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The experience of space: Stanley Stewart shines a light on Namibia’s Kaokaland

Tuesday, 8th January, 2019

Gold List Conde Nast

Stanley Stewart’s latest piece for Conde Nast Traveller is entitled Title Track. It’s a beautiful account of his travels through the vast and ostensible emptiness of Namibia’s Kaokoland, and begins in typical Stewartesque fashion: ‘We were at breakfast when the Queen of Sheba appeared.’ Travelling largely by private mobile, Stewart’s experience of Kaokoland is an…

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Will Jones: home visits and his 2018 US Itinerary

Friday, 23rd November, 2018


Just a quick note to say that I will be going on my annual visiting of US clients, friends and colleagues, starting a week tomorrow. For all its wonderful benefits, technology will never replace the nuances of what it means to meet face-to-face. Personally, I like nothing more than a kitchen table, a map, and…

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Remembering Great Apes: the launch, the book, and the fight against forgetting

Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018

Rembering Great Apes Book

Last week a group of us hightailed it to London, to Le Galleria, in Pall Mall, for the photography exhibition of Born Free and Wildlife Photographer United’s Remembering Great Apes, a coffee table book featuring the work of over 50 wildlife photographers. A kickstarter funded enterprise, with all photographs donated, it is the third in…

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Taking part: Conde Nast Traveller’s Stanley Stewart gets his tracking boots on

Friday, 12th October, 2018

In a long-ranging roundup – in this month’s Conde Nast Traveller – of some of Namibia’s finest new properties, Stanley Stewart’s Catch-a-fire makes much space for the art of the tracker and what it brings out in the traveller. Anyone, he says, ‘can sip sundowners and peer at zebra through binoculars. Put in a couple…

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The Nyae Nyae Conservancy: the story of the Ju/hoan San and Namibia’s first internationally recognised conservancy

Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018

Johuansi Namibia James Suzman

Every month we post a blog inspired by Journeys by Design’s brochure Experience. This month it is the Ju/hoan of Namibia. Will Jones highlights the lengths to which the Ju/hoan went in creating the Nyae Nyae Conservancy. In their book The Ju/huon San of Nyae Nyae and Namibian Independence, anthropologists Mega Biesele and Robert K…

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A new frontier: Will Jones reports on Congo Brazzaville

Wednesday, 19th September, 2018


I’ve just got back from a trip to the Republic of Congo – also known as Congo Brazzaville – with journalist Sophy Roberts,  Roland Purcell and photographer Robbie Lawrence. Roberts you will know from her writing for the likes of the Financial Times and Conde Nast Traveller. Purcell is a pioneering conservationist whose exploits I’ve…

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Highway to Heaven: the Financial Times’s Isabella Tree has a Ugandan epiphany

Tuesday, 11th September, 2018

Isabel Burrell in Uganda

The writer Isabella Tree’s article for last weekend’s Financial Times is entitled Highway to Heaven. At the risk of spoiling your read, it ends: ‘But this encounter with Sebo seems a pivotal moment. That stirring of human cognition. It feels as though we’ve driven through the red dust of dawns and dusks to the solar…

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The Tusk Rhino Trail: a very public way of highlighting the plight of the rhino

Friday, 7th September, 2018


If you’ve been to London recently, to the likes of Covent Garden, the City, Mayfair, Kensington or Marble Arch, then you will no doubt have noticed that some of its public spaces have given birth to beautifully decorated life-size rhinos. A lovely awareness campaign initiated and run by Tusk, the works of art were created…

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Zimbabwe: politics, economics, and a great dollop of hope

Friday, 31st August, 2018

Emerson Zimbabwe

Just a quick update on Zimbabwe, now that Robert Mugabe is gone and his ZANU-PF successor Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn in as the country’s second president. Things have not gone well. Yet to appoint his cabinet, Mnangagwa’s election victory was marred by violence and claims of electoral vote rigging. Six people were shot dead…

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World Lion Day: the crises, the key drivers, and what we can do

Friday, 10th August, 2018


It’s World Lion Day, which may or may not surprise, given that, when it comes to creating awareness about vulnerable or endangered species, we are generally far more aware of the plight of the elephant or rhino than we are the lion. This will partly be because the lion is less threatened by international poaching…

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