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Akagera’s rhino translocation success

Friday, 12th July, 2019


A few weeks ago, five rhinos were translocated from Prague Zoo to Akagera National Park in Rwanda. The operation’s been hailed a success and is the second time rhinos have been translocated to the park after 17 were moved in 2017, after which Rwanda became a so-called ‘big five’ destination. As a company we try…

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Every tackle counts: TackleAfrica, football and HIV awareness

Saturday, 29th June, 2019

coach-coaching tackle Africa

On 20 July I will be joining some friends in a football marathon here in Brighton. It involves playing non-stop six-a-side against other teams for 12 hours. The reason will be to raise funds for a charity called TackleAfrica. The charity was set up to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS in places where there is less…

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Gay rights win: Botswana decriminalises same-sex relations

Friday, 14th June, 2019

Botswana AFP News

Last week the Botswana High Court ruled in favour of decriminalising same-sex sexual activity. Three judges came to the decision unanimously, decreeing that ‘human dignity is harmed when minority groups are marginalised,’ and labelled the law as ‘discriminatory’. The ruling means that Botswana joins a small but growing number of other African countries that have…

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Rhino Charge: rallying for Aberdare

Friday, 31st May, 2019

Rhino charge

Tomorrow morning, 65 4x4s will set off from a currently undisclosed location in Kenya to race to thirteen check points across demanding terrain. The team to have reached most checkpoints using the shortest distance will be crowned champs of this year’s Rhino Charge. Now an annual event, Rhino Charge began in 1989 to raise money…

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Omo Valley to Pool Valley: Lale visits Brighton

Friday, 17th May, 2019

Last week I had the great fortune of spending time with one of the most unlikely people imaginable: Lale Biwa of the Kara Tribe, whose population is roughly 5,000. The Omo Valley, which is where Lale’s community lives, is often considered one of the wildest and least spoilt places on the planet. The quick way…

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Chris’s bush tips: what to pack for a trip in the bush

Friday, 10th May, 2019

Sabi Sands Chris Tinkler

As mentioned in a previous blog, Chris and Sam Tinkler, our resident married couple and ex-safari guide and lodge manager respectively, have gone home to South Africa for a safari. Despite it being a holiday, Chris – top bloke that he is – took the time to make a video on what to take on…

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Cyclone Kenneth in Mozambique

Friday, 3rd May, 2019

Cyclone Kenneth, picture taken from NASA

More than two metres of rain have fallen in Pemba, the capital of the Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique since Cyclone Kenneth arrived just under two weeks ago. To put that into context, that’s about four times the average that falls over London in a year. Cyclones are severe storms that form over the Indian Ocean….

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Sudan: the fight for democracy goes on

Friday, 26th April, 2019


A while ago I wrote about the the independence of South Sudan (2011) and the conflict that’s occurred since. More recently I introduced you to Peter Marsden and his work for Concordis International negotiating peace in areas of conflict and facilitating the reconciliation of communities that have been torn apart in war. Since the independence…

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Managing lodges and chasing butterflies: 30 seconds with Sam Tinkler

Friday, 19th April, 2019

African Monarch Butterfly

I was fortunate enough to catch up with Sam Tinkler. Now sitting on the sales support desk, she has had much experience on the ground managing camps. Having lived in Ruaha for three years, running Jongomero, she fell in love with the butterflies there, which she documented and made a book of.  How did you…

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The good news of Nomad Tanzania Trust

Friday, 12th April, 2019

Beds for Meds

I’ve been thinking about how much good news there is recently, but how rarely we hear it. Bad news sells so much better. The result can be a spiral into hopelessness about the world and the people in it. But I am here to assure you that there is much, much more to feel hopeful for. Part of…

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