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Quest to the Ends of the Earth: visiting Sheikh Hussein

Wednesday, 9th December, 2015

It is now the morning of the 16th November. Yesterday leaving Wabe Shebelle, we resumed our positions on the edge of the window and drove for about an hour to Sheikh Hussein, named after a saintly Sheikh, who is thought to have introduced Islam to the Sidamo people. This town is said to be the…

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Crisis in the Kruger

Wednesday, 9th December, 2015

Hannah Rayner, one of our destination specialists, has just got back from South Africa. Speaking with her, I was struck by two wild-Africa specific things. First, South Africa remains, as frequently shared, an extraordinary destination. Both Madikwe and the Kruger’s concession Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve are, says Hannah, as wonderful as ever. Second, it…

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Food Before Self: Chef Margot Janse

Tuesday, 8th December, 2015

In a world that tends look with some suspicion on those that stick and stay, I’m delighted to note that Chef Margot Janse recently celebrated 20 years as executive chef at renowned Le Quartier Francais, possibly South Africa’s finest restaurant. Recipient of countless awards, a Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef, and a two times winner…

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Living on the Edge: travelling Ethiopia’s Wabe Shebelle

Thursday, 3rd December, 2015

It is 6 in the morning on 15th November. The sun has just risen. I have just come back from a walk to the very edge of a precipice with incredible views down the entire length of the valley we’re camped at. Yesterday, we spent a good 10 hours driving from Alledeghi to the Wabe…

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First Day Joy: Simon Hits Alledeghi, Ethiopia

Tuesday, 1st December, 2015

It is about 9.30 on Friday night Ethiopian time. A lot has happened today, which has brought about in me a child-like excitement that has my heart racing. I am attempting to text all my friends to establish newly acquired bragging rights. As I write, sitting in my tent, I can hear the cry of…

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Contemplation: Paul’s Beautiful Take on Holy Ethiopia

Thursday, 12th November, 2015

I’m currently in the middle of one of the most eye-opening trips I’ve ever had the privilege of taking. I’ll share the ins and outs when I get back, in a later post, but for now I’d just like to highlight the fundamental importance of local knowledge, the quality of your guide. Many of Ethiopia’s…

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I Have a Secret to Tell

Friday, 16th October, 2015

If you’ve heard of Somaliland, then I have to confess to having mixed feelings. Delighted that this long forgotten and still formally unrecognised country is finally beginning to make itself heard above the din of its seemingly perennially afflicted neighbour. Mildly put out that the secret’s finally out. I’m playing devil’s advocate, of course. I’ve…

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Mike Carter and the Hadza

Thursday, 15th October, 2015

In a reasonably recent piece for the Financial Times, Mike Carter ends his recount of a visit to the Hazda in Tanzania as follows: ‘… and I started to cry.’ I know Mike. We’ve arranged a number of his trips to Africa, and I’ve accompanied him to both Ethiopia and the Sudan. I think I…

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In the Name of Mkombe Mnlko

Monday, 14th September, 2015

Just a quick note to say I’m so pleased to see Nomad’s first Serengeti-based private house up and away. All reports are that Mkombe’s House is – like Nomad itself, like their other properties – absolutely first rate. It’s on our books and we’ve already included it in several Tanzanian itineraries. However, what makes it…

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The Great Undiscovered

Monday, 14th September, 2015

I’m delighted to note that Wilderness Safaris have just (re)opened Linkwasha Camp in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Delighted because I know Wilderness of old – they’ve been in Zimbabwe for 18 years now, and their reputation precedes them. To them add the success of eco-conscious African Bush Camps, a much smaller and equally proven outfit….

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