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11 year-old Alejandro shares his Botswana adventures

Tuesday, 31st July, 2018


Last month, a guest of Journeys by Design named Alejandro, 11 years old and adventurer by trade, was good enough to answer some interview questions after the family’s time in Botswana’s Kalahari and Okavango Delta, which I post below. Who was your favourite guide / member of staff and why? Roger. He was witty, cheerful,…

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Hamar fly-camp: a first for Ethiopia

Friday, 27th July, 2018

Hamar Camp at sunset

A very quick note highlighting An Expedition through one of Africa’s last great frontiers, a short travel round-up piece by Maria Shollenbarger, published last week in the FT’s How To Spend It, and which extols the virtues of travelling to the Omo. It is short, but I’m really pleased that Shollenbarger managed to squeeze in mention…

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Project Flip Flopi: Sally Kirby speaks with Ben Morison

Tuesday, 24th July, 2018

Yesterday I had a chance to catch up with Ben Morison, project leader of the Flip flopi project, which is due to set sail from Lamu in September 2018. A traditional Kenyan dhow built out of rubbish. The boat, created from molten plastic moulded into ‘wooden’ planks, will consist of 200,000 flip flops, and plans…

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The Okavango Delta as seen through the technicoloured eyes of Departures Magazine

Friday, 20th July, 2018


‘At 3 a.m. I am awakened by a motorcycle gang revving their Harleys. Or so I imagine.’ If anything’s going to make the reader of Marcia DeSanctis’s Departures piece sit up and take notice, then it’s this line; the image of a bunch of Hells Angels sat atop their motorcycles outside a suite in the middle…

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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


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


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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