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I am Moana: Tassia Jones shares the fantastical joy of holidaying in Madagascar

Friday, 17th November, 2017

Tassia Jones in Madagascar

On 1st January, 2018, Journeys by Design will be launching Madagascar as a new destination to visit. Our very own Will Jones was lucky enough to spend the best part of a month there with his family in the summer, including his 14-yo daughter who, we’re pleased to say, sent an excerpt from her journal…

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The FT makes fine work of Botswana’s Okavango Delta

Tuesday, 14th November, 2017


One of the pleasures of arranging trips for the likes of writers such as the FT’s Charlotte Sinclair is that you know very well that not much escapes their conservation-sensitive eye, particularly in terms of weighing up what makes a lodge more than a luxury destination – however beautifully done. Visiting Chief’s Camp, Sable Alley,…

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Being Well

Friday, 10th November, 2017


Have you ever thought of Africa as a destination for wellness travel? Perhaps not. The African continent is a relatively new addition to the fast-growing worldwide wellness travel map. And yet, it’s happening. And I, being a keen advocate for holistic living, am welcoming this shift towards – clients wanting, and lodges offering – a…

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The Legacy of Cecil the Lion

Tuesday, 7th November, 2017


On a recent safari in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, I was fortunate enough to spot the new dominant, male lion in town, Bubesi. After the tragic killing of Cecil the lion by trophy hunters in 2015, there was an international uproar, the hunter outed and shamed. However, this didn’t deter hunters from killing one of Cecil’s sons, six-year-old Xanda, who was shot when he roamed outside the protected area of…

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Pockets of Heaven

Friday, 3rd November, 2017

Diving Mozambique Whale

You may remember the unveiling of our new brochure Experience, set out as a calendar with each month represented by an area that comes recommend at that time of year. Well, the month is November and Mozambique’s white-sanded coast and little known coral reefs are ripe for harvest.  When one thinks of coral reefs, they’re…

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‘What happens on the river, stays on the river’: Emma Baker’s first safari experience

Tuesday, 31st October, 2017

After seeing elephants, hippos, crocodiles, zebras and an array of other stunning wildlife from the safety of a safari jeep or motorboat in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe, I didn’t think we could get much closer to the animals. That is, until we went canoeing down the Zambezi River. On the drive to the river,…

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Cultural Cape Town: City of the Future

Friday, 27th October, 2017

I have to be honest. I was a bit of a latecomer to the appreciation of art: too busy during my early years learning languages and playing sport to step foot in the art school. Then I met someone, an artist funnily enough, who slowed me down, and showed me the importance of art, both in the world and to me. This was a pivotal time in my life. It led me to peeling off…

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An interview with rugby coach, Grant Lawrence

Tuesday, 24th October, 2017


Last week I had the pleasure of catching up with Grant Lawrence, Head of Physical Education at Dorothy Stringer in Brighton, where Will’s children went to school. Two years ago Will Jones helped to put together a trip that saw the school’s rugby team touring South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal, which stretches from the Drakensberg Mountains to Durban. Grant called it an amazing trip that he wouldn’t forget in a hurry. The trip was a chance…

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The meaning of beach: Sally Kirby remembers Mahale 

Friday, 20th October, 2017

It’s been nearly ten years since I stepped off the gently rocking dhow into the shallow shores of Lake Tanganyika; I can still feel the soft sand between my toes, and the water lapping at my ankles. It’d been a full day of travel to reach this remote beach at the foot of the Mahale Mountains in western Tanzania.  Until this trip, beach holidays in…

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Overcoming extreme poverty: remembering Father Joseph Wreskinski, the UN’s Declaration for the Eradication of Poverty, and where we are today

Tuesday, 17th October, 2017

Father Joseph

The 17th October this year will mark the 30th anniversary of the call to action made by Father Joseph Wresinski that inspired World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty. It is the 25th anniversary since a Declaration by the General Assembly encouraging UN countries to observe and promote this day. The World Bank’s index for ‘extreme poverty’ is US$1.90 a day.    Wresinki’s call to action was unveiled in the presence of…

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