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Happy new year!

Friday, 14th September, 2018

Lalibela Pilgrims

Happy New Year! Fun fact: around the world, there are a whole heap of cultures celebrating new year on different dates to the commonly known Gregorian celebration. Aside from the obvious 1st January celebrations, there’s also Chinese New Year (8th February), Iranian New Year (20th March), Indian Telegu (8th April), Sri Lankan Tamil (14th April),…

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Project Flip Flopi: Sally Kirby speaks with Ben Morison

Tuesday, 24th July, 2018

Yesterday I had a chance to catch up with Ben Morison, project leader of the Flip flopi project, which is due to set sail from Lamu in September 2018. A traditional Kenyan dhow built out of rubbish. The boat, created from molten plastic moulded into ‘wooden’ planks, will consist of 200,000 flip flops, and plans…

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The Borana Conservancy experience: conservation at its best – thanks to you

Tuesday, 3rd July, 2018

Borana-SimonJMorris-(6-of-59)

In our brochure, Experience, which is set out as a calendar, we highlight Borana Ranch in Kenya for the month of July. I stayed at Borana Lodge last year, which is just one of four other lodges on the ranch – the others including Arijiju and Sirai and new private home a stone’s throw from…

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From Cape Town to Liuwa Plain: a whistle stop conservation-orientated tour

Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018

Norman Carr Safaris - Liuwa Plain - Heinrich van den Berg (2)

A quick post from on the road, an itinerary that began at this year’s We Are Africa in Cape Town, from where I flew to Lusaka in Zambia, stayed at the charmingly buzzing Latitude 15, before flying to Kalabo and driving out to super remote King Lewanika Lodge in Liuwa Plain National Park, where I…

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Interactive learning in Malawi: Rachel Ormrod shares her education project

Friday, 4th May, 2018

Rachel Omrod in Malawi

Malawi as a country is often overlooked by those keen to travel to southern Africa, which is why I’m delighted to report that Angela Sacha will be visiting it this month, and that I’ve had the opportunity to interview Rachel Ormrod, a friend and teacher who first visited it five years ago, and who more recently spent time there establishing an…

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One Girl Can: Sally Kirby gets to the bottom of a truly unique charity

Friday, 27th April, 2018

One Girl Can Lab

Last week I caught up with Lotte Davis, founder of One Girl Can, a charity educating girls in sub-Saharan Africa. Originally from South Africa, now based in Canada, Lotte’s strong connection led her back to the continent in 2007. During this trip, a seed was planted, a vision formed: she would combine her entrepreneurial skills…

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On the edge of existence: some of Africa’s lesser known endangered species

Tuesday, 24th April, 2018

Soemmerings-Gazelles

You’ve probably heard of a black rhino. I expect a giant panda too. I’m sure you know what a polar bear looks like. I’m certain you could picture a herd of African elephants. What about an arboreal splayfoot salamander or an Alaotran gentle lemur or a Be’er sheva fringe-fingered lizard? Before looking them up, I didn’t know they existed. This shouldn’t surprise. The likes of  Save The Rhino, Greenpeace and WWF do a lot more than save rhinos, polar-bears,…

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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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World Frog Day: Cowan’s mantella

Tuesday, 20th March, 2018

Cowan Mantella Tsimbazaza Zoo

For those who don’t know, 20th March is World Frog Day and it seemed only right to celebrate this occasion with a Frog Blog, or Flog, if you will. While it may seem arbitrary to dedicate an annual day to these small amphibians, they are a vital part of worldwide ecosystems, and many species of frog and toad are under threat from environmental factors, such as habitat loss and global warming.  …

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