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Disappearing lions + Botswana safari SADC special + Mara champagne safari

Africa’s disappearing lions have been the subject of animated discussion for years, but just how dire is the situation? Pretty dire: scientists have found that there has been a staggering 75% decline in Africa’s lion populations in the past five decades. In our first story below, we examine the disappearing habitats and disconnection leading to dwindling lion numbers.

Our second story below is for residents of the Southern African Development Community planning their summer holidays. Botswana is a dream destination for safari fanatics – though a luxurious lodge holiday here is often out of reach for those in its neighbouring countries. But that’s about to change as we make your Botswana safari fantasy come true. We’ve put together our guide of jaw-dropping special offers and staggeringly low prices for SADC residents.

If you’re a non-SADC resident, do check out our special offers and tasty packages in our Travel Desk below – we endeavour to make your safari dreams come true.

Happy celebrating Africa!

Taryn van Jaarsveld – Editor


Story 1
https://africageographic.com/stories/vanishing-lions-a-75-decline-in-africas-iconic-predators-in-just-five-decades/
VANISHING LIONS
Africa’s lions are disappearing. New research shows that lion populations across the continent have declined by 75% in just five decades

Story 2
https://africageographic.com/stories/your-guide-to-a-botswana-safari-sadc-edition/
BOTSWANA SAFARI
SADC residents: tick a Botswana safari off your bucket list. Check out these SADC special offers, for travel to top lodges – up to 75% off


From our Scientific Editor – Jamie Paterson

Nose-picking is a terrible human habit, is it not? There is little as off-putting as the sight of a finger venturing into the nostril in pursuit of something unmentionable.

Yet here’s the thing about rhinotillexomania – there appears to be some inexplicable impulse to do it. And human beings are not alone in this. Did you know that 12 primate species have been observed picking their noses? The most recent example was an aye-aye, filmed taking this pursuit to new extremes with its elongated finger.

Apparently, this multispecies commonality tells us that this “bad habit” may have some functional and even advantageous role. Make of that what you will…


Travel desk TRAVEL DESK UPDATES: 

We’ve put together two dream safaris that will have the worries of reality melting away, as you sink your toes into soft white beach sand or sip on bubbles overlooking the savannah.

Maasai Mara champagne safari – 6 days:
This signature Maasai Mara safari offers supreme luxury, a private vehicle, hot-air ballooning and champagne breakfasts. And your huge room has magnificent views as far as the eye can see.
Mozambique beach holiday – 8 days:
SPECIAL OFFER! It’s time to SPOIL YOURSELF and recharge those batteries, and there is no better destination than Mozambique’s pristine beaches and warm ocean. 8 days of exclusive barefoot luxury.

Adventure with AG

Maggie Nunley and her partner are currently on a cross-continental adventure with AG, celebrating their honeymoon. The couple started their adventure in Mgahinga National Park in Uganda and moved on to Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. They are finishing off their African holiday with a trip to Chale Island off Kenya’s Diani Beach to deflate in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

The honeymooners’ search for gorillas in Mgahinga proved fruitful, when they came across these majestic giants.

Want to make your travel dreams come true? Let AG plan your next safari.


WATCH: What happens when a fearsome honey badger meets a mole snake – a powerful constrictor – on the battle field? A short video shedding light into the tenacity of these two species (02:10). Click here to watch

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