The Atlas


30 Oct

Travel: A Question of Balance

  It is generally thought that the word travel comes from the Old French word travail, meaning work, labor. In the 14th century, the meaning morphed into “making a journey” which, at that time, was no doubt laborious no matter where the destination. Today, of course, travel is rarely either lengthy enough or challenging enough to be...

27 Oct

Fugitive’s Drift – A Trip to the Anglo-Zulu Battlefields

   The Zulu War of 1879 is famous throughout the English-speakingworld for the great battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. The first sawthe slaughter of over 1000 British soldiers by Zulu warriorsemploying their extraordinarily successful military tactics; the secondsaw the fortunes reversed when a few hundred British soldiers held...

15 Oct

Sarara: A Model Community-Owned Camp

A beautifully smooth rock outcrop bowl and spring water were the deciding factors…Piers and Hilary  Bastard knew that this was the perfect spot for them to build the 12-bedded tented camp, Sarara.  The water is deliciously cool but not cold, and the infinity lip overlooks a series of waterholes below which draw warthogs, kudu and elephant. I...

10 Oct

There’s a Grevy in Our Garden

Zoe arrived at Sirikoi, the beautiful, small, private camp of Sue and Willie Roberts, located at the center of Northern Kenya’s Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, when she was a week old.   And, along with the warthogs, the impala, the waterbuck and flocks of guinea fowl, she feels right at home on the great lawn that sweeps down to the marsh in front...

27 Sep

Mali-A Soul on the Road

Extraordinary travel is magic often created in the simplest of terms. 37 years ago this month I was driving across the face of Africa. I embarked in London with a group of ten travelers. Our destination was Kenya, and we had budgeted $800 and 8 months to complete the journey.   Each of us had his own reason for being in Africa; mine was a broken...

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