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To visit the Nyangatom people of the Omo Valley requires a combination of stamina, 4WD vehicles that are well maintained, extremely good guides and the ability to be able to camp independently.  It takes almost a full day to reach these people from the Suri if you are coming from that way. The drive over […]

Suri, or Shuri, is the name of a sedentary agro-pastoralist people and its Nilo-Saharan language.  They inhabit the Bench Maji Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR) in Ethiopia as well as parts of neighbouring South Sudan.  There are some 34,000 Suri in the south west of Ethiopia. Suri is their self-name […]

A few hours drive west of the town in Jinka, southern Ethiopia, lies the beautiful national park of Mago.  Although it has some wildlife, perhaps the biggest reason why people visit it are the Mursi. Originating in South Sudan, the Mursi, or Mursu or Mun as they refer to themselves, are a Nilotic pastoralist ethnic […]

The Suri are a very interesting and tough people, who have had their share of problems with neighbouring peoples, like the Nyangatom, who are closer to the government.  Tensions also exist between the Suri and the Toposa in South Sudan, allies of the Nyangatom, who frequently raid their cattle.  There have also been violent clashes […]

The Hamer, along with the tribal people of the Banna and Tsemay, make up one of the largest ethnic groups living in the Omo Valley of southern Ethiopia. They are an Omotic community inhabiting a territory east of the Omo River with their main villages in Turmi and Dimeka.  Considered to be some of the […]

We started while it was still dark in Turmi, southern Ethiopia.  After loading our vehicles up with camera gear and food for the day, we drove a winding, rugged 4WD route through the beautiful Buska mountains.  The dark night really concealed a beautiful region but the beauty of leaving at this hour meant we could […]

When you decide to become a professional photographer there is one absolute guarantee. You are in for a hell of a ride! There will be things you do that make you scratch your head and think “Really? They don’t like my work? I thought these were some of the nicest photos I’ve taken!” and then […]

We saw it shimmering in the desert heat. A tiny squat building that reminded me of the more elaborate buildings constructed by the Dogon people of Mali further west. Rising from the rippled sands of the Sahara, the building immediately caught my eye. We had arrived in the tiny hamlet of Kouba Olanga, near the […]

HWANGE NATIONAL PARK, ZIMBABWE Just last month I was visiting Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe with my parents.  We were staying at The Hide, which was perhaps one of the most incredible lodges we have ever had the pleasure of visiting.  We were there to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of my parents and our […]

While I was working on my recent Ladakh Women’s Project in India, completely out of range of any wifi (Ladakh lost its wifi on 25 January and while we were travelling there three months later it still hadn’t been restored), I had no idea that my work in Ethiopia was being considered as part of […]

My Journey Through A Remote Fishing Village in the Disputed Territory of Western Sahara I could feel the salt air stinging my lips.  Lips cracked dry by days of working in the desert.  The ocean was literally rubbing salt in to my wounds.  We were in the windswept coast of Dakhla in the disputed territory of Western […]

Senegal is so far off the tourism radar in Africa, that many people struggle with knowing exactly where it is, let alone knowing what you can see there. It’s true.  Senegal lacks all of the fancy trimmings that ‘safari’ destinations in Africa feature so highly.  Places like Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana are […]

If I had to think about any specific event or text that made me fall in love with Africa I think I would really struggle with singling out a source.  I guess it was a culmination of being inspired by a general historical fascination with colonial Kenya, Karen Blixen, my yearning to visit one of […]

On my recent trip to Australia to co-lead and drive the Princess Parrot Expedition for Birdquest, I had the pleasure of being able to tack a few days on to the end of the trip to see my family in Cairns and on the Gold Coast. During my stay with my parents in Cairns, I finally […]

Of all of my images from Africa, it is perhaps my photographs of the Himba people that spark the most admiration, comments and questions when I share them. I will never forget the first time I saw Himba people.  I met a small group of Himba women engaged in selling souvenirs in the tourist market […]

I saw my first ever wild lion at Charitsaub waterhole while I was travelling on an overlanding trip in 2012.   She lapped the water gently, a brief moment of relief from the steaming heat of that September day.  I was captivated. During the same trip we met a male lion who had been left to […]

2016 was a quiet year for me, travel wise.  It started and ended in one of my favourite continents on earth, Africa.  Here is a selection of my favourite images shot last year and why I like them so much. A month in Ethiopia was an incredible way to round out 2016. 2017, by contrast, […]

It’s live!  Here is my trip report from my recent expedition in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana (we also touched Angola!). Looking back on this journey we really saw so many different things and were extraordinarily lucky to have the most incredible encounters with some very endangered wildlife in Namibia including desert adapted lions, rhinos […]