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There are so many entertaining, inspiring, passionate, and powerful individuals out there working in and around tourism in Africa that we just don’t hear about. This podcast is about bringing their uplifting stories to you. Stories of female empowerment and local tourism ownership. Stories of conservation heroes fighting to protect our wildlife. Stories of travel adventures and their experiences of travelling through Africa. And so much more…

We will bring you interviews with people who will inspire you about travel through Africa, and the incredible things we can achieve through Responsible tourism!

Inspiring African Travel James, Jules & Stuart

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    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

There are so many entertaining, inspiring, passionate, and powerful individuals out there working in and around tourism in Africa that we just don’t hear about. This podcast is about bringing their uplifting stories to you. Stories of female empowerment and local tourism ownership. Stories of conservation heroes fighting to protect our wildlife. Stories of travel adventures and their experiences of travelling through Africa. And so much more…

We will bring you interviews with people who will inspire you about travel through Africa, and the incredible things we can achieve through Responsible tourism!

    Coexisting with Wildlife: Dr. Tempe Adams research Efforts in Botswana and our latest collaboration

    Coexisting with Wildlife: Dr. Tempe Adams research Efforts in Botswana and our latest collaboration

    Welcome back to Inspiring African Travel! In this episode, we’re excited to introduce our third fundraising beneficiary for this fundraising year. We’re raising money for three wonderful grassroots projects in Africa in memory of Jules. Dr. Tempe Adams’ Wildlife & Community Co-Existence Initiative in Botswana Tempe is a long-time friend of both James and Julia’s. We had an insightful conversation with her about where the funds will be allocated in Botswana, focusing on helping local communities coexist with wildlife. This is a crucial topic for the safari industry, which relies on the incredible wildlife that draws travellers to the region. […]

    • 44 min
    What Inspiring African Travel means to us -With Andrew Flatt in the Okavango Delta - Botswana

    What Inspiring African Travel means to us -With Andrew Flatt in the Okavango Delta - Botswana

    Welcome back to our relaunch series and this is episode 4 dedicated to our co-founder, Julia, and launch of our fundraising year. We want to bring you a lovely episode recorded with Andrew Flatt from a tranquil channel in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Before we do that a quick update. Fundraising Update: We’ve kicked off our fundraising year in Julia’s memory and are thrilled to share that we’ve raised an incredible £6,000 so far for our projects! Our goal is to raise GBP30,000 so we still need your support!  Haven’t listened to our previous episodes on Ghana and Zanzibar? Be […]

    • 23 min
    A walk and talk in Devon introducing the EDP-Trust - the project in Ghana we’ll be supporting with our great friend Max Sayers

    A walk and talk in Devon introducing the EDP-Trust - the project in Ghana we’ll be supporting with our great friend Max Sayers

    Welcome to our fourth episode of the podcast relaunch where we’re now bringing you closer to the West African portion of the fundraiser beneficiaries. The Awutu Winton High School in Ghana.  A portion of the funds raised from the Inspiring African Travel fundraiser will be going towards this wonderful school and we can’t wait to share the work that’s been done as the year progresses.  James & Max teamed up for this episode and brought together three things that form a great part of their lives. Walking and being in the outdoors, passion for being in Africa and making a […]

    • 41 min
    Meeting up with Frank the Masai Diver in Zanzibar – Our dedication to Julia and introduction to the their part of the fundraising project

    Meeting up with Frank the Masai Diver in Zanzibar – Our dedication to Julia and introduction to the their part of the fundraising project

    Welcome back to Inspiring African Travel! In this episode, we bring you Episode 3 of our podcast relaunch, recorded in Zanzibar last year at the Divepoint Scuba Centre, situated at Sunshine Marine Lodge on the east coast of the island, directly opposite some of the best diving sites in the area.



    We had the pleasure of meeting up with Frank Mollel, also known as Frank the Masai Diver, who initiated a project in Zanzibar a few years ago called Linda Bahari.



    As part of our fundraising project dedicated to Jules, we'll be contributing towards their work, which involves rehabilitating coral in their operating area, as well as providing crucial training and support to the local community in conservation efforts while creating employment opportunities.



    Frank is one of Julia's closest friends, and we're so excited about spending more time with him in Africa in the future. He is a wonderful human! 



    The conversation was recorded early in the morning before our last dive in the coral nursery, where we delved into Frank's friendship with Julia and discussed the legacy we aim to create in her honour.



    If you're interested in learning more about Frank, you can listen to our first episode featuring Julia, Stuart, and us back in 2021. Podcast episode in features in series 3 – Guide stories or on youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfvlCiQ3HTo



    Once again, everyone, thank you for the incredible momentum behind our fundraiser. We've raised nearly GBP 6,500, and a portion of these funds will be directed towards supporting the valuable work of Linda Bahari on the island.



    Thank you for listening, everyone, and we hope you enjoy the episode!

    • 32 min
    Stuart & James catch up in a nature reserve in Johannesburg - their dedication to Julia

    Stuart & James catch up in a nature reserve in Johannesburg - their dedication to Julia

    Welcome, everyone, to Episode 2 of our relaunch series of Inspiring African Travel. Our main goal here is to honour the memory of our co-founder, my incredible wife, Julia.



    We're also thrilled to update you on our fundraising project for the three amazing grassroots projects we're supporting. First and foremost, a massive thank you to everyone who has donated thus far.



    Our target was to raise GBP 30,000 this year, and we're already approaching GBP 5,000! That's nearly US$6,000 already – an astonishing response. The feedback celebrating Julia's legacy has been incredibly generous and heart-warming. If you haven't already, do check out our relaunch episode, just before this one.



    We've been sharing more details about the projects we're supporting on our social media channels and will continue to do so. If you haven't already, please follow Inspiring African Travel on Instagram, Facebook, etc.



    In this episode, we're sharing a conversation recorded with Stuart, as another tribute to Julia and her influence on our lives and the inception of this podcast. Our mission is to share our passion for travel in Africa and share our unique experiences and tips from around the continent.



    Julia's impact on our lives and this podcast has been immense. So, here's our tribute conversation, recorded from the beautiful Modderfontein Reserve, nestled in the heart of Johannesburg on a chilly morning.



    Modderfontein Reserve is actually the second largest private park in Gauteng, South Africa.



    https://modderfonteinreserve.co.za



    They're on a mission to replant over 5,000 indigenous trees and create a sanctuary around the city. It offers fantastic mountain biking tracks, breathtaking trail running, and scenic hikes, which we thoroughly enjoy every time we're in Johannesburg.



    There's also an incredible farmers' market on weekends, offering a variety of treats, including exceptional coffee, which Stu and I were savouring on a large rock in the valley on that misty morning.



    Thank you once again, everyone. Enjoy our conversation, and we'll catch up with you for Episode 3 in a couple of weeks, featuring our good friend, Frank, the Masai diver.



    But for now, here we are in Jozi, with James’ great friend Stu, who he’s known since 1997 and who has been an incredible support and integral part of this podcast. See you soon!

    • 25 min
    Welcome Back - A Dedication to our beautiful co-founder Julia Spry-Wilson and our 2024 fundraising plan

    Welcome Back - A Dedication to our beautiful co-founder Julia Spry-Wilson and our 2024 fundraising plan

    In our official relaunch and opening episode to series 6, we are so thrilled to welcome you back to Inspiring African Travel.



    This episode is our heartfelt dedication to our beautiful co-founder, Julia Spry-Wilson, and a glimpse into our 2024 fundraising plans in her memory.



    With mixed emotions, we're excited to resume our podcast, sharing our enduring passion for African travel. However, our hearts are heavy as we remember Julia, our co-founder, inspiration, and of course, James’ wife. Her passing on January 26, 2023, left a massive void. Beyond the podcast, she was a cherished friend and colleague to many listeners, leaving such an great impact.



    After a year of healing and reflection, we're back. Stuart and I will continue uncovering the wonders of Africa, just as we have from the beginning.



    In other news, we've officially launched a fundraising campaign, a testament to Julia's vision. Inspiring African Travel has always championed positive impact, responsible travel, community upliftment, and conservation. Julia's dream, as we discussed before her passing, is now a reality. You can learn more about our fundraising projects on our website as well as donate and join our mailing list!



    Navigating life without Julia is an ongoing struggle, a daily journey of grief and adjustment. Yet, amidst the pain, there's gratitude for the love she shared and her profound impact on so many people.



    As we embark on this new chapter, exploring Africa and engaging with inspiring individuals, we invite you to join us—whether you're returning or joining for the first time.  



    Thank you for coming back, and thank you to Jules. Our eternal inspiration!



    Your spirit lives on in every adventure we undertake.

    • 33 min

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Therat 133 ,

Awesome project

What a lovely project! Really enjoyed hearing such an inspiring story!!

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