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The FT makes fine work of Botswana’s Okavango Delta

Tuesday, 14th November, 2017


One of the pleasures of arranging trips for the likes of writers such as the FT’s Charlotte Sinclair is that you know very well that not much escapes their conservation-sensitive eye, particularly in terms of weighing up what makes a lodge more than a luxury destination – however beautifully done. Visiting Chief’s Camp, Sable Alley,…

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The Legacy of Cecil the Lion

Tuesday, 7th November, 2017


On a recent safari in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, I was fortunate enough to spot the new dominant, male lion in town, Bubesi. After the tragic killing of Cecil the lion by trophy hunters in 2015, there was an international uproar, the hunter outed and shamed. However, this didn’t deter hunters from killing one of Cecil’s sons, six-year-old Xanda, who was shot when he roamed outside the protected area of…

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‘What happens on the river, stays on the river’: Emma Baker’s first safari experience

Tuesday, 31st October, 2017

After seeing elephants, hippos, crocodiles, zebras and an array of other stunning wildlife from the safety of a safari jeep or motorboat in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe, I didn’t think we could get much closer to the animals. That is, until we went canoeing down the Zambezi River. On the drive to the river,…

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Changing the future of migration: invest in food security and rural development

Friday, 13th October, 2017


Next Monday is World Food Day and glad to see that the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)’s theme for this year makes crystal clear the link between food insecurity / rural underdevelopment and the growth in international and internal migration.   We are all familiar with the first of these types of migration, the ongoing conflict in Syria resulting in the largest movement of people…

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Project Dignity: tackling poverty and eradicating menstrual cycle stigma in the name of girls’ education

Tuesday, 10th October, 2017

Kerria Primere Skool

October 11th marks the fifth anniversary of International Day of the Girl, whose aim it is to highlight and address some of the challenges that girls face in the world today. Recently I was lucky enough to bump into Sue and Lian Garratt of Dulini Lodge who support a charity called Project Dignity, whose aim it is to provide a dignified…

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This year’s Save the Rhino Autumn Dinner auction

Tuesday, 26th September, 2017

Save the Rhino International Logo

Just a very quick note to say how honoured we – both Journeys by Design and Wild Philanthropy, together with Namibia’s Ongava Lodge and Huab Under Canvas  – are to have one of our safaris auctioned off at this year’s up and coming Save the Rhino Autumn Dinner. Save the Rhino is an excellent charity,…

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Experience: our new brochure and remote Tanzania in September    

Friday, 22nd September, 2017

Mahale Chimp Family

A quick blog introducing JbD’s calendar-concept brochure Experience, and highlighting it’s September offer. Something of a tome, it’s been a long time coming, but it’s here, ready, and very beautiful. Big thanks to One Darnley Road, who have worked tirelessly with us on our brand for nearly ten years, and who have once again come…

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Somaliland: recognition and peace

Tuesday, 19th September, 2017


It’s International Peace Day this Thursday, 21st September. A day officially dedicated by the United Nations (UN), I note that the theme this year is Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All, which along with the more obvious successes of the likes of Namibia and Botswana makes me think of the equally durable autonomous region of…

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Jess Jones and saving pilot whales

Tuesday, 12th September, 2017


Just a quick note to welcome Jess Jones to the team and to share one of her many experiences when travelling the world, a three-year trip from which she has relatively recently returned.  After coming back and working a stint at a campsite in Italy, and running a pub in Essex, Jess joined us in…

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Where goodwill begins to make a lasting impact

Friday, 8th September, 2017

Dorothy Stringer Rugby Tour

You may remember our post about the Dorothy Stringer rugby Goodwill Tour of South Africa in 2015. If not, then Dorothy Stringer is one of our local state schools. It’s large, it’s caring, and it has been known over the years for its dedication not just to what goes on in the classroom, but also…

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