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The Nest @ Sossus: Swen Bachran’s ambitious new camp in the Namibian desert

Tuesday, 25th December, 2018

The Nest @ Sossus Swen Bachran

Due to open officially in February 2019, The Nest @ Sossus in Namibia is the brainchild of entrepreneur turned conservationist Swen Bachran. The award-winning design of The Nest @ Sossus is inspired by the nests of the social weaver bird and based on the concept of biomimicry. The lodge is one of very few completely private…

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David Attenborough’s ‘Dynasties’: Masaai Mara’s Marsh Pride and Mana Pool’s Painted Wolves

Tuesday, 11th December, 2018

Dynasties David Attenborough

Exactly one month ago the BBC released the first episode David Attenborough’s newest five-part nature documentary called Dynasties. The series follows five endangered and vulnerable animal packs, who are fighting for survival – chimpanzees in Senegal, emperor penguins in Antarctica, a lion pride in the Maasai, African wild dog in Zimbabwe, and the documentary series…

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A beginner’s guide to capturing your safari for prosperity – and Instagram (!)

Friday, 30th November, 2018

In the second of a series of bush tips, Chris Tinkler gives us the lowdown on a couple of essential safari items: the camera and a pair of binos. There are three vitally important items of equipment that everyone should have on safari: a pair of binoculars, an extra pair of shorts, and a camera….

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Well-travelled Jess Jones takes on Tanzania

Tuesday, 27th November, 2018

Jess Jones Tanzania

Just about a month ago I touched down at Kilimanjaro International Airport, ready to commence my first ever trip to Africa. Having travelled quite extensively in my twenties, I was full of excitement as to what awaited me, and how it would differ or resemble what I had experienced so far. It didn’t take me…

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Will Jones: home visits and his 2018 US Itinerary

Friday, 23rd November, 2018


Just a quick note to say that I will be going on my annual visiting of US clients, friends and colleagues, starting a week tomorrow. For all its wonderful benefits, technology will never replace the nuances of what it means to meet face-to-face. Personally, I like nothing more than a kitchen table, a map, and…

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Seven Wonders of Africa: Eritrea’s Dahlak Archipelago

Tuesday, 20th November, 2018

Will Frankie Eritrea 2018

I know I’ve already had my crack at our own Seven Wonders of Africa series, but I’ve just got back from Eritrea, where together with Will, his son Josh, and Josh’s friend, Noah, we visited the Dahlak Archipelago. A year ago, I’d never heard of it. Today, it’s one of my seven wonders. It has…

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International Wildlife Crime, Conservation and Sustainable Development Consultant Greta Iori visits Africa House

Friday, 16th November, 2018

Earlier on this year, I was introduced to Greta Iori, International Wildlife Crime, Conservation and Sustainable Development Consultant. Sounds like – and is – a superhero. We met in a London café during weather at the time coined ‘the beast from the east’, turning an otherwise one-hour train ride home into a six-hour ordeal. A most memorable day.  A couple of…

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Born Free’s Hitesh Patel: conservation and the importance of corporate partnerships

Tuesday, 13th November, 2018

I had the good fortune last week to catch up with Hitesh Patel, the Corporate Partnerships Manager at Born Free. You may remember the time I met Dr. Liz Greengrass, Born Free’s Conservation Director, her work with Jane Goodall and living on the lake shores of Tanganyika near a population of un-habituated chimpanzees; and with…

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Seven Wonders of Africa: Wrestling Big Daddy

Friday, 9th November, 2018

Those of you of a certain age, and from the UK, will remember a wrestler who fought under the moniker Big Daddy, wore a Union Jack wrestling suit, and regularly took on Giant Haystacks and other similarly marvellously named adversaries. Rest assured: the Big Daddy that is the subject of today’s blog is not that…

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King’s Pool, Duba Plains and Jack’s Camp: the Almond family report on the most magical of trips

Monday, 5th November, 2018

One of the things we always ask of returning guests is that they let us know how the trip went. It’s important. The most recent visitors, they’re the experts, and are a rich source of information on everything from lodge to guiding to what to expect in terms of the experience as a whole. I’m…

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