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Touched by the past: Hannah shares the uniqueness of Mahale once again

Tuesday, 4th September, 2018


It’s been just under four years since I undertook the JbD Brochure’s September Experience and went chimp trekking at Mahale in western Tanzania. I wrote a blog about my trip shortly after I returned – feel free to have a read for a more detailed recollection. This time, while most of what I have to…

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Zimbabwe: politics, economics, and a great dollop of hope

Friday, 31st August, 2018

Emerson Zimbabwe

Just a quick update on Zimbabwe, now that Robert Mugabe is gone and his ZANU-PF successor Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn in as the country’s second president. Things have not gone well. Yet to appoint his cabinet, Mnangagwa’s election victory was marred by violence and claims of electoral vote rigging. Six people were shot dead…

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Eid Al-Adha: a first-hand account of the Islamic holiday

Tuesday, 28th August, 2018

Sally Kirby Eid

I am writing this on the last day of Eid Al-Adha. Well, I think it’s the last day. I had thought Friday was the last day. It’s now Sunday, and it sounds like the celebrations are going to last as long as the villagers have the energy to do so. The drumming in the streets…

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Africa House opens its doors!

Friday, 24th August, 2018

The idea of having a coffee shop running out of our own home – Africa House – originated, like most things, as a glimmer in Will Jones’s mind. It is incredible to think that we have now already reached the end of Africa House’s second week of being open for business. It was only in…

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A beginner’s guide to safari

Tuesday, 21st August, 2018

Examining a weavers nest

In the first of a light-hearted series of bush tips, Chris Tinkler takes us on a beginner’s guide to safari, delving into the history and meaning of the word itself; championing what it means to be there, in the flesh; and sharing anecdotes that demonstrate beautifully why going on safari is not about ticking off…

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The power of the drum: Sally Kirby champions the beat

Friday, 17th August, 2018


I’m writing this blog from the sunny roof terrace at a surf and yoga guesthouse, where am in residence for the summer, mostly writing, learning to surf, slowing down and embracing all that Morocco offers in abundance. One of my favourite discoveries here has been the three Djembe drums, originally from Senegal, currently on the…

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State of JbD: wine tasting and other matters

Tuesday, 14th August, 2018


It seems that my annual tradition of listing the away days we’ve had in recent years could be getting excessive. So, you’ll have to believe me when I tell you we’ve had some good times. Feel free to browse last year’s blog, which involved a lesson in foraging at a small village in the Sussex…

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World Lion Day: the crises, the key drivers, and what we can do

Friday, 10th August, 2018


It’s World Lion Day, which may or may not surprise, given that, when it comes to creating awareness about vulnerable or endangered species, we are generally far more aware of the plight of the elephant or rhino than we are the lion. This will partly be because the lion is less threatened by international poaching…

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Meet the wonderful Monique Mbena, firefighter, runner, spectacular drinks purveyor

Tuesday, 7th August, 2018

Remember when Sam Tinkler joined the team back in February after her move from Tanzania? I made no promise that it was the last of these blogs. After which I made no apology for then introducing you to Vanessa on growing up in Harare, Zimbabwe, Lucy and the virtues of the beautiful game back in…

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A place of awe-inspiring vistas and history: Hannah and Jamie share their experience of Namibia

Friday, 3rd August, 2018

Kuidas Camp Namibia Flight

As you may know by now, we kick off every month with a blog featuring an experience from our current brochure “Experience“. This month, almost a year on from the release of the brochure, we’re introducing The Flight of the Schoemans in Namibia. It’s an extraordinary experience, enjoyed by Angela Sacha a few years ago,…

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