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Incentivising peace in areas of conflict, part 1: Director of Programmes at Concordis International Peter Marsden shares his story

Tuesday, 22nd January, 2019

Peter-Marden-in-Patoucone

Please note this blog is split into two parts. As well as sharing how Peter Marsden became an international peacemaker, it covers his work in South Sudan, Iraq and the Central African Republic. It’s not often you get the opportunity to speak with someone who has been to the Central African Republic, or even heard…

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The Nest @ Sossus: Swen Bachran’s ambitious new camp in the Namibian desert

Tuesday, 25th December, 2018

The Nest @ Sossus Swen Bachran

Due to open officially in February 2019, The Nest @ Sossus in Namibia is the brainchild of entrepreneur turned conservationist Swen Bachran. The exquisite design of The Nest @ Sossus is inspired by the nests of the social weaver bird and based on the concept of biomimicry. The lodge is one of very few completely private…

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A beginner’s guide to capturing your safari for prosperity – and Instagram (!)

Friday, 30th November, 2018

In the second of a series of bush tips, Chris Tinkler gives us the lowdown on a couple of essential safari items: the camera and a pair of binos. There are three vitally important items of equipment that everyone should have on safari: a pair of binoculars, an extra pair of shorts, and a camera….

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Born Free’s Hitesh Patel: conservation and the importance of corporate partnerships

Tuesday, 13th November, 2018

I had the good fortune last week to catch up with Hitesh Patel, the Corporate Partnerships Manager at Born Free. You may remember the time I met Dr. Liz Greengrass, Born Free’s Conservation Director, her work with Jane Goodall and living on the lake shores of Tanganyika near a population of un-habituated chimpanzees; and with…

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

Friday, 20th April, 2018

Daphne-Sheldrick

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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Antonia Stogdale and what it means to be a truly grounded private guide

Friday, 23rd March, 2018

Antonia-Stogdale-sitting-on-the-pool-at-Tassia

In my former days as a travel consultant, when I was focused on a trip’s logistics, recommending a private guide for clients was based on the guide’s role as a coordinator. Having someone with the client, to liaise with pick up transfers, hotels and airlines, ensures the smooth running of their itinerary. In addition to…

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Message your sister

Tuesday, 6th March, 2018

Sophie Turner - WFWI Rwanda

8th March is International Women’s Day. Celebrated for over a century, it’s a global day to mark the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year there’s a focus on gender parity, and today we honour with a simple, positive action: through Women for Women International’s #MessageToMySister campaign, we’re sending messages of support…

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