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Flooding the Birthplace of Mankind

Wednesday, 9th July, 2014

Omo Valley, Ethiopia Hamer tribe

The damming of the Omo Valley in Ethiopia, where five major rivers flow out of the highest concentration of highlands in all Africa – and where there is a uniquely diverse human gene pool – is due for completion in 2014. I understand perfectly why a government would want to tap into the potential that…

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Maddy and the Meerkats

Tuesday, 1st July, 2014

Maddy Bowers, Meerkats, Jack's Camp, Botswana

Spending two or three nights in the quiet of the Kalahari desert is an ideal way of winding down after safari. The slower pace and the awareness you gain after a very short amount of time, of small flora and fauna, provides a fulfilling and moving contrast to the attention given to the big game…

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Dhow Getaway: Angela’s Perfect Honeymoon – Part One

Wednesday, 25th June, 2014

A mobile dhow safari in the Quirimbas Archipelago is a romantic getaway that does what it says on the tin: it well and truly gets you away. The moment you step onto the boat, time ceases to be relevant. The African sky seems enormous from this vantage point and has an immensely calming effect. Sailing…

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Little Chem Chem: Angela’s newest favourite eco-camp

Wednesday, 25th June, 2014

Little Chem Chem, evening fire, Tanzania

Stop press. Little Chem Chem is officially open. Known as the ‘sunrise camp’, Little Chem Chem is situated within the Burunge Wildlife Management Area, in a private concession of 16,000 hectares – shared exclusively with Chem Chem Lodge. Flanked by the Babati mountain range to the South West and the distant hills of Tarangire to…

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Willie Roberts: Buddha of the Bush

Monday, 2nd June, 2014

I just arrived back home after a week in Sera, Northern Rangelands of Kenya, with the man we have come to know as, and I hope he won’t mind me saying, the Buddha of the Bush – Willie Roberts. Born in Kenya, a huge force for good in the Kenyan tourist industry, Willie has been…

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Tigray Community Tourism Walk

Monday, 2nd June, 2014

If harmony and peace of mind are what you are looking for the Tesfa Ethiopian walking tour in Tigray is for you. Trekking in this very special part of the world offers a holistic sense of one’s place in the universe. There is something immensely gratifying about the simple act of walking alongside one’s fellow…

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In Memory of Mark Shand

Thursday, 1st May, 2014

As you will no doubt know, Mark Shand, conservationist and founder of the charity Elephant Family, died in New York on April 23rd, 2014, after a fundraising event. Like many in the industry, I knew Mark, both personally and by reputation. Indeed, he has proved a guiding influence in the way many of us think…

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Going Solo: Jo breaks the mould in Kenya and Tanzania

Tuesday, 29th April, 2014

Loliondo, Serengeti, Tanzania

When my colleagues at JbD travel on so-called Educationals (trips designed to test-drive the destinations we recommend to our clients) they are often in the company of other tour operators.  On my recent visit to Kenya and Northern Tanzania it was just me, myself and I. Airports can be overwhelming places to arrive in, especially…

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Changing Hearts: Hannah goes shark-cage diving

Wednesday, 16th April, 2014

GreatWhiteSharks, Cape Town, South Africa

I have to confess: Previous to last month I’m afraid my general feeling about sharks – the great white, in particular – was that they are not an easy to like species of fish. Like everyone, I’ve seen Jaws. Not like everyone I have a partner who is genuinely terrified by the notion of the…

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Think Absolutely Differently: Angela on what Africa offers by way of team bonding opportunities

Wednesday, 26th March, 2014

Having recently designed an itinerary for a London based financial firm’s work trip to Southern Africa, it suddenly occurred to me that perhaps we don’t do enough by way of persuading businesses of the benefits of budgeting for the extraordinary. As every MD or CEO knows, a happy business makes for a set of healthy…

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