Posts by Dan Hopkins

Wild Camping in Botswana: A Long Night Under a Black Moon

Here’s great story about camping in the Botswana wilderness by one of our clients, recently returned from our Botswana Culture & Wildlife Safari.  Author and safari host, Bonnie Fladung, tells an unforgettable story of an unexpected nocturnal visitor to her tent one night deep in the Botswana bush! I heard something brush against the outside…

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Tanzania Wildlife Safari

Consider this your invitation to the safari of a lifetime!  Please join me, the owner of GrassTracks Safaris, for a privately guided 12-day safari to Tanzania.  I have spent extensive time in the African bush and will be your leader of this remarkable Tanzania safari where I has partnered with exceptional Tanzanian wildlife biologist guides…

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Serengeti Migration Guide

Perhaps the most famous wildlife show on earth, the annual migration of over a million wildebeest and zebra through the Serengeti and Masai Mara ecosystem is a truly amazing event.  Every year the enormous herds migrate across the vast plains of Kenya and Tanzania following the rains to find fresh grazing. It is surely one…

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Tanzania Plastic Bag Ban

The Tanzanian government has announced a ban on all single-use plastic bags starting on June 21 2019, according to a press release from the Vice President’s office.  The statement read in part: “The Government of Tanzania wishes to make an official note to travelers planning to travel to Tanzania that from 1st June 2019 all…

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A Long Dry Season for Botswana?

Botswana had a poor rainy season this year and the lack of rain looks to make for an extended season of phenomenal game viewing for 2019.  During years of normal rainfall animals migrate away from the Okavango Delta into the surrounding Kalahari, returning to the permanent waters of the delta when the dry season begins. …

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The Lionscape Coalition

Lions are facing serious threats across Africa.  The continent’s lion population has been cut by 50 percent in the past 25 years, and the species is now officially classified by the IUCN as “Vulnerable”.  Factors contributing to this decline include habitat loss and fragmentation, illegal wildlife trade, bushmeat poaching and human-lion conflict. However, a turnaround…

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Namibia Under Canvas

Namibia is a vast country, even by African standards, covering an area approximately twice the size of California and four times the size of the United Kingdom.  With a population of a mere 2 million, Namibia has one of the lowest population densities in the world.  It is also an ‘ageless land’; visible through the…

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Botswana Culture & Wildlife Safari

We’re pleased to offer a unique safari to Botswana that combines adventure, ancient cultures, and abundant wildlife. Join wildlife writer Bonnie Fladung, Earth Ark Travel, and GrassTrack Safaris for this cultural and wildlife safari to Botswana.  This small country is one of Africa’s most remarkable destinations for wildlife, conservation, and culture. It has the highest…

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Southern Tanzania Safari Report, Part 2

Here’s the second installment of my report from our Southern Tanzania safari I hosted in September 2018 (you can read Part 1 here).  Throughout our journey, I was amazed at the diversity of landscapes, people, wildlife, and birds we encountered.  We covered long distances driving from the coast into central Tanzania.  Along the way we…

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Southern Tanzania Safari Report, Part 1

In September 2018 I hosted a safari into the remote and seldom visited game parks of southern Tanzania.  Throughout our journey, I was amazed at the diversity of landscapes, people, wildlife, and birds we encountered.  We covered long distances driving from the coast into central Tanzania.  Along the way we passed through small villages, hiked…

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