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Omo Valley to Pool Valley: Lale visits Brighton

Friday, 17th May, 2019

Last week I had the great fortune of spending time with one of the most unlikely people imaginable: Lale Biwa of the Kara Tribe, whose population is roughly 5,000. The Omo Valley, which is where Lale’s community lives, is often considered one of the wildest and least spoilt places on the planet. The quick way…

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Cyclone Kenneth in Mozambique

Friday, 3rd May, 2019

Cyclone Kenneth, picture taken from NASA

More than two metres of rain have fallen in Pemba, the capital of the Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique since Cyclone Kenneth arrived just under two weeks ago. To put that into context, that’s about four times the average that falls over London in a year. Cyclones are severe storms that form over the Indian Ocean….

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Sudan: the fight for democracy goes on

Friday, 26th April, 2019

Protests-in-Khartoum-by-France24

A while ago I wrote about the the independence of South Sudan (2011) and the conflict that’s occurred since. More recently I introduced you to Peter Marsden and his work for Concordis International negotiating peace in areas of conflict and facilitating the reconciliation of communities that have been torn apart in war. Since the independence…

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From panhandle to Maun: Mike Carter of the Financial Times travels the length of the Okavango Delta

Monday, 25th March, 2019

Botswana Helicopter Hannah Rayner

Just a quick note to alert you to the Financial Times’s Mike Carter’s most recent piece Water world, which sees him traverse the 160-mile length of the Okavango Delta in the company of guide Simon Byron. Lasting a week, full of incident, it serves as the most interactive of introductions to what Carter calls ‘one…

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Catch the Drift: Conde Nast Traveller’s Peter Browne sails the Lamu blue

Friday, 15th March, 2019

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Peter Browne’s Catch the Drift has just come out in  Conde Nast Traveller‘s April edition. It’s a long and languorous piece about sailing the Lamu Archipelago. Journeys by Design organised the Browne’s trip and I can’t think of anyone better suited to capture it’s slow-paced beauty. I’ll leave it for you to read for yourself…

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Silent drive: Cheetah Plains goes electric

Tuesday, 26th February, 2019

ELECTRIC-WILDLIFE-VIEWING-VEHICLE

‘Matt, our guide, asked if we were ready to leave. He switched on the engine silently and we glided off with barely a sound. In the other vehicle, everyone lost interest in the leopards, turning to gawp at our Cruiser in slack-jawed confusion.’  Heather Richardson, guest of Journeys by Design, wrote a piece in the…

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The experience of space: Stanley Stewart shines a light on Namibia’s Kaokaland

Tuesday, 8th January, 2019

Gold List Conde Nast

Stanley Stewart’s latest piece for Conde Nast Traveller is entitled Title Track. It’s a beautiful account of his travels through the vast and ostensible emptiness of Namibia’s Kaokoland, and begins in typical Stewartesque fashion: ‘We were at breakfast when the Queen of Sheba appeared.’ Travelling largely by private mobile, Stewart’s experience of Kaokoland is an…

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David Attenborough’s ‘Dynasties’: Masaai Mara’s Marsh Pride and Mana Pool’s Painted Wolves

Tuesday, 11th December, 2018

Dynasties David Attenborough

Exactly one month ago the BBC released the first episode David Attenborough’s newest five-part nature documentary called Dynasties. The series follows five endangered and vulnerable animal packs, who are fighting for survival – chimpanzees in Senegal, emperor penguins in Antarctica, a lion pride in the Maasai, African wild dog in Zimbabwe, and the documentary series…

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Well-travelled Jess Jones takes on Tanzania

Tuesday, 27th November, 2018

Jess Jones Tanzania

Just about a month ago I touched down at Kilimanjaro International Airport, ready to commence my first ever trip to Africa. Having travelled quite extensively in my twenties, I was full of excitement as to what awaited me, and how it would differ or resemble what I had experienced so far. It didn’t take me…

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Will Jones: home visits and his 2018 US Itinerary

Friday, 23rd November, 2018

WillJonesMap

Just a quick note to say that I will be going on my annual visiting of US clients, friends and colleagues, starting a week tomorrow. For all its wonderful benefits, technology will never replace the nuances of what it means to meet face-to-face. Personally, I like nothing more than a kitchen table, a map, and…

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