A small news item caught my eye this week, and as a result, I hope you’ll forgive a brief detour into the thrilling world of garden vegetables… After almost 20 years, the EU apparently came to its senses this week and decreed that, contrary to their long held belief, knobbly carrots, misshapen cucumbers and other imperfect fruit and veg are not in fact the devil's work, but legal and...well…actually quite good to eat. As a company that identifies strongly with the knobbly carrot, we’ll raise a glass to that, but what, you may ask, has this got to do with safaris? Well it’s just that when we all grew up, carrots used to be all shapes and sizes; big ones, little ones, knobbly ones, bent ones. Straight one’s were something of a rarity – like a double-yolker. But not any more. For the last 20 years supermarkets have only sold carrots that are straight as a snooker cue and identical in size. They're easy to package, they’re also easy to peel and so they’re sort of convenient. The problem is that they just don’t taste like carrots. Curiously we believe there’s a similar process at work in Africa’s safari camps. A move to make things uniform, easier to package, and a focus on things that don’t actually add up to something special. What’s more, it’s happening at the expense of some of the more creative and unusual experiences that you’re likely to find anywhere in the world. Some of the best experiences we know are those where the physical ingredients are pretty basic. A camp in Zambia made entirely of sticks and straw, that offers some of the best walking in Africa, or a wildly luxurious camp on Lake Tanganyika made entirely out of old lake dhows that occupies one of the most beautiful locations in Africa. We believe that African safaris are about Africa, its wilderness, its wildlife and its people. We feel the best camps are defined by individuality, passion and creativity and these are the places we’d most like to suggest to you. So maybe the EU’s decision marks a change in people's attitude to what defines quality…and we hope you’ll understand when we say we'd like to offer you a few carrots that may be slightly wonky and maybe a bit harder to peel, but in doing so, make absolutely sure your safari has plenty of flavour. Oh..and don’t forget, we're here to take care of the packaging for you.