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Celebrating the wide open spaces of Africa in the shadow of Mount Ololokwe. Samburu National Reserve, Kenya.
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Ultimate bush/beach combos + the human population problem

What a ride 2022 has been! Some good, some bad and plenty of freak’n weird stuff :-0

From awe-inspiring images of outer space by the James Webb Space Telescope to Russia invading Ukraine, and gender-fluidity and cancel culture becoming ubiquitous. Then we had SBF and the collapse of Crypto, increasing climate change impacts and the Covid long-tail impacting health and economies. This was indeed a year to remember.

All this against the backdrop of algorithmically fuelled nutters dominating social media ‘engagement’ in the race for advertising revenue while normal, reasoned voices are sidelined. And parents of young kids continue to outsource their core responsibilities to brain-frying mobile phones as humankind marches determinedly towards zombification.

AND YET Africa continues to beat its own drum and be what it is – a gobsmackingly awesome continent, a place to reboot and recover. Expect an announcement by teamAG in Q1 2023 that will deliver more affordable safaris and responsible travel opportunities with demonstrated benefits for Africa’s people and ecosystems.

Finally, this is the most crucially on-point and exciting concept I have seen in years. Read it and glance into the future of biodiversity conservation.

Keep the passion

Simon Espley – CEO, Africa Geographic


We have two truly satiating safaris for those wanting to fully immerse themselves in their surroundings.

Kruger wilderness walking safari – 4 days – From US$ 750
Longing to be engrossed in the Kruger wilderness? This one-of-a-kind mobile-camping safari will expose you to the rawness of Greater Kruger. Walk the bushveld with a guide and trackers, while the ground team moves your tented camp to a new location every night. This riveting safari will reconnect you with nature and recharge your batteries.

Art safari with Alison Nicholls – 7 days – From US$ 3,685
Indulge in the bushveld in a new way on this creative safari. Join professional wildlife artist Alison Nicholls on this art safari at The Bush House in malaria-free Big 5 reserve, Madikwe – South Africa. Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives and spend time in camp sketching wildlife that visits the active waterhole. Beginner and seasoned artists all welcome!

From our Editor – Taryn van Jaarsveld

Picture your perfect African holiday – are you perched atop a game drive vehicle, sipping sundowners and gazing over a herd of elephants? Or are you stretched out on the white sands of a balmy tropical paradise, whiling away the hours in seaside bliss? Luckily, there’s no need to choose, and a traditional combination of a bush and beach holiday is one of the most popular approaches to the ultimate African adventure. Our first story below is a comprehensive collection of the best combos for your next bush-beach holiday.

A recent study reveals that Africa’s biodiversity is under threat from human population growth, resource exploitation & climate change. Read our second story below on what needs to be done to protect Africa’s biodiversity and prevent the loss of its wild habitats and species.

Here’s wishing the AG tribe a blessed festive season filled with adventure and rejuvenation of the soul!

Story 1
Bush or beach? No need to choose! We bring you the best combo safaris featuring epic beach & bush destinations

Story 2
A study on population growth, resource exploitation & climate change highlights the steps needed to prevent loss of wild habitats & species in Africa

From our Scientific Editor – Jamie Paterson

Given the time of year, it is appropriate to include a suitably festive fact for this week’s newsletter. Unfortunately, African wildlife does not tend to feature heavily in the symbolism of the various holidays being celebrated. So this connection is a bit tenuous…

Did you know that some subspecies of reindeer make a clicking sound when they walk? The sound comes from the movement of tendons over the bones of the fetlock joint. Eland antelope bulls also make a clicking sound, though this emanates from the carpal joint. The weird thing is that while the clicking of reindeer joints is believed to help the herd stay together (in blizzards, for example, and in the absence of Rudolph’s nose), the clicking of eland joints is now theorised to communicate size and social status to potential competitors.

It’s coming…

Photographer of the Year 2023 is just around the corner! Have you got your entries ready? We’re pleased to announce the details, prizes and rules for your 2023 entries. Read more here!

WATCH: Humans and caracals share the city of Cape Town, South Africa: Find out how these adaptable cats survive in a bustling urban environment (01:22). Click here to watch

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