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The Miracle of the East

Friday, 16th January, 2015

If you’ve seen the film, then you’ll know exactly what this post’s about: the makings of a latter day miracle. Some 3000 square kilometres large, a UNESCO world heritage site, Virunga is Africa’s oldest National Park. It’s home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla. It is also located in what until very recently…

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Tigray Community Tourism Walk

Monday, 2nd June, 2014

If harmony and peace of mind are what you are looking for the Tesfa Ethiopian walking tour in Tigray is for you. Trekking in this very special part of the world offers a holistic sense of one’s place in the universe. There is something immensely gratifying about the simple act of walking alongside one’s fellow…

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Walk Ethiopia

Friday, 17th January, 2014

Having recently returned from a walking safari in Tigray, Ethiopia, I am convinced of two things: one, walking really is good for the soul; and, two, it generally works best when done in the company of friends and family. My particular walk, through the northern valleys of Gheralta, has only been open for two years….

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The African Front

Monday, 13th January, 2014

If asked, I always say that Journeys by Design is first and foremost about frontier travel. By this I mean not that we steer away from so-called luxury travel (and I use the term advisedly), but rather that we are a company for whom the spirit of the frontier informs everything we do. It’s a…

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How Old is Too Young?

Thursday, 14th November, 2013

Having travelled extensively with my family, and particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, I am frequently asked as to what constitutes a safe age to travel. Obviously, the answer will inevitably come down to personal choice, a choice based on your own beliefs vis-a-vis children and travel, and on your own children’s characters – some six year…

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In Memory of My Sudan

Thursday, 3rd October, 2013

It’s a slightly emotive title, I know, and I apologise, but a recent trip to the Bayuda Desert, in Northern Sudan, resulted in my briefly returning to the ancient Nubian city of Meroe, where I had last been aged 12, a boy with his very first proper camera – a Pentax K1000, to be precise….

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