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Seeing the Omo through Zuzana Galatova’s eyes

Friday, 1st December, 2017


I was lucky enough to catch up with Zuzana, who assists Grant on the finance desk, and has recently come back from a trip to Ethiopia, involving the Omo Valley, Alledeghi, Lalibela and finally Gheralta. We’re doubling up here: as well as finding out about Zuzana’s trip this blog is designed to point the reader…

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Walking with elephants at Kuro

Friday, 6th January, 2017

I am, once again, sitting in my tent at Kuro. I am writing by lamplight – again. Not only can I hear lions tonight, but I can make one of them out through the side gauze of my tent. Having perked up upon my exit from the shower, he is making his presence felt. Luckily,…

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On saving the wild elephant

Wednesday, 4th January, 2017

Once again, my apologies. The Guardian was kind enough to publish a piece we wrote on saving the wild elephant, something I should have alerted you to back in October. As I say, my apologies – fortunately, it’s still online , so do have a look when you get a moment. In the meantime, the…

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Welcoming Zuzana to the Team

Friday, 30th December, 2016

Zuzana left the office yesterday with a week’s annual leave and no idea where she was going. This afternoon we received a text saying, ‘We’re in Turkey’. This spirit of adventure is one of many reasons that Zuzana, Grant’s right hand woman, completes our team so well. Zuzana’s life started in Slovakia. Having grown up…

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First day in Tanzania: Simon and Frankie hit Tarangire

Tuesday, 27th December, 2016

I am currently sitting in my tent writing by lamplight in the otherwise pitch-dark surroundings listening to the bellow of lions not far off and the suprisingly melodious cries of hyaenas. Today, we left Lake Duluti Lodge, which was comfortable and friendly. Roughly three hours in the car and we reached the edge gate of…

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Righting the World

Wednesday, 14th December, 2016

A recent African Travel and Tourism Association article introduced one of the industry’s first completely female-run safaris at Alex Walker’s Serian, where all activities can be 100% led by females including camping, photography, ballooning, night drives, walking safaris and yoga sessions. Aside from most of the working world, the safari industry in particular has always…

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Paul Hits Greystoke

Friday, 9th December, 2016

I just sat down with Paul, one of our resident destination specialists to catch up after his trip to Tanzania on a warm Friday afternoon. The meeting was put off, however, after Paul politely suggested that we’d have a better time off the back of a beer or two. He was right. Much like Hannah,…

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Borana Lodge Medical Clinic

Wednesday, 7th December, 2016

Many communities in rural Africa lack healthcare enough to cope with disease transmission. Aside from AIDS, malaria and measles, it is often the ones that we see as fairly normal in developed countries that cause the biggest problems in rural Africa. Diarrhoea, for example, is the greatest cause of child mortality in Africa and constitutes…

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The Big Five: is it worth it?

Friday, 10th June, 2016

The first time I went to South Africa I was 18. My girlfriend (now wife) and I borrowed a car from a friend that he had bought for 1 rand, which at the time was about 10 pence or 20 cents. It wasn’t great. The gear stick refused to move into second, the accelerator pedal was…

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Share Your Story: Representing Wild philanthropy

Friday, 27th May, 2016

Last night we popped down the road to ‘Share your Story‘, an event held in the local area once every couple of months, where various people from around Brighton are picked out to speak according to the evening’s theme. Tonight’s was ‘neighbourliness and how I ended up on London Road’, which I’m proud to say,…

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