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Elephant Immersion: Maddy’s trip to Abu Camp, Botswana

Monday, 24th March, 2014

ABU CAMP, Okavango Delta, Botswana

People often talk about outer body experiences. I must admit that I’d never experienced one, and had wondered whether such a thing could possibly exist. Until Abu Camp, that is. Abu Camp is an eco-luxury camp with a difference. It has its very own herd of elephants, either orphans or individuals rescued from a variety…

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The Friedkin Fund

Monday, 17th March, 2014

Life is as much about those delightful moments of unexpectedness as it is being sure that every ball thrown comes down exactly as and where you would have hoped. Chancing late last year upon the Friedkin Fund, at Legendary Lodge, Arusha, during a routine educational trip in northern Tanzania, is one of those moments. A…

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Amref Health Africa

Monday, 3rd March, 2014

Some organisations are unassailably good. Amref Health Africa is one such organisation. Formed in 1957, by three reconstructive surgeons, it runs Africa’s leading air ambulance and medical outreach service. The organisation works closely with Kenya’s Kenyatta National Hospital, was the first African organisation to receive the Gates Award for Global Health and today reaches over…

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Pinpoint Joys, Lessons Learnt: Hannah goes hell for leather in Kenya

Thursday, 27th February, 2014

I like to think of myself as a reasonably travel-wise individual. I plan. I take precautions. I am open to the right sort of experiences. However, as my recent trip to Kenya shows, there is, after all, such a thing as too much of a good thing. Hint: My itinerary was a small book. Kenya…

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Joyce Chianda: The Meaning of Resilience

Tuesday, 25th February, 2014

The full story of Joyce Chianda (Scheuerman) is one I can’t tell. I just don’t know it. Not all of it. However, the bit of it I do, I relate solely for the purpose of illustrating a quality as rare as it is admirable: resilience. I first met Joyce Chianda in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in…

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The Goodwill Tour

Monday, 24th February, 2014

I’m delighted to report that the Goodwill Tour – in a nutshell,  a local school’s rugby team’s two week tour of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa –  is up, on and definitely going to happen. Delighted hardly describes it. Dorothy Stringer Secondary School is a state funded sports academy. It’s located in Brighton, UK. One of the…

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Roland Purcell: Soul Journey

Friday, 14th February, 2014

I am always grateful for the fact that – even today, the industry increasingly the domain of large global travel companies – I continue to bump into men and women for whom the business of making safaris begins and ends with a dream. Chief among them is Roland Purcell. I first met Purcell in the…

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Cutting Teeth: Hannah makes Zambia her first trip to Africa

Tuesday, 4th February, 2014

Africa. I’m JbD’s newbie, and it’s not like I haven’t been anywhere, but the thought of travelling to there, for the first time, in the company of complete strangers, left me feeling both excited and nervous. I remember researching Zambia as a means of preparing myself, which it did, to a degree, but as I…

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Walk Ethiopia

Friday, 17th January, 2014

Having recently returned from a walking safari in Tigray, Ethiopia, I am convinced of two things: one, walking really is good for the soul; and, two, it generally works best when done in the company of friends and family. My particular walk, through the northern valleys of Gheralta, has only been open for two years….

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The African Front

Monday, 13th January, 2014

If asked, I always say that Journeys by Design is first and foremost about frontier travel. By this I mean not that we steer away from so-called luxury travel (and I use the term advisedly), but rather that we are a company for whom the spirit of the frontier informs everything we do. It’s a…

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