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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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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


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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