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The life and times of Chris Tinkler

Friday, 19th January, 2018

Chris Tinkler guiding

On Friday 12th January, South African born former safari guide Chris Tinkler packed up his life at Jongomero in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania. On Saturday he flew to England. On Sunday he unpacked in his new Brighton home, and on Monday morning joined us at Journeys by Design as the newest member of the sales…

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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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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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I am Moana: Tassia Jones shares the fantastical joy of holidaying in Madagascar

Friday, 17th November, 2017

Tassia Jones in Madagascar

On 1st January, 2018, Journeys by Design will be launching Madagascar as a new destination to visit. Our very own Will Jones was lucky enough to spend the best part of a month there with his family in the summer, including his 14-yo daughter who, we’re pleased to say, sent an excerpt from her journal…

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Being Well

Friday, 10th November, 2017


Have you ever thought of Africa as a destination for wellness travel? Perhaps not. The African continent is a relatively new addition to the fast-growing worldwide wellness travel map. And yet, it’s happening. And I, being a keen advocate for holistic living, am welcoming this shift towards – clients wanting, and lodges offering – a…

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A case for the birds

Friday, 6th October, 2017


Unless dedicated bird watchers, one of the last things travellers to any of Africa’s wildernesses will think about is its birds. The reason why, I imagine, is that, unlike the likes of elephant, lion or rhino, we have birds where we live, many of which migrate to and from Africa, the apparent commonness and reach of different species making it difficult to build a…

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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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Dr. Liz Greengrass tells her story

Friday, 23rd June, 2017

Last week I had the opportunity to catch Liz Greengrass, Born Free’s associate director. Aside from her tales of near death experiences including stepping on a black mamba in Tanzania, being beaten up by the alpha male chimp, shot at in a high speed car chase when her rogue taxi driver refused to stop at…

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Entamanu: Simon and Frankie visit Nomad’s new camp

Wednesday, 15th February, 2017

Welcome to Simon’s next diary instalment of his recent trip to Tanzania. After leaving Gibb’s Farm, we continued through stunning scenery until we made it to the crater. Famous for its captivating views and vast plains and home to huge herds of wild game, I’ve never actually heard anyone talk about the sizeable forest leading up to the…

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First Time in Africa: a 19-year-old’s perspective

Wednesday, 11th January, 2017

Having just returned from her last adventure to South Africa and Mozambique with her family, Angela suggested I catch up with her 19-year-old son, Jan, whose first time it was in Africa. He took me from the top: ‘Well…we flew into Johannesburg, where, first of all, we were picked up by a Rolls Royce [provided…

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