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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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When Less Really is More: Angela’s visit to Namibia

Thursday, 19th December, 2013

If you are after high octane wildlife experiences, then Namibia is probably not going to be top of your list. However, if you’re looking to spend time in stunning landscapes either so different as to seem extra-terrestrial, or so extreme that they demand a whole new way of looking, then pack your bags! It is…

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A Charity that Works

Thursday, 12th December, 2013

Anybody who has had anything to do with charity work will understand what I mean when I say that money, given freely, without any plan for the future, is a curse; and when that money – or the goods and equipment it buys – has to cross borders so the difficulties tend to multiply. Red…

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The World’s First Community Managed Black Rhino Conservancy

Monday, 9th December, 2013

Formed in 2001, in the Wamba District of northern Kenya, The Sera Conservancy Trust is 12 years in the making. I know it of old. It’s what’s known as an anchor conservancy, links Melako and Biliqo-Bulesa conservancies and functions not only as a wildlife conservation area, but also as the place that the Samburu, the…

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The Manager, the Ranch and the Safari from Heaven

Friday, 29th November, 2013

I first came across Jochen Zeitz when a friend recommended I read his book, The Manager and the Monk, co-authored with Father Anselm Grun. Subtitled A Discourse on Prayer, Profit and Principles, it’s a wonderfully insightful treatise on the fundamental importance of developing an ethics for managing responsibly – and sustainably. You probably know it….

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Cat Among the Pigeons

Monday, 25th November, 2013

Colin Bell and David Bristow’s recently published Africa’s Finest, a beautiful 400 page book that examines in some detail the eco credentials of lodges and camps in sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean, has given us all – luxury travel operators, outfitters, guides and owners – a veritable boot in the collective posterior. Ostensibly a celebration…

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