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Give Them the Holiday Gift of a Lifetime: A Luxury African Safari

Duba Plains Camp in the Okavanga Delta


David Tett, Owner, Bushtracks Expeditions, Healdsburg, CA – December 4, 2013

This holiday, give them an adventure of a lifetime with an African safari and watch their eyes light up with excitement and wonder. This unique and ultra-memorable gift will continue to give new perspective on the world that will serve throughout their lives. Search for the Big Five game in a thrilling game reserve. Fly over stunning Victoria Falls in a helicopter, or over the edge of the vast green oasis of the Okavango Delta in the Kalahari Desert. Photograph unparalleled landscapes only seen in books or movies. Explore rich wildlife in open four wheel-drive vehicles. End the excitement of the day and ease into evening reminiscing by the campfire with your loved ones in the comfort of your private lodge. Bushtracks’ luxury African safaris become the perfect gift especially when you start with one of our recommended top trips, then design and customize your itinerary to fulfill your specific interests and needs.

South Africa & Botswana

For a complete and breathtaking Southern Africa experience for you and your loved ones, I recommend the South Africa & Botswana’s Best safari. Guests who travel this itinerary are consistently thrilled with their experience. The diversity of game-viewing habitats makes for a particularly inspiring safari. MalaMala Camp is one of our favorite places in all of Africa. The wildlife is abundant and the camp staff has a talent for creating the perfect atmosphere in which to experience nature in comfort. Victoria Falls is indescribable. It is a must-see stop on any trip to Southern Africa. The Okavango Delta has become one of the top safari destinations in Africa. This inland river delta is a huge wildlife draw, with wetlands, dry savanna and wild animals beyond belief.

“I am personally passionate about this trip because it starts at MalaMala in the greater Kruger National Park, where it engages kids, teens, parents, and grandparents with the best game viewing in the world. The Big Five are up close and personal. The MalaMala rangers also have age appropriate field activities that get the kids fully engaged tracking buffalo, walking in the bush and examining the smaller things, catching bugs and butterflies, and much more. Then they fly to a World Heritage Site – the Victoria Falls – and the big river environment of the Zambezi. It’s very different to the Kruger environment, and the optional activities include boating on the river, riding African elephants, white water rafting, spas, shopping, or having tea on an island that sits on the lip of the Falls. The last stop is another World Heritage Site being the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Here, golden grasslands meet the blue flood waters of the Okavango river that is a back drop to wild Africa. Big cats hunt herds of buffalo and game viewing is active and includes game drives, night drives, boat excursions, and walking safaris. In summary, all ages from 7 to 70’s are in the field together, engaging with some of the best game viewing in the world, through a range of different activities, and three very distinct and contrasting ecosystems full of wild animals. It does not get better, as our travelers keep telling us.” – David Tett

In Our Travelers’ Words

As I prepare for another family trip to Africa this holiday, it makes us acutely aware of how important and valuable the time is that we have to spend together. The sentiment remains true with our past travelers, who return from their trips a closer bond and understanding of one another from through the adventures they’ve shared. One of our past travelers Sandi Passalasacqua, describes how her dreams of traveling finally came true.

“As a very young girl, my passion for Africa was ignited through autobiographical books and novels depicting the history and wonders of Kenya; the Mara, Chyulu Hills, and specifically Mt. Kilmanjaro. I told my parents at the time, that ‘Someday, I will walk out of a tent, and see Mt. Kilimanjaro! The years did not diminish the desire to realize that experience. That day finally came, 60 years later, when, in June of 2012, my dream was fulfilled, and was shared with my husband, children and grandchildren. The morning I stepped out of a tent in Campi Ya Kanzi and saw Mt. Kili rising majestically before me was truly an emotional moment.” – Sandi Passalasacqua

Anna Kohtz, one of our Africa travel specialists, just returned from her first trip to Africa where she traveled on an educational tour to the same destinations found in our “South Africa and Botswana’s Best Safari” mentioned above.

“As a first time traveler to Africa, I am still giddy with excitement when I think about my trip. So many people want to hear all about my experiences and as I spend time showing my pictures to family and friends, I can sum up my experience with one quote from my awestruck eleven year old daughter, ‘Mom, you just have to take me there.’ And you bet I will.” – Anna Kohtz

Give them the gift of lasting memories and experiences this holiday season with a customized safari designed to amaze and inspire with the perfect mix of excitement and relaxation. Happy Holidays!

Bushtracks Expeditions Travelers Can Enjoy Chitabe Camp Walking Safaris in the Okavango Delta

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The first version of this article was posted on 4 Dec 2013 at 4:47 PM.

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