rwanda Gorilla Safaris tempts us out of our daily routines with this blog post about why you should go on holiday to Rwanda.

Child-friendly wildlife photography workshops at Jaci’s Lodges

The perfect place for young wildlife enthusiasts to learn about wildlife photography and hone their photographic skills in the bush at Jaci’s Lodges

Looking back at this year’s great migration

Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra thundered into the Mara in July this year for the annual great migration.

Hone your astrophotography skills in East Africa

Don’t miss the chance to take part in a Wildlife and Astrophotography Workshop with the world famous Mark Gee.

The many reasons to visit Chobe in the green season

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The green season in Chobe is full of hidden gems – with birding at its best, as well as an abundance of very young wildlife, it is a rewarding time to visit the region

A library for the children in South Luangwa National Park

Marula lodge in Zambia have opened a library for the local children to learn about the wildlife in South Luangwa

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