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Another day out at the Royal Geographical Society

Friday, 16th March, 2018


As seems to be a regular occurrence these days, the JbD/WP team hit up the Royal Geographical Society in London for what was billed as a ‘lesson on the future of African Wildlife and communities.’ In a nutshell it was news from the bush, specifically that of Lewa and Il Ngwesi, with four key players…

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The Cape Town water shortage: positive travel and the new global norm

Friday, 9th March, 2018


As regular readers of this blog will know, this year’s JbD brochure is structured around a calendar of experiences, which is why, at the beginning of each month, we’ve blogged about a particular destination. In February, we featured staying in Maswa Game Reserve in Tanzania. In January, we championed walking in Ethiopia. This month, its…

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Happy Pangolin Day & National Wildlife Day!

Thursday, 22nd February, 2018

Pangolin credit Byron Serrao

Today’s post is a shared anniversary, in honour of World Pangolin Day, on 17th February, and National Wildlife Day, which was recently changed from September to today in order to commemorate the birth of wildlife presenter and conservationist, Steve Urwin. The essence of both is the same. It’s an opportunity to recognise those who are…

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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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Becoming your own celebrity, becoming your real self

Friday, 15th December, 2017

Julia Roberts Mother Nature

Who would your celebrity dinner guest be? Mine may well be Julia Roberts. I have been a life-long fan since watching Pretty Woman, more than a couple… umm… less than a hundred times. I’ve always admired her positivity, her wholesomeness, her variety of roles, and an ability to keep her private life, well, private. Yesterday,…

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Seeing the Omo through Zuzana Galatova’s eyes

Friday, 1st December, 2017


I was lucky enough to catch up with Zuzana, who assists Grant on the finance desk, and has recently come back from a trip to Ethiopia, involving the Omo Valley, Alledeghi, Lalibela and finally Gheralta. We’re doubling up here: as well as finding out about Zuzana’s trip this blog is designed to point the reader…

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Tree of life: the wonder of baobabs

Friday, 24th November, 2017


A couple of weeks ago I read a book called the Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, beautifully written and a fascinating insight into the secret world of trees; getting beneath the bark, so to speak. The author, a forester, shares his personal experiences alongside ground-breaking scientific research, to tell of how trees communicate,…

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The Legacy of Cecil the Lion

Tuesday, 7th November, 2017


On a recent safari in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, I was fortunate enough to spot the new dominant, male lion in town, Bubesi. After the tragic killing of Cecil the lion by trophy hunters in 2015, there was an international uproar, the hunter outed and shamed. However, this didn’t deter hunters from killing one of Cecil’s sons, six-year-old Xanda, who was shot when he roamed outside the protected area of…

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‘What happens on the river, stays on the river’: Emma Baker’s first safari experience

Tuesday, 31st October, 2017

After seeing elephants, hippos, crocodiles, zebras and an array of other stunning wildlife from the safety of a safari jeep or motorboat in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe, I didn’t think we could get much closer to the animals. That is, until we went canoeing down the Zambezi River. On the drive to the river,…

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Cultural Cape Town: City of the Future

Friday, 27th October, 2017

I have to be honest. I was a bit of a latecomer to the appreciation of art: too busy during my early years learning languages and playing sport to step foot in the art school. Then I met someone, an artist funnily enough, who slowed me down, and showed me the importance of art, both in the world and to me. This was a pivotal time in my life. It led me to peeling off…

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