Safari Experts Who Really Know Africa

Call to discuss your safari, and you’ll soon realize you’re speaking with a travel-enthusiast, who’s been to the places you’re keen to visit. You won’t find a more experienced, dedicated team of Africa travel experts, skilled in realizing your dreams of an exciting African safari for family, friends, groups or solo.

David Tett

Co-Founder and President

David is a sixth-generation Southern African born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe, later earning a Bachelor of Science degree in DNA technology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He founded Bushtracks Expeditions in 1989 and has been traveling extensively throughout Africa for more than 45 years. Combining his interest in ecosystems and the varied ecology of Africa with photographic safaris, he develops educational programs that include traditional cultures and wildlife. He is keenly interested in how nature tourism affects rural African communities and has worked with several projects that successfully integrate communities, the environment, and wildlife viewing.

Carolyn Tett

Co-Founder and Vice President

Carolyn's family has lived on the west coast of the U.S. for six generations. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, and during her junior year, she studied at the University of St. Andrew's in Scotland. While in the U.K., Carolyn met a charming and adventurous Zimbabwean, David Tett, who captivated her heart and instilled in her the fascination and thrill of travel, which they still share today. Many years, countless trips to Africa and two children later, Carolyn serves as the bridge between American sensibilities and David's grass-roots understanding of Africa. She is still active in sales and is a vigilant protector of the Bushtracks experience, continually working to ensure that our quality never wavers. Her passion for Africa and relentless demand for excellence have allowed us to maintain our high-level service as we've grown in the past 25 years, and will continue as we grow in the decades ahead.

Lyn Lavery

Program Coodinator

Lyn has been with Bushtracks since 2005, becoming an expert, not just in the wild areas of Africa and India, but in how travelers best enjoy these places. Her travels throughout India, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe have given her personal experience in a wide variety of camps and ecosystems. Lyn is our director of operations, ensuring that a focus on client needs permeates our entire office culture.

Samantha Barbitta

Senior Program Coordinator

Africa safari tours are all about animals and adventure - and so is Samantha. She studied marine biology at university, is a certified SCUBA diver, and worked at a sport fishing lodge in Costa Rica. Some of her favorite trips have been to Rwanda and Uganda to spend time with gorillas, Brazil to spot jaguars, and Kenya and Tanzania to see too many animals to name. Sam's expansive experience and enthusiasm for adventure make her a superb person to help you plan your Africa safari.

Daniela Powers

Program Coordinator, Group Travel

Daniela's first word was 'lion' while she excitedly pointed at a sheep. Ever since, curiosity for life's mysteries and adventures has permeated her personal journey which most recently saw her supporting hospitality, tourism and conservation organizations on Kauai. She loves anything aerial from flying trapeze to flying helicopters and when she is not coordinating the many logistical elements of our jet trips, she can be found game viewing in her Healdsburg backyard.

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