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Ethiopia: Dr Abiy Ahmed, change, and a view from the ground

Tuesday, 15th May, 2018


Just a quick note to follow up on Ethiopia’s present state of emergency, in place since February, and which resulted in the resignation of the then prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn, and who has since been replaced by Dr Abiy Ahmed. I shared the backstory, our position and travel advice at the time the measure was…

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Ecological intelligence and the human-animal

Tuesday, 8th May, 2018


Within the first few pages of Ian McCallum’s Ecological Intelligence, Rediscovering Ourselves in Nature, I remember thinking that this is going to change things: I was barely able to read it, so excited was I at finding something that resonated so profoundly. A quote in the book by an unknown poet summed up my feeling…

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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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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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Painting Tswalu: Brian Jackman serves up a corker in the Telegraph  

Tuesday, 27th March, 2018


Those of you blessed with long memories may recall a short blog praising Tracking the Lions of Tswalu, an article for Travel Africa by Brian Jackman. If yes, then no doubt you’ll remember that I began by apologising for the unforgivable lateness of the post. I’m pleased to say that this time I’m half on the money: Jackman’s follow-up piece The…

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Another day out at the Royal Geographical Society

Friday, 16th March, 2018


As seems to be a regular occurrence these days, the JbD/WP team hit up the Royal Geographical Society in London for what was billed as a ‘lesson on the future of African Wildlife and communities.’ In a nutshell it was news from the bush, specifically that of Lewa and Il Ngwesi, with four key players…

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Zimbabwe from the inside: Vanessa Farrell shares her upbringing

Tuesday, 13th March, 2018

Vanessa Zimbabwe

When I spoke to Sam Tinkler a few weeks ago, I promised it wouldn’t be the last time I was introducing a new member of the team. A man of my word, I caught up with Vanessa, who has recently overtaken Sam in her capacity as newest member of the team. Vanessa lives in Seaford, a short and beautiful train ride east of…

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The Cape Town water shortage: positive travel and the new global norm

Friday, 9th March, 2018


As regular readers of this blog will know, this year’s JbD brochure is structured around a calendar of experiences, which is why, at the beginning of each month, we’ve blogged about a particular destination. In February, we featured staying in Maswa Game Reserve in Tanzania. In January, we championed walking in Ethiopia. This month, its…

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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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A nod from Centurion Magazine

Friday, 2nd March, 2018

Centurion Article Journeys by Design

I know I always begin a post about a piece of press promising a short, to-the-point blog, and then tend to go on way too long, but let me say it now: this is a short, to-the-point blog directing your attention to a little piece in Centurion Magazine, a quarterly owned by American Express, and…

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