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Cheetah Experience: Zak Michaelwaite recounts an amazingly rewarding work experience

Friday, 16th August, 2019

Cheetah Experience Bloemfontain

There I was, mindlessly scrolling through my Instagram (as most people my age tend to at any given opportunity), when I came across a post from Harriet Sutlieff saying how she’d taken two weeks of work experience at Cheetah Experience, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. With working here at JbD, it only seemed fitting that I should try and find…

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A fine move: Royal Portfolio expands into Gorongosa

Sunday, 11th August, 2019


I was both intrigued and delighted to learn that Liz Biden and Royal Portfolio are set to open their first property outside of South Africa – in Gorongosa National Park, in Mozambique. For those of you new to the product, Royal grew out of a decision to turn a family home into Royal Malewane, with…

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Goodbye Simon Morris

Tuesday, 6th August, 2019

Kenya-Simon Morris-1-2

To say goodbye, Simon had to write me a letter, which he read from. It was a beautiful letter. Such is the depth of our relationship, I cried inside. I knew he had to go, to follow his dreams, but I didn’t want him to go. In truth, Simon was never designed to sit at…

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Adventures in Zimbabwe: Jamie Cross shares a recent trip

Friday, 26th July, 2019

Jamie Cross Ziplining Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is one of those countries that the Journeys by Design team can’t speak highly enough of. The southern African landlocked country is a vastly underrated spot for incredible landscapes, as well as being home to a wealth of wildlife. One of our destination specialists, Jamie Cross, is the most recent team member to have…

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Remembering Johnny Clegg

Friday, 19th July, 2019

As a fellow South African I was incredibly sad to hear that music legend Johnny Clegg had passed away this week. For those of you who don’t know of his work, I can’t think of a more iconic musician to come from our beautiful country. His contribution to our people was more than just entertainment….

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Akagera’s rhino translocation success

Friday, 12th July, 2019


A few weeks ago, five rhinos were translocated from Prague Zoo to Akagera National Park in Rwanda. The operation’s been hailed a success and is the second time rhinos have been translocated to the park after 17 were moved in 2017, after which Rwanda became a so-called ‘big five’ destination. As a company we try…

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Josh Jones on his time at Lale’s Camp

Friday, 5th July, 2019

Josh Jones Lale's Camp

As part of their year away before university, Will’s eldest son Josh Jones and lifelong friend Noah Marshal worked at Lale’s Camp.   Lale’s Camp is extremely unique and something I have never seen before. The rich, cultural diversity is ingrained into the land and etched onto the bodies of all that surround the camp. With many…

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Every tackle counts: TackleAfrica, football and HIV awareness

Saturday, 29th June, 2019

coach-coaching tackle Africa

On 20 July I will be joining some friends in a football marathon here in Brighton. It involves playing non-stop six-a-side against other teams for 12 hours. The reason will be to raise funds for a charity called TackleAfrica. The charity was set up to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS in places where there is less…

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Pregnant again: a rare white giraffe is in calf – for the second time

Friday, 21st June, 2019

white giraffe

Among all the difficult and pressing issues facing conserving African wildernesses and wildlife, news last week that a Kenya-based leucistic Rothschild (Nubian) giraffe is once again in calf provides a brief and wonderful respite. First reported on by villagers in the Ishaqbini Hirola Sanctuary in north-east Kenya, anecdotal sightings of a white giraffe were corroborated by Ishaqbini…

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Gay rights win: Botswana decriminalises same-sex relations

Friday, 14th June, 2019

Botswana AFP News

Last week the Botswana High Court ruled in favour of decriminalising same-sex sexual activity. Three judges came to the decision unanimously, decreeing that ‘human dignity is harmed when minority groups are marginalised,’ and labelled the law as ‘discriminatory’. The ruling means that Botswana joins a small but growing number of other African countries that have…

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