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From Cape Town to Liuwa Plain: a whistle stop conservation-orientated tour

Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018

Norman Carr Safaris - Liuwa Plain - Heinrich van den Berg (2)

A quick post from on the road, an itinerary that began at this year’s We Are Africa in Cape Town, from where I flew to Lusaka in Zambia, stayed at the charmingly buzzing Latitude 15, before flying to Kalabo and driving out to super remote King Lewanika Lodge in Liuwa Plain National Park, where I…

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Visiting Stone Town, Zanzibar

Friday, 18th May, 2018

Emerson-Hurumzi-Hotel-Tanzania-Tea House

I was browsing pictures I had taken from trips to various places over Africa in the past and came across my pictures of Zanzibar, where my wife and I spent our honeymoon. The stresses and strains of planning such an impossibly enormous occasion as a wedding would have been enough of an excuse to spend…

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Ethiopia: Dr Abiy Ahmed, change, and a view from the ground

Tuesday, 15th May, 2018


Just a quick note to follow up on Ethiopia’s present state of emergency, in place since February, and which resulted in the resignation of the then prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn, and who has since been replaced by Dr Abiy Ahmed. I shared the backstory, our position and travel advice at the time the measure was…

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Caroline Jones and the art of practising adventuring

Friday, 11th May, 2018

After a sweltering long weekend spent out in the sunshine, I’m sure most would agree that the last thing you want to do is get back to your desk. The weather was such that our British news stations reported it as hotter than Honolulu, which happens every time we get a vaguely warm day. That’s…

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Ecological intelligence and the human-animal

Tuesday, 8th May, 2018


Within the first few pages of Ian McCallum’s Ecological Intelligence, Rediscovering Ourselves in Nature, I remember thinking that this is going to change things: I was barely able to read it, so excited was I at finding something that resonated so profoundly. A quote in the book by an unknown poet summed up my feeling…

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Interactive learning in Malawi: Rachel Ormrod shares her education project

Friday, 4th May, 2018

Rachel Omrod in Malawi

Malawi as a country is often overlooked by those keen to travel to southern Africa, which is why I’m delighted to report that Angela Sacha will be visiting it this month, and that I’ve had the opportunity to interview Rachel Ormrod, a friend and teacher who first visited it five years ago, and who more recently spent time there establishing an…

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Uganda here we come: Frankie and Fiona make plans for a super packed itinerary

Tuesday, 1st May, 2018


As serendipity would have it, May is the month that our brochure Experience champions Uganda and it is also when Frankie McCarthy and Fiona Walls pay the self-same country a well overdue educational visit. I thought it only right to combine the two; Frankie and Fiona’s adventures serving to illustrate the wonderful experience that constitutes Uganda….

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One Girl Can: Sally Kirby gets to the bottom of a truly unique charity

Friday, 27th April, 2018

One Girl Can Lab

Last week I caught up with Lotte Davis, founder of One Girl Can, a charity educating girls in sub-Saharan Africa. Originally from South Africa, now based in Canada, Lotte’s strong connection led her back to the continent in 2007. During this trip, a seed was planted, a vision formed: she would combine her entrepreneurial skills…

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On the edge of existence: some of Africa’s lesser known endangered species

Tuesday, 24th April, 2018


You’ve probably heard of a black rhino. I expect a giant panda too. I’m sure you know what a polar bear looks like. I’m certain you could picture a herd of African elephants. What about an arboreal splayfoot salamander or an Alaotran gentle lemur or a Be’er sheva fringe-fingered lizard? Before looking them up, I didn’t know they existed. This shouldn’t surprise. The likes of  Save The Rhino, Greenpeace and WWF do a lot more than save rhinos, polar-bears,…

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A very human animal: remembering Daphne Sheldrick and her love for orphan-elephants

Friday, 20th April, 2018


You will no doubt be aware that Daphne Sheldrick’s died over the weekend. Founder of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, she was widely known as being the first person to hand-rear a newborn elephant, and spent a staggering 28 odd-years developing a milk formula that suited her young charges. According to a statement released by her daughter, Angela…

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