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The Seven Wonders of Africa: a guided walk through Samburu National Park

Tuesday, 30th October, 2018

Samburu Hannah Rayner

Welcome to the fourth of our Seven Wonders of Africa series, as chosen by the Journeys by Design team. This time round, it’s Hannah Rayner. Having been to a variety of countries in Africa, I found it exceedingly difficult to choose just one highlight. I’m fortunate enough to have visited a lot of extraordinary places…

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South Sudan: state of the nation

Friday, 26th October, 2018

Credit - UNMISS--Nektarios Markogiannis

I used to run a book club or study group or drinking social night – call it what you want. We would meet once a week. The reason for meeting was social, but the underlying aim was to take a country that collectively we knew close to nothing about and to discuss it. Between us,…

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Remembering Great Apes: the launch, the book, and the fight against forgetting

Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018

Rembering Great Apes Book

Last week a group of us hightailed it to London, to Le Galleria, in Pall Mall, for the photography exhibition of Born Free and Wildlife Photographer United’s Remembering Great Apes, a coffee table book featuring the work of over 50 wildlife photographers. A kickstarter funded enterprise, with all photographs donated, it is the third in…

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Seven Wonders of Africa: Sam Tinkler picks the Okavango Delta

Friday, 19th October, 2018

Sam Tinkler Mokoro

Welcome to the third JbD’s Seven Wonders blog. We are now practically half way through the series, but still have highlights to look forward to from Chris, Hannah, Jamie and Will.   When we had asked Sam to contribute to the series, it took her only a split second to agree and tell us about her most memorable experience…

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Welcoming Fatma Sivyer to team Africa House

Tuesday, 16th October, 2018

Fatma Sivyer Journeys by Design

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with Fatma, the newest member of the finance department. I’ll skip over the part where I speak of my customary surprise each time there’s a new member of the team. You may remember my blog that told of the new team members over the last 18 months, in which…

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Taking part: Conde Nast Traveller’s Stanley Stewart gets his tracking boots on

Friday, 12th October, 2018

In a long-ranging roundup – in this month’s Conde Nast Traveller – of some of Namibia’s finest new properties, Stanley Stewart’s Catch-a-fire makes much space for the art of the tracker and what it brings out in the traveller. Anyone, he says, ‘can sip sundowners and peer at zebra through binoculars. Put in a couple…

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Denis Mukwege: Congolese gynaecologist and anti-rape activist wins the Nobel Peace Prize

Tuesday, 9th October, 2018

Among this year’s winners of the Nobel Peace Prize (announced last week) are two anti-rape activists. The first is the Iraqi Nadia Marudi, who was raped by ISIS combatants and later became the face of the campaign to free the Yazidi people. The other is Denis Mukwege, a DR Congolese gynaecologist who set up a…

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Seven Wonders: Abuna Yemata – Frankie McCarthy goes barefoot and camera free in Ethiopia

Friday, 5th October, 2018


This week it’s my turn to introduce to you the second of Journeys by Design’s own Seven Wonders of Africa, chosen by myself. Of course, I barely had to think before I had my answer: the rock-hewn Abuna Yemata church in Tigray, northern Ethiopia. The Abuna Yemata is one of over 100 churches in Tigray….

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The Nyae Nyae Conservancy: the story of the Ju/hoan San and Namibia’s first internationally recognised conservancy

Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018

Johuansi Namibia James Suzman

Every month we post a blog inspired by Journeys by Design’s brochure Experience. This month it is the Ju/hoan of Namibia. Will Jones highlights the lengths to which the Ju/hoan went in creating the Nyae Nyae Conservancy. In their book The Ju/huon San of Nyae Nyae and Namibian Independence, anthropologists Mega Biesele and Robert K…

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Surfing Africa: surf’s up all over the continent

Friday, 28th September, 2018

Sally Kirby Surfing Africa

My first African surfing experience was a few years ago in Cape Town, an afternoon spent wiping out at Muizenberg. I was terrified of the white waves, and of the sign warning of great white sharks. And yet, despite the fear, the regular nasal cleansing, and the washing machine effect of repeated tumbles in the…

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