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A brown-headed parrot adorned in a smorgasbord of tasty weeping boer-bean buds. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Joschka Voss. Photographer of the Year 2023 entrant

During 2023 you engaged with our stories more than 2 million times. More than 27,000 new adventurers joined our tribe. And many of you travelled with us to the wildest corners of the continent for your safari fix.

This, in the context of the last decade, where 16 million of you have read our stories that reflect the complexity and reality of life at ground level here in Africa. That’s 16m caring individuals from across the globe – our tribe – that have taken on board the science and considered opinions, and helped us spread the word and CELEBRATE AFRICA.

Here are some of our highlights from 2023, the year that was:


Our 2023 story picks

Things to do in Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls is one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations – for good reason. We shared our ultimate Victoria Falls to-do list, and our tribe started planning their adventures.

Trophy hunted
A male desert-adapted lion was hunted amidst suspicious circumstances in Namibia. We asked questions of MEFT and triggered international awareness and action

15 Top African wildlife experience
We prepared the ultimate guide to your African safari bucket list. Here were our choices of 15 top African wildlife experiences on the continent

Vet fences
Our most popular story showed you care about the welfare of Africa’s wildlife. Gail Thomson asked whether Namibia & Botswana should bring down their veterinary fences

Archeological magic in Makgadikgadi
Archaeological sites in the Makgadikgadi salt pans reveal how ancient humans used black silcrete formed from lake mud to make tools

Bush or beach?
There’s no need to choose! We brought you the best combo safaris featuring epic beach & bush destinations for the ultimate African holiday


Our most popular safaris in 2023

Big 5 + chimps + gorillas in Rwanda
Is this the best bucket-list safari out there? AG’s followers think so! This safari offers the chance to flatten three bucket-list items in one epic safari – in one country!
Maasai Mara migration season safari
This safari offers front-row seats to the greatest show on Earth – the Great Wildebeest Migration in Kenya’s Maasai Mara
Southern Africa mega safari
This safari-to-end-all-safaris will sweep you off your feet. An iconic holiday in southern Africa that combines Greater Kruger, Cape Town and the Winelands, Khwai, Chobe and Victoria Falls

Your top social media pics this year

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202,510 of you checked out this photo of a lion cub taking a breather between mouthfuls and absolutely loved it. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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58,670 of you loved this image of a leopardess carrying her cub, her iron jaws made gentle by motherhood as she transports her precious cargo. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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58,560 of you held your breath when you saw this picture. “A jackal pressured this tawny eagle into dropping its quarry moments after it had managed to grab the pup.” The mother rescued the pup and transported it to a new den, unharmed. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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17,950 of you were enchanted by this young elephant. The calf seemingly snuggled up to its mother, showing affection that we all felt through the lens. Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Your impact this year

This year, you helped make a difference for Africa’s wildlife by supporting our conservation campaigns.

As pangolin-poaching season kicked off in the cooler winter months, you stepped up to help treat pangolins rescued from trafficking. Thank you for supporting our Save a Pangolin campaign. You helped provide treatment and rehabilitation for pangolins saved from poaching and taken for treatment at Provet Wildlife Services, just outside Greater Kruger.

You also helped save Africa’s free-roaming lion populations by supporting our Collar a Lion campaign. By donating to our conservation partner, the Southern Africa Conservation Trust, you raised funds to purchase GPS satellite collars to monitor lion populations and drive the conservation of wild lions.


Looking to 2024

Our 2024 resolution is again to uncover new, responsible safari options and fascinating stories for you – our tribe of passionate travelling conservationists. Thank you for helping us to deliver on that promise in 2023.

We’ll be back with your regular dose of African celebration next week.

Don’t forget to set your safari resolutions for next year in motion, and start planning your epic safari adventure now.

Wishing you a very happy 2024!

From teamAG

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