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Remembering AA Gill

Monday, 19th December, 2016

I was extremely sad to learn the weekend before last that AA Gill has died of a cancer he described as a ‘trucker’s gut buster’, a ‘gimpy, malevolent, meaty, malignancy’. Lung cancer had migrated to the pancreas. ‘There is,’ he said, ‘barely a morsel of offal not included.’ He called it the ‘full English’ of…

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David Attenborough Celebrates 90 Years

Thursday, 12th May, 2016

On Sunday every nature lover’s hero celebrated his 90th birthday. David Attenborough has devoted his life to the natural world. His curiosity and knowledge has contributed hugely to transforming the nation’s archaic attitude on the environment – a bottomless resource – into something of the utmost importance that is both remarkable and under great threat….

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In memory of Roger Gower

Friday, 12th February, 2016

It’s with great sadness that I learnt last week that one of the Friedkin Conservation Fund’s helicopter pilot’s Roger Gower was killed while tracking poachers in a coordinated operation with the Tanzanian authorities. If you don’t know already, then you are sure to come across it in the news. Briefly, Roger and a colleague were…

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Food Before Self: Chef Margot Janse

Tuesday, 8th December, 2015

In a world that tends look with some suspicion on those that stick and stay, I’m delighted to note that Chef Margot Janse recently celebrated 20 years as executive chef at renowned Le Quartier Francais, possibly South Africa’s finest restaurant. Recipient of countless awards, a Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef, and a two times winner…

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In the Name of Mkombe Mnlko

Monday, 14th September, 2015

Just a quick note to say I’m so pleased to see Nomad’s first Serengeti-based private house up and away. All reports are that Mkombe’s House is – like Nomad itself, like their other properties – absolutely first rate. It’s on our books and we’ve already included it in several Tanzanian itineraries. However, what makes it…

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Willie Roberts: Buddha of the Bush

Monday, 2nd June, 2014

I just arrived back home after a week in Sera, Northern Rangelands of Kenya, with the man we have come to know as, and I hope he won’t mind me saying, the Buddha of the Bush – Willie Roberts. Born in Kenya, a huge force for good in the Kenyan tourist industry, Willie has been…

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In Memory of Mark Shand

Thursday, 1st May, 2014

As you will no doubt know, Mark Shand, conservationist and founder of the charity Elephant Family, died in New York on April 23rd, 2014, after a fundraising event. Like many in the industry, I knew Mark, both personally and by reputation. Indeed, he has proved a guiding influence in the way many of us think…

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Joyce Chianda: The Meaning of Resilience

Tuesday, 25th February, 2014

The full story of Joyce Chianda (Scheuerman) is one I can’t tell. I just don’t know it. Not all of it. However, the bit of it I do, I relate solely for the purpose of illustrating a quality as rare as it is admirable: resilience. I first met Joyce Chianda in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in…

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Roland Purcell: Soul Journey

Friday, 14th February, 2014

I am always grateful for the fact that – even today, the industry increasingly the domain of large global travel companies – I continue to bump into men and women for whom the business of making safaris begins and ends with a dream. Chief among them is Roland Purcell. I first met Purcell in the…

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