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Evolution of sleep and other matters

Friday, 12th January, 2018

Leopard asleep in a tree

You may remember my blog about Lara Lowis, safari host extraordinaire at Lowis and Leakey Mobile Tented Camp. I thought it only fair to share some of the musings of her husband, Ninian, during that trip. After studying Environmental Biology at university in England, Ninian’s passion, combined with a childhood of exploring the wildernesses of…

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Walk Ethiopia in the new year

Friday, 5th January, 2018


Happy new year to all! Well, at least to those who follow the Gregorian calendar, which for the most part we do. In Ethiopia, however, the Ethiopian calendar is widely used. In fact, new year is actually on our 11th or 12th September and is closely associated with: a) The approximate end of the rainy…

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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, Ali Dege, 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…

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God’s chosen people: Simon is hosted by the Samburu in the Laikipia, Kenya

Tuesday, 21st November, 2017

Robert Lemaiyan

‘We Samburu believe we are God’s chosen people – one of the lost tribes of Israel’, Robert Lemaiyan, our guide shouts back to us as we slow down for our scout to remove a particularly menacing-looking Acacia tortillis branch – a species of tree that makes hawthorn look like a cosy blanket – from the…

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The Ju/’hoan trance dance

Tuesday, 3rd October, 2017


Inspired by Journeys by Designs brochure Experience, which for October highlights the chance to visit either the Hadza of Tanzania or the Ju/’hoan of Namibia, I thought we might more deeply explore the healing dance, an important Ju/’hoan ritual, one still practised today, which involves the dancing ‘curer’ going into a trance, and which I recently had the…

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The alternative migrations of Africa

Friday, 29th September, 2017


You may have seen images or footage of  ‘the greatest migration on earth’, when 1.5 million wildbeest and 200,000 zebra chase the rains from the Ngorongoro crater, Southwest of Serengeti National Park, to the Maasai Mara in Southern Kenya. You may even have been lucky enough to have seen it in person. Spectacular though it…

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Experience: our new brochure and remote Tanzania in September    

Friday, 22nd September, 2017

Mahale Chimp Family

A quick blog introducing JbD’s calendar-concept brochure Experience, and highlighting it’s September offer. Something of a tome, it’s been a long time coming, but it’s here, ready, and very beautiful. Big thanks to One Darnley Road, who have worked tirelessly with us on our brand for nearly ten years, and who have once again come…

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Tracking the Kalahari lion with Brian Jackman

Friday, 21st July, 2017

Brian Jackman will be wondering whether anyone at Journeys by Design has read his piece for Travel Africa Tracking Lions in Tswalu, such is the unforgiveable lateness of this post. We have, and so should you. It’s very good – as good now as when it was first published in March of this year. What makes it especially good is Jackman’s…

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Vanity Fair meets Africa’s last hunter-gatherers

Friday, 13th January, 2017

I make no apologies for once again bringing the wonders of the Hadza to your attention. Last time it was via a great piece by Mike Carter in the Financial Times. This time it’s with reference to Christa d’Souza, whose wonderful article in November’s Vanity Fair takes us to the heart of what it is…

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On saving the wild elephant

Wednesday, 4th January, 2017

Once again, my apologies. The Guardian was kind enough to publish a piece we wrote on saving the wild elephant, something I should have alerted you to back in October. As I say, my apologies – fortunately, it’s still online , so do have a look when you get a moment. In the meantime, the…

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