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Honoring Mandela’s Legacy on the Centenary of His Birth

July 13th, 2018, by Joanna Bielawski

Honoring Mandela’s Legacy on the Centenary of His Birth 

~ African Travel, Inc. and Lion World Travel offering Mandela-themed itineraries, staff participating in volunteer projects ~ 

GLENDALE, Calif., July 5, 2018 – In honor of the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, which falls on July 18, African Travel, Inc. and Lion World Travel are proudly celebrating his legacy in multiple ways. Both companies are supporting organizations that promote Mandela’s “four pillars” of food security, shelter, education and literacy, and both are offering fascinating Mandela-themed itineraries for travelers. 

Staff from African Travel, Inc. are volunteering their time this summer with Baby2Baby, a non-profit group serving 180,000 low-income children in Los Angeles by providing diapers, clothing, toys and other necessities that every child deserves. Volunteers help inspect items to ensure they are clean and ready to use, help create customized gift bags, and stock shelves in the shopping area where partner organizations buy items for low-income children they also work with daily. 

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~ Numbers surpass 1,000 for the first time in decades, thanks to conservation efforts ~

June 21st, 2018, by African Travel

See East Africa’s Growing Population of Mountain Gorillas with African Travel, Inc. 

~ Numbers surpass 1,000 for the first time in decades, thanks to conservation efforts ~

GLENDALE, Calif., June 20, 2018 – According to census results just released last month, the population of critically endangered mountain gorillas living in East Africa’s mountains has grown to over 1,000, a huge success story at a time when many other African species are experiencing a reduction in numbers due to poaching and habitat destruction. 

The census, which was led by the governments of Rwanda, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and many conservation groups, showed 604 individual gorillas living in Rwanda’s Virunga Mountains as of June 2016. Combined with an earlier study that shows approximately 400 gorillas in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the total comes to over 1,000. 

Gorilla populations in East Africa have been steadily increasing since 1981, when their numbers reached a perilously low 242 individuals. The growth over the last three decades is attributable to the hard work done by governments, local communities, and non-profit conservation groups. 

“Conserving gorillas for future generations is a crucial mission – one that benefits us all,” said Lucille Sive, CEO of The Travel Corporation's Africa Division, who blogged about her experience gorilla trekking in Rwanda here. “These gentle creatures are stunning to behold in their natural habitat. If you are considering visiting Rwanda or Uganda to see the mountain gorillas, I absolutely recommend it.” 

Travelers can see these majestic creatures up close on three different African Travel, Inc. itineraries in Rwanda and Uganda. 

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Savor the Flavors of South Africa on African Travel, Inc.’s Newest Itinerary

March 9th, 2018, by Joanna Bielawski

GLENDALE, Calif., March 8, 2018 – Real foodies don’t just want run-of-the-mill culinary experiences when they travel. They want tailored experiences that let them discover a destination and its culture through their taste buds. Travelers can do just that on African Travel, Inc.’s delicious new itinerary, which takes them on an epicurean journey through South Africa.

A Taste of South Africa is a 10-day journey of culinary discovery packed with hand-picked foodie attractions, wine tasting excursions, and farm-to-table flavors. Guests will savor the multi-cultural foodie heritage of Cape Town, discover the award-winning, world-class wines of Constantia and Franschhoek, and end their trip with an exhilarating safari near Kruger National Park.

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