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Talking corridors: Dereck Joubert, Great Plains, and conservation tourism

Friday, 21st September, 2018


I was fortunate enough to catch up with Dereck Joubert earlier this year. We had already met at We Are Africa, when Angela and I attended a Great Plains Conservation dinner. As previously shared, I thought one of the highlights of the event was hearing about the Rhinos Without Borders project. Not enough time to…

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An interview with John D. Gillon, Chairman of the Hwange Conservation Society

Tuesday, 14th August, 2018


While at Somalisa Expeditions in Hwange National Park last year, I met long-time visitor to Zimbabwe and champion of conservation, John Gillon. Over lunch, he showed us his black and white Rhodesian driving license from the 1970s and told us about how much it has changed over the years. At 73 years old, he has…

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Transforming Lale’s Camp

Tuesday, 7th August, 2018

Lales Camp Ethiopia Refurb

Kate Malone and her partner Cameron Anderson-Raffan spent two and a half months in the Omo Valley, Ethiopia, helping to refurbish Lale’s Camp on the eastern banks of the Omo River. Operated by Wild Expeditions, the camp offers a base from which to explore one of the wildest corners of the continent and works closely…

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Goodwood event raises GBP 70,000

Tuesday, 24th July, 2018

Goodwood Fundraiser for Wild Philanthropy long exposure

I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all those who came to our first ever fundraiser at Goodwood for your support; and to encourage all those who couldn’t make it not to fear: if all goes well, our plans are to repeat next year at another venue, and perhaps overseas, so as to be…

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Time + Tide: the makings of a family-focused conservation journey

Tuesday, 10th July, 2018


I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Elizabeth Sadowski, Director of the Time + Tide Foundation to discuss our latest Conservation Journey ideas. It was wonderful to be reminded of how Time + Tide has evolved. Once founder Norman Carr’s vision of conservation through tourism using rustic bush camps, it is now a…

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Holding back the years: the Financial Times goes to the Omo

Saturday, 7th July, 2018


I’m always fascinated by the effect a visit to the Omo has on the traveller, and never more than by David Pilling’s piece Holding back the years for the Financial Times, which is excellent for the way he manages to balance a difficult big picture with the joyousness of the details of his own experience….

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The conservancy, the charity and the very beautiful house in Chichester

Tuesday, 26th June, 2018

With just two days to go before Enonkishu Conservancy’s Out of Africa fundraiser which Wild Philanthropy is supporting, I thought I’d (re)connect a few dots with regards to the eco-system, the partnership, Goodwood, and what’s on offer on the day. Briefly, Enonkishu is situated in the northern Mara, Kenya. It is home to the Masaai,…

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Singita, Mark Witney and plans for a Wild Philanthropy-Singita conservation journey

Tuesday, 12th June, 2018


I’ve had the pleasure of working with Singita for a number of years now, and one of the wonderful things about it has been the chance to have worked for so long with Mark Witney, a kindred spirit, and with whom I recently had the opportunity to catch up with regards to planning a joint…

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Ethiopia lifts State of Emergency two months early

Thursday, 7th June, 2018


A quick update on the welcome lifting of Ethiopia’s state of emergency on Tuesday, which comes two months earlier than predicted, and which shows fair evidence of the newly elected prime minister Dr Abiy Ahmed’s intention to begin ‘to make up for all the wrongs done in the past.’ Abiy Ahmed took power in April…

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Carbon Tanzania: one way to offset your carbon footprint effectively

Tuesday, 5th June, 2018


You may have heard the phrase ‘carbon credits’ being flung about. You will also know that we as humans are responsible for increasing the levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). Carbon credits are a way that CO2 emissions can be offset. Our forests act a natural sink for CO2. The process of photosynthesis, in which…

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