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A very human animal: remembering Daphne Sheldrick and her love for orphan-elephants

Friday, 20th April, 2018

Daphne-Sheldrick

You will no doubt be aware that Daphne Sheldrick’s died over the weekend. Founder of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, she was widely known as being the first person to hand-rear a newborn elephant, and spent a staggering 28 odd-years developing a milk formula that suited her young charges. According to a statement released by her daughter, Angela…

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Remembering Virunga’s fallen rangers

Tuesday, 17th April, 2018

Virunga National Park

I was extremely sad to hear of the deaths of five Virunga National Park rangers and a staff driver last week. According to a report by the park they were attacked within Virunga’s Central Sector. A park spokesman placed the ambush between sectors Lulimba and Ishasha, where they were fired on in their vehicles at…

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A world of worlds: Chris Tinkler reports on his first trip to Ethiopia

Friday, 13th April, 2018

Lake Turkana

In among all things Easter holidays, I’ve finally had a moment to properly catch up with Chris Tinkler, who recently got back from his first trip to Ethiopia. Having lived and worked in the bush for 12 years, in South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania, Chris’s area is very much wildlife, so I was especially interested…

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Plastic and the environment: The UK and the US lags behind Rwanda, Kenya and others

Tuesday, 10th April, 2018

Henderson Island Plastic

As reported, this year Kenya banned plastic bags in what was seen as one of the world’s harshest crack downs; four years in a Nairobi slammer or a $40,000 ban for so much as being caught owning one. Aside from Kenya, which seemed to gain most airtime in the media for the harsh punishments associated…

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Solo travel: Sally Kirby bigs up going it alone

Friday, 6th April, 2018

Sally-Kirby-Cape-Town

I’m comfortable travelling on my own. The first flight I took, from the UK to Spain, aged six years, was solo. Two years later, I travelled as an unaccompanied minor from the UK to South Africa. It was January, so summer in Johannesburg. It was hot – a shock in itself: I’d never experienced heat…

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Zimbabwe: a seriously beautiful country

Tuesday, 3rd April, 2018

Zimbabwe-Guides-April-Experience

You may have read through our brochure, which reads like a calendar, with each month representing an experience that we recommend at that time of year. Each month we’ve followed that up with an experience-based blog. To see the other experiences that we’ve covered over the last few months, please explore our previous blog posts…

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Frankie McCarthy meets the Mursi

Friday, 30th March, 2018

Frankie Mursi Ethiopia

Usually with head down, typing at the speed of 1,000 Thompsons gazelles, with phone at the ear, negotiating her way around the logistics of transporting guests to and from the far reaches of Africa, I finally had the chance to catch up with none other than our logistician extraordinaire, Frankie McCarthy, after her trip to…

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Painting Tswalu: Brian Jackman serves up a corker in the Telegraph  

Tuesday, 27th March, 2018

Lioness-Tswalu-Kalahri

Those of you blessed with long memories may recall a short blog praising Tracking the Lions of Tswalu, an article for Travel Africa by Brian Jackman. If yes, then no doubt you’ll remember that I began by apologising for the unforgivable lateness of the post. I’m pleased to say that this time I’m half on the money: Jackman’s follow-up piece The…

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Antonia Stogdale and what it means to be a truly grounded private guide

Friday, 23rd March, 2018

Antonia-Stogdale-sitting-on-the-pool-at-Tassia

In my former days as a travel consultant, when I was focused on a trip’s logistics, recommending a private guide for clients was based on the guide’s role as a coordinator. Having someone with the client, to liaise with pick up transfers, hotels and airlines, ensures the smooth running of their itinerary. In addition to…

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World Frog Day: Cowan’s mantella

Tuesday, 20th March, 2018

Cowan Mantella Tsimbazaza Zoo

For those who don’t know, 20th March is World Frog Day and it seemed only right to celebrate this occasion with a Frog Blog, or Flog, if you will. While it may seem arbitrary to dedicate an annual day to these small amphibians, they are a vital part of worldwide ecosystems, and many species of frog and toad are under threat from environmental factors, such as habitat loss and global warming.  …

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