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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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International Wildlife Crime, Conservation and Sustainable Development Consultant Greta Iori visits Africa House

Friday, 16th November, 2018

Earlier on this year, I was introduced to Greta Iori, International Wildlife Crime, Conservation and Sustainable Development Consultant. Sounds like – and is – a superhero. We met in a London café during weather at the time coined ‘the beast from the east’, turning an otherwise one-hour train ride home into a six-hour ordeal. A most memorable day.  A couple of…

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South Sudan: state of the nation

Friday, 26th October, 2018

Credit - UNMISS--Nektarios Markogiannis

I used to run a book club or study group or drinking social night – call it what you want. We would meet once a week. The reason for meeting was social, but the underlying aim was to take a country that collectively we knew close to nothing about and to discuss it. Between us,…

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Remembering Great Apes: the launch, the book, and the fight against forgetting

Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018

Rembering Great Apes Book

Last week a group of us hightailed it to London, to Le Galleria, in Pall Mall, for the photography exhibition of Born Free and Wildlife Photographer United’s Remembering Great Apes, a coffee table book featuring the work of over 50 wildlife photographers. A kickstarter funded enterprise, with all photographs donated, it is the third in…

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Welcoming Fatma Sivyer to team Africa House

Tuesday, 16th October, 2018

Fatma Sivyer Journeys by Design

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with Fatma, the newest member of the finance department. I’ll skip over the part where I speak of my customary surprise each time there’s a new member of the team. You may remember my blog that told of the new team members over the last 18 months, in which…

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Taking part: Conde Nast Traveller’s Stanley Stewart gets his tracking boots on

Friday, 12th October, 2018

In a long-ranging roundup – in this month’s Conde Nast Traveller – of some of Namibia’s finest new properties, Stanley Stewart’s Catch-a-fire makes much space for the art of the tracker and what it brings out in the traveller. Anyone, he says, ‘can sip sundowners and peer at zebra through binoculars. Put in a couple…

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Denis Mukwege: Congolese gynaecologist and anti-rape activist wins the Nobel Peace Prize

Tuesday, 9th October, 2018

Among this year’s winners of the Nobel Peace Prize (announced last week) are two anti-rape activists. The first is the Iraqi Nadia Marudi, who was raped by ISIS combatants and later became the face of the campaign to free the Yazidi people. The other is Denis Mukwege, a DR Congolese gynaecologist who set up a…

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