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Mandela Day: 67 minutes and counting

Tuesday, 17th July, 2018

An annual international day held in honour of Nelson Mandela, and first celebrated on his birthday on July 18th 2009, Mandela Day was made official by the United Nations in November of the same year. Seeking to celebrate the values Mandela espoused, his legacy, the importance of working for the community, it’s campaign call-to-action harnesses…

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Meeting the one and only Lale Biwa

Friday, 13th July, 2018

Lale Biwa Private Guide

I’ve heard and written a lot about Lale Biwa. He and Journeys by Design and Will Jones go back a long time. One of Ethiopia’s leading English speaking guides, he provides a vital link between remote tribal communities and international travellers. His eponymously named camp, Lale’s Camp provides a comfortable base for clients visiting a…

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A snapshot of life in Somaliland

Tuesday, 10th July, 2018

Somaliland-Paintings

I feel that Somaliland doesn’t get as much airtime as other countries we represent. This may be due to the fact that, while Will Jones has been, I’ve never visited. I have been to Kenya, which lies to the south, Ethiopia to the west, and even Yemen to the east, but not Somaliland. A real…

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The more than incredible story of Laye Dieng

Friday, 6th July, 2018

Laye Dieng Africa House

You may or may not have noticed three things, all of which are more or less covered in this blog: Whenever someone new comes, I write a blog about their story The population size of this company has tripled since I started five years resulting in more stories than ever. We seem to have built…

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Abu Camp, Duba Explorers camp & Eretsha and Royal Chundu: an experience like no other

Wednesday, 4th July, 2018

Jeff Hall 2018 Botswana

It’s always lovely speaking to returning guests about their experiences, and I was delighted to catch up with Jeff Hall, recently returned from a trip with his partner Melissa to Botswana. Jeff had bid for the safari at a charity ball in aid of Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). Journeys by Design had the privilege of offering three exceptional camps and lodges, Duba and Abu in Botswana and Royal Chundu in Zambia. Apologies to…

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The Borana Conservancy experience: conservation at its best – thanks to you

Tuesday, 3rd July, 2018

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In our brochure, Experience, which is set out as a calendar, we highlight Borana Ranch in Kenya for the month of July. I stayed at Borana Lodge last year, which is just one of four other lodges on the ranch – the others including Arijiju and Sirai and new private home a stone’s throw from…

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Wellness and wellbeing: a taster from Sally Kirby

Friday, 29th June, 2018

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Over the last few years, I’ve been curiously exploring all things wellness and wellbeing related. A fascinating journey which is introducing me to teachers and traditional healers from around the world. Trialling holistic therapies from aromatherapy to sound, acupuncture to shamanism, astrology to, well, you got it. Fascinating indeed, terrifying at times. Better connecting to…

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Conde Nast and changing the way we travel

Friday, 22nd June, 2018

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A quick note pointing you in the direction of Conde Nast Traveller’s The 50 People Changing the Way We Travel, in which I was fortunate enough to be included. The journalist Peter Browne was responsible for my blurb, and I’m delighted he managed to fit in what he calls Journeys by Design’s ‘low-impact, high-return philosophy’,…

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World Giraffe Day: Simon Morris gives us the lowdown on this most extraordinary of creatures

Tuesday, 19th June, 2018

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It’s World Giraffe Day on Thursday and what better way to look forward to it than writing a blog about these outstanding creatures. You may remember my lesson on taxonomic classification – if not then you can recap here, but briefly, all life can be categorised into their different species, all of which fall into…

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Brian Jackman and where the wild dogs are

Friday, 15th June, 2018

Wild-dogs

I know I’m beginning to sound like a Brian Jackman groupie, but he is a great writer, does know his beans, and has just had piece Where the wild dogs are published in The Sunday Telegraph, another nugget from time spent at Tswalu, the result of a trip organised by Journeys by Design. While his…

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