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The life and times of Chris Tinkler

Friday, 19th January, 2018

Chris Tinkler guiding

On Friday 12th January, South African born former safari guide Chris Tinkler packed up his life at Jongomero in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania. On Saturday he flew to England. On Sunday he unpacked in his new Brighton home, and on Monday morning joined us at Journeys by Design as the newest member of the sales…

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Fiona Walls and the deep importance of experiencing Africa firsthand

Tuesday, 16th January, 2018

Fiona Wells

First there was one. Then there were two, four, and six. Now JbD and Wild Philanthropy is run by a 16-strong team. Our most recent arrival is the wonderful Fiona Walls, Senior Sales Specialist, and someone who I have known for some time now, and whose work I have been aware of through Tim Best,…

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Evolution of sleep and other matters

Friday, 12th January, 2018

Leopard asleep in a tree

You may remember my blog about Lara Lowis, safari host extraordinaire at Lowis and Leakey Mobile Tented Camp. I thought it only fair to share some of the musings of her husband, Ninian, during that trip. After studying Environmental Biology at university in England, Ninian’s passion, combined with a childhood of exploring the wildernesses of…

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The road to oceans free of plastic

Tuesday, 9th January, 2018

Oceans free of plastic

On New Year’s Day, I stepped into 2018, setting an intention that this year I am going to spend more time in – and protecting – our precious oceans. A few of us met at a local beach, some for a swim, others to spectate, hot chocolates in hand. It was brief, it was icy,…

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Walk Ethiopia in the new year

Friday, 5th January, 2018


Happy new year to all! Well, at least to those who follow the Gregorian calendar, which for the most part we do. In Ethiopia, however, the Ethiopian calendar is widely used. In fact, new year is actually on our 11th or 12th September and is closely associated with: a) The approximate end of the rainy…

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Comfortably Wild

Tuesday, 19th December, 2017

Photo Credit: Will Burrard-Lucas Just a quick note alerting you to the fact that Bruce Wallin’s Stars of Southern Africa for the Robb Report is out. We were delighted to organise his trip, and equally delighted that it looks to have been a version of the soft adventure safari we tend to advocate: comfortably wild….

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The Little Five

Friday, 8th December, 2017

Guides Little Five

You may have heard of the Big Five: lion, elephant, rhinoceros, leopard and buffalo, the large mammals most people understandably wish to spot on a first-time African safari. However, you may not have heard of the Little Five: antlion, elephant shrew, rhinoceros beetle, leopard tortoise and buffalo weaver. I only learnt about these on a…

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Africa: it’s under my skin

Tuesday, 5th December, 2017

Frozen Pony England

It’s getting cold outside – minus one my car told me this morning. Hats, gloves and scarves are piling up by the front door. Walks here in the New Forest are brisk and invigorating. Then I chat with my dad, now retired to South Africa’s tropical KwaZulu Natal coast, living footsteps from the Indian Ocean….

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South Africa’s wildernesses mapped: the good and the not so good

Tuesday, 28th November, 2017

Anyone interested in tech, in travel, and in the idea that it is indeed possible to map our planet in its entirety, will already know that Google Street View has come to South Africa’s wildernesses, namely 19 national parks and 17 national reserves. A 12 month project, carried out by 200 plus volunteers, it builds…

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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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