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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

Protests-in-Khartoum-by-France24

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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Incentivising Peace in Areas of Conflict, Part 2: Peter Marsden Shares His Story

Friday, 5th April, 2019

Paoua Office - Central African Republic

Please note this blog is the second part of Incentivising Peace in Areas of Conflict, which is about the work of Concordis and is based on an interview with Peter Marsden. The first went into the background of Marsden’s work and looked at the importance of trade as a means of incentivising peace in South…

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A Sabi Sand Safari in the Kruger National Park

Friday, 29th March, 2019

Sophia Littledale South Africa

As you may know, friend and colleague Sophia Littledale recently travelled to South Africa with her partner, Alex. She has kindly written two blogs for us, of which this is the second. Read her first blog about a visit to the De Hoop Nature Reserve here. Playing host to both the Sabie and Sand River,…

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From panhandle to Maun: Mike Carter of the Financial Times travels the length of the Okavango Delta

Monday, 25th March, 2019

Botswana Helicopter Hannah Rayner

Just a quick note to alert you to the Financial Times’s Mike Carter’s most recent piece Water world, which sees him traverse the 160-mile length of the Okavango Delta in the company of guide Simon Byron. Lasting a week, full of incident, it serves as the most interactive of introductions to what Carter calls ‘one…

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De Hoop National Park & South Africa’s Lesser-Known Wonders

Tuesday, 19th March, 2019

De Hoop South Africa Sophia Littledale

Friend and colleague Sophia Littledale recently travelled to South Africa with her partner, Alex. She has kindly written a couple of blogs for us. This is the first, and takes us to the De Hoop Nature Reserve. South Africa has a huge amount to offer the discerning tourist. It has a high diversity both in…

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