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The End of Low Season Gorilla Permits?

By Dan Hopkins | August 26, 2017

If you've been dreaming of trekking for mountain gorillas in east Africa, you may consider booking a safari by the end of the year.  Uganda and Rwanda have a majority of these critically endangered primates but the permit fees aren't cheap and the rates are once again increasing. Currently the low season (April, May, November) permit for gorilla trekking in Uganda is $450/person/trek and the high season permit is $600/person/trek (each permit allows only 1…

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A Few Favorite Lodges in Namibia

By Dan Hopkins | August 18, 2017

As elsewhere in Africa, Namibia hosts many wonderful lodges.  Scattered in remote areas throughout the country, these various lodges provide exceptional service, incredibly friendly staff, and superb guides.  Most lodges offer unique activities where you can track rhinos on foot, search for desert elephants and learn about the strange plants and animals inhabiting the world’s oldest desert.  I’ve only visited a handful of all the lodges, but here are a few of my favorites. Damaraland…

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How to Choose the Right African Safari Adventure

By Dan Hopkins | July 19, 2017

African Safari Adventure Packages are our specialty and we can arrange a wide range of safari styles and destinations throughout Africa.  The continent offers a bewildering variety of safari styles, activities, and accommodation.  Trying to choose among all these safari adventures and accommodation styles can seem daunting.  Read on for a quick list of pros- and cons of the most popular safari styles: Budget Camping Safaris If you are traveling to Africa on a budget…

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Chimp Trekking in Uganda

By Dan Hopkins | July 8, 2017

On our recent chimp trekking experience in Kibale National Park, Uganda, we spent an afternoon walking the paths of the forest with our guides and trackers.  The forest was thick with vegetation and bird song. The chimps were moving fast but we finally caught up with a small group feeding in a large fig tree.  Only one male was on the ground collecting figs.  He was very accommodating and we could get quite close as…

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Mobile Camping Safaris in Botswana

Back to the Basics: Mobile Camping Safaris in Botswana, Part 2

By Dan@Grasstracks | May 28, 2017

Mobile Camping Safaris in Botswana provide an unparalleled experience of wild Africa and is truly an authentic African adventure.  A mobile camping safari brings you deep into the African wilderness where you can see, smell, and feel Africa.  There’s something magical about sitting close to the campfire on a dark night listening to a lion’s roar or a hyena’s howl.  You can choose from a variety of mobile camping safari styles, depending on your comfort…

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Mobile Camping Safaris

Back to the Basics:  Mobile Camping Safaris in Botswana, Part 1

By Dan@Grasstracks | May 12, 2017

 Safari is a Swahili word meaning journey, and for centuries explorers and traders embarked on safari expeditions deep into the interior of Africa.  Today, a safari refers to almost any type of tour in Africa or beyond, usually involving luxury lodges with all the comforts and amenities. However, a mobile camping safari is one of the most rewarding and authentic safari experiences in Africa. A mobile safari captures the essence of the original meaning of…

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