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Walking with elephants at Kuro

Friday, 6th January, 2017

I am, once again, sitting in my tent at Kuro. I am writing by lamplight – again. Not only can I hear lions tonight, but I can make one of them out through the side gauze of my tent. Having perked up upon my exit from the shower, he is making his presence felt. Luckily,…

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On saving the wild elephant

Wednesday, 4th January, 2017

Once again, my apologies. The Guardian was kind enough to publish a piece we wrote on saving the wild elephant, something I should have alerted you to back in October. As I say, my apologies – fortunately, it’s still online , so do have a look when you get a moment. In the meantime, the…

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Welcoming Zuzana to the Team

Friday, 30th December, 2016

Zuzana left the office yesterday with a week’s annual leave and no idea where she was going. This afternoon we received a text saying, ‘We’re in Turkey’. This spirit of adventure is one of many reasons that Zuzana, Grant’s right hand woman, completes our team so well. Zuzana’s life started in Slovakia. Having grown up…

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First day in Tanzania: Simon and Frankie hit Tarangir

Tuesday, 27th December, 2016

I am currently sitting in my tent writing by lamplight in the otherwise pitch-dark surroundings listening to the bellow of lions not far off and the suprisingly melodious cries of hyaenas. Today, we left Lake Duluti Lodge, which was comfortable and friendly. Roughly three hours in the car and we reached the edge gate of…

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Remembering AA Gill

Monday, 19th December, 2016

I was extremely sad to learn the weekend before last that AA Gill has died of a cancer he described as a ‘trucker’s gut buster’, a ‘gimpy, malevolent, meaty, malignancy’. Lung cancer had migrated to the pancreas. ‘There is,’ he said, ‘barely a morsel of offal not included.’ He called it the ‘full English’ of…

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Wildlife guiding in Zimbabwe: rigorous, tough, inspiring

Friday, 16th December, 2016

People often forget Zimbabwe when it comes to visiting Africa; I myself am guilty of this. Over the years, Zimbabwe has rightly been on every human rights watch-list imaginable. However, things have improved. Zim has a lot to offer the intrepid traveller. There is a movement, and it is tourism, which thanks to the quality…

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Righting the World

Wednesday, 14th December, 2016

A recent African Travel and Tourism Association article introduced one of the industry’s first completely female-run safaris at Alex Walker’s Serian, where all activities can be 100% led by females including camping, photography, ballooning, night drives, walking safaris and yoga sessions. Aside from most of the working world, the safari industry in particular has always…

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Paul Hits Greystoke

Friday, 9th December, 2016

I just sat down with Paul, one of our resident destination specialists to catch up after his trip to Tanzania on a warm Friday afternoon. The meeting was put off, however, after Paul politely suggested that we’d have a better time off the back of a beer or two. He was right. Much like Hannah,…

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Borana Lodge Medical Clinic

Wednesday, 7th December, 2016

Many communities in rural Africa lack healthcare enough to cope with disease transmission. Aside from AIDS, malaria and measles, it is often the ones that we see as fairly normal in developed countries that cause the biggest problems in rural Africa. Diarrhoea, for example, is the greatest cause of child mortality in Africa and constitutes…

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Slow, simple, wonderful: the Wall Street Journal walks Tanzania’s Maasai Steppe

Thursday, 1st December, 2016

I’m reasonably slow of the mark on this one, but delighted to see Sophy Roberts’s trip to the Maasai Steppe making front-page news in October’s Wall Street Journal’s Off Duty. Sophy travelled with Dorobo Safaris, a family-run outfit headed up by the Peterson brothers. I mention it not because Journeys by Design was responsible for…

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