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Magical Mana Pools + African civets

Africa’s safari destinations and their charismatic creatures offer the chance to escape from reality, but few match up to the magic of Mana Pools. Beyond lions dwarfed by towering forests, large herds of elephants, lily-covered ponds, and regular encounters with African wild dogs, Mana Pools offers catharsis for the soul. Irene Amiet visited the famed area in Zimbabwe to photograph the other-worldly wilderness of this Zambezi kingdom. Check out her photos and read more about her experience in our first story below.

And then… They’re the silent phantoms of the African safari, the bandits of the bushveld – stalking the night and eluding all who seek them… Our second story takes a closer look at the African civet, one of the continent’s more mysterious mammals. Not often seen, these fierce and agile predators should not be overlooked. Find out why.

Taryn van Jaarsveld – Editor

Story 1
Traveller Irene Amiet visits Zimbabwe’s famed Mana Pools National Park to photograph this other-worldly wilderness

Story 2
Occurring throughout sub-Saharan Africa, the African civet is a rare but welcome sight on safari


We have TWO safari specials to choose from this week. Get in touch with our safari experts and YOU could soon be jetting off to incredible wild places.

Botswana Classic: fully catered mobile safari – Special rate – US$6,238 pps
Explore all of northern Botswana on a fully catered MOBILE safari. Beginning in Maun and ending in Kasane and led by experienced guides, you’ll track big cats and wild dogs, and meander along the Chobe River. Book this authentic Botswana safari experience today and don’t miss out on this special high-season rate of US$6,238pps, valid from 21-31 Aug 2023.

Stay at Kisima Ngeda Camp, Lake Eyasi, Tanzania
Kisima Ngeda Camp is nestled in a thick stand of doum palm and fever tree forest under a rocky granite hill overlooking the seasonal Lake Eyasi, Tanzania. Book your stay and meet the Hadza tribe in an immersive cultural experience. Stay 5 nights and pay for 4 – valid all year round!


From our Scientific Editor – Jamie Paterson

Did you know that pangolins’ tongues extend all the way through the thorax to their last ribs? These they use to lap up termites and ants during their nightly myrmecophagous feasts.

Except, of course, when poachers find them. Then they are thrown roughly into sacks and go for days without food or water; their well-being and even survival of little interest to those seeking to trade their scales. By the time they are rescued (if they are rescued), their little bodies are traumatised and desperately depleted.

The toll of caring for these forlorn rescues is immense, both from an emotional and physical point of view. They require intensive medical intervention and, if their lives are saved, weeks and months of rehabilitation before they can be safely returned to the wild.

Read on to learn about another extraordinary rescue, and then please join me in donating to their cause. Every little bit counts in the fight to try and right the wrongs wrought upon these innocent animals.

Save a pangolin

Another pangolin has been rescued! The little male was confiscated in a recent sting operation near Hoedspruit, just outside Greater Kruger. The pangolin was severely emaciated and has now begun the slow process of medical treatment and rehabilitation, with help from Provet Wildlife Services. Thanks to all who have already supported our campaign to assist these pangolins.

Consider donating to Provet to assist in intensive cases like these which require thorough and in-depth medical care.

Save a pangolin

Please note all pangolins are housed off site for security purposes.

WATCH: For the first time in 150 years, lions are once again roaming the rolling hills of Babanango Game Reserve, in Zululand, South Africa. In this historic move, two male lions have been reintroduced onto the reserve, as part of an ambitious rewilding journey (09:48). Click here to watch

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