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The Lost Forest: tracking Ethiopia’s last elephants in Chebera Churchura

Thursday, 7th January, 2016

It is 1.00 in the morning on November 21st and we have just successfully boarded our flight in Addis. The last couple of days have been filled with adventure and despite being drained, I can’t help but feel a buzz of excitement with some of the wonders experienced from this last week on the first…

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Catching Sticks and Stuffing Faces: trout fishing in the Webb Valley

Tuesday, 15th December, 2015

It is the evening of 17th November. I woke naturally at 6.30 this morning and got ready for trout fishing day. We set off, gear in hand, and had the obligatory bumpy drive across the valley to meet our horse guides, where I was reunited once again with my stallion-of-a-pony. Off we set to a…

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One in 400: tracking the Ethiopian wolf on horseback

Friday, 11th December, 2015

It is the evening of Monday 16th November. After a brief but intense 24-hour sickness – and nearly turning to ice last night – I am feeling the world better. Today we track wolves on horseback. Before setting off, I treated myself with a bucket shower, which is basically hot water poured into a bag…

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Learning from Apes: Simon remembers a very local educational

Thursday, 10th December, 2015

You may remember a post on ape dynamics by Dr Katalin Csatadi of Apemanagement©. If not, then very briefly: She looks at the social hierarchies of the bonobo and uses these learnings as means of understanding those found in human workplaces. She ends the post with an explanation as to exactly what Apemanagement© does: ‘[We]…

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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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