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Josh Jones on his time at Lale’s Camp

Friday, 5th July, 2019

Josh Jones Lale's Camp

As part of their year away before university, Will’s eldest son Josh Jones and lifelong friend Noah Marshal worked at Lale’s Camp.   Lale’s Camp is extremely unique and something I have never seen before. The rich, cultural diversity is ingrained into the land and etched onto the bodies of all that surround the camp. With many…

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Seven Wonders of Africa: Eritrea’s Dahlak Archipelago

Tuesday, 20th November, 2018

Will Frankie Eritrea 2018

I know I’ve already had my crack at our own Seven Wonders of Africa series, but I’ve just got back from Eritrea, where together with Will, his son Josh, and Josh’s friend, Noah, we visited the Dahlak Archipelago. A year ago, I’d never heard of it. Today, it’s one of my seven wonders. It has…

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Seven Wonders: Abuna Yemata – Frankie McCarthy goes barefoot and camera free in Ethiopia

Friday, 5th October, 2018


This week it’s my turn to introduce to you the second of Journeys by Design’s own Seven Wonders of Africa, chosen by myself. Of course, I barely had to think before I had my answer: the rock-hewn Abuna Yemata church in Tigray, northern Ethiopia. The Abuna Yemata is one of over 100 churches in Tigray….

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The Nyae Nyae Conservancy: the story of the Ju/hoan San and Namibia’s first internationally recognised conservancy

Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018

Johuansi Namibia James Suzman

Every month we post a blog inspired by Journeys by Design’s brochure Experience. This month it is the Ju/hoan of Namibia. Will Jones highlights the lengths to which the Ju/hoan went in creating the Nyae Nyae Conservancy. In their book The Ju/huon San of Nyae Nyae and Namibian Independence, anthropologists Mega Biesele and Robert K…

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Seven wonders of Africa: Angela Sacha votes for the Hadza

Friday, 21st September, 2018


From the salt-flats of Ethiopia to the ever-changeable waterways of the Okavango Delta, across to the jungles of the DRC and up to Sudan’s Sahara, there is no end to Africa’s natural wonders, many of which support the most bio-diverse ecosystems on the planet. The Seven Natural Wonders of Africa were voted on in 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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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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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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Frankie McCarthy meets the Mursi

Friday, 30th March, 2018

Frankie Mursi Ethiopia

Usually with head down, typing at the speed of 1,000 Thompsons gazelles, with phone at the ear, negotiating her way around the logistics of transporting guests to and from the far reaches of Africa, I finally had the chance to catch up with none other than our logistician extraordinaire, Frankie McCarthy, after her trip to…

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Hannah takes a trip on the most luxurious train in the world

Tuesday, 13th February, 2018

Rovos Rail Window Views

Just over a week ago, Hannah Rayner and I had the pleasure of catching up over a coffee at our favourite local cafe. I quizzed her about her travels whilst working for Journeys by Design and we got talking about one particular experience that has fascinated me ever since I started working for JbD back…

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