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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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Remembering Virunga’s fallen rangers

Tuesday, 17th April, 2018

Virunga National Park

I was extremely sad to hear of the deaths of five Virunga National Park rangers and a staff driver last week. According to a report by the park they were attacked within Virunga’s Central Sector. A park spokesman placed the ambush between sectors Lulimba and Ishasha, where they were fired on in their vehicles at…

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A world of worlds: Chris Tinkler reports on his first trip to Ethiopia

Friday, 13th April, 2018

Lake Turkana

In among all things Easter holidays, I’ve finally had a moment to properly catch up with Chris Tinkler, who recently got back from his first trip to Ethiopia. Having lived and worked in the bush for 12 years, in South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania, Chris’s area is very much wildlife, so I was especially interested…

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Plastic and the environment: The UK and the US lags behind Rwanda, Kenya and others

Tuesday, 10th April, 2018

Henderson Island Plastic

As reported, this year Kenya banned plastic bags in what was seen as one of the world’s harshest crack downs; four years in a Nairobi slammer or a $40,000 ban for so much as being caught owning one. Aside from Kenya, which seemed to gain most airtime in the media for the harsh punishments associated…

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Solo travel: Sally Kirby bigs up going it alone

Friday, 6th April, 2018


I’m comfortable travelling on my own. The first flight I took, from the UK to Spain, aged six years, was solo. Two years later, I travelled as an unaccompanied minor from the UK to South Africa. It was January, so summer in Johannesburg. It was hot – a shock in itself: I’d never experienced heat…

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Zimbabwe: a seriously beautiful country

Tuesday, 3rd April, 2018


You may have read through our brochure, which reads like a calendar, with each month representing an experience that we recommend at that time of year. Each month we’ve followed that up with an experience-based blog. To see the other experiences that we’ve covered over the last few months, please explore our previous blog posts…

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