Arijiju: the house with the message

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 18:31

Forgive me. I know we bang the Borana drum almost as often as we do the likes of Omo Valley or the Hadza, but I cut my manager teeth here, know the conservancy’s founders well, and believe its mixed land use conservation model the answer to Africa’s threatened wildernesses. 

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Abu Camp ends elephant riding

Friday, 20 January 2017 13:13

Abu Camp, based in the Abu Concession in Botswana, has closed its elephant riding activity after twenty years, due to new Government legislation.

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Kick for Wildlife and community-based conservation

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 17:19

On my recent trip to Tanzania, I had a stark reminder of the close proximity in which humans live with wildlife and the potential affects this can have on the lives they lead, when we spotted a leopard heading out of a settlement and into the forest opposite. The main highway that separates Manyara National Park from the neighbouring town showcases an abrupt juxtaposition between human development alongside wilderness. Such a quick sighting and the leopard was gone.

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Vanity Fair meets Africa's last hunter-gatherers

Thursday, 12 January 2017 15:58

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 to be Hadza.

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

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:40

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.

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Walking with elephants at Kuro

Friday, 06 January 2017 14:46

I am, once again, sitting in my tent at Kuro. I am writing by lamplight - again. Not only can I hear lions tonight, but I can make one of them out through the side gauze of my tent. Having perked up upon my exit from the shower, he is making his presence felt. Luckily, lions won't attack through the wall of a tent and, indeed, hardly ever attack humans. Even so, since the only thing protecting me is a piece of fabric, can you blame a chap for being a little terrified?

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On saving the wild elephant

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 13:39

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.

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Welcoming Zuzana to the Team

Friday, 30 December 2016 11:02

Zuzana left the office yesterday with a week’s annual leave and no idea where she was going. This afternoon we received a text saying, ‘We’re in Turkey’. This spirit of adventure is one of many reasons that Zuzana, Grant’s right hand woman, completes our team so well. 

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First day in Tanzania: Simon and Frankie hit Tarangire

Tuesday, 27 December 2016 14:52

I am currently sitting in my tent writing by lamplight in the otherwise pitch-dark surroundings listening to the bellow of lions not far off and the suprisingly melodious cries of hyaenas. Today, we left Lake Duluti Lodge, which was comfortable and friendly.

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Remembering AA Gill

Monday, 19 December 2016 16:09

Pictured above: AA Gill, image via Buffalo News

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 cancers. 

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