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A Sabi Sand Safari in the Kruger National Park

Friday, 29th March, 2019

Sophia Littledale South Africa

As you may know, friend and colleague Sophia Littledale recently travelled to South Africa with her partner, Alex. She has kindly written two blogs for us, of which this is the second. Read her first blog about a visit to the De Hoop Nature Reserve here. Playing host to both the Sabie and Sand River,…

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De Hoop National Park & South Africa’s Lesser-Known Wonders

Tuesday, 19th March, 2019

De Hoop South Africa Sophia Littledale

Friend and colleague Sophia Littledale recently travelled to South Africa with her partner, Alex. She has kindly written a couple of blogs for us. This is the first, and takes us to the De Hoop Nature Reserve. South Africa has a huge amount to offer the discerning tourist. It has a high diversity both in…

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Nothing quite like it: the De Leener family trip

Tuesday, 5th February, 2019

Erika De Leener Lions Yawning

Recently, I had the privilege of putting together an itinerary for the De Leener family, a lovely bunch of people who have travelled with us twice before. Having created a couple of journeys for them previously, I had quite a good idea of what they were looking for in a safari and got to work….

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Seven Wonders of Africa: Wrestling Big Daddy

Friday, 9th November, 2018

Those of you of a certain age, and from the UK, will remember a wrestler who fought under the moniker Big Daddy, wore a Union Jack wrestling suit, and regularly took on Giant Haystacks and other similarly marvellously named adversaries. Rest assured: the Big Daddy that is the subject of today’s blog is not that…

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King’s Pool, Duba Plains and Jack’s Camp: the Almond family report on the most magical of trips

Monday, 5th November, 2018

One of the things we always ask of returning guests is that they let us know how the trip went. It’s important. The most recent visitors, they’re the experts, and are a rich source of information on everything from lodge to guiding to what to expect in terms of the experience as a whole. I’m…

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Up, up and away: Emma takes a hot air balloon ride in Ruaha

Friday, 2nd November, 2018


On a recent trip to Tanzania, I was lucky enough to take a hot air balloon ride over Ruaha National Park with Serengeti Balloon Safaris. While well established in the Serengeti, where the wildlife is used to the sight of giant balloons floating above them, the operation in Ruaha was only introduced in June this…

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The Seven Wonders of Africa: a guided walk through Samburu National Park

Tuesday, 30th October, 2018

Samburu Hannah Rayner

Welcome to the fourth of our Seven Wonders of Africa series, as chosen by the Journeys by Design team. This time round, it’s Hannah Rayner. Having been to a variety of countries in Africa, I found it exceedingly difficult to choose just one highlight. I’m fortunate enough to have visited a lot of extraordinary places…

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Seven Wonders of Africa: Sam Tinkler picks the Okavango Delta

Friday, 19th October, 2018

Sam Tinkler Mokoro

Welcome to the third JbD’s Seven Wonders blog. We are now practically half way through the series, but still have highlights to look forward to from Chris, Hannah, Jamie and Will.   When we had asked Sam to contribute to the series, it took her only a split second to agree and tell us about her most memorable experience…

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Surfing Africa: surf’s up all over the continent

Friday, 28th September, 2018

Sally Kirby Surfing Africa

My first African surfing experience was a few years ago in Cape Town, an afternoon spent wiping out at Muizenberg. I was terrified of the white waves, and of the sign warning of great white sharks. And yet, despite the fear, the regular nasal cleansing, and the washing machine effect of repeated tumbles in the…

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Touched by the past: Hannah shares the uniqueness of Mahale once again

Tuesday, 4th September, 2018


It’s been just under four years since I undertook the JbD Brochure’s September Experience and went chimp trekking at Mahale in western Tanzania. I wrote a blog about my trip shortly after I returned – feel free to have a read for a more detailed recollection. This time, while most of what I have to…

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