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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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Catch the Drift: Conde Nast Traveller’s Peter Browne sails the Lamu blue

Friday, 15th March, 2019

LamuBoatCNT

Peter Browne’s Catch the Drift has just come out in  Conde Nast Traveller‘s April edition. It’s a long and languorous piece about sailing the Lamu Archipelago. Journeys by Design organised the Browne’s trip and I can’t think of anyone better suited to capture it’s slow-paced beauty. I’ll leave it for you to read for yourself…

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Lotte Davis & International Women’s Day 2019: Bettering the balance, bettering the world and bettering every other day

Friday, 8th March, 2019

Founder (Lotte) + Students2

Today marks International Women’s Day 2019 (IWD2019). 110 years ago, what could be considered as the first ever National Women’s Day took place in New York. It is overwhelming and incredible to think how far we’ve progressed in these 110 years. However, despite the advancement in women’s rights, there is still room for improvement and…

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Silent drive: Cheetah Plains goes electric

Tuesday, 26th February, 2019

ELECTRIC-WILDLIFE-VIEWING-VEHICLE

‘Matt, our guide, asked if we were ready to leave. He switched on the engine silently and we glided off with barely a sound. In the other vehicle, everyone lost interest in the leopards, turning to gawp at our Cruiser in slack-jawed confusion.’  Heather Richardson, guest of Journeys by Design, wrote a piece in the…

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Nothing quite like it: the De Leener family trip

Tuesday, 5th February, 2019

Erika De Leener Lions Yawning

Recently, I had the privilege of putting together an itinerary for the De Leener family, a lovely bunch of people who have travelled with us twice before. Having created a couple of journeys for them previously, I had quite a good idea of what they were looking for in a safari and got to work….

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Incentivising peace in areas of conflict, part 1: Director of Programmes at Concordis International Peter Marsden shares his story

Tuesday, 22nd January, 2019

Peter-Marden-in-Patoucone

Please note this blog is split into two parts. As well as sharing how Peter Marsden became an international peacemaker, it covers his work in South Sudan, Iraq and the Central African Republic. It’s not often you get the opportunity to speak with someone who has been to the Central African Republic, or even heard…

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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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The Nest @ Sossus: Swen Bachran’s ambitious new camp in the Namibian desert

Tuesday, 25th December, 2018

The Nest @ Sossus Swen Bachran

Due to open officially in February 2019, The Nest @ Sossus in Namibia is the brainchild of entrepreneur turned conservationist Swen Bachran. The award-winning design of The Nest @ Sossus is inspired by the nests of the social weaver bird and based on the concept of biomimicry. The lodge is one of very few completely private…

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David Attenborough’s ‘Dynasties’: Masaai Mara’s Marsh Pride and Mana Pool’s Painted Wolves

Tuesday, 11th December, 2018

Dynasties David Attenborough

Exactly one month ago the BBC released the first episode David Attenborough’s newest five-part nature documentary called Dynasties. The series follows five endangered and vulnerable animal packs, who are fighting for survival – chimpanzees in Senegal, emperor penguins in Antarctica, a lion pride in the Maasai, African wild dog in Zimbabwe, and the documentary series…

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A beginner’s guide to capturing your safari for prosperity – and Instagram (!)

Friday, 30th November, 2018

In the second of a series of bush tips, Chris Tinkler gives us the lowdown on a couple of essential safari items: the camera and a pair of binos. There are three vitally important items of equipment that everyone should have on safari: a pair of binoculars, an extra pair of shorts, and a camera….

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