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Lord Randal Plunkett

Lord Randal Plunkett 21st Baron of Dunsany, County Meath, Ireland, upon inheriting the title and land from his father in 2011 turned most of the property over to rewilding. You’d think that would be the start of a jolly story where the new young Lord and his beautiful lady bring fresh life to the old estate. It should be. It could be. In almost every way, it is. But neither is it that simple.

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THE MISSING MONET & THE WOMAN WITH THE SNAKE TATTOO

Did a Monet go missing from an important art collection in Zimbabwe? I spoke to Louisa Treger about the novel she wrote after she investigated this rumour. Her novel The Dragon Lady (2019) is based on the life of the exotic Lady Virginia Courtauld who was pivotal in the story. “It began with a family visit […]

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SKYHAWKS

Led by their love of aviation, travel and conservation, Jay and Jan Roode bypassed conventional urban lives to live as nomadic photographers. Their lifestyle takes them on aerial expeditions over Africa’s dunes and deserts, across its great savannahs and thousands of miles along remote coastlines. Their photography has been widely published in an impressive list of […]

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KIM WOLHUTER / HYENA MAN ON A MISSION

A few years ago, award-winning wildlife filmmaker Kim Wolhuter moved to a camp in Zimbabwe’s 60 000 hectare Sango Wildlife Conservancy to make a film about honey badgers. At least that was the plan until hyenas hijacked the whole show. Now this wildlife filmmaker is on a crusade to clear their bad reputation. I gave […]

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ROBERT HODGINS

"Paintings can be one-night stands or lifetime love affairs - you never know until you get cracking." Robert Hodgins's work hangs in private collections and important galleries including MoMA. I spoke to some of the people who were his adopted family and knew him best in the small South African town of White River, which […]

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EAT YOUR HEART OUT

Shila Desai started her specialist tour company by accident. It grew into a second act that renewed her sense of purpose and saved her from the rising damp of depression. Since 2011, Eat Your Heart Out Tours has taken clients on the most fascinating life experiences. The company’s specialist guides have contact lists that give […]

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Safari Girl

HELLO

I’m Bev Tucker, a lifestyle journalist living in Ireland. I grew up in various far-flung corners of Africa where I had the privilege of being taken on long expeditions to wildlife reserves and other interesting places in the trusty family Land Rover, which was loaded with everything we might need for the duration. These were my first safaris and sparked my love of nature and an enduring curiosity about the world. Safari is a Swahili word that means 'to explore, away from home', which prompted the name of this blog. Please enjoy browsing and feel free to contact me with ideas, queries or commissions.

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