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A South African Epiphany: Simon Shares a Rite of Passage

Thursday, 10th September, 2015

Like most 20-year olds, I went to college massively interested in what I’d chosen to study, only for time and space to intervene, the distractions of new friends, relationships and interests making me question my allegiance to a degree in Ecology and Biogeography. Which isn’t to say I didn’t throw myself into the course: studying…

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Home of the Walking Safari

Monday, 22nd June, 2015

South Luangwa walking safari, Zambia, Bushcamp

You may remember my going to Africa for the first time, to Zambia, the experience, the misconceptions, the extraordinary sights, but what I didn’t share at the time was nearly enough of what it was like to actually walk the wilds there, something that, unusually for most countries, is allowed in the parks as much…

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Babylonstoren

Wednesday, 10th June, 2015

Babylonstoren Cottage, Winelands, South Africa

To begin at the beginning. Let me say this: Babylonstoren is extraordinary. It’s not a hotel, at least not in the usual sense. Nor is it new or unheard of. In fact, it’s been there in some form or other since the 1690’s. Rather, it’s one of a kind, a gem of a place, very…

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Tanzania’s Mountain Paradise: Hannah goes to Mahale

Wednesday, 6th May, 2015

Greystoke Mahale trek, Tanzania

If you don’t know it already, then hear this: Tanzania is wonderful, huge and welcoming, and blessed with more than its fair share of parks and reserves, most obviously the Serengeti, but also Tarangire, the Selous, beautiful Ruaha and super wild Katavi, all of which I was lucky enough to visit last November. However, while indeed…

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Kevin Matto, 15 Years and a Cause for Celebration

Wednesday, 6th May, 2015

Elephant at Dusk, Kevin Matto, Bostwana

15 Years, a Cause for Celebration and thanks to Kevin Matto.  It’s a clumsy title, I know, but I’m not sure how else to bring everything together. Kevin Matto is a client, who along with his wife Amy recently travelled to Botswana and Mozambique, and who among many other talents happens to be an excellent…

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Land of the Inland Sea

Tuesday, 5th May, 2015

Kaya Mawa Lake Malawi

It’s rare that one has to appeal on behalf of a country so big and so stunningly obvious as Malawi, but that’s exactly what this short post intends to do. I was fortunate enough to visit in 2010, with my family, where we toured Lake Malawi and nearby parks. Too long settled for as last…

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From South Africa to the Seychelles: Angela’s Perfect Honeymoon – Part II

Wednesday, 28th January, 2015

North Island, Private Island, Seychelles

Very occasionally money’s the last thing you think about when planning a trip. Honeymoons are often those occasions, which isn’t to say that we ought to spend blindly on them, but rather that they are so singular as to deserve a spending approach that is all about the now – the caveat being, of course,…

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The Maasai Olympics

Wednesday, 28th January, 2015

As part of the Why I Love Kenya campaign, and alongside our own small contribution to a country I still consider my home from home, we aim over the next few weeks to help signpost a number of the initiative’s excellent reasons for making Kenya a bucket list must. This week, it’s the Maasai Olympics….

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Conde Nast Goes Namiri Plains

Monday, 19th January, 2015

Just a quick note to signpost Namiri Plains appearing in last month’s Conde Nast, an article by Anthony Sattin, whose experience-led description of what it means to go on safari couldn’t feel more real. New and extremely-well designed, Namiri Plains is the only tented accommodation in a remote 200 square kilometre eastern bloc of the…

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The Miracle of the East

Friday, 16th January, 2015

If you’ve seen the film, then you’ll know exactly what this post’s about: the makings of a latter day miracle. Some 3000 square kilometres large, a UNESCO world heritage site, Virunga is Africa’s oldest National Park. It’s home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla. It is also located in what until very recently…

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