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Congratulations to Simon and Harriet!

Thursday, 30th October, 2014

A huge congratulations on the wedding of our wonderful Simon and his beautiful bride Harriet. May the new Mr and Mrs Morris have a fabulous life together. From all of us at Journeys by Design.

Insurance Tips

Wednesday, 22nd October, 2014

I’ve been meaning to pen a quick note on the business of insuring one’s trip adequately. As is the way, insurers package their offers in many different ways, some of which suit the kind of trips we put together, some that don’t. Further, when they do suit, it’s often confusing as to what is and…

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Frankie McCarthy: A Belated Welcome

Tuesday, 30th September, 2014

Delighted to welcome Frankie McCarthy to the Journeys by Design team. Previously of Electric Sky Productions and ALT-MU Magazine, where she was, among many other things, production coordinator, Frankie is that rare and wonderful combination of creative and logician, by which I don’t mean to insult either the artist or scientist in you, but rather…

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New Kid on the Block

Tuesday, 23rd September, 2014

Mwiba Lodge, Serengeti, Tanzania

Just a quick post to highlight the fact that the Friedkin Conservation Fund’s Mwiba Lodge appeared in this month’s Departure Magazine, which went as far as to call it East Africa’s ‘most significant new safari lodge.’ Some accolade. As shared some months back, I was fortunate enough to accompany Dan Friedkin on a tour of…

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Getting the Knowledge: Paul bigs up Rwanda’s Gorilla Doctors

Monday, 15th September, 2014

If you’re planning on trekking with gorillas, and you’re in Rwanda, then may I recommend that you visit the so-called Gorilla Doctors, at Musanze, about a half an hour’s drive from Volcanoes National Park. Actually, more than recommend: insist. Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, or more recently known as Gorilla Doctors since their partnership with UC…

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Africa House: The Big Move

Sunday, 14th September, 2014

You’ll remember the post welcoming Frankie McCarthy into the family. You may even remember that part of the interview process was Frankie presenting her plans for what at the time was an imagined future move into bigger offices. Well, I’m delighted to announce, thanks to Frankie’s planning, who together with Maddy Bowers orchestrated the move,…

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Ape Dynamics

Tuesday, 9th September, 2014

ApeManagement

Guest blogger Dr Katalin Csatadi, ethologist (animal behaviour professional) of Apemanagement compares the behaviour of the bonobo to that of the human. The bonobo community was ready for a break after travelling and looking for food for two straight hours. That is hard work and the clearing they found looked ideal for some rest. The dominant…

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Ebola: Facts, Fiction and the Future

Monday, 8th September, 2014

‘Travel to and from Ebola-affected countries is low-risk‘  World Health Organisation To any casual reader of the world’s headline news, the above statement runs contrary to almost everything they might know about Ebola Virus Disease (EVD or Ebola). Reports are that it’s 90% fatal, that the current four-month old outbreak’s spreading like wildfire, and that…

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The Magic of Tswalu: Hannah and good friend Sophie Young make a very special trip

Tuesday, 2nd September, 2014

Tswalu, Kalahari, South Africa, Sophie Young

While I’ve been fortunate enough to have visited a number of countries in Africa, I’d never had the opportunity to do so with a close friend, someone I already knew and whose company I’ve enjoyed on numerous previous occasions. Perfect, then, that on my most recent visit to South Africa I was accompanied by great…

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Expanding Horizons: Angela’s time in Namibia

Thursday, 14th August, 2014

Angela Sacha, Schoeman's Skeleton Coast

On my recent trip to Namibia’s Skeleton Coast I had my horizons well and truly expanded on a Schoemans Flying Safari. Phew, that really was an alternative safari. The scale of the mysterious and alien Namibian landscape is breathtaking. I’ve never been anywhere like it. Flying through mist over the hulls of abandoned ships swallowed…

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