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Africa House opens its doors!

Friday, 24th August, 2018

The idea of having a coffee shop running out of our own home – Africa House – originated, like most things, as a glimmer in Will Jones’s mind. It is incredible to think that we have now already reached the end of Africa House’s second week of being open for business. It was only in…

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A beginner’s guide to safari

Tuesday, 21st August, 2018

Examining a weavers nest

In the first of a light-hearted series of bush tips, Chris Tinkler takes us on a beginner’s guide to safari, delving into the history and meaning of the word itself; championing what it means to be there, in the flesh; and sharing anecdotes that demonstrate beautifully why going on safari is not about ticking off…

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The power of the drum: Sally Kirby champions the beat

Friday, 17th August, 2018


I’m writing this blog from the sunny roof terrace at a surf and yoga guesthouse, where am in residence for the summer, mostly writing, learning to surf, slowing down and embracing all that Morocco offers in abundance. One of my favourite discoveries here has been the three Djembe drums, originally from Senegal, currently on the…

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State of JbD: wine tasting and other matters

Tuesday, 14th August, 2018


It seems that my annual tradition of listing the away days we’ve had in recent years could be getting excessive. So, you’ll have to believe me when I tell you we’ve had some good times. Feel free to browse last year’s blog, which involved a lesson in foraging at a small village in the Sussex…

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World Lion Day: the crises, the key drivers, and what we can do

Friday, 10th August, 2018


It’s World Lion Day, which may or may not surprise, given that, when it comes to creating awareness about vulnerable or endangered species, we are generally far more aware of the plight of the elephant or rhino than we are the lion. This will partly be because the lion is less threatened by international poaching…

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Meet the wonderful Monique Mbena, firefighter, runner, spectacular drinks purveyor

Tuesday, 7th August, 2018

Remember when Sam Tinkler joined the team back in February after her move from Tanzania? I made no promise that it was the last of these blogs. After which I made no apology for then introducing you to Vanessa on growing up in Harare, Zimbabwe, Lucy and the virtues of the beautiful game back in…

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A place of awe-inspiring vistas and history: Hannah and Jamie share their experience of Namibia

Friday, 3rd August, 2018

Kuidas Camp Namibia Flight

As you may know by now, we kick off every month with a blog featuring an experience from our current brochure “Experience“. This month, almost a year on from the release of the brochure, we’re introducing The Flight of the Schoemans in Namibia. It’s an extraordinary experience, enjoyed by Angela Sacha a few years ago,…

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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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