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Surfing Africa: surf’s up all over the continent

Friday, 28th September, 2018

Sally Kirby Surfing Africa

My first African surfing experience was a few years ago in Cape Town, an afternoon spent wiping out at Muizenberg. I was terrified of the white waves, and of the sign warning of great white sharks. And yet, despite the fear, the regular nasal cleansing, and the washing machine effect of repeated tumbles in the…

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Eid Al-Adha: a first-hand account of the Islamic holiday

Tuesday, 28th August, 2018

Sally Kirby Eid

I am writing this on the last day of Eid Al-Adha. Well, I think it’s the last day. I had thought Friday was the last day. It’s now Sunday, and it sounds like the celebrations are going to last as long as the villagers have the energy to do so. The drumming in the streets…

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The power of the drum: Sally Kirby champions the beat

Friday, 17th August, 2018


I’m writing this blog from the sunny roof terrace at a surf and yoga guesthouse, where am in residence for the summer, mostly writing, learning to surf, slowing down and embracing all that Morocco offers in abundance. One of my favourite discoveries here has been the three Djembe drums, originally from Senegal, currently on the…

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Project Flip Flopi: Sally Kirby speaks with Ben Morison

Tuesday, 24th July, 2018

Yesterday I had a chance to catch up with Ben Morison, project leader of the Flip flopi project, which is due to set sail from Lamu in September 2018. A traditional Kenyan dhow built out of rubbish. The boat, created from molten plastic moulded into ‘wooden’ planks, will consist of 200,000 flip flops, and plans…

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Meeting the one and only Lale Biwa

Friday, 13th July, 2018

Lale Biwa Private Guide

I’ve heard and written a lot about Lale Biwa. He and Journeys by Design and Will Jones go back a long time. One of Ethiopia’s leading English speaking guides, he provides a vital link between remote tribal communities and international travellers. His eponymously named camp, Lale’s Camp provides a comfortable base for clients visiting a…

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Wellness and wellbeing: a taster from Sally Kirby

Friday, 29th June, 2018


Over the last few years, I’ve been curiously exploring all things wellness and wellbeing related. A fascinating journey which is introducing me to teachers and traditional healers from around the world. Trialling holistic therapies from aromatherapy to sound, acupuncture to shamanism, astrology to, well, you got it. Fascinating indeed, terrifying at times. Better connecting to…

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Paddling into the remote: Selinda Explorers Camp’s special ambience

Friday, 1st June, 2018


Our brochure experience for June is Selinda Explorers Camp. As the Selinda Spillway, part of Botswana’s iconic Okavango Delta waterways, starts to fill up from the rains to the north, canoes and flat-bottomed boats are being dusted down and returned to the water, ready for action. I should say that while, when I visited, the…

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Africa Day: in the name of an African renaissance

Friday, 25th May, 2018


Africa Day commemorates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (now known as the African Union) on this day, 25 May, in 1963, when leaders of 30 of the 32 independent African states signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It was to be a day for Africans to come together and celebrate their…

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Ecological intelligence and the human-animal

Tuesday, 8th May, 2018


Within the first few pages of Ian McCallum’s Ecological Intelligence, Rediscovering Ourselves in Nature, I remember thinking that this is going to change things: I was barely able to read it, so excited was I at finding something that resonated so profoundly. A quote in the book by an unknown poet summed up my feeling…

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One Girl Can: Sally Kirby gets to the bottom of a truly unique charity

Friday, 27th April, 2018

One Girl Can Lab

Last week I caught up with Lotte Davis, founder of One Girl Can, a charity educating girls in sub-Saharan Africa. Originally from South Africa, now based in Canada, Lotte’s strong connection led her back to the continent in 2007. During this trip, a seed was planted, a vision formed: she would combine her entrepreneurial skills…

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